The KTM 200 Duke was the first motorcycle from the Austrian brand to be built in India. The styling of the 200 Duke apart from its performance played a vital part in the bike gaining prominence among Indian bikers. While most street bikes prefer muscular and bulky styling to endow them with presence, the 200 Duke took a completely opposite route. The KTM 200 Duke adopted a slim and minimalistic styling that helped it stand apart from its rivals.
The sharp headlight, exposed trellis frame, angular tank and split seats made the KTM 200 Duke a visually arresting motorcycle. Despite the 390 Duke getting a design overhaul, KTM has stuck with the same styling for the 2017 Duke. Talking about features, the 200cc motorcycle features an all-digital instrument console. The digital display gets details like speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, real time mileage, average fuel consumption, average speed and more. It also features USD front forks and monoshock suspension at the back. Braking is done by disc brake units at both ends while ABS isn’t available even as an option.
Powering the KTM 200 Duke is a 200c single-cylinder engine. The liquid-cooled motor delivers 25PS at 10,000rpm and 19.2Nm of peak torque arrives at 8,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Given its 148kg kerb weight, performance of the 200 Duke is impressive and it is the fastest bike in its segment. The bike employs a trellis frame and gets an aluminium swingarm, while fuel tank capacity stands at 10.2 litres.
Yamaha FZ 25: Despite the fact that the Yamaha FZ 25 has 50cc more displacement, it lags behind the KTM 200 Duke in terms of power figures. While it might not offer similar performance to the 200 Duke, the FZ 25 is a comfortable and relatively fast commuter that can double up as an able tourer also. Also, the FZ 25 is cheaper than the KTM offering and has the assurance of Yamaha’s bulletproof reliability.
Bajaj Dominar 400: Now before you scream sacrilege, wait for a few seconds. While the Dominar 400 is more of a sports tourer, both the KTM 200 Duke and the Bajaj offering are priced close to each other. Yes, the Dominar can’t match the Austrian bike for outright performance and its handling dynamics. But what you get with the Dominar 400 is a bigger motor, more features and, last but not least, ABS!
Ever since its debut, the KTM 200 Duke has been the benchmark bike of its segment and still remains so. If you’re looking for a bike that offers great acceleration, loves to corner and has a hooligan nature, the 200 Duke is the bike for you and a great option for someone entering the world of performance bikes. The only grouse we have with the KTM 200 Duke is its super stiff ride quality and the fact that ABS isn’t offered even as an option.