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New! KTM Duke 200 review and test ride
The orange baby bruiser is here at long last. And we ride it!
By : Kartik Ware | Published : December 06, 2011 | Photos : Aneesh Shivanekar
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The bright orange flanks scream out ‘DUKE’ at the top of their voices - the bike’s name is never going to be a mystery. The solid-looking forks and the substantial rubber play a big part in imparting a beefy air to the bike, while the traditional KTM face at the front establishes a clear link to the bigger hooligans from Austria. 

On niggles front, my personal favourite (and only) grouse are the clutch and front brake levers that look straight off a Pulsar - not happening. Brushed aluminium levers are a must, preferably in bright orange! There is also the saree guard/rear hugger unit. Deep inside Indian motorcycle companies’ headquarters, there exist top-secret Saree Guard Departments where entire platoons of designers and engineers scratch their heads in unison wondering how to put ugly metal grilles on good looking bikes. Credit to Bajaj, then, that I didn’t feel an urgent need to go looking for a spanner, though owners must remove it for purity’s sake. And in any case, the chances of a saree-clad person... er, lady finding her way onto that tiny pillion seat are slim.

And for those who’s like to stand out even further, Bajaj will offer a range of KTM Powerparts for the Duke 200 which consist of a bunch of cosmetic and performance upgrades. All with a healthy dose of orange, of course.


The engine, that is. It’s a 199.50cc lump of metal that was born for one purpose - to send waves of sheer joy to the rider each time the throttle is twisted. Featuring a double overhead camshaft layout that actuates four valves, liquid cooling and fuel injection, the Duke 200’s engine pushes out 25.48 bhp@10,000 rpm and 1.99 kgm@8000 rpm. This short stroke powerplant displays a rampant addiction to revs and loves to run headlong into the 10,000 rpm rev-limiter. 


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  Posted by abhijit paul, silchar at 21st February,2012
what is milage of Ktm Duke 200cc?
  Posted by pankaj at 8th February,2012
seems my eyes are eagerly waiting 2 hv a sigh of this bike ; wanna buy ds bike as soon as possible
  Posted by mitesh patel at 30th January,2012
This is nice bike i want to ride it soon.
  Posted by Aalaap Ghag at 30th January,2012
"top-secret Saree Guard Departments" Ahahahha!
  Posted by Manu at 30th January,2012
Should i wait for the new Pulsar 200ns or go for KTM duke 200.
  Posted by Shiva at 27th January,2012
25ponies in 200cc mill at 1.77lakhs it's the most outrageous bike woooo
  Posted by Pravin D at 15th January,2012
this bike is packed with all the goodies what a rider wants, god bless if its priced below 1.3 L OTR, she will slap all the highly priced bikes with old design
  Posted by Veeru at 9th December,2011
This is certainly going to shake up the premium bike segment. What a looker and going by the review performance/handling seem to compliment the looks, if that's the case then there is no stopping this one. At last we got perfect anti-thesis to faired bikes.
  Posted by hritik at 8th December,2011
end of the road for r15 n cbr
  Posted by rajat at 6th December,2011
looking dashing......
  Posted by Manoj N G at 6th December,2011
If priced at 1.2 lakh, this KTM would be a mouth-watering prospect, which will seriously threaten the likes of Yam R15
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