05 December, 2020

The Duke’s Quick Quarter Litre Surprise

It’s not the much-anticipated ‘Super Duke’ ­but it holds its own. Duke 250 will hit the market soon.

The Duke’s Quick Quarter Litre Surprise

This Bullet lover’s affair with KTM began in 2012 after taking the newly launched Duke 200 out for a test spin. I cannot say it was love from the first gear, but the machine grows on you, And there’s no denying that the Duke has become the first choice for touring as well as city commutes,.

The formidable Duke 390 entered the market after the bratty 200. And, while all eyes anxiously waited for KTM to step up the horsepower even further—by bringing the Duke 690 or the Super Duke to the Indian market, the Austrian manufacturers and their Indian partner, Bajaj, surprised enthusiasts by launching the Duke 250 this year.

The Duke 250 beats logic, especially when you can pay around Rs 50,000 extra to bring home the 390. Having said that, one really cannot resist what the newbie coming out of the KTM stable have to offer. There must be something to the bike!

For starters, it’s sharper than the ­other two models out in the market. The Rs 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) motorbike is a bit of a Frankenstein—it combines the aesthetics of...



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