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2018 KTM Duke 200 with ABS launched while Duke 125 may arrive soon


Published: 25-Nov-2018

News - 2018 KTM Duke 200 with ABS launched while Duke 125 may arrive soon

In the year 2012 an Austrian brand KTM left the Indian bikers thrilled with joy when they first launched a range of the most affordable track tools and Naked Performance Tourers in the country, thereby creating a new segment. The first one to hit the shore was the Duke 200 that sported a never seen design in India till then. A naked bike with an under belly exhaust and driven by a 200cc,DOHC, liquid cooled motorholding 25 horses under its leash, Duke 200 rendered power delivery, pretty much unseen on any other mass production bikes at that time. This was enough to gain faster popularity among the youth.

Before the launch of the RC 200, Yamaha YZF R15 was the sole king and the first crush for many biker boys. Then came the 390cc monster, always eager to jump off the line. Touching 79kmph in the first gear was not a matter at all. Thanks to all plastic body as KTM was keen on producing light weight bikes,also keeping it light under the pockets.

As per a statement by KTM CEO Stefan Pierer in 2015, KTM in partnership with Bajaj were planning to replace the 125, 200, and the 390-series Duke and RC lines in 2017, based on all new platforms. As said, all the bikes that KTM launched later came with better cosmetic changes under a new platform, including the naked elder sibling Duke 390 that received a more fierce styling with TFT displays upfront for the instrument cluster. However, Duke 200 was neglected for some reason unknown. The design started to look outdated and continued to remain, as it was back then with the same feature lists.

200 Duke

The biggest change in 2018 that the Duke 200 has now received is the addition of ABS feature, that was quite imminent for a bike of this range. The new 200 Duke with Bosch ABS as been launched at a price of Rs.1.6 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) at a premium of 9000 than the standard model. The non ABS version continues to be available in the dealerships.

Inspite of this major feature update, there are no other cosmetic changes evident on the new version. However, most of the people prefer the older design, as it seemed to have had a larger impact than the newer generation KTM’s which is clear from the sales volumes. Probably, that is why KTM decided to overlook the design change this time.

Key features of 2018 Duke 200 ABS:

200cc, Single cylinder, Liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine

25bhp@10,000rpm and 19.20Nm@8000rpm

6-speed gearbox

Bosch ABS system

125 Duke

That’s not all from the KTM stable. The company seems to have a happier news for the younger brothers and for those who want to have fun without any compromise. Sources say that KTM dealers in Pune have started accepting booking for the 125cc version of the duke and the launch will possibly be in December 2018. Upon launch, Duke 125 could be the most expensive 125cc bike in the country till date.

The bike may take its design language from the Duke 250 but it might neglect a lot of extra features like the TFT touchscreen and ABS technology for cost cutting, instead could sport Combined Braking System for safety.

The price for the Duke 125 is expected to be around 1.5 lakhs, that makes it positioned well under the Duke 200. For more details, we will have to wait for the official update from the brand.

Key features of Duke 125 as per reports:

125cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine

15bhp of power and 12Nm of peak torque

6-speed transmission

Combined Braking system

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World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.

KTM Duke 390 spotted again!

KTM Duke 390 spotted again!

While people around the globe have been surfing online to catch reports of the new bike from KTM, the Duke 390 was spotted testing at pune roads recently. Even though this is not the first time the bike has been spotted testing in India, bike enthusiasts are hoping the launch date is somewhere round the corner.

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DUKE 250

Ever since its Indian debut through a healthy collaboration with Bajaj, back in 2012, the celebrated Austrian motorcycle brand KTM has very well managed to enthrall the aspirant 'performance' (literally) biker in the average Indian with their shallow, yet powerful lineup, consisting of the RCs and the Dukes in their 200 and 390 guises. As part of the inevitable effort to cope up with the endless tide of time, the bikemaker had recently launched the latest avatars of these ready to race sets of wheels. That seemed fine and not so surprising then, but what left us with eyes popped out was the automaker adding up another model to its Duke lineup, dubbed the Duke 250- the fresh at heart, quarter liter naked bike. Its nothing else that we are now going to spend our time with...

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