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CFMoto vs. Bajaj battle for KTM

Judging by the rumors circulating on the English-speaking motor resources, production of the new 490th line of KTM motorcycles is moving further east – and CFMoto seems to have a lot to do with this.

In general, there is nothing surprising here: KTM is already working with CFMoto on the 750th line, which will soon replace the 790th. In general, the Chinese manufacturer has long been cooperating with the orange manufacturer in the Asian markets.

New KTM models slated for 2022

However, it was previously thought that the 490th line would be produced by Bajaj at a facility near Pune, which is expected to open in 2023. According to a number of sources, it was planned to produce KTM, Husqvarna and Triumph motorcycles at this plant, but there is no exact information about the 490th line. It is not known whether it will be produced at this enterprise in general, and whether the 490th series will be produced there, in particular.

Apparently, this is where they will not start, because according to other sources, the 490th series is expected for the 2022 model year, and the Bajaj plant will not open until 2023. Moreover, from the recent presentation of Pierer Mobility, the parent company of KTM, a slide has leaked to the network, from which it follows that new models are indeed planned for 2022.

It is also known from the slide that there will be five new models, including the KTM 490 Duke, 490 Adventure, RC 490 and two supermoto / dual sports, which apparently do not have a name yet.

Given these inconsistencies, it’s likely that Bajaj won’t be able to skim the cream off the first 490 platform bikes. CFMoto, on the other hand, are well versed in the production of in-line twos, especially since KTM is already working with them on the 750th platform, and at least launching the 490th line in China looks like a logical step in order to meet the stated deadlines.

And the Bajaj plant simply does not have time for the required date, which, of course, does not negate the possibility of placing the production of a new series there, just later.

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