KTM 390 Duke vs RD 350: The hooligans

KTM 390 Duke: The numbers
Engine: 1-cyl, four-stroke, 373cc
Power: 43bhp, 35Nm
Transmission: 6M
Fuel tank: 11ltr
Efficiency: 33kpl
Weight: 139kg
Top speed: 161kph (claimed)
Price: Rs 2.06 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)

Pros: Big bike performance at a bargain price, grippy tyres, ABS standard
Cons: Looks too similar to its 200 sibling, seat feels hard

The verdict
The 250cc barrier is crossed after almost two decades and we’re happy the 390 Duke leads the charge. Finally, a performance bike for the masses.

Rating: 8/10

Rajdoot RD 350: The numbers
Engine: 2-cyl, two-stroke, 347cc
Power: 30.5bhp, 32.3Nm
Transmission: 6M
Fuel tank: 15ltr
Efficiency: 18
Weight: 143kg
Top speed: 130kph (claimed)

Pros: Completely mad, instant power with a twist of the throttle, sounds beautiful
Cons: Braking possibly the worst we’ve seen, you can’t buy this monster anymore

The verdict
The RD 350 is a legend from the past that manages to impress even today. Too bad you can’t rush to a Yamaha dealer and get one.

Rating: 7/10