KTM Duke 250 Review
The scenario of the KTM’s mark on the road through Duke 200 and 390 is already a winning situation and continues to compete with the upcoming rivals from other makers. Though, 200 and 400cc segments have a potential candidate from the company, the KTM Duke 250 is the smart key to play the game smiling in the growing 250cc zone.
As far as the outlook figure matters, KTM Duke Bikes are one among the best in the class and decided to preserve the same look since the design has its own reputation. However, presently there are no plans to bring KTM Duke 250 to India, which may gain the importance later. On launching the Duke 250, it will compete against Hyosung GD 250N, Yamaha FZ 25, Z250 SL, Benelli TNT 25 and Honda CB250 R.
Outlook and design
The Duke 250 is a new member of the KTM family and has its own heritage line proven by its most loved and admired appearance. The bike looks similar to the Duke 390 rather matching closer to Duke 200. The alloy wheels and explosive trellis frame in volcano orange colour is the way that differentiates the Duke 390 from the 200, which is once again done on the Duke 250.
The aggressive head lamp, clear cut fuel tank, the modern up-side down forks, underbelly exhaust and even decal jobs all over the body just reminiscent the Duke 390’s styles. Overall, the KTM Duke 250 still maintains its street fighter look and may arise in the mind of one who expects a blend of Duke 200 and 390.
KTM Duke 250 dimensions
The Duke 250 is built with a pertinent dimension measuring an overall 2026 mm in Length, 836 mm in Width and 1267 mm in Height with a wheelbase of 1367 mm. The ground Clearance 170 mm and Seat Height 800 mm of Duke 250 gives a stress free ride every time. The bike handles the corners well and the wheelbase keeps the Duke 250 agile though weighs 139 kg.
Engine and transmission
The 248.8 cc engine of the Duke 250 is hyper rapid and bounces with energy with its single cylinder, liquid cooled 4-stoke wet sump chamber. The DOHC (double OverHead cam shaft) associated 4 valves handle the combustive incoming and out gases together, thanks to the hard carbon coated cam levers.
The Duke 250 comes out with a power of 30.7 BHP @ 9000 rpm and maximum torque of 24 NM of torque @ 7250 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed gearbox for the quicker gear shifts and shorter ratios.
Top speed and mileage
The Duke 250 can reach to a top speed of 158 kmph which is just 10 Kmph less compared to Duke 390. The mileage part is expected to increase, which scales in the range of 25-30 Kmpl close to the 390 Duke.
Power assisted slipper clutch
The performer family’s new arrival is refined with the advanced clutch technology aiding the Duke 250 with power assisted slipper clutch. The cornering and turnings are made even quicker without any issues on traction part when the gear shifts are downy. The deceleration of the bike from high speed never lets rider down and stays smooth on road grip and throttle.
Duke 250 Instrument consoles
The digital console of the Duke 250 is a perfect design similar to its elders, 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 250 also has provision for engine temperature bar graph, average speed and mileage indicator, side stand indicator, Gear Shift Light, low oil and low battery complaints.
The die caste swingarm of the Duke 250 is weightless and proficient to keep the bike assembly integrated. The high quality white performance (WP) suspension with an upside down fork (WP 43mm) and rear WP monoshocks features just matches the Duke 250’s performance evenly, providing smooth stiffness and great control on rides similar to its elder brother Duke 390
The power and fun to ride condition is non-stop on Duke 250 and the safety measures are handled by the radially-bolted, four-piston caliper, 300 mm Disc in the front and 230 mm Disc brake with one pot brake caliper at the rear with ABS powered system is a perfect arrangement for the bike made.
The alloy wheels of 17 inches are perfect to give an excellent ground clearance (170 mm) with 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17 Metzeler tyres in the front and rear, respectively. The tyres are smooth enough to find great grip and increases the handling capability on all conditions.
Duke 250 Shades
Orange and black are the two colours offered on KTM Duke 250 launch. The decal jobs may subject to vary.