• 2017 KTM Duke 200

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The baby Duke gets the AHO and BS-IV update along with new decals.

For the entry level performance oriented motorcycle enthusiasts, the KTM Duke 200 has been nothing short of a dream come true, for the motorcycle offers a perfect blend of performance and features at a price which makes it a true value for money motorcycle. At a price where others are offering motorcycles which are slightly dated and lesser equipped, this offering from KTM has created some great benchmarks which are tall and difficult enough to conquer.

In a very short span of time, KTM has created a reputation of being the most serious player in the performance-oriented segment of the Indian motorcycling scenario. It is playing a key role in the tremendous growth of motorcycles which are high on performance and are becoming the most obvious choices for those who are planning to upgrade from their 150cc-200cc motorcycles.

For 2017, KTM has refurbished its lineup of motorcycles for India. While the Duke 390 has received a much comprehensive facelift and the Duke 250 too making its way for the first time in India, KTM has decided to keep the Duke 200 alive in its portfolio for India, with carrying some minute but noticeable changes. Here’s our comprehensive review of the refurbished KTM Duke 200:-

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    199.2 cc
  • Top Speed:
    93 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 143000
  • Overall:
    8/10
"KTM Duke 200 has created some great benchmarks which are tall and difficult enough to conquer."

STYLING

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2012 KTM Duke 200 2017 KTM Duke 200

If we go by the first impressions, it’s hard to say that the new Duke 200 has gone under the hammer over its predecessor in India. The motorcycle looks the same as its elder sibling, with KTM saying that it was necessary for them to keep the design language of the Duke 200 differentiated from the new Duke 250, which has a more modern and contemporary stance, to pitch it as a new entry level model from KTM.

At the front, the new Duke 200 comes with the same wild looking long headlamp with integrated pilot lamp below it. However, the panels beside the headlamp get small graphics towards the bottom of it. The minimalist front fender comes with no changes here as well, but we would have liked to see some graphics on it too.

Same goes with the side profile as well. The new Duke 200 shares its black coloured trellis frame and alloy wheels, the fuel tank as well as rear side body panels with the previous Duke 200. However, the fuel tank and the rear side body panels now get all new graphics which tend to give the new Duke 200 a ‘bolder-than-before’ appeal, thanks to bigger and wilder graphics. Another big change is the welcoming addition of orange coloured alloy wheels in place of the black ones, which make it a bit more premium and sporty to look at than before. The minimalist LED tail lamp as well as extended long rear mudguard continue to grace the rear profile of the Duke 200 like before.

Even the rear view mirrors, backlit switchgear and super comprehensive fully digital instrument console has been lifted off from the old Duke 200. The unit is good enough to provide a multitude of information, which includes that of the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meters, engine temperature gauge, fuel gauge, clock, distance to empty, instantaneous fuel efficiency, average speed, remaining distance for the next service and much more. Another change on the front is the addition of always headlamp on (AHO) feature, which is gradually becoming a norm on all Indian motorcycles. Overall, the motorcycle won’t disappoint you if you have been liking the old Duke 200, but will surely disappoint you if you were looking a bit more changes like the new Duke 390 got over its predecessor.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI
Length 2002mm 2017mm 2050mm
Width 873mm 804mm 790mm
Height 1274mm 1075mm 1105mm
Wheelbase 1367mm 1363mm 1353mm
Seat height 810mm 810mm 800mm
Wet weight 136kg 151kg 149kg

POWERTRAIN

Like the overall styling, the aspect of engine and performance hasn’t witnessed a drastic change. 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 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.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.The 6-speed gearbox to which the engine is mated has been lifted off from the old Duke 200.

Like in the old Duke 200, this mill still feels rev-loving in nature. The gearbox comes with short ratios as those on the other Dukes, which enables the rider to shift as early as possible to make the most out of the engine. However, the fuel tank, with just 11 litres of capacity, has very short range, which is a thumbs-down when you plan for riding it over long distances.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI
Capacity cc 199.5 199.5 197.75
Bore/ Stroke mm 72/49 72/49 72/49
Output 25 Bhp @ 10000 rpm 24 bhp @ 8000 rpm 21 Bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm 19 Nm @ 6000 rpm 18 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve single cylinder, oil-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet Multiple-disc Multi-plate wet
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed
"Like in the old Duke 200, this mill still feels rev-loving in nature."

