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The KTM Duke 200 is the first of many KTM’s that will come to India via the 40% Bajaj connection. The KTM name has always been associated with the most fun motorcycles around the world be it dirt, track or street. The Duke 125 showed us how much fun a motorcycle can be and add to that top stunt men like Rok Bagoros who swear by it, this bike definitely generated a lot of attention world over. We spend some quality time with the Duke 200 and now bring to you an in-depth review of the motorcycle. So how does the KTM Duke 200 measure up in our road test? Read on.

Engine and Performance
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Powered by a 200cc motor with bore x stroke of 72mm x 49mm, the Duke 200 produces enough  torque & power that can give some 250cc bikes a run for their money. The short stroke engine might lead one to assume that the powerband is placed pretty high in the rev range. That, however, is not the case. You get lots of usable bottom end torque that catapults you forward with ease in pretty much any gear. Couple the short stroke the 4 valves and the DOHC (Double Over Head Cam Shafts) and you have a bike that builds revs quite quickly. The bike has a 6 speed transmission that feels slick and gears slots in without drama. We did not encounter any false neutrals either. Even after pushing the bike hard for couple of hours the engine quite happily asked for more.

 The maximum speed the bike did in each gear is as follows:

| 1st : 46kmph    | 2nd : 62kmph   |

3rd : 82kmph   | 4th : 102kmph  | 

| 5th : 121kmph | 6th : 138kmph  |

When you hit 10,500 rpm, the rev limiter cuts in quite sharply; so sharply that riding at full throttle, even in 6th gear is impossible as the ECU keeps killing the power when the bike touches 138kmph. They bike definitely can go way faster. At a constant 137 kmph though, everything is fine and you can keep cruising. Increase the speed by just another 1 kmph and engine seems to be stuck deciding between delivering full power & delivering no power. That’s how sharp the cut off is. According to the on-board computer, we obtained mileage figures between 21 & 34 kmpl depending on the riding conditions and speeds. Expect no more than 22-23kmpl if you ride around the city mostly in the first 4 gears. On the highway, we obtained a decent 34kmpl while cruising in 6th.

Look and Feel and Build Quality
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj Go ahead and take another good look at the baby Duke’s pictures. What was it that struck you at first sight? Was it the headlight? Or the muscular tank? The beefy forks up ahead? Or the minimalist rear section? The mirrors that stand out edgily, perhaps? Whatever it may have been that caught your attention, one thing’s for sure, it made quite some impression on you. That’s how different/radical/enticing the design of the KTM 200 Duke is! The KTM Duke 200 is a perfect on-road example of mass centralization. Your eyes wander from the chunky tank to the swoopy tank scoops, the trellis frame and the engine sitting pretty over the bright orange underbelly scoop, screaming ‘Racing KTM” in bright orange colors. At which point, you decide there’s something missing until you realize you don’t see that familiar component. The underbelly exhaust is as much a masterstroke in design as it is in failing and then grabbing your attention like nothing other. The drawn out rear fender coupled with the monoshock and that detailed lightweight aluminium die cast swing arm portrays an aggressive character to the 200 Duke. It also helps in leaving the rear wheel look ‘open’ and unhindered by anything surrounding it, probably a reason why people mistake this street bike for an off-roader. Saree guards are usually an eye sore but we have to admit, it manages to look the least ugly on this motorcycle. Step away from this orange metal art and the entire design seems to be telling you nothing else than what KTM has been saying all along, Ready to Race?

motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj The baby Duke mixes being light, agile and confident all at the same time. The riding stance is one that complements the characteristic of this bike really well and the wide handle bars giving you good control and a relaxed feel. Sharp and good fun is how we’d like to describe the KTM 200 Duke.

