2019 KTM Duke 200 review | Compared Duke 125 | RWR

2019 KTM Duke 200 review | Compared Duke 125 | RWR


Seven years ago KTM set foot in India.
They started a movement that quickly gained momentum via orange day’s track-days, and rider meetups. An unknown brand from Europe generated a frenzied
following on social media and soon became the icon, of affordable
performance it had all started with this motorcycle the KTM Duke 200 the Duke 200. The Duke 200 brought a lot of features onto an entry-level motorcycle in the Indian
market whereas other manufacturers who were routinely downgrading products to
cut costs KTM took the opposite policy the liquid
cooled DOHC engine was just a 199.5 cc but it produced a healthy 25
horsepower at 10,000 rpm torque was ample as well at 19.2 Newton
meters at 8,000 rpm the lightweight steel trellis frame kept the overall
weight even on the latest version to a 148 kilograms and
earlier versions were even lighter and then came the series of features like
the 43 millimeter upside-down forks. 10-step adjustable rear shock absorber
150 section wide rear tire aluminum swing arm the most informative console
in its class LED indicators and tail lamps the only thing missing was
probably a full LED headlamp but KTM have always been about that raw
unapologetic styling and a low underbelly exhaust which kept the center
of gravity low and made the motorcycle that much more sleeker and yes it
handled I considered the KTM Duke 200 to be the almost perfect city bike almost
perfect because right up to now it didn’t have abs in the India spec
version seven years on and it finally gets a single-channel ABS so it’s time
to put this motorcycle to the road test and see what it can do. Just whacked open the throttle… going at a full throttle right now it’s a brand new bike is doing a 131
km/h so that was the top speed test. Super early
on a Sunday morning heat’s making it really hard to shoot
later when I just start as early as possible it’s around 4:30 right now and
we’re riding the KTM Duke 200 ABS version I used to own the Yamaha R15 and that was back in 2010 when I bought it and for the next 3 years there was
nothing interesting I had practically given up studying
about the new launches because nothing was coming back in those days it used to
be pretty much the FASTA file construe it so easily did not get overtaken the
one bike overtook me on the straights I was like okay I can catch it back up in
the corners because as you know arms I’ve felt really good in the corners by
the way I did some heartbreaking on the 200 felt better these guys keep
improving stuff and so I got overtaken on the straights and I thought I could
catch back up within the corner but I couldn’t and the bike disappeared and I
couldn’t even understand which bike had overtaken me so I went to my office and
I realized that the bike which had overtaken me
was visiting the house next door so it was parked right across the street and
then realize that this was the bike the KTM
Duke 200 has always been my favorite city bike as you can see
it easily go to 100 km/h we are still on 5th gear and it almost
reached a hundred now if we do have the sixth gear for this bike it’s light its
agile you should ride this bike if you understand how light it is and then
compare it with anything else on the market and the 200-250 cc category
including the FZ25 you can ride an R15 you can ride CBR 150 and they
don’t make those anymore and you understand how light this is
that’s the emphasis on a city bike you definitely don’t want the weight
the only drawback was that it didn’t have an ABS and I could recommend it to
you guys that openly because you know people say
that torille siis is good enough for two and this is I mean if you wanted to
maintain a hundred on a highway and a lot of people have toured on Duke 200 as these have done Ladakh. Modified Duke 200s have won Reid
the Himalaya which is a very tough Milan rally and what if I do 200 someone that
a lot of stunters prefer this because it’s got that you know very true power
delivery wins the throttle response is absolutely amazing. getting the Duke 200
over some bad patches of Road suspension is hard
but it is very true it doesn’t wobble around that much. Emission norms have
come in and a lot of different bikes are feeling different after the BS4 norms,
not this bike it’s almost the same let’s talk a bit about the ergonomics. The
handlebars on the Duke are pretty low but it is still a very much upright
sitting position something that I’ve always enjoyed about the Dukes but the
foot pegs are immensely rare set. So it’s kind of like a Dukes used to
have a very much supermoto origin and over the years the KTM have become more and more Street naked, I mean if you ride the new Duke 390 it’s got a completely
street naked body positioning right now they made the front end heavier and seat
height has been increased so the bike you know it makes you lean a little bit
forward that’s the new one so the front end stability and feedback has both
improved this one however the front end stability isn’t that big
however this bike is more flickable and feels more playful while flicking around
one of the most flickable bikes actually it’s perfect for the city ride
ergonomics for the longer tours may not be the best bike because if you
for the rare set foot pegs a lot of people don’t like that on the touring I
personally don’t mind I’ve done over 600 kilometers in a single day I like it.
A lot of people tell me that Duke is just another 200 cc motorcycle so what’s
so special about it well
let me tell you the things that are special it’s got a 300 millimeter disc
up front as far as I remember but what I definitely remember is this uses four
piston calipers whereas other 200 cc bikes mostly use twin piston calipers so
those two extra calipers you must ride this bike to believe it what difference
it makes second of all it got the trellis frame, a very light weight and
if you ever break it it’s very cheap to replace as it’s just 11,000 rupees as
far as I know. so that trellis frame is there which
gives us my great agility stability and cornering. So, that’s what it has. It has a six-speed
gearbox it has liquid cooling it has upside down
forks forty-three millimeter fat upside down forks which gives the front end
great amount of stability and the rear suspension is a 10-step adjustable
suspension. it’s got LED indicators it’s got a very
light carpet the initial do 200 the first batch was even lighter then they
had to make the alloy is heavier because the lightweight alloys were cracking
under Indian Road conditions. Pinning it through in the corners
I believe we can do further but the air pressure is a little bit on the higher
side so the bikes’ moving around a bit too much. Oh yeah the instrument console it has a trip time clock lots of warning lights
fuel consumption and everything and you can just change it by pressing this
buttons on the console so you get average of your speed and everything you
get you get your mileage you get serviced you and it’s it’s one of the
most informative consoles now the 200 has been low on the talk but still the engine has never let down on a
uphill climb or even in Ladakh where the bike was under a lot of you know
luggage and some people even carried billions
the motorcycle always slimed up effortlessly while doing the drag race with the rs200
we had a very short space to slow down so I ended up testing the brakes going
from over 100 kilometers per hour speed to absolute stop and the single channel
ABS of the motorcycle here performed quite well brake is also really nice
there is a little bit of bite and then there is a strong progressive field
remember when I was riding the rs200 on the same exact stretch slowing down was
quite a task and on that bike I had some stability issues under braking whereas
on the Duke the braking happened quite in a linear fashion and at least in the
brakes Department this is one of the safest motorcycles you can buy we’ve
been riding the Duke 200 since morning they started pretty early around 4:30
a.m. pretty good bike I’ve been riding this
for maybe last 7 years have had chances to write this and you know not much has
changed if you guys think about this now beer sports got abs but the bike feels
and rides the same way hands the same way very light very agile bike I think
you’ve heard it maybe a hundred times on my review compared to the other bikes
what’s good about this is the brake feel the trellis frame and how agile it is
again repeating myself over and over but you know fit and finish has improved
over in the KTMs the vibrations not much there on the new 200 heating problem
wasn’t much there compared to the 390 when the three 90s have improved so
they’ve made smaller changes in refinement but if you have ridden a bike
seven years ago it’s still the same bike that’s the Duke 200 because we’ve ridden
the 125 you’ve seen it I said it may be good for somebody who’s starting up in
college and they want more mileage this one’s delivering around 33 kilometers
per litre that one would be delivering around 50 kilometers per litre so there
is a huge difference in my little over to the 125 but this back st. can
more forward and what that does is it allows you to take this bike into the
highways and it tested a top speed car 131 km/h so maybe not at the top speed
really easily cruising around one hundred hundred ten kilometers per hour
all day this has a six clear which is very important in the highway and you
know people have done the back on this bike people have done rallies on this
bike standards like it so it’s gonna be your best city bike for me that’s always
been there and you can step up from here to the Duke 250 which is more or less a
little bit more power but a lot better with the 390 is bodywork and then
obviously have the Duke 390 which is you know the absolute best
I feel under 4 lakhs for India any motorcycle that you senpai so that’s it
I hope you guys enjoyed it the ergonomics and feels will make you
comfortable in most of the riding positions touring the real set might be
a little bit too much but I personally don’t have any issues
1.9 on Road Kolkata you can check out your pricing in your city I think it
makes a solid impression for all the kitted offers for that price thanks for
watching and I’ll see you very very soon this is Rob goodbye

