• We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range


There is the all new 390, the updated 200 and a brand new 250.

When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.

Today, KTM India officially launched the next iteration of the Dukes that are ready to take the streets and rule them. The all-new 2017 Duke 390, updated Duke 200 and a brand new model in the Duke lineup, the Duke 250.

2017 KTM Duke 390

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The previous gen Duke 390 The 2017 Duke 390

KTM has always walked along the edge of extreme looks, and for the Duke 390 2017, it has got major visual updates and aesthetically the most notable change is the all-new headlight with LED running both on DRL and the mains. An entirely new design that borrows cues from its eldest brother, the Super Duke R. It has a 20 LED unit that comes as an AHO feature.

The bodywork is more aggressive and mental than the outgoing model and includes sharp design language with tank spoilers and the newly uplifted tank design, all made to cut just through anything. The powder-coated Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame is exposed to give that nakedness. Moreover, it is now a dual colour split frame with bolt on the subframe. The tail section is longer and is chiselled to expose more of the detachable subframe.

Another big note is the full TFT colour display instrument cluster at the cockpit that shows all the information you could ask for and in a manner appropriate for a bike of this level. With a digital speedometer, fuel gauge and two trip meters, you also get an analogue tachometer, low fuel, oil and battery indicators and a high oil temperature indicator. Different modes for the various assistance systems can be selected using an illuminated menu switch on the left side of the handlebar. This will take care of your smartphone controls like calls and music too while it is tethered to the bike.

The mechanical front is where you see all crackers bursting. The Duke 390 was always known for its mad performance and power delivery, and thankfully, there is no change on this front. Borrows the machine from the RC 390.

The motor still produces 44 bhp @ 9,000 and 36 Nm of torque @ 7,000 rpm from its 373.2cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine. The engine still is matched with the same 6-speed gearbox as before, with short ratios to make the bottom end as well as top-end performance much more thrilling. The forged piston, Nikasil-cylinder-coating, balancer shaft and forced feed lubrication all give in for that 44 barking horses.

This rev loving engine now gets state-of-the-art tech and a few segment firsts that can make other contenders sweat in their pants. A new ride-by-wire system ensured excellent throttle response and smoother acceleration. It borrows the adjustable brake & clutch levers to suit every individual’s tastes. The motorcycle is now also equipped with new anti-hopping clutch/slipper clutch that prevents rear wheel stamping during sharp braking or accelerations.

There is an Evaporative Emission Control System ‘EVAP’ system that prevents fuel evaporation, a new Bosch fuel pump and a new CAN BUS system from the Moto3 WSBK with love. This engine has a contactless cranking mechanism to reduce wear and tear. A brand new side mounted exhaust unit replaces the underbelly configurations to meet Euro-lV and BS IV norms. This new exhaust sports a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer that contains the catalytic converter.

Like the overall design language and engine, the rest of the mechanical hardware of the Duke 390 too has been lifted off from the previous generation Duke. At the front, the Duke comes fitted with open cartridge adjustable 43mm Upside down hydraulic forks, while at the rear, it comes with a fully adjustable hydraulic mono shock with rear aluminium swingarm, both of which are sourced from WP.

In development with Brembo, KTM has developed a powerful and excellently adjustable brake system. This means that the driver always has his Duke fully under control. The pads are now sintered and at the front, the bike gets a 320 mm disc instead of the 300 mm previously used and a 230 mm unit at the rear. The ABS is made by Bosch and is switchable. Meaty 17 tyres sport on the orange alloys.

The new gen Duke 390 is priced at ₹225730 (ex-showroom). That is a good ₹25000 jump from the previous model. The bike now also gets UV resistant paint to keep the colour from fading due to exposure to the sun.

2017 KTM Duke 200

The Duke 200 will only get small updates with regards to AHO and BS-IV compliance, new paint schemes and decals, unlike the global model which features KTM’s new design philosophy.

KTM has decided to retain the four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 199.2cc motor of the previous generation Duke 200. Like the engine of the new Duke 390, the Duke 200’s engine too features a new balancer shaft and cylinder head, which makes it slightly more powerful and eager. The engine produces 26 bhp @ 10000 rpm of power and 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm of torque.

Previos Duke 200 vs 2017 Duke 200 Colour oprions for the 2017 Duke 200

The updated power mill sees the motor BS-IV compliant. Sadly, this engine misses out on the ride by wire and slipper clutch features which have made their debut on the Duke 390.It gets a WP suspension setup comprising of inverted front forks and a rear mono shock and a ByBre brake setup. ABS on this motorcycle is still missing, and we hope KTM will have it as an optional package.

KTM have kept the pricing of this bike untouched at ₹143000 (ex-showroom). Doing so, KTM wants to lure as many first customers as possible while the entire industry is bumping up the prices on their products. This new update also gets orange rims that are slightly varying in sizing from the previous model. You will also three colour options on this.

2017 KTM Duke 250

Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250 to India, this launch today has been a wild card. Meant only for Indonesia and Thailand, the 250 makes a scene on Indian roads too.

