The KTM 250 Duke is the younger sibling of KTM 390 Duke instead of being elder sibling of KTM 200 Duke. Company wants to bring premium technology from the higher end models to the lower ones at an affordable price. So how much it is a value for money asset for the customers is what we are going to find out.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
30PS @ 9,000rpm
24N.m @ 7,500rpm
MULTI FUNTION LCD CONSOLE
DUAL CHANNEL ABS
TWO PART SEAT
FOUR VALVE CYLINDER
BATTLE READY WHEELS
UPSIDE DOWN FORK
DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS (DRL)
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Start Type||Electric only|
|Brakes (F)||Disc 300mm|
|Brakes (R)||Disc 230mm|
|Front Suspension||WP upside-down Ø 43 mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP monoshock|
|Length x Width x Height||1993mm*789mm*1083mm|
|Fuel Capacity||13.4 L|
|Electrical System||12 volt - DC|
|Head Lamp||LED Head Lamp|
|Engine Type||Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, DOHC|
|Power||30PS @ 9,000 rpm|
|Torque||24N.m @ 7,500 rpm|
|Air Filter Type||Viscous Paper Filter|
|Bore x Stroke||72mm x 61.1mm|
|Fuel Supply||Fuel Injection|
KTM 250 DUKE Videos
KTM 250 DUKE TEST RIDE & REVIEW
FORMAL VERSION OF 200 DUKE
The KTM 250 Duke has got a lot of resemblance from the new Duke 390 instead of 200 Duke and therefore sheds ultra aggressive tag. The design is a lot cleaner with less number of bends and angles. The orange is the new black and white now and also the inclusion of more white colour is a welcome move. The front and rear features ultra aggressive Halogen DRL headlamps and rear tail lamps.
While viewing from the side, the side exhaust is the most noticeable change with two coloured split trellis frame brings complexity to the design. Other noteworthy bits are the engine cowl and the alloy wheel stickers. So the overall design is not the cup of coffee for everyone, especially hardcore Duke fans. The build quality of the overall machine is top notch, premium and there are no issues whatsoever with 250 Duke.
SMOOTHER DUKE ENGINE
This 248.8cc liquid cooled, four valve, DOHC mill pumps out 30PS of power at 9,000rpm and also spits out 24Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. The power delivery is a lot smoother now with a much lesser feeling of urgency in the low and mid rev range. Also, the midrange is much stronger now. Till 3500-4,000rpm range, the power delivery graph is almost linear and from there on the rage unleashes from the engine. So do not be completely fooled by increased power and torque figures.
The refinement is top notch with hardly any vibrations in the rev range and too near the redline. This is an excellent achievement as this engine pumps out lots of power and torque. The gear ratios are slightly on the shorter side to accommodate the city ride. The slipper clutch is smooth and precise with a light actuation brings in extra comfort while downshifting and avoids sudden jolt of the rear section of the motorcycle. The mileage stands around 25-31km/l in cities and added 5kms/l in the highways.
The KTM 250 Duke uses a state of the art steel fabricated step trellis frame, which is very lightweight, rigid and offers superior strength. The front section features new 43mm upside-down WP open cartridge forks and WP monoshock with separate gas and oil chambers for enhancing cooling is used at the rear. The ride quality is still stiff but what has changed here is the much more comfortable riding stance and it is now not that very much committed. Wide tank knee recesses provide adequate and good grip for thighs. Seats offer more cushion and are wider too for both pillion and rider. Long hauls are much comfortable now.
The wheelbase is reduced now along with stiffer setup makes the front section of the motorcycle very nimble and precise which is good but bad at some times also. The Brakes offered on Duke 250 is from the Brembo subsidiary-Bybre with front containing the 300mm disc with two-pot brake calliper while 230mm disc brake with one-pot brake calliper at the rear. The MRF Revz tubeless tyres do a commendable job here but not a fantastic job like that of Metzeler tyres. Bite and feedback from the brakes are tremendous along with the addition of switchable dual channel ABS.
Four-valve, DOHC liquid-cooled engine, switchable dual channel ABS, Multi-information display, WP suspension system, Inverted forks, Step trellis frame, Halogen headlights with DRL, Bybre brakes and MRF Revz Tyres are the features offered by.
KTM 250 DUKE VERDICT
KTM 250 Duke is a motorcycle which sits perfectly between KTM 200 Duke and Duke 390. It has got a lot of worthy features inherited from the Duke 390 and is not that ultra-aggressive similar to the 200 Duke. So this one has got many ones on both sides of the coin. If you wish to spend some extra pennies you have a more advanced variant of KTM 200 Duke and which is the best in all means
- Excellent suspension system
- Superb performance
- Value for money
- Slipper clutch
- Less aggressive ergonomics
- Tyres not that exemplary
- Instrument console difficult to read
- Sharp handling traits