2013 KTM 390 Duke Vs Honda CBR250R ABS In India — Comparison By Overdrive

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Honda CBR 250 R ABS

2013 KTM 390 Duke vs Honda ABS in India

Bajaj’s Indian KTM may not be liked or have Splendor-beating (and there’s a thought and a but there is no dissent when you back on the last two years and that the two KTM Dukes have altered the price-performance equilibrium. the 390 Duke arrived for testing and to blow us away and left us for a head to head – though there is no direct performance or competitor.

However, the Honda C-ABS is almost the same as the 390 and this test just had to be If the goalposts have been should we – terminally infected the spirit of scientific enquiry – not at find out how far? Vikrant and I the bikes back to back to out how the two Rs 2.1 lakh bikes stack up.

is what happened.

Styling, and finish

They are chalk and these two. The 390 Duke is a wiry, spare … bike while the CBR250R is a faired sportsbike. Neither is nits for us to pick, though.

For the KTM the is one of familiarity. At the 390 global introduction in Craig Dent of Kiska told us that when it time to design the 390 Duke, looked at the 200 and thought how wonderful it And then stuck to that altering smaller, though important elements like the frame colour, wheel and stickering.

Both fall in the price bracket but are as different as and cheese

The positives of this The 390 looks distinctively like it was thoroughly modern and extremely and angular. The orange trellis great though the orange personally look a bit too loud for my

Vikrant disagrees and thinks look good but the paint on could have been On the flip side, it looks a 200 Duke with bright I understand that a different would make the bike expensive but deep inside I wish Bajaj-KTM could given it more differentiation.

  quality is good but I think can improve. I think the mass of snaking around the engine the 390 look messier than the 200 otherwise the 390 looks neat and

The KTM 390 is extremely familiar to look at but is a faster, thrilling ride

In the CBR250R is of course, clad in plastic and it gives the motorcycle a calm looking presence. And in the new scheme – which comes at an cost – the CBR250R looks fetching. But the CBR’s niggle is it isn’t as well-built as we expected to be. The odd bolt will show and there just isn’t the of flawless quality that is with Hondas all the way from the Yuga to the Fireblade.

The other is that now Honda has shown the to the public and that isn’t a it’s a mini-Blade and I think it vastly better than the – sharper, more focussed and prettier.

Honda’s CBR250R big and feels like a calm, big motorcycle

Between the two? I’m to say the finish levels as well as levels are slightly better on the KTM and the Honda victory in this has escaped the CBR250R. The styling is stevens since we aren’t two nakeds or two faired motorcycles.

If you your bikes wrapped in look to the CBR.  If you like bike with all the mechanical out there gathering muck and all the KTM will be more to your Worryingly, that means the KTM is ahead before we get to the meat of the

Oh dear.

Engines, performance and

The Honda CBR500R makes from its half-litre twin. 3PS more than the KTM’s single. Which means just 249cc in displacement and the CBR250R isn’t even in the ballpark.

The thing that this whole thing even more out of whack is the two bikes are nearly the same

Out in the real world, the Honda has a likeable engine. It will hit flat out – that’s true not indicated optimism so it isn’t But the CBR prefers torque to power and 22.9Nm at 7,000rpm and lets the define its brand of performance. on the throttle at any revs on the Honda a lovely surge which can be and in traffic, useful. Out of the urban 90kmph is a smooth 6,500rpm in top

Between the soft seat, accommodation and the stable, big bike Honda gives you a touring that we reckon is amongst the on sale in India today. It too bad on economy either, returning in the city in our tests, and 37.2kmpl on the Overall, 29.3kmpl gives it a tank range of 381km, in

The 390 Duke needs just to reach 60kmph

Of course, is a catch. If you raise cruising past 120-125kmph, the Honda to drink quite a bit more and range will fall to something like 250km. at these speeds you’ll the effort the engine is making as speed bar vibes as well.

But all becomes insignificant when the 390 enters the picture displacing more and producing 17PS power to boot. And wait, is more. The Duke also to be 20kg lighter than the

The difference in performance is so vast the CBR is comprehensively outgunned. The 390 Duke just 2.7s to get to 60kmph a the CBR reaches just over a second later. In three seconds, the Duke passes while the Honda needs for this.

At 168.5kmph (true), the KTM is a full 17kmph faster out than the CBR.

