KTM 200 Duke has truly been a trendsetter for the Indian sports bike industry. Back in 2012, when the KTM launched Duke 200 in India, it made the sports segment look different than before. By offering a value for money proposition, it not only made the Austrian brand to gain the fame but also pushed other manufacturers to offer better propositions. Now due to the upcoming stricter emission norms, company has transformed all their lineup into the BS6 compliant form. Recently KTM 200 Duke got the BS6 transition with the host of changes and new features. Here is the list of changes you will see in the BS6 variant when compared to BS4 variant.
Its been almost eight years for the Duke 200 to continue the same design. But the KTM 200 Duke BS6 gets a completely fresh design. Now the bike looks more like the bigger siblings of Duke family. It resembles very much closer with the KTM 250 Duke. The 200 Duke BS6 now gets the split trellis frame, which offers much longer seats for rider as well as for pillion. The tank capacity has been increased by over 2.5 litres. It is offered with two new graphic schemes- Electronic Orange and Ceramic White.
The engine for the BS6 variant is retained from the BS4 variant, but with the BS6 tweaks. The engine is a 199.5 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled unit producing around 24.6 bhp max power and 19.3 Nm peak torque. The power is dropped around 0.8 bhp compared to the BS4 version, while torque is gone down by the 0.2 Nm. The throttle response however has been smoother and better than the BS4 version.
The ergonomics are now similar to the KTM 250 Duke and KTM 390 Duke. So the seat height of the BS6 version has gone up by 12 mm, now seat height is offered at 830 mm. So it will be a bit hectic for the short riders in the traffic and on the uneven surfaces.
The riding position has also been changed drastically, it has now gained more committed, forward-leaning riding position than before. This position shifts the weight more forward, which makes the bike ride more plush and nimble. However, this riding position limits somewhat touring capability compared to the predecessor. The overall weight of the bike has been gone up by 9 kg compared to BS4 model. This can be a bit of pain while reversing the bike.
The KTM 200 Duke BS6 is now equipped with the LED DRLs and LED taillights. Other features more or less remains the same as the BS4 model. It continues to get digital Console, LED indicators, anti-theft alarm, etc.
The KTM 200 Duke BS6 gets dual-channel ABS as a standard safety feature. Which is a plus point for the BS6 version. It also gets the supermoto ABS system, where one can turn off the rear channel ABS and have some fun with sliding the rear wheel. Other hardware elements much or less remain the same as the BS4 model.
The price of the KTM 200 Duke BS6 has gone up by Rs 10,496, compared to BS4. The price now starts from Rs 1.72 lakhs(ex-showroom, Delhi). However considering all these changes, the price is justifiable.