It has been placed between the Duke 390 and 200 in terms of pricing and specifications.
At last, India got the KTM Duke 250 with its already available elder and younger siblings, Duke 390 and 200. Over the past 5 years, since the Duke motorcycle was launched in India, we had been receiving speculations that the Duke 250 could enter India. But, a while ago, a pall of disappointment descended over us enthusiast when reports of its launch being cancelled came over. The company did not want us to be greeted with it so smoothly. So, for our surprise, the launching of 2017 Duke 390 and Duke 200 brought along a guest in the fleet, the Duke 250.
For having an overlook at the nature of it, we can say it is a smaller 390 with slight tweaks, including engine and minor mechanical changes. The modern and sharp cosmetics of the Austrian bikemaker has been retained on the 250 Duke. The headlamp has the same aesthetics as the 390 but it misses out on the split unit, instead, it comes with a single piece. The wheels aren’t orange, opposed to that on the elder sibling. Also, the sub-frame consists of the orange paint job (390 comes with white on sub-frame and orange on main frame).
As for the rubber section, the Metzeler have been replaced by the MRF Revz C1 tyres and the suspension duties are handled by the 43mm open-cartridge front forks and WP mono shock at the rear. With the ByBre callipers, the brakes come with 300mm front disc radially clamped and 230mm disc at the rear. What about ABS? Nope! Doesn’t come with it.
Delivering the power of 30 PS (at 9000 RPM) is a 249cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder motor with rotation force of 24 Nm. It sports the slipper clutch which has been fitted for the first time on this segment of a motorcycle. Weighs 161 kg kerb giving an impressive power-to-weight ratio for the sprint.
As per the pricing, it asks for 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which could now appeal for a tough competition, there aren’t many, though. Lead rivals are the Benelli TNT 25 and the Mahindra Mojo, among which, the latter has been performing quite well within the masses.