Handling and Braking
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj The riding posture feels tall and high owing to the saddle height of 810 mm. The position is upright and comfortable. The handle bars are wide and allow you to change the bike’s directions easily. If you’re over 6ft. tall, you will find your knees touching the plastic tank panels, but otherwise, you fit into the bike pretty well, with the well sculpted tank proving you good tuck in space for your knees allowing you to grab the tank easily. The ergonomics is balanced well between comfort & ease of handling the bike. The oversized high performance WP inverted forks at the front, with similar dimensions to the ones found on high end models like the KTM RC8 or the Super Duke 990 & the WP monoshock suspension with 10-step adjustable preload at the rear connect you to the road and provide good feedback. They do a good job of absorbing bone-jarring encounters with speed breakers or potholes.

motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj The Duke 200 handles well over a range of riding conditions that you might encounter everyday: potholes, speed breakers, bad roads and smooth curves. Bybre brakes provide the stopping power at both ends, a 280 mm disc with a 4 piston radially mounted caliper at the front and a 230 mm disc with a single piston, floating caliper at the rear. While we were mighty impressed with the front brake, it was the rear that wasn’t really living up to their names as “brakes.” The engine braking in 2nd gear seemed to slow down the bike faster than using the rear brake alone. However, this can be overlooked by how powerful the front brake is. The front brake makes up for any shortcoming of the rear. You need to apply little pressure on the lever and the brake complies in cutting down speed. With the considerably less weight, the Duke feels very eager to come to a stop, which takes a bit of getting used to, but is good in emergencies or hard braking. This has to be the most remarkable feature of the bike.

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Accessories and Key features
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj KTM gives us the 200 Duke ready with a horde of feel good factors. Backlit switchgear is standard as is the engine kill-switch and push-to-cancel indicators. The mirrors, though nicely designed and in tune with the rest of the design language, isn’t the most useful unit we have come across. Split seats are good and add to the aesthetic beauty of the Duke’s side profile. LED indicators and taillights are good touches and look sleek. The feature that takes the cake, however, has to be that all digital, text readout console.

Have a look at the following —

  • Speedometer capable of displaying both kmph and mph
  • Bar graph tachometer
  • Fuel gauge bar graph
  • Two user-resettable trip meters and another that starts automatically when the fuel level drops to reserve
  • Clock
  • Engine temperature bar graph
  • Average speed
  • Riding time in minutes
  • Average fuel efficiency in kmpl as well as l/100km
  • Side stand down warning
  • Low battery warning
  • High coolant temperature warning
  • Low oil pressure warning
  • Low fuel level warning
  • Gear indicator
  • Distance to empty
  • Distance to next service
  • Shift up indicator that can be programmed to flash between any rpm range

You can check out the different console modes photographs at the KTM Duke 200 image gallery.

And if that wasn’t enough, there are a few tell-tale lights to help you along, such as —

  • Turn signal indicators
  • Engine diagnosis warning lamp
  • Shift warning lights
  • Neutral indicator
  • High beam indicator
  • General warning light

motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj Once past this barrage of information, you’ll notice the subtle but immensely pleasing KTM branding in places you least expect to find one: the wheel hub for example, or the headlight cover. Overall, the Duke has enough goodies on board to pamper its owner, and if you still want more, KTM will shortly be introducing the Power parts as well with which you can add that extra bit of personalization.

Update:
Even we were a bit sceptical about how the KTM Duke 200’s underbelly exhaust will perform in a silencer submerged situation, the video explains it all. The Duke 200 easily wades through knee deep water, survives 30 minutes submerged and a silencer submerged start up.

Commuting and City Riding
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj A single ride on the Duke and it’s obvious that KTM designed it to be a street/commuter bike. That is not to say the bike lacks power and returns stratospheric mileage. We are referring to its handling, power delivery & braking efficiency. First off, the handling: with a kerb weight of just 126kg, the 200cc machine changes directions effortlessly. Avoiding swerving vehicles & zombie pedestrians is not only easy, but is quite fun also. This is particularly helpful if riding in rush hour traffic is part of your daily commute. The suspension is soft enough to let potholes and small bumps go unnoticed, while hard enough to not make you feel you’re on a pogo stick through a corner. It returned a decent mileage of about 22-27 kmpl during our test.

