Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen entered the Indian market with their 200-cc Duke. KTM bikes range is from Rs. 1.25 lakh to Rs. 2.48 lakh. Currently there are 6 models on offer and the brand would be introducing 3 more models later this year.
KTM is an Austrian Bike Manufacturing company which is recognized world-wide for its high-performance two-wheeler vehicles. Off road and street bikes are their major selling products. Currently, Bajaj Auto holds a major stake in the company’s Indian Business.
The KTM 200 Duke costs 1.62 Lakhs Ex-showroom and the average fuel efficiency is 35 kmpl. Styling wise the 5-year-old design language of this duke still remains fresh and is carried over in the latest model. The instrument cluster holds lot of information and this is a plus point at this price point. The sound of this bike is a bit annoying. The BSIV-compliant 199.5cc liquid-cooled engine makes 25.1 PS of power and a maximum torque of 19.2Nm at 8,000rpm. Ride quality is a bit stiff. But that may not be the concern for passionate riders. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The KTM 200 Duke is currently the most favored bike by the Indian Youth. It now comes with ABS unit, which costs Rs 8200 more than the standard variant. It looks very similar to its 390-cc sibling. All new graphical pattern and three new color schemes distinguishes this bike. Major features include a new instrument console, with digital display of trip meter, distance to empty, clock, and odometer.
There is an underbelly exhaust, and LED’s for tail lamps. The 200 Duke is available in the single channel ABS model. If your search is for comfortable and quick daily commute, wonderful acceleration, ease of cornering and a mediocre fuel efficiency, the 200 Duke is the best option you have.
This is probably the most wonderful 125-cc engine option and the only liquid cooled engine on offer in the Indian Market! The fit and finish of this bike is really good and there’s a lot of attention to detail. The 124.7-cc DOHC engine makes 14.5 PS at 9250 rpm, and a peak torque of 12 Nm at 8000 rpm. 115 kmph is the top speed.
The engine is the most refined of the lot. It also has a sleek shifting 6-speed gearbox. The claimed fuel efficiency is of 35 kmpl which is a lot considering the performance. The pillion seating position is a disaster. This bike is meant for solo riding. The 125 Duke costs 1.25 lakhs ex-showroom and is available in 1 variant and 2 colors. This makes the bike marginally cheaper the 200-cc Duke. The two-wheeler hosts one of the smallest engine in the KTM’s Indian fleet.
The company maintains the same exterior styling in the Duke 125 as that of the 200-cc model. Engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox which transfers the power to the rear wheels through chain drive. The 125-cc bike is equipped with WP upside down front forks, WP monoshock at the rear and aluminum swingarm, the braking is done by 300mm front and a 230mm rear disc, with single-channel ABS which gives adequate braking performance for urban traffic condition. The tires are also the same MRF Revz rubber as the 200 Duke.
This one gets an all-LED headlight. There is a dual color scheme to the instrument cluster. Its white in the day time and turns black during the night. The best part is that you can connect your phone to the instrument cluster! You can actually change the music or receive calls while on the go. There are a lot of changes in the engine department of this bike.
Company has introduced Ride-by-wire system which uses a servo to give throttle inputs, larger front disc brake with sintered pads, and a new set of both front and rear suspensions. The underslung exhaust has been replaced by side slung exhaust which is aimed at making less noise.
The engine is refined and feels punchy to drive. The fuel efficiency is 25 kmpl. Weight of the bike has been increased by 5 kilograms over the previous model. In terms of speed the new 390 is slower than its predecessor. The suspension is slightly on the softer side. This new bike is aimed more to tackle the urban environment. Even if its marginally slower you don’t feel the difference while riding in the city and there’s no dearth of power whenever you demand.
If you are someone who loves to ride for long time and power is your main concern then the 390 duke is more than adequate to satisfy your demands because it cruises well, it can handle mild off-roading, it’s a beast on the race track and its very easy to ride in the city because of its light weight and maneuverability.
Starting at a price range of 1.81 lakh rupees, this bike has conquered the Indian 250-cc two-wheeler market. The bike is available in 2 variants and 2 colors. However, the instrument cluster on the Duke 390 is missed here. The seating position is now better and softer. The bike now sounds better than the duke 200.It gets a 248.8-cc liquid cooled engine which makes 29.9 PS at 9000 rpm.
This bike is made to drive easily and not really pushing it to the limit. It offers a very good performance coupled with adequate power to conquer any urban territory. It makes 24 Nm at 7500 rpm. It is in action between 4000 and 9500 rpm. The power comes in a linear way and the mid-range is much stronger than its 200-cc sibling. It’s the fastest 250-cc bike and makes 0-100kmph with 8.50 seconds. Moreover, the bike is very well refined and not much of the vibrations are really noticed.
However, rev up high and you do feel vibes near the foot pegs. The tires don’t offer a great grip and that is a sad part. The 250 Duke sits in a comfortable spot in the KTM India lineup. Pricewise the 200 Duke retails at Rs 1.49 (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the 390 Duke costs Rs 2.39 lakh. The 250 Duke, at Rs 1.78 lakh, cost just 29,000 more than the 200 Duke.
So, if you can stretch your budget by that much, the 250 Duke is the way to go. The 390 Duke meanwhile, sits in a different segment altogether with its higher price difference, more power and features. The Duke 250 bridges the gap in between the 200-cc and the 390-cc models. The price is marginally higher than the 200 Duke but for that price point you get an absolutely refined engine with better urban capabilities.
This was a brief introduction about KTM bikes in India.
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