KTM has become a popular brand name in India because of their efficiency oriented bikes which are divided broadly into 2 categories– the RC series and the Duke series. The company released the upgraded the RC series last month and have now released the 2017 design year line-up of the Duke series.
The launch includes the upgraded Duke 200, the 2017 Duke 390 and the intro of a brand new model– the Duke 250.
The Duke 390 was first showcased at EICMA 2016 and features several modifications and updates. The most significant destination of the motorbike, however, has been the style which takes inspiration from its oldest sibling– the SuperDuke 1200.
The modifications to the styling have made the bike a lot sharper and edgier than prior to which is matched by the brand-new LED headlamp cluster with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The fuel tank is now larger also at 13-5 litre capacity, as compared to the 10.5-litre fuel tank capability in the outbound model, and gets a new TFT color screen which can be linked to your smart device through an app.
Controlling the Duke 390 is a 373cc single-cylinder engine which features fuel injection and liquid cooling and delivers 43.5 horse power. In order to make the engine BS IV emission standard certified, the bike has been adjusted with a brand-new exhaust which is installed on the side and gets ride-by-wire innovation.
The brand-new Duke 390 gets a new two-part trellis frame and 43 mm upside-down forks at the front which can fit for rebound and compression. The brakes have been upgraded too as now it features larger 320 mm discs at the front.
The 2017 Duke 390 has been released for a price of Rs 2.25 lakh ($3,370 ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Duke 200, although does not get such a huge list of updates as compared to the outgoing model. The most significant upgrade is that the engine of the Duke 200 is now BS-IV compliant however it is still capable to squeeze out 25 horsepower and 19 Nm of torque from the 200cc single-cylinder engine that is also liquid-cooled and fuel-injected. Other changes consist of the modification of body graphics and rim colours which are now in-tune to the updated Duke 390.
The Duke 200 will cost Rs 1.43 lakh ($2,142 ex-showroom, Delhi).
The wild card release by KTM has been the brand-new Duke 250, which fills out the space in between the Duke 200 and the Duke 390.
Regarding the appearance, it resembles the Duke 390 which, in turn, means that the bike likewise takes styling motivation from the SuperDuke 1200. It misses out on the sharp LED headlamp cluster, ride-by-wire innovation and the TFT color display that the 390 gets. The Duke 250 uses the instrument cluster similar to the one on the Duke 200 instead.
The Duke 250 gets black rims unlike the Duke 200 and Duke 390 (which have orange rims) and a somewhat various palette as compared with the Duke 390.
It will be controlled by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 250cc engine that likewise gets fuel-injection and delivers 30 horsepower and 24 Nm of torque and comes mated to six-speed transmission and a slipper clutch, that will assist the rider with aggressive downshifting. When it comes to stopping the bike, the Duke 250 gets 300 mm disc brake at the front and a 230 mm disc brake at the back.
Surprisingly, the Duke 250 gets MRF RevZ C1 tires and not the super-grippy Metzelers like the Duke 390.
The Duke 250 is launched for a cost of Rs 1.73 lakh ($2,590 ex-showroom, Delhi).