Power is available right off the idle and you can open the throttle at any rpm and rest assured you will be thrust ahead. The wide power-band ensures you don’t have to change gears too often, nor depend on the brake too much as the engine braking is quite strong for a 200cc. Getting ahead of slower vehicles takes but a twist of the wrist, with the 6 speed transmission churning out loads of power. We can find only one word to describe the front brake: awesome. The four piston, radially mounted Bybre calipers at the front offer so much bite that using just a single finger is more than enough to shed excess speed, especially in traffic, where you would have to brake & accelerate repeatedly. At first, you will find yourself overbraking, till you get used to the brake. The steel braided brake liner offers excellent feel of the braking pressure and allow precise control. Any of the three characteristics by themselves could have made a good street bike. The combination of all three makes the Duke a great bike to ride in the city. With this, you will be eager to go to the grocer’s or look forward to your long daily commute, even if there’s a lot of traffic. You won’t know just how much fun it is until you actually ride one. The horn, we feel is more suitable for a scooter than a bike. A slightly louder, dual tone horn would have been nice to alert other road users. Since we tested the bike out in the day we could not test out the headlights, but a 12 volt 60/55 H4 socket setup almost never disappoints.

Touring
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This has to be the only area in which we weren’t impressed by the Duke. The tiny rear seat, on which it is difficult to mount your existing saddle bags; the short range that you get from the puny 10.5 litre fuel tank, which with its plastic side panels looks bigger than it really is; lack of a windscreen to protect you from windblast. You would probably have to reinvest in luggage if you’re looking to tour long distances on this bike, and KTM has done its part to help out by providing branded tank & tail bags as “Power Part” accessories.
That said, the power to weight ratio of this bike possibly makes it less strenuous to do long rides on. Also, an average of 34 kmpl while cruising at 7-7.5k rpm on the highway is pretty good too. The pillion seat however seems to be designed keeping people with size zero figures in mind. Seats are definitely comfortable but there just is not enough room. Not much under seat space either.

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Off-Roading
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KTM is probably better known for winning the Dakar Rally multiple times and making world class dirt bikes. In spite of them classifying the Duke as a “street bike,” we were pleasantly surprised how well it performed when the tarmac ended. The smooth soft rubbers offered good grip on loose surfaces. More than one would/can expect from them. The suspensions dampen all the bumps you go over while the peppy motor keeps you going further.

motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj The 165 mm ground clearance is particularly helpful when going off-road. The under chassis exhaust stayed well out of reach of the ground during our testing. The rear brake performed decently, but the front was too powerful for the loose surface. It was very easy to lock up the front-we had to press on the brake lever very very gently to slow down without losing the front.

Stunting
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With all the low end torque, the minimalistic design and of course the extra light body the KTM Duke 200 has all the right qualities to be a stunter’s number one choice. Probably the one person who can do justice to this motorcycle at stunting would be none other than stunt champion Rok Bagoros. He recently announced that he would be swapping the engine of the Duke 125 for that of the 200’s. Below is a video of the young talent showing to the world what the Duke is capable of.

Track Racing
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj While KTM never intended the Duke to be a track instrument, it does perform quite well. The rev friendly engine, the light kerb weight and that awesome front brake is a recipe for some serious corner carving at the track or your local twisties. It may not handle as well as a dedicated track bike, but it compensates by having a better power to weight ratio. The cast aluminium wheels reduce inertial mass, and with the steel trellis frame, keep the overall weight down. The front suspension is not adjustable, and can be described as being somewhere between hard and soft. The rear WP monoshock offers ten levels of preload adjustment. At its hardest setting, it will minimize swing arm movement and offer a stiffer chassis for the cornering enthusiast.

The rear tyre is the MRF REVZ-C 150/60-R17 and at the front is the REVZ-FC 110/70-R17. Both are tubeless radials, which again contribute to saving weight. The stock tyres offered excellent traction on dry roads, even when braking hard. The programmable shift light that flashes at a user configurable rpm will be particularly helpful on the track. The rpm at which the light starts to flash and the rpm at which it stops can both be set in the console. In short, it’s definitely not a sports bike, but can be fun to ride through curves.

