The Duke 200 is the first motorcycle to ever launch in the Indian roads. The motorcycle showcased a very light design with a modern frame and chassis, owing to the industrial and aggressive look and stance the KTMs hold in the motorcycle world. The Duke 200 comes with a naked body and has orange and white paint job all over its body. The Duke 200 maintain its sports look appearance in all angles, the two-piece seat provides good comfort while riding at cities and hefty traffic, but the seating of the Duke 200 mostly favours the rider and the pillion has to grab the rider for a safe riding. Even though this is a turn-off for some, this sole factor may also be a head turner for some.
The Duke 200 comes with a very powerful 200cc Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled engine that is capable of producing 25 hp of raw power @ 10000 rpm and a 19.20 Nm @ 8000 rpm. This power-packed motorcycle is mated to a 6 speed, claw shifted and can attain a maximum top speed of 135kmph. The engine produces swift power and acceleration, making it one of the most aggressive bikes the Indian market has ever seen. What makes the Duke 200 more impressive is its three-chamber underbelly exhaust which is positioned close to the machine's overall centre of gravity and this makes the Duke more powerful while riding and handling at all speeds.
Chassis, Suspension and Braking
The Duke comes with a Steel trellis frame, powder coated chassis which proves that the Duke 200 is all game for any adventure the ride want to have. To add the aggressive stance KTM has given a WP Upside-Down Suspension at the front and a WP Monoshock Suspension at the rear. The suspension setup is very good at handling the bike at all speeds and take corners very smoothly.
The Duke uses Disc brake with four-pot brake calliper. Brake discs diameter is 300 mm at the front and a Disc brake with one-pot brake calliper, floating brake discs. Brake discs diameter is 230 mm. The stopping power of the Duke 200 is amazing and it manages to have good braking control at all speeds. Even though there is a slight miss of the ABS technology, the Duke 200 performs well in its class.
The Duke 200, with its naked body design, super lightweight, it's super trellis frame and a very powerful engine is a deal breaker in its class. The Duke 200 can be seen as a motorcycle that started a revolution in the Indian automobile world, as it came with a small 200cc engine with maximum power and torque at a time when the industry stalled behind motorcycles with the underpowered motorcycle. Even though the long ride capabilities of this bike is debatable, the Duke 200canbe used as a good commuting machine and a city bike and will amount to all the needs of the rider whether on road or off-road.
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