KTM is a motorcycle brand based in Austria, dealing mainly in sports bikes. The Duke series of bikes manufactured by KTM are one of the most popular sports bikes brand in India. Bajaj Auto, the Indian auto major, who owns a major stake in the KTM’s motorcycle business, is the Indian distributor of the Duke Bikes. Their style, appearance, and performance make the KTM bikes stand apart from the pack. These bikes are a rage among the youth of India.
There are two models of KTM Duke available in India at present – the Duke 200 and the 390 Duke ABS. As the name indicates, the Duke 200 is a standard sports bike and the 390 Duke ABS offers the ABS technology, which is generally seen only in the cars in India.
Here is a quick look at these bikes and the reasons why they are popular among the youngsters of India.
KTM Duke 200 – The Duke 200 is a handy, naked sports bike. A wonderful bike, the Duke 200 is powered by a mighty 200 cc engine capable of generating a massive power of 25.3 bhp. The raw power, trendy look and singular design make this bike a favorite of the young people. Although a mighty bike, it offers an average mileage of 35 kmpl, which makes it all the more attractive. However, as a sports bike, the Duke 200 is costlier than a common commuter bike. This super performer can be bought for a sum of 1.35 lakh rupees or more, depending on the add-ons opted.
While the factors like being a proper naked bike with stunning performance and excellent styling works in favour of the Duke 200, certain other factors like high engine vibrations and low mileage works against it. Additionally, the seat of the Duke 200 is comfortable only for the rider. The pillion will find the ride highly uncomfortable, more so on long rides.
KTM 390 Duke ABS – As clear from the name itself, this is a sports bike with ABS feature. It is better than the Duke 200 because it has a mightier engine and few other advanced features. A 373 cc engine of 43.5 bhp power, with a mileage of 25 kmpl, propels the KTM 390 Duke ABS. Priced at rupees 1.86 lakh and above, this bike has an exclusivity to it as well. On the other hand, the incredible performance, along with its spectacular looks makes the 390 Duke ABS a very desirable bike. However, its downside is that it looks more like its sibling Duke 200 and that it is comfortable only for the rider.
Yamaha YZF R15, Suzuki Inazuma, Bajaj Pulsar and Hyosung GT are some of the rivals of KTM Duke in India.