Value for Money
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj Try pulling up next to a ‘CC’ driven motorcyclist and telling him your motorcycle costs more than his and he will remind you how he has more cubic capacity than you. And right there, on the face of it, fails the notion of this being a Value for Money product. But you’ll be wrong in giving in to that argument. Owning a motorcycle like the KTM 200 Duke is less about its numbers and more about what those numbers can do to the hair on the back of your hands. You can think like an accountant all you want. Or you can let the baby Duke make a case for itself out on the streets. Yes, at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1.17 lakhs, your forehead does frown a bit, but then there aren’t many options at this price-point that can hold a candle to His Orangeness. The fit and finish on the Duke is unlike any we have seen coming out of Bajaj’s Chakan plant. Good performance, high refinement levels and the KTM brand backing up the rest, it could be priced 50% higher and we wouldn’t complain.
There is a surge of motorcycles expected in this segment and we don’t see any that can quite match to the experience and value of the 200 Duke. Yes, it’s a new product in the market and we aren’t quite sure how it will fare when it comes to servicing and spares yet. But knowing Bajaj’s history with motorcycles now, we are assured of being played safe. All in all, if this motorcycle seems not quite Value for Money to you, we aren’t sure what will.

There is a surge of motorcycles expected now at this end of the market and we don’t see any that can quite match to the experience and value of the 200 Duke. Yes, it’s a new product in the market and we aren’t quite sure how it will fare when it comes to servicing and spares yet. But knowing Bajaj’s history with motorcycles now, we are assured of being played safe. All in all, if this motorcycle seems not quite Value for Money to you, we aren’t sure what will.

Final Verdict
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motorcycle reviews ktm duke 200 review ktm 200 review ktm 200 KTM duke 200 review bike reviews bajaj So then who is the KTM Duke 200 for? It is a motorcycle that’s exactly what KTM portrays it to be: a street bike, and does its job brilliantly. The KTM Duke 200 would make you stand out in a crowd, a light bike that will bring a smile every time you head out to battle the maniac traffic. Long tours may not be its cup of tea and the underbelly exhaust might throw some problems in the monsoons, but then again it does have the highest ground clearance in its class. The KTM Duke 200 almost does it all, but surely, it is first and foremost a street bike built for fun in a package that will not disappoint.

Specifications Sheet
ENGINE
Design Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement 200 cm³
Bore 72 mm
Stroke 49 mm
Torque 19.2 @ 8000 RPM
Power 25 bhp @ 10,000 RPM
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 1 rotor pump
Primary gear ratio 22:72
Secondary gear ratio 14:43
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of coolant with water pump
Clutch Clutch in oil bath / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
CHASSIS
Frame Tubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension 4357
Shock absorber WP Suspension 4618 EM
Suspension travel Front 150 mm
Suspension travel Rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with two-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter front 280 mm
Brake discs – diameter rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” (520) O‑Ring
Steering head angle 65°
Wheel base 1,361±15 mm
Front tyre 110/70 17 inch radial tubeless
Rear tyre 150/60 17 inch radial tubeless
Ground clearance (unloaded) 170 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 810 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 10.5 l
Unleaded fuel (91 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 125 kg
Battery 12 Volt 8 Amp maintenance free
Head lights 12V 60/55 W
Engine Oil Grade 20W50
Weight without fuel approx. 125 kg
Test Riders
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Latest Comments (75)
  1. Bhushan

    Its written wrong over here ..!!!
    front brake isn’t two pot.. its a four pot brake.
    please correct it..

    • It’s definitely only two, just that its actuated from both ends, hence for marketing purposes its four :)

  2. Surya

    I am planning to buy KTM Duke 200, will it surely gives mileage upto 40 in city roads (Hyderabad).

