The 250 cc segment in India is growing quite rapidly. If we look into the past 10 years, we are shifted from having one 250 cc bike in this segment to having more than five options now. The reason might be the power and feel a 250 cc bike offers over a sub 200 cc bike. The KTM 250 Duke is one of the popular and a good 250 cc bike available in the market. It comes with a good amount of package and is a good value for money bike. We believe that the KTM 250 Duke is also the most all-rounder bike in the entire KTM lineup. And why do we say that? Because we have 5 major reasons for it and we are sure you will also agree with these reasons.
As said earlier, 250 cc bikes do have a significantly better performance than a 200 cc bike. The KTM 250 Duke comes with a single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine. It produces about 30 BHP max power and 24 Nm of peak torque. When compared to the KTM 200 Duke it has about 5 bhp more power and 4.5 Nm better torque. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch. The claimed top speed of the bike is about 142 km/hr which is pretty enough for India. Another great thing about the bike is that it comes with dual-channel ABS, so you have a sure-footed braking performance. So performance-wise it gets all the 10 points as it is the most powerful bike in the segment as well.
2. Ride Quality
With a good amount of power you also need a bike that can handle well. The KTM 250 Duke comes with lightweight steel trellis frame chassis. The suspension duty of the bike is done with the WP Apex 43 mm USD forks at the front and WP Apex mono-shock at the rear. The suspension setup is quite soft so it is very comfortable on the bad roads as well. But then you are buying the KTM to have some fun on corners. So the trellis frame chassis and the good rubbers on the motorcycles make sure that you enjoy the corner as well. The ground clearance of the bike is also the bigger than KTM 125 Duke, 200 Duke and 390 Duke, this also adds to the practicality of the bike.
The KTM 250 Duke is claimed to return a mileage of more than 30 km/l. Many users claim it to return a 35 plus mileage in the mid-level traffic which is good indeed as the KTM 200 Duke has a very slightly improved mileage. While the bigger KTM 390 Duke is has a user reported mileage output of 25-30 km/l in the mid traffic. So KTM 250 Duke will save a hefty amount of petrol in the long term over the 390 Duke.
The Austrian sportbike maker has been into the sports bikes business for a very long time. The KTM 1290 Super Duke is one of the fastest and coolest superbikes in the world. The KTM 250 Duke borrows styling elements from this bigger duke. So it is for sure that most of us would instantly fall in love with the design. But the KTM 200 Duke as well now comes with similar styling. To differentiate them, the KTM 250 Duke comes with better colour schemes, wheels decals, black alloy wheels (on Silver metallic colour).
The KTM 250 Duke costs Rs 2.02 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the KTM 200 Duke costs Rs 1.74 lakhs (ex-showroom). So with just Rs 30,000 extra you get extra power output, slipper clutch, better colour options, better ground clearance. While the KTM 390 Duke costs about Rs 53,000 more than 250 Duke at Rs 2,55 lakhs (ex-showroom). The KTM 390 Duke offers a lot of power output about 42.3 bhp which is not very useful in the city ride and you will only enjoy it on occasional highway days. Another problem KTM 390 Duke owners reported is that due to the high revving engine, the power is quite difficult to control in the city.
As you might have gone through most of the points it might have made it clear to you that the KTM Duke 250 is a bike on the lineup which is like an optimum buy. It has the acceleration of the 390 but is not that stiff. The heating issue has been resolved and the bike is offered at a lower price. But is it the most sensible choice in the 250cc segment? You will have to wait to find out. Here is the list of Top 5 upcoming 250 cc motorcycles in India.