KTM 200 Duke Caught Testing

02/09/2011 @ 11:48 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

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Is this the KTM 200 Duke? The folks at OverDrive.in were fortunate enough to encounter in Pune what looks like a pre-production KTM Duke destined for the Indian market. Taking the photo above, OverDrive wasn’t certain if this was the KTM 125 Duke that the Austrian company launched at Intermot this year, or if it was a larger displacement version that’s been rumored to be coming from the minds of Bajaj & KTM.

Luckily the guys at IndianCarsBikes.in were able to get Rajiv Bajaj on the line and ask him about the photo, and the son of the Bajaj empire confirmed that what we see here is the 200cc KTM 200 Duke that will be an India-only model. Reportedly a deal hatched between KTM and Bajaj, the Indian market will get a slightly larger version of the new Duke, which will be liquid-cooled, have DOHC, and be positioned on the premium side of the market equation.

Expected to make over 20hp (the KTM 125 Duke makes 15hp), Indians wanting the extra power and styling of the new Duke will have pay for it. IndianCarsBikes estimates the KTM 200 Duke will cost between INR 1.2 to INR 1.5 Lakh ($2,600-$3,600), which is a healthy sum over 125cc naked bikes currently available in the country. For nearly double the cost of Bajaj’s Pulsar, the KTM 200 Duke makes up for its higher price tag with better components, and of course the extra dollars the KTM brand commands.

Source: OverDrive.in & IndianCarsBikes.in

Comment:

  1. RSVDan says:

    India only? Lame. If they could bring that bike to the U.S. for the same price, I think it would do a very nice job of eating into a bit of the EX250/CB250 pie.

  2. Loki says:

    OMG! It looks like a physically disabled Duke… let it be limited to India.

  3. buellracerx says:

    still only 200? c’mon guys, bring it to the U.S. in 400-450cc version pushing 49-45hp. maybe then it could actually get out of its own way…oh yea and be freeway legal. I’d commute on one

  4. Isaac says:

    @buellracerx

    I agree with you on that note. I think a 450 Duke would be pretty awesome. Not to mention lightweight and grin inducing to boot.

  5. ... says:

    Bikers in South East Asia will also want something like this sold in their country. With 135-150cc bikes from yamaha and suzuki becoming the rage around here, i think the KTM can be an instant hit.

  6. BBQdog says:

    The ESEAN has the 250cc as the step-in class. It is likely that 250cc fourstroke becomes the world
    wide standard for young riders the coming years, replacing those ill faded 125cc fourstrokes.

  7. flyboy2160 says:

    I also would buy one in the USA if 250-450cc and still in that lightweight chassis. I don’t want to hear that’ no market stuff’ since the ninja 250 is reportedly Kawaskai’s largest seller by numbers. KTM is reportedly working on a 250-300cc version; let’s have it here in the usa for 2012!