  3. Ankit Chettri

    I love the ktm brand and the 200 cc is great but I was looking for a little low end like the duke 125. Any ideas if ktm is planning on launching the little beast, ktm duke 125?

  4. sharan

    Hey guz..,i am just 160cm and i am planning to buy duke 200 do you tink the suspension can be adjusted to my height??…i will be happy if half of my feet touches the ground..

    • The suspension cannot be adjusted for height, all it can be adjusted for is softness and hardness. Although increasing the softness does reduce the seat height a bit. Coming to your situation, you should be fine on the Duke :)

    • sharan

      So u think i can comfortabley keep atleast one of my leg completely on the ground if i soften the seat??

    • Yes we think so, although we would strongly suggest you go down to the KTM dealership and check it out, and while you are at it take it for a test ride aswell and make your final decision. :)

  5. rakesh reddy

    iam 5.5 heights does ktm duke 200 suites to me pls say

    • Will be bit high to get on and off, but riding wont be a problem :)

  6. ruben

    anyone can tell me that ktm duke 125 will be lunched in india??its best option for us like our parents are little bit strictly for powerful bikes…if its going to be launched in then it would be awesome…even though we got so many demands for this 125 duke..

  7. se hour

    I think ktm duke 200 loy;

  8. ktm

    IIts not da value of money frnds very costly service n milege is not so gud it give 25kmpl maximum n sitting is ok braking is gud as compare to yamaha r15 its nothing…r15 gud look awesome handling n da milege 38kmpl …n da service of bike r15 is juz of 700rs n top speed of ktm duke n r15 is juz same both run 138 or 140

  9. B vashishta

    Sorry gentleman,
    I am a duke 200 owner. It is a wonderfull bike, but very hard shock abnsorbers are a big problem. this gives me a back pain on bumpy road and on long drives also. I have readjusted all positions of the shockers from KTM service centre , adjusted tyre pressue but in vain . A pain full situation. I dont know how KTM can deliver a bike with such poor shokers. I am planning to sell my bike and to go for Ninja Or Harley. All other indian bikes have better shock absorbers than KTM. In this world of communication a bad word flies very fast and it may affect the sale of KTM adversely. KTM must do something to the shock absorbers.

  10. Faisal FJ

    hi guys
    may i know that , if there is racing between new KTM duke 200 and PULSAAR 220 ; WHO WILL BE THE WINNER’

    • Hi Faisal :)

      We are putting up a comparo between the two shortly :)

  11. Tejaswi

    Hi,
    Please let me know the actual mileage and on-road price in bangalore

  12. palgun

    Can any one tell me when is ktm launching the “duke 350″ ???? And why does the power parts don’t include disc brake, sprocket and head light mask for Indian market ??…..thanking you

    • Hi,

      The 350 is expected post march next year, about the power parts, its anybody’s guess, KTM-Bajaj might introduce them at a later stage when there are more models of KTM’s in the market.

  13. Chethan

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ hi Guys in read all comment an d got the bike 1 month before! and i got the millage 39 kmpl in 120 speed in city and highway

  14. hi Guys in read all comment an d got the bike 1 month before! and i got the millage 39 kmpl in 120 speed in city and highway

  15. Naveen

    You guys have got the mileage part wrong, you have posted “Expect no more than 22-23kmpl if you ride around the city mostly in the first 4 gears.”
    As far as I have read the posts by the bike owners on xbhp like on this page http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcycle-ownership-experiences/21737-ktm-200-duke-406.html
    (they have posted the mileage on different pages I read through like 100 pages for mileage)
    I have gathered that for commuting in city limits, the average mileage is around 30-36 kmpl. It depends on the the rider, but for normal commuting I think it won’t go below 30 unless you are riding very aggressively.
    So its not that bad as you say of 22-23kmpl. Its around 30-36.
    So can you people clarify about it..

  16. Justin

    guyz thankz for the review.. but wanna know that is it possible to corner duke nearly to 45 degre without loosing its stability??

