KTM 200 Duke Road Test Review2023
Article by Drivio | 24th Jun 23
Is just an LED headlight enough to keep the 200 Duke relevant against the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
- The 200 Duke is powered by an OBD 2-compliant 199.5cc engine that makes 25PS and 19.3Nm.
- You get an inverted fork at the front along with a mono-shock at the rear.
- The latest update for the bike includes an LED headlight.
Since its introduction in India in 2012, the 200 Duke has played a crucial role in KTM's financial success. It served as the gateway into the Austrian manufacturer's streetfighter line-up until the arrival of the 125 Duke, which is a relatively recent addition.
After nearly eight years, KTM has finally decided to give the 200 Duke a much-needed mid-life update. We were fortunate enough to witness the bike in person and, more importantly, take it for a spin around KTM's test track in Chakan, Pune. Here's what we discovered during our experience.
2023 KTM 200 Duke: Design & Features
The KTM 200 Duke shares a striking appearance with its counterpart, the 250 Duke. However, KTM has implemented distinct liveries on both motorcycles to set them apart. Additionally, unlike the 390 Duke that features a side-mounted exhaust, the 200 Duke retains its underbelly exhaust. The new KTM bike proudly displays the 'Duke' branding across its fuel tank, accompanied by small '200' lettering just below.
While the 200 Duke still incorporates a halogen headlamp, it now boasts fang-type LED daytime running lights (DRLs), as well as LED turn signals and a LED tail lamp. The motorcycle is equipped with a fully digital instrument console, identical to the previous version, providing essential information such as speed, engine RPM, fuel level, real-time mileage, average fuel consumption, average speed, and a clock.
Unlike its previous iteration, the Duke 200 now features dual-channel ABS for enhanced safety. Moreover, the upcoming 2023 KTM 200 Duke will be fitted with an LED headlight, resembling the one found on the KTM 250 Duke and the 390 Duke.
2023 KTM 200 Duke: Engine
|Specifications||2023 KTM 200 Duke|
|Engine||199.5cc liquid-cooled engine|
The KTM Duke 200 is equipped with a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine that adheres to OBD-2 compliance standards. With a displacement of 199.5cc, this powerful engine generates an output of 25PS of power and 19.3Nm of torque. To harness this power, the engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed gearbox, ensuring optimal performance and a thrilling riding experience.
2023 KTM 200 Duke: Chassis
|Specifications||2023 KTM 200 Duke|
|Front suspension||Telescopic Fork|
|Rear suspension||Mono shock|
|Front tyre||17-inch alloys|
|Rear tyre||17-inch alloys|
|Front brake||Disc Brake|
|Rear brake||Disc Brake|
The KTM Duke 200 is constructed around a tubular split-trellis frame, providing a sturdy and agile foundation. Its suspension system comprises a 43mm upside-down front fork and a 10-step-preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear, delivering excellent handling and ride comfort. When it comes to braking, the motorcycle is equipped with a 300mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc brake, ensuring reliable stopping power.
Notably, dual-channel ABS is included as a standard feature, enhancing safety during braking manoeuvres. The bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, fitted with 110-section tubeless MRF tires at the front and 150mm tires at the rear, providing optimal traction and stability on various road surfaces.
2023 KTM 200 Duke: Dimensions
|Dimensions||2023 KTM 200 Duke|
|Fuel tank capacity||13.4-litres|
The KTM Duke 200 features a fuel tank with a capacity of 13.4 litres, allowing for ample riding range before refuelling is required. With a kerb weight of 159kg, the motorcycle strikes a balance between agility and stability. The seat height of 822mm ensures a comfortable riding position for most riders, while the ground clearance of 155mm allows for confident manoeuvring over varying road surfaces without compromising on stability.
The KTM 200 Duke is nice and compact and it’s very manageable in the city. Even its kerb weight is quite on the lower side.
2023 KTM 200 Duke: Variants & Price
|2023 KTM 200 Duke||Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)|
The KTM 200 Duke is offered in a single variant, providing customers with a straightforward choice. This variant is available in two distinct colour options, namely Electronic Orange and Dark Silver Metallic.
Indeed, the price of the BS6 KTM 200 Duke has increased significantly, surpassing Rs 10,000. Consequently, the ex-showroom price of the motorcycle now stands at Rs 1.93 lakh. While the enhanced engine plays a role in the price increment, a substantial portion, if not the majority, of the increase is attributed to the introduction of a new styling package.
Although the price hike is considerable, it is worth noting that throughout its eight-year existence and the availability of various colour schemes, the 200 Duke has never been as visually appealing or environmentally friendly as it is now.