The 2020 BS6 KTM 200 Duke has been launched. Let’s See How It Performs.
KTM has finally given the 200 Duke a major update since it’s launch in 2012. The bike gets a BS6 compliant engine and now looks identical to the 250 Duke. The bike comes with a revised trellis frame with a bolt-on sub-frame along with the muscular tank shrouds, tail section and integrated DRL halogen headlight from the 250 Duke. The fuel tank is now 3 liters larger and now stands at 13.5 liters, this will help a lot on those long highway rides. It misses out on the TFT colour display found on the 390 Duke and it still comes with the same LCD digital instrument cluster as before.
The engine on the 2020 BS6 KTM 200 Duke is much more refined and smoother than the BS4 model. Vibrations are very less and the exhaust note is much more calmer now. There is no drop in power or torque figures and they still stand at 25 Hp and 19.3 Nm. It is still the same Liquid Cooled, 199.5 cc, Single-Cylinder, DOHC engine as before but with a few tweaks. KTM has added a new catalytic converter and remapped the ECU that changed the AFR (Air-Fuel Ratio) and for that they also added a new spark plug which can handle higher temperatures caused by the increased combustion.
The bike has gained weight, it now stands at 159 Kg. That’s a 11 Kg increase in weight, but it was still able to hit 138 Kmph (speedo indicated) like the previous model. However the handling is better than before and it is still nimble and leans into corners like a true naked supersport motorcycle.
In the braking department it gets a 300 mm disc up front with a Four-Piston radial fixed caliper and a 230 mm disc at the rear with a Single-Piston floating caliper, both of them are paired to a dual-channel ABS system by Bosch, the brakes have more bite and progressive feel than the older model.
In the suspension department, it gets WP APEX 43 mm forks in the front and a WP APEX Monoshock at the rear. While testing we found that the suspension was adjusted a bit on the stiffer side, but it still managed to go through potholes and bumpy roads without any issues and provided a comfortable ride.
We think that the 2020 BS6 KTM 200 Duke is a new bike from the ground up and not just a refresh. The bike is much more refined and smooth, handles much better and at the same time is more environment friendly. But it is a bit less pocket-friendly than before as the price has gone up by over Rs 10,000 and it now retails at Rs 1.72 Lakh. It is being offered in two colour options, Ceramic White and Electronic Orange.
All in all, the 2020 BS6 KTM 200 Duke is a great bike overall and can cater to a variety of riders.
*Price indicated is ex-showroom, New Delhi (April 2020).
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