They are here and they are definitely going to rock your world. The 2017 KTM Duke lineup has made their grand entry to the Indian market and the launch also saw the introduction of the all-new KTM Duke 250. The new bike which will slot in between its siblings will open up a new line of attack against the likes of the Benelli TNT 25. As for the Duke 200 and the Duke 390, they’ll continue to set the sales chart of fire with their revised styling and new list of features. Bookings have started and deliveries will begin as early as next week. Here’s a detailed break down of the three bikes.
2017 KTM Duke 390
Superior to its predecessor, both mechanically and aesthetically, the 2017 KTM Duke 390 is going to be a sure-shot winner for the brand. Its styling, which is inspired by the bigger 1200cc Superduke is going to be the USP. The new headlamp design with the LED DRLs drive home the point that KTM is firing on all cylinders with this package to bring it as visually close to its bigger brothers as they can within the price range. The TFT colour instrument cluster is another noteworthy addition. Now hooking up your smartphone to the bike for streaming calls and music is a feature that you can benefit from. More changes are in place, including a larger 13.5-liter fuel tank, adjustable control levers, ride-by-wire throttle and a side-slung exhaust. We’ll miss the underbelly exhaust.
A 373.2cc, 43bhp, 37Nm, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine powers the drill and comes wrapped inside a new two-part trellis frame. The new frame has bestowed the KTM Duke 390 with a higher seat height of 830mm and a reduced wheelbase of 1,357mm. Stopping power has improved with the addition of a 320mm disc up front.
At Rs. 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2017 KTM Duke 390 is more expensive than the outgoing model, but has the kit to justify the increase in price.
2017 KTM Duke 250
The new kid on the block will be a headache for the Benelli TNT 25 which is steadily chewing into the street bike segment which was once dominated by the Duke 200. By launching the 250cc version, KTM has made it clear that they aren’t going to let their competition walk away with the bigger piece of the 250cc pie. What is essentially a watered-down version of the KTM Duke 390, the new Duke 250 will be giving many of those amazing features on the Duke 390 a miss. The TFT colour display, the all-LED headlamp, the orange alloys, the 320mm front disc brake and the Metzeler tyres are among those features which were chopped off from the Duke 250. Even ABS has been removed from the options list. Features are more or less similar to that of the Duke 200 though, with MRF tyres and 300mm front disc-230mm rear disc brake setup. Thankfully, KTM has kept the styling closer to that of the new Duke 390 and that means A 250cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine which produces 30bhp of power and 24Nm of torque is in charge of propelling the new KTM Duke 250 and to comes mated with a slipper-clutch-equipped 6-speed gearbox.
Priced at Rs. 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2017 KTM Duke 250 is also cheaper than its direct rival – the Benelli TNT 25 – though by a small margin.
2017 KTM Duke 200
There isn’t much to mention here as the 2017 KTM Duke 200 remains more or less the same as the outgoing model. A BS-IV compliant, 199.5cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that churns out 25bhp of power and 19Nm of torque powers the bike which has received a minor freshening-up, thanks to the orange wheels and new body graphics.
The 2017 KTM Duke 200 retails for Rs. 1.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).