“The country’s second-largest two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto today launched a sports bike, ‘Duke 200’, from its Austrian partner KTM in India”. The excitement this news created for all the automotive enthusiasts back in the day around 12 years ago, has never faded since then. Even today, when an amateur decides to buy a bike in the 200 cc segment, this orange beauty is surely under consideration. The Duke has always been appreciated for its peppier engine, chiselled looks, compact style & aggressive nature, grabbing a lot of eyeballs since its debut into the Indian market. We haven’t seen such a sport naked motorcycle back then & the crowd was curious & enthralled to own one in their garage. Throughout these years, KTM hasn’t blessed Duke with significant updates, but in 2017 it received some graphical tweaks along with AHO feature & a BS4 complaint engine. Later in 2018, KTM relaunched the baby Duke with Bosch single-channel ABS system enhancing the safety equipment on the bike.
Fast forward in 2020, the KTM Duke 200 got a completely new BS6 complaint engine under the hood and its styling was aligned with its elder siblings Duke 250 & the mean machine Duke 390. The Duke 200 has always been the highest selling KTM in the Indian market since its inception & received a facelift after a decade. The BS6 iteration gets a bigger 13.5 litres fuel tank as compared to the old 11 litre one, sharp headlight design with LED DRLs similar to Duke 250 along with a light weight split steel trellis frame and a wide handlebar for better handling. The rider’s triangle & ergonomics are spot on and as you swing your leg, you’ll definitely be tempted to caress this fierce beauty on tarmac. It still carries the same underbelly exhaust though with an additional catalytic convertor to comply with BS6 emission norms.
Dimension wise the new 200 Duke is a bigger bike in all aspects, wider, longer and taller than the previous generation. The seat is now more spacious for the rider & pillion as well, & it has gone up by 5 mm from 818 mm to 823 mm. The ground clearance is compromised by 20 mm to 155 mm owing to the revised geometry of the exhaust system. With all the changes in consideration, the kerb weight of the bike has gone up by 11 kilos resulting into a 159 kg hefty beast. It has a 110/70 x 17 tyre at front & a 150/60 x 17 tyre at the rear, both comprising of the good old MRF rubbers and the bike is now available in two new colour schemes namely Orange (what it’s known for) and White (the sober one).
It carries the same monotonous instrument cluster since ages, but we get to see an upgraded Dual channel ABS system from Bosch as compared to the single channel unit on the older Dukes which increases the braking confidence substantially. The braking duties are handled by disc brakes on both wheels, a 300 mm radial disc radial on the front wheel, and a 230 mm disc on the rear. The new engine hasn’t lost any performance as seen on the other bikes after the BS6 upgrade, as this 199.5 cc single-cylinder, four-valve, DOHC, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine still churns out maximum power of 24.7 Bhp at 10,000 rpm and peak torque of 19.3 Nm at 8,000 rpm with a similar state of tuning. The bike still clocks a top speed of around 132 kmph & you can expect a fuel efficiency of about 25 to 30 kmpl or marginally better than that. The front suspension duties are handled by the best in class 43 mm USD forks from WP, whereas the rear has a 10-step adjustable WP monoshock suspension which can be tweaked as per your riding style.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with much more refinement and noticeably less vibrations compared to older Duke 200s. Due to the increased weight, the machine had to trade its hooligan behaviour to a calmer poise & would feel noticeably smoother across the rev range, but still you can easily lean it into corners & it will never fail to put a grin on your face. The 2020 KTM 200 Duke is now priced at ₹ 1.8 Lacs (Ex-showroom, Mumbai), and while the price hike may look justified considering the list of changes it has got, the problem is sibling rivalry here. With less than ₹ 30,000 price difference between the KTM 200 Duke and the KTM 250 Duke which is priced at ₹ 2 lakh, the latter one seems to tempt more. So love it or hate it,but it will absolutely knock your socks off when you actually ride it. Also there’s a cousin awaiting quitely in the head-on competition & we all know who it is !! With this, we wrap up the comprehensive review of KTM Duke 200 & hope you liked it.