KTM pleasantly surprised us with the launch of the new 2017 250 Duke and we really cannot wait to swing a leg over the new quarter-litre and take it out for a spin. Why the 250? Well, the 200 Duke, save for the BS-IV compliant motor, did not receive any major upgrade and that was primarily to keep its prices competitive. But then that would’ve created a void in that segment for KTM and thus the 250 Duke was the perfect fit for the job.
The Duke 250 has been in the international market for a while now. For 2017, the motorcycle has received a complete visual overhaul. The new 1290 SuperDuke inspired styling and a really potent engine at a competitive price of INR 2 lakh (OTR Mumbai) makes the 250 Duke a near perfect package in the quarter-litre segment.
Psst… Did you notice the rear sprocket size? The 200 Duke gets a 42T, the 390 Duke gets 44T. This one here is 46T, just FYI
The motorcycle draws 30PS of power at 9000 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 7500 rpm from its 248.76cc single cylinder engine. Power is up 5 PS and torque up by 4.8 Nm over the 200. Transmission is taken care of by a 6-speed constant mesh unit. The engine also features a slipper clutch which would come handy during aggressive downshifts.
We absolutely love the way it has been designed although the addition of ABS and the colour TFT display would’ve been much appreciated. But we’re just nitpicking here. You can check out the detailed report here.
You can also watch our video on the KTM Duke 250 right here
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