    • that comes down to the rider. The machine is definitely capable :)

    • Not even MotoGP riders bank on 45 degrees- its too extreme.

  17. joe

    Hi, just want to ask whether the rear shock is adjustable the height? is it the height of the bike suitable for person that height not more than 170cm?

    • Hi Joe,

      Lets get one point clear and out in the open as a lot of people get confused by this. The shock absorbers in general when adjustable can be put at different variations of soft and hard. The increase and decrease in height is just a side effect of this. Harder the suspension the more stiff it is and more tall it stands, the softer it is the lower it stands as it tends to dip with the bike’s weight it self.

      Hope you have understood. Coming back to what you asked, the KTM’s rear suspension can be adjusted to levels of hard or soft.

  18. vijay rj

    I ve only one doubt about the duke 200? I heard that in duke 200 seat is little bit harder it causes itchy? is it true

    • Aseer

      It Is Very Comfortable to sit.

  19. venky

    Okay.so those of you who all are still in doubts! let me help you a bit! i got my Duke on 5th of June and here pulsar 200ns was going to be launched on the 8th. but i didnt even bother to wait for it and test it…when i took a test drive od duke i was flat! no words seriously! the power you’ll feel by just rawring it and you know deep down(if you are a hard biker) this will make you look in the rear view to find where everyone else racing with ou are! they cannot! and i mean it! cannot overtake you! not with these ordinary toys like p220, fz15,r15 nothings stands even close..trust me on this! have checked!
    and it gives out a pretty decent avg as well! not bad..expect no more than 28 to 35..if you had a splender before this(no offense) this will give u 45 as well! lol
    its a great bike guyz..dont think..just go for it!

  20. ARPITH

    I am confused between the Duke 200, R15 Version 2.0, CBR 150R, Bullet 500 and CBR 250R. I am a young professional looking for a bike that can give me good fuel economy, looks stunning, is good at handling, easy for beginner-level riders and is good for every day commute (about a distance of 50 KMs in total). I have test-ridden each bike (other than the Bullet 500 and CBR 150R) and love each one of them since they all cater to different aspects of a rider’s needs. All I can think of right now is………. HELP!

  21. Siddhartha Ghosh

    Until and unless i take a test ride i cannot comment on its performance but its design is awesome and i like it very much.To me accroding to its specification it is the bike i needed and i have been searching for and last nor the least the colour combination and the graphics that caught my eyes the most.

  22. great review about duke bike.thank you.

  23. Praveen Balineni

    I don’t agree with your “track rating” of the Duke at 3 stars outta 5 .Though the bike was designed to be a street bike, it is an exceptional performer on track. I know that’s an Irony but You won’t believe that until you checkout the May issue of Overdrive. There is a complete track test at Kari speedway with R15, CBR250 and the DUke.. The Duke lapped 1-4 seconds quicker than the CBR250 and still more than the R15. I would’ve liked a 4-star for the Duke atleast :)

  24. nice review,thanks,

  25. SACHIN RADHAKRISHNAN

    AWESOME DESCRIPTION LOVE THIS BIKE TO THE CORE REMINDS ME OF MY RX-100 LETS SEE HAVE BOOKED THE BIKE WILL BE DELIVERED BY 15 TH OF THIS MAY

  26. vijendra

    great look. can u tell me on road average,
    i want to buy

    • Anand

      35 Km/L

  27. avisek

    your description are really awesome… i feel its best spot to talk about my question?….

    so
    i m very confused to buy between cbr150r and ktm duke200 so can u plz suggest mee kindlyyy…

    i m eagerly waiting for ur seggestion…

  28. Arshad

    Perfect review just a couple of my experience on just the 750 Kms I have done so far..
    The rear tyre already gave way had a blow out just when braking to slow down at the toll naka. We need to have better tyre options then the current MRF’s
    SECONDLY if we could have got a better seat cushioning as we Indians don’t normally ride with riding gears IT WOULD HELP ON LONGER RIDES.
    THE BIKE IS EXCELLENT BAJAJ HAS DONE WELL.KUDOS

