That is really clever business.We have transferred our 790 parallel-twin to the joint venture we have with them, so instead of putting in money, we handed over our intellectual property. And based on that engine platform, we helped them source everything in China to create an almost identical engine, but with reduced tolerances and some detail differences, the performance is a little bit less than we have here in Europe.
It's a good engineering design choice for markets with lower fuel qualities than we have in the west.That is really clever business.
1) if it goes wrong it's not a KTM problem!. The word "almost" is important.
2) more tolerance in mfr-ing and less performance - will probably be more robust.
Personally, I would not consider for a moment buying a motorcycle manufactured in China. In my experience, Chinese products are made to be disposable. I've not found anything made there that I would consider high quality. I've recently done quite a bit of renovation on a home, and became appalled that so many items simply are not available from anywhere but China. Absolutely would not buy a motorcycle made in China.
What the "L" are you talking about🤣.I was worried about this as well at least you can see tell the country of manufacture from the first few letters of the VIN. All the Duke 390s point to India, the 790s so far are all Austrian. Until they start with an "L" we're "safe". https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Vehic...VIN_codes)/World_Manufacturer_Identifier_(WMI)
If the VIN starts with "L" it's made in China.What the "L" are you talking about🤣.