In the real the Honda’s is the more likeable

What makes the 390 more is not just the performance but also the of that performance. It will get to without any drama or fuss and in no at all. At idle there are bar vibes and the idle itself is

Below 3,000rpm you’ll the engine stutter a bit too. But 4,000rpm, and it’s like the sun out after a long dreary And from 5,000rpm to redline, the KTM is and puppies.

The engine produces mid-range as well as top-end while feeling throaty and but never stressed or strained. The is the unhurried feel of the engine. the 200 Duke also accelerates it’s thrash metal to the 390 Eric Clapton. And get this, in top gear on the Duke is just which means all-day cruising is eminently possible.

And if going to ask economy, check out the table, the KTM is behind, no question, but be surprised at how small the difference is.

ride and braking

The story is when it comes to dynamics as The KTM dominates by not only coming superior equipment but by using to full effect. It gets superior tyres for example, and the make an enormous difference to grip and your confidence in the

Honda CBR 250 R ABS

Clear ana-digi clocks can a bit cost conscious though. great out on the highway

One of the reasons for is that the KTM seems to have its much clearer than the CBR in of role. In the quest to be a sporty it offers a stiffer ride that works brilliantly in the and on good roads. On worse the KTM gets jittery and bouncy and the rock-hard seat in this is not an asset.

But what it does it does devastatingly well. It into corners fast and while the Metzelers give you far confidence at deep lean than the 200’s MRFs to. The result is a cornering platform you can really push very It’s stable enough and the sense of hook-up and drive corners is a proper thrill all on its

And just as the Duke fills head with speed, the shed momentum rapidly The strong brakes deal with the lighter bike and standard ABS which means grabbing a clumsy handful of brake produces little than extremely quick stops.

The digital meters everything. This one wears a Rs accessory tall visor

The in comparison aims to find the balance between great and ride. And it does too as long as you push too hard. At normal speeds, the CBR feels utterly and stable and this is rewarding a sensation for you to not notice the fact it doesn’t turn especially

It also has great ride for a sportbike. It absorbs bumps well and that makes it easy to live with in our cities and makes it wonderful on highway rides. However, the costs the CBR when you light the and ride it properly hard.

Then you’ll sense the CBR weaves and wallows and the sensations block you from riding it any As the significantly stiffer-sprung race show, the chassis actually has and lots of capability, but the stock doesn’t allow the handling to out and shine. On the brakes, the CBR is friendly than sharp but it backs up with strong power and the ABS is effective at producing sharp as well.


You might say at point that there to be no point in buying the Rs 2.13 CBR at all, right? Well, are three reasons to buy the CBR over the First, the KTM feels like a small bike while the feels like a manageable big

That difference in sensation be overlooked. The KTM’s role-focus means that it appeals to a band of enthusiasts and the Indian who craves the big bike feel not get it from the KTM. Second, the KTM have the engine to ace highway but it also has an extreme footpeg a rock hard seat and no for the rider to squirm and no pillion and consequently hardly any space for

Some of these are fixable mods, but the tank range the 11 litre tank is not going to be fixed. In contrast, the CBR might slower overall, but its seat is comfy. there is space for rider and pillion and the CBR takes happily to large, filled to the saddlebags as well. In some you’d almost agree there’s is more VFR in the CBR than

And third of course, is that it has a It sounds silly but the fairing is a big item in the value proposition for today and the 390 Duke doesn’t one. Although this advantage will be nullified when the RC390 arrives.

What this means for is that the CBR300R isn’t they should be mulling it should be something they to bring to the market post It troubles me that the CBR300R be slightly more expensive the 250 which means it might end up the RC390 on price. Will the 300 have the wherewithal to go up against the KTM 390s?

Let us know your please.

As it stands, the KTM 390 Duke stunning performance for a relatively outlay

Which brings us to the KTM 390 The 390 Dukes fixes all of the things people didn’t like on the 200 while keeping the best and amplifying them. All this at Rs lakh on-road (when is a masterstroke.

The bigger spread of and power is matched to gearing allows you to trundle gently, hard in the mid-revs or bash epic enthusiasm into the rev Every corner offers you the of two or three gears and the tall is a lovely addition to the arsenal. I do Bajaj gave the 390 Duke levers, a better seat and a tank for better highway

But as it stands, the KTM 390 Duke represents performance for a relatively small A proposition that is currently equal in India.


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