KTM Duke 200 review

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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 200

The KTM Duke 200 is the first of KTM’s that will to India via the 40% Bajaj connection. The KTM has always been associated the most fun motorcycles around the be it dirt, track or street. The 125 showed us how much fun a motorcycle can be and add to top stunt men like Rok Bagoros who by it, this bike definitely a lot of attention world over.

We some quality time the Duke 200 and now bring to you an in-depth of the motorcycle. So how does the KTM Duke 200 up in our road test? Read on.

and Performance

Powered by a 200cc with bore x … of x 49mm, the Duke 200 produces  torque power that can some 250cc bikes a run for money. The short … might lead one to assume the powerband is placed pretty in the rev range. That, however, is not the You get lots of usable bottom end that catapults you forward ease in pretty much any

Couple the short … the 4 and the DOHC (Double Over Cam Shafts) and you have a bike builds revs quite The bike has a 6 speed transmission feels slick and gears in without drama. We did not encounter any neutrals either.

Even pushing the bike hard for of hours the engine quite asked for more.

Go ahead and another good look at the Duke’s pictures. What was it struck you at first sight? Was it the Or the muscular tank? The beefy up ahead?

Or the minimalist rear The mirrors that stand out perhaps? Whatever it may have that caught your one thing’s for sure, it made some impression on you. how different/radical/enticing the design of the KTM 200 Duke is!

The KTM Duke 200 is a perfect on-road of mass centralization. Your wander from the chunky to the swoopy tank scoops, the frame and the engine sitting over the bright orange scoop, screaming ‘Racing in bright orange colors. At point, you decide there’s missing until you realize you see that familiar component.

The exhaust is as much a masterstroke in as it is in failing and then grabbing attention like nothing The drawn out rear fender with the monoshock and that lightweight aluminium … swing arm portrays an aggressive to the 200 Duke. It also helps in the rear wheel look and unhindered by anything surrounding it, a reason why people mistake street bike for an off-roader.

guards are usually an eye sore but we to admit, it manages to look the ugly on this motorcycle. away from this metal art and the entire design to be telling you nothing else what KTM has been saying all Ready to Race?

The baby mixes being light, and confident all at the same time. The stance is one that complements the of this bike really and the wide handle bars you good control and a relaxed Sharp and good fun is how we’d to describe the KTM 200 Duke.

The riding feels tall and high to the saddle height of 810 mm. The position is and comfortable. The handle bars are and allow you to change the bike’s easily.

If you’re over 6ft. you will find your touching the plastic tank but otherwise, you fit into the bike well, with the well tank proving you good in space for your knees you to grab the tank easily. The is balanced well between ease of handling the bike.

The high performance WP inverted at the front, with similar to the ones found on high end like the KTM RC8 or the Super Duke 990 the WP suspension with 10-step preload at the rear connect you to the and provide good feedback. do a good job of absorbing bone-jarring with speed breakers or

The Duke 200 handles well a range of riding conditions you might encounter everyday: speed breakers, bad roads and curves. Bybre brakes the stopping power at both a 280 mm disc with a 4 piston mounted caliper at the front and a 230 mm with a single piston, caliper at the rear.

While we mighty impressed with the brake, it was the rear that really living up to their as “brakes.” The engine braking in 2nd seemed to slow down the faster than using the brake alone. However, can be overlooked by how powerful the front is. The front brake makes up for any of the rear.

You need to apply pressure on the lever and the brake in cutting down speed. the considerably less weight, the feels very eager to to a stop, which takes a bit of used to, but is good in emergencies or braking. This has to be the most feature of the bike.

Accessories and Key features

KTM gives us the 200 ready with a horde of good factors. Backlit is standard as is the engine kill-switch and indicators. The mirrors, though designed and in tune with the of the design language, isn’t the useful unit we have across. Split seats are and add to the aesthetic beauty of the Duke’s profile. LED indicators and taillights are touches and look sleek.

