By now most of you will be aware of KTM’s Duke 200, ever since its launch in 2012 it remains unbeaten in its class.
Hello and welcome to this review of the KTM Duke 200, the Austrian giant known for their Aggressively powered bikes made to thrill with the big orange touch to it raised the motorcycle standards in India with their Duke 200. This Bike has everything you could ask for, Right from its dynamic looks and an engine that delivers enough power to wipe off the expression from our face, to its instrument cluster that displays various information for you to know it better.
Lets get into detail then !
Displacement: 199.5cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled
Max. Power: 24.6 bhp @ 10000 rpm
Max. Torque: 19.2 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Transmission: 6 Speed, claw shifted
Kerb Weight: 136 kg
Fuel System: Fuel injection system
Type: Tubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated
Brakes: 300 mm Disc with four-pot brake caliper (F), 230 mm Disc with one-pot brake caliper (R)
Suspension : Telescopic Upside Down Forks (F), Monoshock, Alloy Swingarm (R)
Tyre’s: 110/70 R17 (F), 150/60 R17 (R).
L/W/H (mm): 2002/873/1274
Wheelbase: 1361±15 mm
Ground Clarence: 165 mm
Fuel Tank: 10.5 litres
0-60: 3.3 Seconds
0-100: 9.2 Seconds
Top Speed: 138 kmph [Electronic Speed Limit ]
Fuel Economy: 35 kmpl
INR 1,42,000 (Ex-showroom New Delhi).
ALUMINIUM ALLOW SWINGARM
LIGHT WEIGHT TRELLIS FRAME
MULTI-FUNCTION DIGITAL INSTRUMENT CONSOLE
DISC BRAKES BY BREMBO
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The bike is easy to ride in the city with its compact dimensions, light weight and its peppy engine making it easy to manoeuvre through heavy traffic. Its stiff chassis setup results in good stability.
The engine delivers sufficient torque at low rpm’s and with its short gearing the Duke 200 can accelerate quickly and also run as low as 35 kmph in 6th gear. The single piece handlebar is wide so cornering in the bike feels effortless, with the wide tires it offers superb grip while leaning in a corner.
Although the foot-pegs are tucked back a bit, the seating position is fairly upright and feels comfortable enough for long rides. But, on the highway, due to short ratio of the gears, the Duke struggles to cruise comfortably at high speeds.
Exhaust is positioned underneath the center of the bike, the short length of the exhaust improves torque at low rpm’s, while its center positioning helps in lowering the center of gravity.
When it comes to performance, there is nothing dull about it, coming to the exhaust note, some people might complain the way it sounds as its idle exhaust sound is similar to an auto rickshaw But once you twist the throttle the bike roars loud and sounds more “Throaty”.
KTM also offers various accessories known as KTM power parts to improve the bikes performance and looks. Right from tank cap sticker to wave disc brakes, and then there are various color combinations when it comes to the full body decals. You can transform the bike the way you like it.
KTM Duke is the bike that has razor sharp performance with aggressive looks and comes with a package.
With all that being said, their are a few drawbacks as well, if the engine is revved hard for even a short period of time, the engine gets heated up pretty fast. Even in the city riding conditions, if the bike is running for a longer period of time, Engine heats up to an extent that one might feel slight burning sensation near lower area of one’s legs.
And during cornering, if gear lever or rear brake lever makes contact with the ground, even if its a smaller part, then instead of bending, the lever just breaks off. This is because the levers are made of aluminium for lighter weight.
But all this can be controlled by the rider if he/she is cautious enough, Other than that, The KTM Duke 200 is an Impressive bike.