Dec 7, 2011

0 KTM 200 Duke India: Initial Reviews

Indian Auto Publications reviews the KTM 200 Duke..!!

A couple of prominent Indian auto publications have got the opportunity to ride the KTM 200 Duke, posted below are the highlights from their reviews and also the respective links to the full reviews.

Photo Credit: xBhp

Summary of the various reviews:

  • The KTM 200 Duke is an "Out and out Street Hooligan"
  • Quality and Fit and Finish is of high order
  • The liquid cooled, short stroke engine loves to be revved hard
  • Very strong/punchy initial and mid range performance
  • Top speed of 135-138 kmph
  • Very good handling
  • Exhaust note seems to be intoxicating

[1] xBhp:

"The plastic, the switchgear, and the seat – everything exudes quality and ‘expensive’ about it..

..the world is getting younger, and the power is shifting to Asia . This bike is proof of that..!!

[2] Zigwheels:

"No unnecessary tries at making it best of all worlds with tourer-friendly laid-back yet sporty two-piece clip-ons or a feeble effort like some of its rivals to club racing ergonomics with comfort in one package.

This (the KTM 200 Duke) is an out and out naked hooligan for the street who is utterly shameless about its arrogant character and one who does not feel intimidated nor threatened by anything the rider has to throw at it

[3] AutocarIndia:

"India’s first Duke comes powered by a 200cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine. This motor loves to be revved and produces a fantastic aural note while doing so and what’s great is that the engine feels smooth at all speeds"

[4] BS Motoring:

"Come January, India will get one of the most exciting motorcycles it’s ever seen, and going by Bajaj’s history of competitive pricing, there is no reason to suspect otherwise with the Duke 200..

..Even without knowing the price, there were many fellow journalists at the ride who are queueing up to pick up the bike. Proof enough that the Duke 200 is a great, fun motorcycle that adds another dimension to Indian motorcycling"

[5] Overdrive:

"KTMs are frantic and busy and the Duke 200 is no exception. It feels eager from the time you dump the clutch to the going flat out with the redline approaching.

In the note from the engine, it feels like a motorcycle that is happiest being thrashed to within an inch of its life. This kind of intensity is something we haven't seen on an Indian motorcycle in quite a while"

KTM 200 Duke (India): Official Specifications


Type: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
Valve Train: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
Displacement: 200 cc

Maximum Power: 25 hp @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 19 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Compression ration: 11.3:1

Bore x Stroke: 72 mm x 49 mm
Starting: Electric
Transmission/Gears: 6-speed
Fuel System: Fuel Injection


Type: Trellis
Front Suspension: (WP) Telescopic Upside Down Forks
Rear Suspension: (WP) monoshock
Suspension travel Front: 140 mm
Suspension travel Rear: 150 mm

Tyres (front/rear): 110/70 x 17(tubeless radial)/ 150/60 x 17(tubeless radial)
Front Brake: 280 mm Disc brake
Rear Brake: 230 mm Rear Disc
Steering head angle 65°


Wheel base: 1,367 mm
Ground clearance: 165 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Total fuel tank capacity: 10.5 litres
Dry/Kerb Weight: 125/136 kgs

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