In a surprise, KTM has introduced the 2017 KTM 250 Duke in the country priced at INR 1,73,000 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The model was already on sale in certain international markets and is being now brought into the country to fill the void. The new 2017 KTM 250 Duke borrows its styling cues from the new 2017 KTM Duke 390, albeit with a host of changes. The full-LED headlamp has been replaced by a conventional looking unit with a halogen bulb and integrated LED DRLs. The other differentiator is the new black wheels on the 2017 KTM 250 Duke, while the graphics incline towards white on this one.
2017 KTM 250 Duke Design and Features:
At first, you notice that aggressive front. That predatory stance. When you come closer, you feel its steel fuel tank and various high-quality cast parts. In the end, you realise that the design and production standards of this bike were set sky-high. The 2017 KTM 250 Duke provides plenty of space and freedom of movement and has a knack for relaxed touring, alone or two-up, as well as committed cornering. Unsurpassed operability and large contact surfaces ensure optimum control and maximum feedback, while the upright, relaxed seating position provides a perfect overview all day long.
For all its sports appearance, the two-piece seat provides surprising long-distance comfort, perfect support and first-class ergonomics for both rider and pillion. The seat height is low enough for a secure standing position, but also tall enough for sports-oriented riding and delivering that genuine big-bike feel. The 2017 KTM 250 Duke’s state-of-the-art chassis, with its characteristic, lightweight steel trellis frame, turns this bike into a real surfer through the bends. Masses grouped close to the center of gravity maximise maneuverability and precision.
The 2017 KTM 250 Duke gets the conventional WP USD forks and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The brakes too are the older 300 mm front and 230 mm rear disc units. The 2017 KTM 250 Duke also comes with a side mounted exhaust, but does miss out on ride-by-wire. Also, it uses the older orange backlit instrument console instead of the new TFT screen.
2017 KTM 250 Duke Engine and Performance:
With respect to power, a new 248.8 cc single-cylinder is used on the new 2017 KTM 250 Duke. The motor is derived from the 390’s 373 cc unit and is tuned to belt out 30 bhp and 24 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed transmission. The 2017 KTM 250 Duke also comes with a slipper clutch, but does not get adjustable levers. The wider mirrors and soft seats are available.
The bike also rides on the MRF Revz tyres instead of Metzelers. The new 2017 KTM 250 Duke brings more performance without the premium price tag or power of the 390. Offering just the right balance, the model should find a lot of takers in the country.
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