    • AASHIT

      I just got my bike yesterday…. I’ts just so revvvvvvving… its alwayz ready to eat tarmac. Reminds of Yamha Rx100….but this is way better.
      So sorry mate about your tyre. Did you check the tyre pressure???? Best option would be fill it with Nitrogen. It keeps it cool especially in our 45 deg summer. And also i think try keeping the pressure 1 or 2 psi low. so even in heat if the tyre were to expands it can compensate for it. I think you can get Pirelli in india.
      You are right about the seats they are hard….needs bit of cushioning. Long drives with your wault in your butt pocket can be problem.

    • VARADHARAJAN

      I bought the duke only for touring. (

  29. Ashit

    Thank you for this extensive review….. I always loved naked powerful bikes like Ducati monster but sadly its expensive…… Well finally we have something in low budget. This looks really awsome. I’v been driving Kinetic Honda since 13 years and think its time to say goodbye to it…. Hope the KTM Powerparts and Powerware comes to India too…. I’v checked the site its got some great stuff. Cant wait for test ride…..
    Cheers mate. Keep up to good work.

    • VARADHARAJAN

      i got my duke delivered on 20/4 and had already done about 820 km
      you are right it reminds me too of my YAMAHA RX 100. I feel the bike is an extension of my body.
      happy biking

  30. Girish

    EXCELLENT and EXTENSIVE REVIEW !!!!!!!!!

  31. bum

    ktm duke

    fully satisfied bike in looks and technology with gr8 power

    average is not issue for the person who go for some thing unique

  32. Rk

    A super overall review. However, I can’t understand your ratings for the various riding options. For instance, you say that this bike might not be a great tourer and indicate the power to weight ratio as one of the reasons. Was it really field tested as a tourer? And what really is a tourer these days? City bikes like Apache and Pulsar have not stopped people from taking them to Led / Ladakh.

  33. Frany George

    Thanks for your review. I was impatiently waiting for this since a couple of weeks!
    Can U people suggest a better bike for touring which comes under 1.25 lac? What about the upcoming pulsar 200 NS?
    Thank U.

  34. Odi

    Only! There is no head to head with CBR 250 R :D

  35. Hreat article and one very cool bike. Fantastic article and you all have some great photos there as well. Keep it up and keep riding and writing.
    Cheers Kenneth.

  36. abhiiii

    do ktm will also release its duke 125 in india??????????

  37. abhiiii

    do ktm will release its 125duke in india

    • Anand

      very soon

  38. Robin

    this bike is sexy….booked this bike before the test ride!!!!! damn talk about being sold on looks!..when i drove the duke…i felt like a duke! thank you Bajaj for giving me pulsar 200 and now the duke. Ready to Race>>

  39. Nishant Sukharia

    I read in some review that overall it delivers around 22-25kmpl in city and 32-34 on highways…

  40. Very nice review.. is there any comparo against the competition?

  41. Bishal Thapa

    The bike is a well rounded package except for the mileage part which the service guys told me was somewhere around 25 to 28 kmpl in actual riding conditions which is unacceptable for such a light bike and the KTM website ad.After all guys, petrol is pushing painfully towards the Rs.100 mark.Wish they would do something about it.Great review in this website. Thanx guys.

  42. siddhesh thakur

    even i am stopped because of d question of average ….even i want 2 knw d exact average of dis ktm 200…..d bike is awsme loved it jst want 2 knw d average nd d total showroom price of d bike . . . ??????????

    • The KTM duke gives 55 kpl if you stick to 40 kmph in the city !!

  43. Really nice review, after going through many details on so many bike reviews, this bike feels satisfied to me, hope i buy this in future days, but sad part in your review is that it faces a problem on long rides, wish it could give a great performance during long rides.

    Anyhow, ive liked the reviews. All the best Iamabiker.

