KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturing brand that entered India back in 2012 with the Duke 200. The bike is still available in 2022. It is a street bike with a mean road presence. The current iteration has been revised from scratch. Apart from the brand name, the Duke 200 is essentially a brand new bike.
As per the official KTM bike price list, the motorcycle entails an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 2, 22,490. The following sections will enunciate other impressive aspects of the bike in detail. Read on to learn more.
The design and presence of the bike are unmatched
The Duke 200 has been on sale for a decade. Till 2019, the bike retained the same aesthetics and electromechanical specifications. In the year 2020, the bike got a complete overhaul in terms of looks and features. This step extended the shelf life of the bike.
The current iteration of the KTM Duke 200 looks more menacing than ever. Every single body panel of the bike entails sharp lines. The instrument cluster on the bike is a new one in terms of design, UX and UI. The headlamp unit as well as the LED DRLs also entail brand new design languages. KTM continues to offer the bike with dual disc brakes and dual-channel ABS.
Brand new colours
The bike is now offered in two new colour schemes known as Electronic Orange and Dark Silver Metallic.
The engine retains its raw nature even after the BS6 refinements
KTM is a brand that is known globally for its track-ready and track-only bikes. KTM engines are known to have high redlines and untamed characters. When the BS6 norms were enforced in India, KTM purists were a bit concerned. Duke fans thought that KTM engineers would water down the engine of the Duke 200 to meet BS-6 emission norms.
Thankfully that did not happen!
KTM engineers kept the engine of the bike unchanged. Instead, they worked on the catalytic converter of the bike. With this step, the engine kept its rev-happy nature intact. The revised catalytic convertor ensured that the current iteration of the Duke 200 met the BS6-emission norms. However, the KTM engineers did refine the engine in a bid to contain vibrations at high RPM ranges.
The latest generation of the Duke is powered by the engine that powered the OG Duke 200. The engine has a displacement of 199.5 CC. The single-cylinder engine is fuel-injected and liquid cooled. The peak power of 24.67 bhp power is available at 10,000 rpm. The peak torque of 19.3 Nm is available at 8,000 rpm.
The bike is known for its fuel efficiency
Thanks to an efficient and perfectly tuned EFI, the Duke 200 offers a real world mileage of 34.5 KMPL. The compression ratio of the engine has been enhanced to 11.3:1 which ensures every drop of petrol is efficiently burnt. The result is simple. The bike will make more power per litre and emit low fumes at the same time.
The duke handles like a boss!
The KTM Duke 200 retains its WP APEX 43 MM USD (upside-down) fork suspension and WP APEX monoshock suspension setup. The bike also rides on a re-engineered Trellis subframe. The premium suspension and Trellis frame keep the bike stable on straight lines and curved roads.
Urban and rural handling of the bike is unmatched when compared with rival products. On bad roads, however, the bike offers a bouncy ride due to the medium setting of the suspensions. Under load from the pillion rider or from luggage, the bouncy nature of the suspensions is capped to an extent.
Is it a good idea to buy the Duke 200?
The Duke 200 is made for enthusiastic riders. The best part is the price of the bike. Furthermore, KTM has an immaculate after-sales and spare parts network. On top of these, the maintenance costs of owning a Duke 200 are pretty low. For more details, please take a test ride at the nearest KTM bike dealership today.