Our friends at IndianCarsBikes.in have spied the KTM 200 Duke again out testing again near Bajaj’s factory in Pune, India. This time riding down the street, we get to see how the 200cc variant of the KTM 125 Duke will sit with an adult on the frame, and the bike looks fairly comfy for a full-sized person (although we have no idea how tall the rider actually is of course). The second spy shot of the KTM 200 Duke in a just a week, Bajaj is either getting sloppy (unlikely), or the debut of this machine could be edging closer and closer to reality.
Destined for the Indian market, we’ve already seen increased interest in the United States for a larger version of the machine. With KTM confirming that it would be working on a 250cc and other displacement Duke’s, based off the KTM 125 Duke design, we feel fairly certain that an attractive package could reach American shores at some point in the next year or so.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to come from the KTM 125 Duke series is the increased interest in small-displacement bikes for American riders (we know here at A&R we’d love to have to this 250cc-ish bike in our garage). Not feeling like a watered-down sportbike, and not emasculating like a scooter, it seems the form factor of the KTM 125 Duke has been the key to the bike’s following (doesn’t the small naked bike format scream hooligan good times to you?), and speaks to a larger volume of what has been keeping this market segment from thriving in the United States, like it has abroad. Hopefully other manufacturers are taking note.