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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Apr 24, 2012

KTM Duke 200 - Reviews, Please?

Europe's famous KTM has partnered with Bajaj Automobiles in India to launch the sporty motorcycle KTM Duke 200. I've been noticing that the media is talking a lot about these bikes and I decided to explore more. The bike looks good and has a sporty design. Considering 4 stroke engines as a norm for the motorcycles these days, I'm not quite sure how the bike accelerates. I've not had a test drive yet; but I'd be impressed only if it gives a better acceleration over the old 125 CC two stroke Yamaha bikes I'm in love with.

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Image Credit: KTM.com

I'm also yet to find out the on-road price of the bike. Why not hear a bit more about the motorcycle from our mechanical, automobile engineers and tell us whether the bike is worth the price? If anyone has had a test drive of this bike, please share your experience with us.

KTM Duke 200 Specifications (Credit: KTM.com)

ENGINE

Design: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 200 cm³
Bore: 72 mm
Stroke: 49 mm
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 cooling liquid 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: Front150 mm
Suspension travel: Rear150 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 front300 mm
Brake discs - diameter rear230 mm
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4” (520) O‑Ring
Steering head angle65°
Wheel base1,361±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)170 mm
Seat height (unloaded)810 mm
Total fuel tank capacity: ~10.5 liters
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.125 kg
gohm
gohm • Apr 24, 2012
I think it would be a fun little super moto bike good for some applications. It really seems like the small displacement bike market is exploding there in India.
zaveri
zaveri • Apr 24, 2012
The engine specs sound impressive enough. Secondary gear ratio is 14:43 , which means the bike will start even when engaged in 3rd gear ! (probably) . The honda cb twister starts even in the 4th gear.
Mr.Don
Mr.Don • Apr 24, 2012
I'd become "Sick of bikes at >~=220cc". 👎 100cc bikes are the best 👍 - "Better mileage and for better experience". 😉
zaveri
zaveri • Apr 27, 2012
i would personally prefer the honda unicorn over ktm, because of the high cost, and also because of very low seating area for the pillion rider

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