RIDE AND HANDLING

As expected from the initial impressions, the rest of the mechanical hardware too has been lifted off from the old Duke 200. At the front, the new Duke 200 still comes fitted with 43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic 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.

As was the old Duke 200, the new version too is a beauty to ride in an aggressive manner and is surely one of the best options available, provided you need a motorcycle to hone your riding skills. For bringing it to a halt, the Duke 200 continues to come with a 300mm disc brake at the front and a 230mm disc brake at the rear, and unlike on the Duke 390, this baby Duke misses out on ABS. (Don’t let the images fool you. The model shown is not India-spec)

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI
Suspesion / Front Telescopic Upside Down Forks WP Suspension Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush Telescopic Front Fork
Suspension / Rear Monoshock, Alloy Swingarm WP Suspension Mono suspension with nitrox Mono suspension with nitrox
Brakes / Front 300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake calliper 280mm Petal Disc with floating calliper 270mm Petal Disc with floating calliper, Dual-channel ABS with RLP control
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Disc brake with one-pot brake calliper, floating brake discs 230 mm Petal Disc with floating calliper 240 mm Petal Disc with floating calliper, Dual-channel ABS with RLP control
Tyres / Front 110/70 R17 100/80-17M/C 52P 90/90 - 17
Tyres / Rear 150/60 R17 140/70-17M/C 62P 130/70R - 17

PRICE

Despite with few changes on the board, the new Duke 200 continues to retail at ₹ 1.43 lakh, without a single bump in pricing, which makes it a package as sheer value for money as before.

Though the body decals are all new, the paint schemes are same as before – Orange, White and Black.

COMPETITION

Indians are loving the presence of the streetfighters on the road and love all the options available to us under the quarter-litre bracket. Another Indian manufacturer gave us the respected TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, and then there is the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. A bike from the people who build the KTMs.

Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

The bike made a grand comeback in 2017 with the new edition seeing an engine that is BS IV compliant and carries a bunch of cosmetic changes and a couple of mechanical upgrades.

The bloke who designed this motorcycle must’ve loved his lines and angles because this NS 200 flaunts all of it with panache. The aggressive qualities of the bike are seen on the muscular tank design and through the chiselled tail section. Believe me when I say it looks drop dead gorgeous.

On the mechanical front, this motorcycle gets an all-new 199.5 cc engine which is on par with BS IV emission norms while it still manages to churn out similar power and torque figures at 23bhp and 18.3 Nm respectively. The same engine will also be used in the upcoming 2017 edition of the KTM Duke 200. Unfortunately, the motorcycle misses on Fuel Injection and still runs on a carburettor, unlike the Apache or the FZ25. The plastic turn reserve knob should give away this information.

The motorcycle can be pre-booked at select Bajaj showrooms by paying a ₹1000 advance token, and the motorcycle itself is priced at ₹ 97473 (ex-showroom, Bangalore).

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

This motorcycle stood as the flagship model for TVS since the time it was launched. With this, TVS has managed to retain in the new motorcycle is its philosophy of making a machine which offers the best power to price ratio. TVS has adopted an all new design philosophy for the new Apache RTR 200 4V, which has been designed completely on the lines of the Draken concept. The motorcycle looks far more aggressive and outrageous than the erstwhile versions of the Apache and somewhat looks as if it has been inspired from Ducati’s now-defunct Streetfighter.

For the Apache RTR 200 4V, TVS built up an all-new engine from scratch. This four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 197.75cc engine comes in two guises – carburetted and fuel injected. While the carburetted version of the engine develops 20 bhp of power and 18.1 Nm of torque, the fuel injected version of the same engine gushes out 21 bhp of power and 18.1 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The new Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at ₹91660 for the carbureted version, while the fuel injected version is ₹99225.

VERDICT

Unlike the new Duke 390, the new Duke 200 might not be a revolutionary change over its predecessor, with the overall changes being very minimalist to hardly call it an all new motorcycle.

However, with new graphics and BS-IV compliant engine, the new Duke 200 feels more modern and fresher than before. Thankfully, the basic traits of the Duke 200, which are exhilarating performance, great features and impeccable riding dynamics have been carried forward in this new version of the motorcycle. So, for those who find the new Duke 250 out of their reach, the new Duke 200 still continues to pose a great value for the money it commands.

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    • No changes in overall design
    • No bump in performance
    • No ABS

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