It was 2012, every aspect of life was slow and simple; expensive motorcycles were fast and lithe, while the budget-friendly options were only meant to commute in the city. But then, an Austrian bikemaker marked its entry into the country, and its small capacity product turned the tables, and for the better, as it seemed.
As it entered the Indian market, the KTM 200 Duke changed the beliefs of the Indian riders. Gone were the days when riders only cared about the fuel efficiency, for what started as a crucial era for performance, thrill, and, as KTM themselves say, racing.
The 200 Duke established the brand synonymous to performance and thrill. And in doing so, it was definitely value for money as well. In 2017, KTM slightly upgraded its motorcycle to meet the BS-IV emission norms. So, what we have here today is the 2017 KTM 200 Duke. And while it still is expected to upgraded soon to meet the stringent BS-VI emission norms, it still gets the heart racing as it did years ago. Don’t believe me? Here’s how.
At the heart of the 200 Duke is a 199.5cc four-stroke fuel-injected engine, which is capable of producing 24.6bhp and 19.2Nm of torque. It works in tandem with a six-speed gearbox. For a single-cylinder engine, this one is extremely smooth throughout the rev range. The low-end is decent and the engine comes to its senses only past 3,000rpm. Once past it, the power delivery is flawless up until where the rev limiter kicks in.
There are no differences in the way the 2017 KTM 200 Duke looks when compared to its 2012 iteration. Still, however, the KTM looks as beautiful and sharp as it used to years back. Dimension-wise, it is 2,050mm in length, 730mm in width, and 810mm in height. The wheelbase and ground clearance also remain unchanged at 1,366mm and 175mm, respectively. The kerb weight is increased by 5kg, now 148kg.
Fuel tank capacity
The KTM 200 Duke has a decent fuel tank capacity of 10.2-litres. As per ARAI, it is capable of delivering a mileage of 35km/l.
The KTM 200 Duke is, without a doubt, one of the most capable handlers in the segment. As for the hardware, the bike rides on 43mm upside-down inverted telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension setup at the rear. It is built around a trellis frame. The 17-inch wheels are shod with a 110/70×17 tyre at the front and a 150/60×17 tyre at the back. The braking hardware comprises a 300mm disc and a 230mm disc at the front and rear, respectively.
Up until late-2018, one of the biggest holdups of the KTM 200 Duke was the absence of ABS. However, to keep up with the new safety norms, KTM has equipped the 200 Duke with single-channel ABS. The instrumentation is backed up by an orange-backlit screen, good for a variety of useful information. The headlamp is a halogen-unit while the taillamp is an LED.
The KTM 200 Duke, as of 2020, is available in three different shades, namely, Orange, Black, and White. In our opinion, the KTM looks the best in the Orange shade.
As of early-2020, the KTM 200 Duke is available in a single variant. The price for the ABS variant is Rs. 1.61 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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