Duke 200 Review
Some of us have actually no hint about the great men Ernst Kronreif and Trunkenpolz Mattighofen of year 1953 whom can be evoked saying wow!!!, If we think about the Duke 200 that originated from the orange Australian makers, the KTM. The performance of KTM on road made the heart of all speed and performance enthusiasts to fall in adoration about the orange colour.
The KTM Duke 200 cc, the true trend setter of the current market, dominates every road through its racing heritage. Undoubtedly, the Duke 200 is at the top of good looking street fighters of the same 200cc segment till date. In addition, KTM has planned to launch a new edition of 200 cc Duke in the month of April in 2017.
Though the motorcycle is good for racing tracks, the same track even has any potential rivals around the Duke like TVS Apache RTR 200 4v, Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, Pulsar NS 200, Hero Xtreme 200s and Benelli TNT 25.
Design and outlook
There is no point in discussing whether the Duke 200 has a pleasing look, yet acknowledging once again, the bike was made around only with two things, the style and power to race. The model, the way, the Duke has been built is quiet a refreshment for the Indians, especially who was bored of thinking the existing models of its class.
The aggressive headlamp is backed up by a beautifully designed fuel tank, which displays the tag Duke, even visible when seen from a long distance.
On the top of the headlamp, fixed with a digital meter devises a forwarded spike otherwise suits fine as a visor. When a rider is on, the fuel tank of Duke 200 gives an exciting feel of the supremacy with the well chiselled design.
The side panel of the Duke is just done well and layered as the small fiber engine cover striped with orange and white shades gives a nice feel.
The rugged KTM Duke 200 engine is covered by the trellis frames feels as if the invention of the trellis frame is just meant for it. However, KTM should have thought about releasing the black coloured Duke with an orange frame, which may gain loads of likes. The side cowl of the Duke gets a lock to remove and see under the split seats set up with a split grab rails at a back.
The rear LED tail lamp distinct the bike with a long read mud flap on the hefty tyre. The swing arm and the sprockets seem weight less and strong, however, give additional street fighter looks. The up-side down front forks and under belly exhaust are the by birth characters of the KTM Duke 200.
Kerb weight and dimensions of KTM Duke 200
The dimension of the duke is slightly constrained to meet the aggressive naked street fighter structure in mind. The tail of the motorcycle ends at the point meeting the rear wheel hub in a straight line underneath. A total length of 2002 mm, Width 873 mm, Height 1274 mm and Seat Height 810 mm makes the pillion rider to think twice about the long tour.
Building the Duke with extra mm in length can make the tour more enjoyable and accommodating the well-built person fairly. The 165 mm ground clearance and wheelbase of 1367 improves the riding quality and maneuver in the corners.
The fuel tank capacity of the Duke 200 is 10.5 litres (Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.5 litres) with a mileage of 25-30 kmpl as per our standards.
Engine and gearbox
The 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled 4 stroke engine of the KTM Duke 200 produces about 25 Bhp @ 10000 rpm of maximum power and 19.2 Nm @ 8000 rpm of peak torque, mated with 6-speed gear box. The induction and exhaust gases of the engine are managed by double Over Head Cam (DOHC) with a 4-valve and fuel injection system backing.
The vibrations of Duke 200 at hard revs are under the control of the balance shaft to deliver a smooth engine functioning. The regulated catalytic converter of the fuel injection also manages the wild performance while returning a decent mileage from the 200 cc class engine.
Duke 200 Top speed and Performance
The orange flame reaches 0-60 Kmph in 3.30 Secs and 0-100 kmph in just 9.20 Secs which is slightly lesser than the Pulsar RS200 and Apache RTR 200 4v. The top speed achieved is 138 Kmph which is agreed as per the specification of the maker.
Forks, tyres and brakes
The alloy wheels of the Duke 200 are pretty new to the scenario having ten thick spokes emerging to balance the Kerb weight equally. The upside down telescopic forks (white performance Suspension 4357) in the front and the rear single mono Alloy pin jointed swing arm (white performance Suspension 4618 EM) looks exposed with the short racing front mudguard and the rear lifted.
The wide front and rear tyres of 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17 respectively gives you the powerful traction on both city and highway rides, never matters wet or dry.
Unconditionally, the brakes of the Duke 200 are reliable on enjoying the ride under control and safe. Interestingly, the front disk of Duke 200 is placed on the left side than the right, where most of the bikes have. The quadric pot brake caliper of 300 mm front and single pot brake caliper of 230 mm rear floating disk brakes are always at their service.
Under belly exhaust and kerb weight
The three chambered under belly exhaust is absolutely fit for the motorcycle with a package of awesome look and least pollution emission, yet on the other hand helps the center of gravity of the bike (Dry Weight 129.5 kg & Wet Weight 136 kg).
The unique beats of the Duke 200 are actually borrowed from the AK47 variety weapon for those who love it, and sounds like an empty box filled with some stuffs for some who hate it.
The digital console of the Duke 200 is a perfect design and the display frame has room for speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge and racing lap timing.
In addition to these features, the Duke 200 also has a provision for engine temperature bar graph, average speed and mileage indicator, side stand indicator, Gear Shift Light, low oil and low battery complaints.
KTM Duke 200 Colours
The well-known orange colour which actually is seen relatively higher in number, conversely KTM also offers the Duke 200 in black and white shades.