The Duke 200, like a true streetfighter, wants to put its ear to the ground at the first sign of a corner and keep doing it over and over again until those 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tyres are frayed at the edges - this little KTM possesses poise and balance that is beyond its segment. And that is all thanks to clever packaging, light weight and other things that nerds love to read about. The Duke 200 flows through corners like water going down an amusement park slide, light and quick. It makes all kinds of corners seem as easy as straights and is more graceful than a troupe of ballerinas in the way it dances through curves.
One of the things I like most about the Duke 200 is the radially mounted front brake calliper. The first such brake in India, the sheer braking force via the 280 mm disc is eye-popping and the Duke loves stoppies for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. And in case you’re wondering, the Duke loves wheelies too. Not that we did either of these naughty things. Overall, the Duke 200 never wants to take it easy, forever compelling the rider to oblige by riding harder and harder. And that’s no bad thing at all.
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