When it comes to adventurous riding and high speed biking, there are not many bikes, which can take on the KTM Duke heads on. The sports bike, manufactured by the Austrain motorcycle manufacturer KTM, has inspired many youngsters ever since its launch. KTM is a motorcycle manufacturer that specializes in the making of off-road motorcycles. However, they have expanded their operations to production of street motorcycles and even developing a sports car. Nevertheless, their niche continues to be off-road bikes.
KTM Duke is well known among the bike lovers and off roaders across the world. The very sight of the bike zipping past on the roads brings excitement and thrill to the youngsters. Its popularity is because of its great performance, class styling, superb looks and the raw thrill the ride provides.
There are various versions of the Duke. The KTM Duke 200, a 200cc bike is the most popular of the lot.Priced at INR130,782/-, offers an average mileage of 35 kmpl on highways. However, unlike the commuter bikes, fuel economy factor is not a defining factor when it comes to sports bikes like KTM Duke. The company also offers another model of Duke – KTM 390 Duke ABS.
Let us now examine the other factors, which make KTM Duke a desirable bike among the youngsters. For starters, it comes with exciting and stylish sporty looks. Over and above this, it is loaded with features like alloy wheels, tubeless tyre, wide tyres, suspension, big tank fuel and disc brakes among others. The bike is available in three catchy colours – White, Orange, and Black.
KTM Duke is powered by a 199.5cc, single-cylinder 4-stroke liquid cooling engine, which produces a peak power of 25 bhp at 10000 rpm. The maximum torque produced is 19.2nm at 8000 rpm. The bike comes with a six-speed manual transmission, which ensures great performance.
Duke is an easy bike to handle as it is lightweight and comes with powder coated body and Steel Trellis frame. It can reach a speed of 60 kmph from zero within 3.3 seconds. The top speed offered is 136 kmph. Some of the desirable features found in the Duke include digital speedometer, digital fuel gauge, digital-analogue instrument cluster, digital trip meter and analogue tachometer, to list a few. KTM Duke comes with side stand alarm and self-start features. Other features that add to the utility include turn indicators, engine temperature gauge, Gear Indicator, clock, average riding time, shift RPM indicator, average riding speed, average fuel consumption, distance to dot and the distance to next among others.
Yamaha YZF R15, Suzuki Inazuma and the Hyosung GT are the main competitors of KTM Duke, but in reality, there is nothing akin to the Duke.