The that takes the cake, has to be that all digital, text console.

Have a look at the –

Speedometer capable of displaying kmph and mph

Bar graph tachometer

gauge bar graph

Two user-resettable meters and another that automatically when the fuel drops to reserve


temperature bar graph


Riding time in minutes

fuel efficiency in kmpl as as l/100km

Side stand warning

Low battery warning

coolant temperature warning

Low oil warning

Low fuel level

Gear indicator

Distance to

Distance to next service

up indicator that can be programmed to between any rpm range

You can check out the console modes photographs at the KTM 200 image gallery.

And if that enough, there are a few tell-tale to help you along, such as –

signal indicators

Engine warning lamp

Shift lights

Neutral indicator

High indicator

General warning

Once past this of information, you’ll notice the but immensely pleasing KTM branding in you least expect to find the wheel hub for example, or the headlight Overall, the Duke has enough on board to pamper its owner, and if you want more, KTM will be introducing the Power parts as with which you can add that bit of personalization.

Even we were a bit about how the KTM Duke 200′s exhaust will perform in a submerged situation, the video it all. The Duke 200 easily through knee deep survives 30 minutes submerged and a submerged start up.

Commuting and Riding

A single ride on the and it’s obvious that KTM it to be a street/commuter bike. That is not to say the lacks power and returns mileage. We are referring to its handling, delivery braking efficiency.

off, the handling: with a weight of just 126kg, the machine changes directions Avoiding swerving vehicles pedestrians is not only easy, but is fun also. This is particularly if riding in rush hour is part of your daily

The suspension is soft enough to let and small bumps go unnoticed, hard enough to not make you you’re on a pogo stick a corner. It returned a decent of about 22-27 kmpl our test.

This has to be the only in which we weren’t impressed by the The tiny rear seat, on it is difficult to mount your saddle bags; the short that you get from the puny litre fuel tank, with its plastic side looks bigger than it is; lack of a windscreen to protect you windblast. You would probably to reinvest in luggage if you’re to tour long distances on bike, and KTM has done its part to out by providing branded tank bags as “Power Part”

KTM is probably better known for the Dakar Rally multiple and making world class bikes. In spite of them the Duke as a “street bike,” we pleasantly surprised how well it when the tarmac ended. The soft rubbers offered grip on loose surfaces. than one would/can expect them.

The suspensions dampen all the you go over while the peppy keeps you going further.

all the low end torque, the minimalistic design and of the extra light body the KTM 200 has all the right qualities to be a stunter’s one choice. Probably the one person who can do to this motorcycle at stunting be none other than champion Rok Bagoros. He recently that he would be swapping the of the Duke 125 for that of the 200’s.

is a video of the young talent to the world what the Duke is of.

While KTM never intended the to be a track instrument, it does quite well. The rev friendly the light kerb weight and awesome front brake is a for some serious corner at the track or your local It may not handle as well as a dedicated bike, but it compensates by having a power to weight ratio. The aluminium wheels reduce mass, and with the steel frame, keep the overall down.

The front suspension is not adjustable, and can be as being somewhere between and soft. The rear WP monoshock ten levels of preload adjustment. At its setting, it will minimize arm movement and offer a stiffer for the cornering enthusiast.

Try pulling up to a ‘CC’ driven motorcyclist and him your motorcycle costs than his and he will remind you how he has cubic capacity than And right there, on the face of it, the notion of this being a for Money product. But you’ll be in giving in to that argument.

a motorcycle like the KTM 200 Duke is about its numbers and more what those numbers can do to the on the back of your hands. You can like an accountant all you want. Or you can let the Duke make a case for out on the streets. Yes, at an ex-showroom of Rs.

1.17 lakhs, your does frown a bit, but there aren’t many at this price-point that can a candle to His Orangeness. The fit and finish on the is unlike any we have seen out of Bajaj’s Chakan plant. performance, high refinement and the KTM brand backing up the rest, it be priced 50% higher and we wouldn’t

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