2020 KTM 200 Duke BS6: First Ride Review
- Feb 25, 2020
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The 200 Duke which helped KTM cement its position in India back in 2012 finally received a comprehensive update 6 years after it was originally launched. The streetfighter sports the same design language as its elder siblings - the 250 and 390 Duke. However, the changes have resulted in a price hike and a new ex-showroom price of Rs 1,72,749. So if the 200 Duke isn’t your cup of tea, you could have a look at the following options which make a compelling case for themselves.
Dominar 250 - Rs 1,60,000
The Dominar 400 is an excellent choice if you love touring. It has more than enough power, a liquid-cooled engine, a ton of features and a comfortable riding posture. That said, the constant price hikes over the past year along with the recent BS6 update has pushed the bike’s price quite close to the Rs 2 lakh mark. This is where the smaller Dominar 250 comes into play. It’s essentially the same package which gives up on a couple of creature comforts and uses a smaller engine derived from the 250 Duke. Plus you end up saving around Rs 12,000 which could be better spent on some touring accessories. More details here.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 - Starts at Rs 1,65,025
If you aren’t a speed freak and love a laidback ride instead, you might want to look at the BS6 Royal Enfield Classic 350. It’s been updated to comply with BS6 emission norms, which means the bike now features fuel injection. Royal Enfield’s also going an extra mile to offer a 3-year warranty and 3-year free roadside assistance as standard. So there’s additional peace of mind. Head here for more details.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP - Rs 1,71,456
The fully-faired Gixxer SF 250 could be another alternative to the Duke. It’s a tad cheaper, has 25 per cent more displacement hence more power, a full LED headlight and tail light, an informative digital console and a MotoGP inspired paint scheme. What’s not to like? A full fairing ensures fewer wind blasts on the highway while its grippy radial tyres make sure you have ample grip while pushing the bike through corners. Click here for more details.
Husqvarna 250cc Twins - Rs 1,80,000
KTM owns Husqvarna motorcycles, who also have two propositions around the same price. In fact, you get a bigger engine based on the 250 Duke, more power, Swedish styling and two genres to choose from: cafe racer or scrambler. More details available here.
Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6 - Rs 1,86,811
Last but not the least, some of you adventure enthusiasts could have a look at the BS6 Himalayan. Yes, it’s a complete 360-degree turn from the sporty 200 Duke, but it’s well worth it. The Himalayan offers the opportunity to conquer unknown off-road territory while plastering a smile on your face. It’s decently kitted out, gets a BS6 engine, well-padded seats and probably the best ergos on an adventure tourer. We recently had a go on the BS6 model and here’s what we think of it.
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