The Duke started its journey back in 1994 as the Duke 620. It was only after the alliance between Bajaj and KTM in 2007, that the Austrian bike manufacturer set its sights on the Indian market. KTM made its foray in our market with the Duke 200 and 390. Both motorcycles were aggressively styled, sharp handlers that were more powerful than the competition. For 2017, KTM ushered in another Duke sibling, this time with a 250cc engine. For those looking for an upgrade from the Duke 200, the Duke 250 makes perfect sense for it comes as a better package by and large.
Packed neatly within the frame is a 248.76cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 29.60bhp and 24Nm of torque. The motor is liquid-cooled and comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The KTM 250 Duke is BSVI-compliant.
The 250 Duke looks absolutely stunning viewed from any given angle. At the front, it gets a sharp-looking headlamp unit with a halogen lighting setup. The angular tank design looks really cool along with the exposed orange Trellis frame. It also sports some cool graphics. It gets a very sleek tail section. However, we really think the triangular exhaust can looks the part. It also boasts of LED DRLs and LED indicators. The rear-view mirrors are positioned well and it gets black alloy wheels. That street-fighter design makes it easily the most radical bike on our roads. The digital instrument cluster is nice and compact and gets an orange-backlit unit that features a ‘kill switch’ indicator and a real-time fuel economy counter. It displays information like distance to empty, service reminder, time, temperature, speed and gear position. There’s also a shift light visible. It gets switchgear from the Duke 200. In terms of dimensions, the 250 Duke is 2026mm in length, 836mm in width and 1267mm in height. The engine is always eager and responsive, but the Duke 200 in comparison, feels a little more enthusiastic. We also love the throaty sound from the exhaust. Engine refinement is better and with the slipper clutch, the gearbox is a treat. At 161kgs, the bike feels light and nimble. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 175mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1357mm and a seat height of 830mm.
The KTM 250 Duke has a fuel tank capacity of 13.4 litres. In terms of mileage, the KTM 250 Duke is capable of returning 32kmpl by ARAI, in BSVI guise.
The riding position is really good, thanks to the adjusted seating. The height of the seat has increased and the footpegs are set more to the rear now, making the rider slouch a bit. The wide handlebar feels nice to hold, and the overall riding posture helps when attacking corners. However, that does not mean it is not practical for everyday use. The split seats provide decent cushioning and good under-thigh support. The grab handles for the pillion feel good to grip. The ride quality is a bit on the firm side, but still tackles bad roads with aplomb. The bike also feels more ‘flickable’, thanks to its altered riding position. Braking could have been better, but the bike loves to lean into corners. The MRF Revz tyres offer decent grip. At the front, the bike rides on open cartridge WP upside down forks, while the rear gets a WP monoshock-absorber. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a Split Trellis frame. The 250 Duke runs on 110/70×17 tyres at the front and 150/60×17 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.
The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like a digital instrument cluster, stand alarm, engine kill switch, clock, LED headlight and tail light, ABS, alloy wheels and a pass-light switch.
The KTM 250 Duke is available in a variety of shades like Orange and White. Orange is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.
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Prices and Variants
The KTM 250 Duke is available in two variants: 250 Duke ABS for ₹ 1.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the 250 Duke, you can head to autox.com.
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