65 thoughts on “2019 KTM Duke 200 review | Compared Duke 125 | RWR

  1. The best city bike is for me Yamaha FZ25 n not this..

    Yes Duke200 is 2kgs lighter.. but it's 25Ps is produced at a very peaky 10000rpm.. it runs more hot, it's more vibrative, hasn't got the best ergos, not so great pillion seat..

    In comparison, the FZ 25 is better in all the above aspects.. most importantly [email protected] in a 250cc is just 😍

  2. Great review. I wish ktm made small improvements to this formula instead of radical redesign. Just a bit different tank so you don't have to keep your feet at aggressive position to hold it. And softer suspension and seat of new dukes. Thats about it. Will save it weight and cost low as well.

    I have new d390 and that engine matches the weight quiet well. But d200 will be bogged down quite a bit. God forbid how 160kg duke 125 will feel while riding.

  3. If u had 5 lakhs which bike would you prefer buyin Rahul! Ktm duke 390 or r3 and with a reason why, pls do reply honestly sir. Ty cherry on!!

  4. Please find that if we can install blinkers or flasher in new duke 200 abs model because I couldn't find it.

  5. This bike is so cramped for a 6 1" guy…. impossible to sit on the bike beyond half an hour….😐😐

  6. I wanna buy duke 200 abs….but someone says that KTM has engine seized problem…..what can I do in this possition????

  7. This bike has Superb performance comparing to it's conpetitors the FZ 250 and the NS 200 and Apache. Has insane handling and the throttle response and torqe is just insane. I rode it one and the design is very eyecatching!

  8. 04:38 lol..i was having chai in dharamkot village in himachal quite a few years back and this bike came and took a turn and swiftly kept pace onto one of the village paths and I had thought the same…never ridden a ktm but have toured the himalayas on a 100cc splendor in the mid 2000s… and just by watching it go i know the duke 200 is something else

  9. Guys please help. I bought duke 200 3 weeks back. I gave my bike to my idiot friend who lugged it in 6th gear at 25kmph speed. But only for a minute. Did it caused any damage to engine?? Plz reply.

  10. They lock the RPM till the first servicing. I own the same bike. The power really comes out after the second servicing. It's a beast. With the ABS, it's just perfect. Liked the review. 😊

  11. Man ur reviews are just amazing, i would humbly request you to cover all bikes , including small bikes like 100CC, 125cc etc

  12. Pisses me off that NONE of these KTM's are available in the states but the 1290 Super Duke R, 790 DUKE, 390 DUKE

  13. Hi, Its been 3months since I bought this bike. I am using this for my daily use . Not much kilometres down….. so I would like to know how to do maintenance on this bike to you know keep it going good…can u help with advises..

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