KTM is one of the few motorcycle companies in India which introduced budget performance bikes in our market. The immense popularity of brand Duke prompted them to introduce the RC series as well and since then they have been continuously working on their products to make them even better for Indians. After being revealed last year at EICMA, the new Duke series has been officially launched in India. The list of new Duke series get the upgraded Duke 200 and completely new Duke 250 while the biggest offering of them all is the new Duke 390. What all has been changed and how well the new Duke brand is evolving is what this article is all about.
The Duke 200 continues to be the entry level and the most affordable KTM bike in India. The new model has been given no major styling changes apart from addition of orange colored alloy wheels which make it look similar to the bigger Duke 390 and has been priced at INR 1.43lakhs. The Duke 200 gets new graphics and mix of orange and black color which makes it look fresh. Technically the bike is same and continues to be powered by the same single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 199cc engine which churns out a peak power and torque output of 25PS and 19Nm respectively. The engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox and now the engine has been upgraded to meet BS-IV emission norms. The bike continues with the same set of tyres, brakes, suspension and silencer as before. Also it continues with its 10.2L fuel tank and old digital instrument display.
This is the brand new offering in our market giving an option to those who wanted something more powerful than the Duke 200 but at an affordable price. The bike has been priced at INR 1.73lakhs making it sit right in between the Duke 200 and 390. The bike gets styling cues similar to the bigger Duke 390 which makes it look bigger than its actual size. The bike has been built on the new age platform with a sub-frame which makes the bike more stable and enjoyable to ride than before. The headlight housing is similar to the Duke 390 which looks aerodynamic along with the big tank shrouds as it has a bigger 13L fuel tank which suits the sporty appearance of this bike. The Duke 250 though misses out on few features such as LED headlamp, ABS and full TFT display as seen in the 390 but it gets the slipper clutch as standard. Moreover, it shares its tyres, WP upside forks, 300mm front disc and 230mm rear disc brake and instrument display with Duke 200 in order to be price competitive. However, it gets split seats, grab rails and side silencer same as Duke 390. The Duke 250 is powered by the 249cc, single cylinder engine which is capable of producing peak power and torque output of 30PS and 24Nm respectively with a six-speed gearbox.
This is the biggest offering of all as it was eagerly awaited in our market. This is a complete new bike based on new trellis frame with a sub-frame for improved ride and handling. The new frame has resulted in shorter wheelbase by 10mm and now it stands at 1357mm. The ground clearance has also increased by 15mm and now it rides 185mm with an increased seat height of 830mm. This all has resulted in increase in weight by 10mm and now it weighs around 149kg. The bike retains its single cylinder, 273cc engine which is good for 43PS same as before while the retuning of this engine has resulted in increase in torque output by 2Nm and now gets 37Nm of torque with a six-speed gearbox.
The engine has been refined to perform even better since the bike has now become heavier thanks to the new frame and side silencer. To make the riding experience even better, the bike comes standard with ride by wire technology, twin channel ABS and ride modes depending upon your usage. Further the bike gets LED DRLs, LED headlamp and tail lamp with all new TFT digital display with smart phone integration making it the first bike to offer so much of power and premium features at an affordable price making it a complete value for money bike. The bike is priced at INR 2.25lakhs (All prices, Ex-showroom, Delhi).
By Sunil Kumar