  44. Om

    average of 34… should be more. CBR250 gives that much. And my Ninja 250 itself gives close to 32…

  45. Nishant Sukharia

    Also, I didn’t said anything about the Yamahas :P

  46. Nishant Sukharia

    @ AJ:
    38% shares is a big amount mate ! Its 13 less than getting in the domination.
    And IT IS a Bajaj offering cuz if Bajaj would not have been there , we might not be having this discussion.

  47. aj

    Secondly,this is not Bajaj’s offering….

  48. aj

    @Nishatn
    With all due respect…
    N,I think this bike dethroned Yamaha FZ16..by far,it was the best looking street/naked spec we had in India(<250cc category though),and still is a potent machine.

  49. Johneeee

    Good Review….. :-)

    Just enter the KTM showroom and you will ge atleast 75% of the review wats here. WELL i got them. Some new stuff dat is shocking to me is, dis bike has low efficiency, wherein the advertisement on the KTM site says “Low Fuel Consumption”. :-) i Know afterall its just an AD. I have made my booking and still waiting…………
    Once again a Good Job Done!

  50. nice review IAMBIKER..
    Impressed with ur detailed Investigation regarding the bike as its my fav byk uptil now..
    godd job carry on..

  51. Manohar

    @Badri,
    100kmph around 7.5k RPM
    120kmph around 9k RPM
    Bike is limited by RPM not speed. you should be able to increase top end by changing sprockets. :)

  52. badri

    Hi, nice review and i guess the first time some body has posted a video of the duke 200’s top speed. Thumbs up for that. Though, in the video the tachometer was not visible. Hence, i have two questions, What is the Rpm the engine does when the bike is going at 100 and 120kmph, and secondly, is the rev limiter set through the engine speed or the vehicle speed of 138kmph?? Iam asking this question because the top speed of the bike can be easily increased by changing the sprockets seeing the grunt it has at that high rpm. It would be great if you guys can throw some light on these issues.

  53. Manish Gurung

    Great review but am waiting for bigger KTM

  54. Nishanth N

    There goes KTM off my list ! :( Anyways, good review there guys, defines the bike exactly! I was more interested in the TOURING part of it, which you have rated low (did not surprise me though!) This one dethroned Apache RTR from being the best crazy city bike out there! But hats off to KTM-Bajaj for pulling off this one almost perfectly. Spot on pricing (for what you get), neat handling, insane power and easy to ride. What else would one need for a city commuting and occasional rides out of the city!

    Still wondering about one thing : What is the max comfortable cruising speed of this bike?

  55. Nishant Sukharia

    Nice review Iamabiker !
    The photography is comendable.I really liked the pic in the “handling and braking” section.
    As far as I know the dUkE received a Thumbs up from EVERY car n bike mag/shows…finally we can see the Indian biking Community to develop and grow in the right direction : Performance .
    First the duKe and now the new Pulsar 200 NS ,Bajaj does it again !
    Hope the other international players like Honda too bring something like this instead of the upcoming CBR 150. >.<
    What the hell is TVS doing ! Hello ??

  56. mav1234

    Excellent review Team.
    Keep it up.. Kudos to you.. :)

  57. jobi

    Guys i was just waiting for ur review of KTM DUKE200… its a excellent review… :) :) Thank u So much (IAMABIKER)… All the features of the bike is EXCELLENT 100% am so Happy about it…. :) :) :) But the only thing that am worried is about the MILEAGE of the bike… No 1 is reviewing the correct MILEAGE of the bike… as u guys mentioned Above in TOURING FEATURE average of 34kmpl while cruising at 7-7.5k rpm on the highway… i would like to know what will be MILEAGE in city LIMITS…..???? This is the only 1 thing thats STOPPING me Booking the BIKE & making it DELAY :( :( :( :(
    If u guys let me Know what will the MILEGE it will be very HELPFULL :) :) :)
    thank u :)

    • ktm

      Jobi….its ok not so wonderful n extra bike I sold off ma ktm duke 200…..it was not extra ordinary milege only 24 kmpl n service is costly n spare parts very costly yamaha r15 is juz amazing bike as compare to duke…go for yamaha

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