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 The design started to look outdated and continued to remain, as it was back then with the same feature lists.
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
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
Bajaj Pulsar that was launched in the year 2001, had no competition until this horse was released from the stable in the year 2006. Since then it’s been heavy competition between these motorcycles, both acquiring greater fanboy masses due to their peppy engines and affordability. TVS Apache RTR being the flagship model of TVS Motor Company, has seen a lot of updates to meet change in trends. Apache currently has 5 models under its name ranging all the way from 160cc to the massive Apache RR310.
TVS Motor launched a special edition of TVS Sport on account of the ongoing festive season in India at a price of Rs.40,088 (Ex-showroom Delhi). It is available for sale in two variants with Kick start Alloy wheel and Electric start features respectively.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.