Here’s What You Can Expect From The 2022 KTM 250 Duke

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  • Apr 19, 2021
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Five important points that will get you up to speed with the upcoming 250 Duke


Two of KTMs entry-level motorcycles, the 125 Duke and the 250 Duke, were recently spotted testing overseas. The baby Duke features a couple of interesting changes, but it’s the 250 Duke that really steps up the game. So here are five important points that will get you up to speed with the upcoming streetnaked:


New Design And Features

First and foremost, the bike gets an all-new design. The 2021 250 Duke takes its styling cues from both the 890 Duke and the 1290 SuperDuke R. The front fender and sharp tank extension seem to be inspired by the 1290. The radiator covers, handguards, and a shorter rear fender are new components too. The TFT console may witness some minor changes as well.  

What’s a bit weird, though, is the headlight, which is a halogen unit. What made KTM backpedal from the current LED headlight is a mystery. Other minor but crucial design updates include a sleeker LED tail lamp and new rearview mirrors. 


New Sub-frame And Swingarm

Even the cast swingarm has been redesigned and may help shed some weight. The older trellis sub-frame has been replaced by a sleeker composite unit, a change seen on the 1290 Super Duke last year.


A Larger Fuel Tank?

Fuel tank capacity has always been an issue with the KTM range. But it looks like the Austrian bike maker may just solve this issue with the upcoming bike. To give you some context, the fuel tank on the 250 is styled like the 890 Duke with a capacity of up to 14-litres. If that’s true, it will surely improve the bike's highway capabilities. 

May Produce More Power

Look closely and you’ll notice new engine casings on the 250 Duke. The new design could make room for better engine internals, which, in turn, would help extract more performance. So we can expect a minor bump in power and torque, compared to the current-gen model which puts out 29.91PS and 24Nm. The newer model backtracks to using an underbelly exhaust -- reasons for which are currently unknown. 


Other Hardware Updates

The new composite sub-frame and the swingarm design make way for a new side-mounted monoshock. Its 5-spoke alloy wheel design is identical to the upcoming RC range. It should be lighter than before, thereby improving the bike’s power-to-weight ratio.


Launch Timeline And Price

It’s too early to speculate the price of the bike but expect a hefty premium considering the list of comprehensive updates. The new 250 Duke should be out in the Indian market halfway through next year.

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