The specifications are out! The motorcycle will be here soon as well! Full dope on the KTM 200 Duke
One of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles of 2011, the KTM 200 Duke was shown at the 2011 EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition where the Austrian bike-maker disclosed complete specifications of the 200cc machine in front of the global media. Although our mole had ridden the 200cc version before in India during the testing, it was still uncertain how much horsepower the single cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine would produce, only until now. The 200 Duke page on KTM’s official website says that the bike pumps out 25 horses and weighs just 125kg. Which means when it makes its Indian foray it will boast the best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 200PS/tonne!
Of what little we have heard from the our sources who have ridden the KTM 200 Duke, it is one of the most fun-to-ride and potent machine that will be difficult to catch even for the Honda CBR250R in performance and if priced correctly by Bajaj Auto in India, then even in the race for sales numbers. The KTM 200 Duke is expected to hit the Indian roads by early January next year and it will be sold via Bajaj ProBiking dealerships. There is no word on the pricing yet, but taking into consideration that the bike is locally made at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facility near Pune, we can expect the KTM 200 Duke to be competitively priced to Honda’s CBR250R.
Once launched, the KTM 200 Duke will certainly be one of the most exciting launches of 2012 with its radical styling complimented by an equally competent short-stroke 200cc liquid-cooled fuel injected single cylinder motor that is mated to a six-speed transmission. The engine packaged inside a powder-coated steel tubular frame with WP suspensions taking charge of the damping duties on both ends. The brakes are from Brembo’s sub-brand Bybre, while the tyres are expected to be supplied by MRF. With its impressive power-to-weight ratio and India-friendly ergonomics, the KTM 200 Duke is certainly one machine that is set to give a solid push to the premium motorcycle segment in the country.