After Duke 200 and 125, KTM Duke 250 is set to receive ABS update. Most likely, the updated motorcycle will be introduced in January 2019.
KTM Duke 250 ABS is reportedly launching in India in January next year. It will get the same dual-channel ABS setup that comes in KTM 390 motorcycles.
Its less powered counterparts, Duke 200 and 125 get a single-channel ABS setup. Following Duke 250, KTM RC 200 will soon receive ABS but a single-channel.
With the new safety feature, we expect the prices to increase by around Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. Currently, it is priced at Rs 1.73 Lakhs (ex-showroom), which might increase to around Rs 1.85 Lakhs.
Other than this, KTM Duke 250 will receive no further mechanical update. It continues with the same 249cc liquid-cooled engine. The engine produces 30 BHP and 24 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
The bike offers an approximate mileage figure of 35 kmpl. With a fuel capacity of 13.4 Litres, the approximate riding range goes up to 450 kilometres on full tank.
The top-speed recorded on KTM Duke 250 is 140 km/hr. It sprints from 0-60 in just 3.51 seconds flat.
Features onboard include fully digital instrument cluster, gear indicator, split seats, Front and Rear Disc brakes, LED DRLs and halogen headlamps. KTM offers a huge variety of accessories on its motorcycles.
For suspension purposes, KTM Duke 250 uses WP Upside down forks at the front and Monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking is handled with a 300mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the back.
KTM Duke 250 compares with the likes of Yamaha FZ25 and will compete with the upcoming rumoured Gixxer 250. However, Duke 250 is priced much costlier than its other 250cc rivals.
In the similar price range, you also get Jawa Motorcycles, Honda CBR250, Mahindra Mojo UT300 and Bajaj Dominar 400.
Meanwhile, KTM is reportedly planning to launch Duke 790 in the Indian market. Many dealerships have started taking the booking amount for the bike as the launch is expected in early 2019.
It will be bought through the CKD route in India. Price expectations of the bike are around Rs 7 Lakhs or so.
In 2019, KTM also plans to bring 390 Adventure in the market. Recently, many adventure motorcycles have been launched in India. Duke 390 will compete with the likes of Kawasaki Versys 300 and BMW G310 GS.