KTM’s all-new 250 Duke is here and is priced at Rs 1.73 lakh, ex-Delhi. The motorcycle looks identical to the new 390 but the meters as well as the tyres are from the smaller 200 Duke. In the process, the KTM 250 Duke also misses out on ABS – Bajaj says that this has helped them price the motorcycle competitively in the 250 segment. While you can read our first ride review here, an expansive image gallery is just a scroll away.
The KTM 250 Duke uses a combination of the 200’s bits – tyres, engine electronics, meters etc – and the 390s new equipment – (base) engine, suspension, body and steel tank to create an interesting middle model
The KTM’s design increases the volume in the tank area but the exposed (and bolted-on) subframe and the higher placed lower edge of the tank make the motorcycle feels smalled and lighter
The 2017 KTM 250 Duke looks sharp and fresh from every angle. From this angle though, the thing that sticks out is the new side-slung exhaust. KTM could have styled it to look more like an OE unit. It sounds like the old KTMs did and the change in sound is relatively small.
The new headlight is a dramatic design and it looks like something only a KTM could wear. The outershape and the DRLs look like the 390s LED unit but the main beam is a conventional halogen unit
The KTM 250 Duke’s meters are the familiar units we already know. These are shared between the 2017 RC200, RC390 and the KTM 200 Duke. The only change is the information display in the middle. The old display showed two lines of information – say range and instant economy. This one shows one piece of information at a time using both the lines.
The 2017 KTM 250 Duke right side switches now only have the engine kill and the engine start switches, the headlight is always on. The engine start is a one touch switch now – you depress it and leave it, the motorcycle starts without you having to hold the starter button down
The new KTM 250 Duke Tail light LED tail light looks smart and is a simple design
The 2017 KTM 250 Duke has sleek little number plate holder but we can see how a tail tidy will look even better.
The split grab rail design on the new KTM 250 Duke neatly integrated into the motorcycle and does not interrupt the sharp likes of the tail piece.
We have not tested it but the 2017 KTM 250 Duke pillion seat feels a bit softer and maybe a smidge longer than the old one
The 250 gets new rims shared with the 390 but the same MRF tyres as the 200 Duke. The new tail unit and the new LED tail lamp design both look striking and unique
Like all the Dukes, the KTM 250 Duke has a light and accurate cornering feel. The MRF tyres provide great grip and the new suspension makes the 250 Duke feel more secure at big leans too
The new design of the 2017 KTM 250 Duke is striking, especially in the white.
Images by Anis Shaikh