KTM has just used the sweet spot between the Duke 200 and Duke 390 by launching the Duke 250 in some of the international markets last year. It looks like, after the success of the Duke 200 and 390 models, KTM is bringing a new sortie in the segment with the next generation of Duke Cousins running a 250cc motor under the belly. It has the new streetfighter design philosophy seen on the new 390, iand also gets major visual updates from the previous 250, and aesthetically the most notable change in the spied Duke 200 is the bodywork. The sharp design language is accentuated with new tank spoilers and a newly uplifted tank design that is similar to the 2017 Duke 390. The bike, however, gets the bar-end weights like the 390.

Like the 200, it will also not get split LED headlights. Instead, it still runs on a halogen but a new LED DRLs sport around the sides of the headlamp unit. It will, by default, now get the Automatic Headlamp On feature made mandatory by the government. Also, there won’t be a TFT screen on the dashboard like the 390 and will stick to the LCD screen seen on the previous models. The ignition key will be tank mounted, and the bike gets a newly redesigned seat, and RC styled grab rails.

The power mill is where the differences between Duke 250 and the other two Dukes are the most prominent and for the records - the Duke 250 comes with a reworked form of the Duke 200’s engine. The Duke 250 runs on the bored out version of the Duke 200 – it is a four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 248.8cc engine, which pumps out 31 bhp of maximum power and 24 Nm of torque.

Like the engine of the new Duke 390, the Duke 250’s engine too features a new balancer shaft and cylinder head, which makes it slightly more powerful and eager. The 6-speed gearbox to which the engine is mated has been lifted off from the Duke 390, and so is the slipper clutch as well, which prevents tyre slippage, especially when ridden hard over corners.

The power mill sees the motor BS-IV compliant, and this also gets a new side mounted exhaust unit. This new exhaust sports a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer that contains the catalytic converter.

Similar to the 390, the 250 also gets bolt on subframe which is also a dual colour split frame. It gets a WP Upside down suspension setup comprising of open cartridge mechanism and a rear mono shock and a ByBre brake setup. We don’t see ABS on this motorcycle, and we hope KTM will have it as an optional package.

KTM has priced this baby at ₹173500 (ex-showroom), and you can get them in two colour options: Orange and White.


KTM is the fastest growing sports bike in India. With KTM Bajaj enjoys 50% market share in the premium segment. And KTM has a big plan of launching 500 new showrooms by the end of 2018.

Once you get your hands on either of the bikes, you get access to KTM’s customer program that will let you get a taste of some orange. KTM track days to learn some sleek tricks on your bike, attend the brand’s official Orange-cup, stunt shows, short rides and long tours.

Booking to their 2017 Duke Series have been opened at the KTM dealerships, and the bikes have already begun shipping to the dealers. Except for the Duke 390, the 200 and the 250 will be available by the next week. The 390 will come the beginning of next month.

About KTM introducing the bigger capacity bikes to the Indian market, KTM assured us that they will get them in the due future once our industry starts evolving in terms of customers wanting them and the right level of service and dealership reach is attained.

With KTM, life always begins beyond the straight and the narrow.


Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 2017 KTM Duke 250 2017 KTM Duke 390
Length 2032mm 2002mm 2150mm
Width 720mm 873mm 760mm
Height 1127mm 1274mm 1115mm
Wheelbase 1340mm 1357mm 1357mm
Seat height 820mm 830mm 830mm
Wet weight 146kg 153kg 163kg

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 2017 KTM Duke 250 2017 KTM Duke 390
Capacity cc 199.5 248.8 373.2
Bore/ Stroke mm 72/49 72/61.6 89/60
Output 24 bhp @ 9500 rpm 31 Bhp @ 9000 Rpm 44 Bhp @ 9000 Rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm 24 Nm @ 7500 Rpm 36 Nm @ 7000 Rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves Single Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke, DOHC, 4-Valves
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet Multiple-Disc With PASC Anti-Hopping Clutch/ Mechanically Operated (Slipper Clutch) Wet- Multiplate With PASC Antihopping Clutch, Mechanically Operated
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 2017 KTM Duke 250 2017 KTM Duke 390
Suspension / Front 43mm WP upside-down; 125mm travel 43mmTelescopic Upside Down Forks WP Suspension 43mm WP Upside-Down; 125mm Travel
Suspension / Rear WP monoshcok; 150 mm travel Monoshock, Alloy Swingarm WP Suspension WP Monoshcok; 150 Mm Travel
Brakes / Front 300mm Disc 4-piston radial fixed calliper 300 Mm Disc Brake With Four-Pot Brake Calliper 320mm Disc 4-Piston Radial Fixed Calliper, Bosch 9MB Two-Channel ABS
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Single-piston floating calliper 230 Mm Disc Brake With One-Pot Brake Calliper, Floating Brake Discs 230 Mm Single-Piston Floating Calliper, Bosch 9MB Two-Channel ABS
Tyres / Front 110/70 R17 110/70 R17 110/70 R17
Tyres / Rear 150/60 R17 150/70 R17 150/70 R17

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