Duke 200 stood upfront back in 2012 and it was everyone’s favorite but turned with time, KTM Duke 200 BS6 is back and how good it is?
Let’s find out more in this KTM Duke 200 BS6 full In-Depth review!
The new KTM Duke 200 BS6 is similar to Duke 250 and also it has few changes which are for good and improves the performance in certain ways.
KTM is known for the high-speed racing bikes. In India, KTM has fixed its place in the heart of the youth by delivering high-performance bikes and not hard on the budget. Since KTM was the first to out-bring the racing pocket-friendly performance bikes, it is maintaining its position well. The latest flagship was KTM Adventure 390 and it was great. Let’s find out more about this performance bike in this KTM Duke 200 BS6 full In-Depth review!.
Design- The KTM Duke 200 BS6 comes with a new split trellis frame and also new bodywork which undoubtedly makes this Duke attractive. There is a new headlight that is carried from 390 but without the split and LED’s, it also gets a DRL with halogen. Duke has a good stretch of bodywork in this duke like the previous. There are new grips for the pillion which are way more functional from before. The handlebar is ahead due to the seat height, it can go aggressive on corners. Seat height has been increased by 5mm and ground clearance is down by 20mm because of new underbelly exhaust. Tyres are weak on grips, as 110/70-17 at the front and 150/60 -17 at the rear.
Hardware- New Split trellis frame adds the charm of cornering the vehicle. To keep it in control, KTM Duke 200 BS6 gets dual-channel ABS and it works perfectly. This duke has a premium WP suspension of 43mm upside-down fork and preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear. The suspension is perfect which makes it sturdy at high speed and also not too soft around the corners. The instrument cluster is smaller now and still manages to show all the necessary information on it and is all digital. The 6-speed gearbox comes without a slipper clutch which is a bit disappointing. The shifts are short but smooth. The brakes are 300mm at the front and 230mm at the rear.
Comfort- The KTM Duke 200 is now more comfortable. The seat height increases giving more leg space to hug the body and also the pillion seat is more spacious. The footpegs are rear-set and might be a bit issue for few on the long rides but still, it is a go for all the enthusiasts. The pillion grab rail is now wider and also useful to mount luggage.
Engine- KTM Duke 200 gets the same 199cc engine, It is liquid-cooled plus fuel-injected with 4 valve motor. Despite BS6, there is not much drop in performance but it is more linear now. There is a good low-end punch but a flat top end which makes it boring after a while. In the city it will be a treat and would be easy on quick overtakes and also more sturdy. The maximum power is at 25PS @10,000 RPM and torque output at 19.2Nm @8,000 RPM.
Performance- In terms of performance the KTM Duke 200 is not far from all the others. The engine is still punchy and good at low end. There is a increased weight of 9kgs which is not a much of problem for the duke. The motor is smooth throughout the revband but there is vibrations in top end. 0-100 takes 9.2 seconds and 0-60 takes around 3.30 seconds which is not bad with a top speed of 133Kmph. The tank is bigger at 13.5 ltrs and thus has a increased tank range.
Verdict- KTM Duke 200 BS6 is still considerable bearing the fact that it has great handling, punchy engine and still an design that is so attractive. The KTM Duke 200 BS6 is costs 1.72 Lakhs (Ex-showroom) . For all the KTM Fanboys, this is still as refreshing as it was previously and a must go.
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