If you had been with us couple of months ago, you will know that KTM is seriously researching the prospects of Duke 250 for India. Though the manufacturer has denied possibility of launch, rumours are rife that this may not the case. We for one are really excited about all these developments, so I’ve decided to write bunch of reasons why KTM should/could launch the bike in India.
2017 KTM Duke 200 and 250 are almost identical.
The 2017 KTM Duke 250 and Duke 200 share both design and mechanicals, with only their engine differentiating them. This being the case, production cost of both the bikes are nearly identical as well.
Read more about them here: 2017 Duke 200,250
2017 KTM Duke 250 is different from Duke 390
Unlike their previous generations, the D250 and D200 are both different from the Duke 125 and Duke 390. So even if the Duke 250 is launched in India, there is enough separating it from the D390 to prevent cannibalising.
For example, the Duke 390 has a superior headlamp setup as well as TFT instrument cluster
KTM is slowing taking down Duke 200.
Last month KTM had removed the Duke 200 from their official website. Though it is back up now, they have not updated the page (to its new version). Also, in the following days we did bit of digging around and found out that KTM has not produced even a single unit of the Duke 200 in the last two months.
2017 KTM Duke 250 makes more sense
Atleast for us, The KTM Duke 250 makes much more sense than the Duke 200. Summing up above points, the former will not cost much more to manufacture and unlike last generation, should not interfere with sales of the Duke 390.
With improved competition from bikes such as Bajaj Dominar 400 and TVS Akula (both of which produce above 30 bhp), a 30.87 BHP producing proper streetfighter could be the only way to stay afloat in the segment. This is almost 6bhp more than the Duke 200, which is a huge bump up.
Only thing that may interfere with all ‘our’ plans is the existence of KTM’s RC200. This, though difficult, can be taken care off by introducing the RC250 in India.
If launched, the 2017 KTM Duke 250 will command a premium of Rs. 10,000-15,000/- over the Duke 200. The Duke 390 is also expected to receive similar price hike.