KTM has launched the new breed Dukes in India for a very attractive price tag. With Bajaj Dominar’s introductory offer soon ending we may see tough competition between it and the new Duke 250 but until then the bike will compete with the Duke 200. We’ve also added the BMW G310R in this comparison (even though it is expected to be priced much higher up) just to spice things up.
Another comparison: KTM Duke 390 vs Dominar 400 vs BMW G310R vs Mahindra Mojo
News: New KTM Dukes launched
Let’s check out each of them individually:
2017 KTM Duke 250
The KTM Duke 250 is the latest addition to India’s Duke Family. It is a slightly toned down version of the 2017 Duke 390 and gets their new design language, unlike the Duke 200.
Design wise, the bike looks promising. It has aggressive lines and great character which makes it stand out. The bike is more forward leaning than the Duke 200 and can be said to be an overall better offering.
The D250 gets a 248.8cc single cylinder mill which produces 30.87 BHP @ 9000 rpm and 24 NM @ 7250 rpm, which is lesser than the Dominar 400.
What makes the Duke 250 really shine is that it is the only ‘outright’ streetfighter in this list. It weighs just 149 kg which is nearly 37 kg lesser than the Dominar 400 (and 8 below the BMW). The lower weight will mean better power-weigh ration and better drive dynamics. With features like ABS, slipper clutch and USD front fork it is well endowed as well.
Price- Rs. 1.73 lakhs (with ABS)
Full Specs: KTM Duke 250 2017
2017 KTM Duke 200
The 2017 version of the Duke 200 remains similar to the outgoing model because KTM wants to have a clear gap between their offerings. The design is more matured than the Duke 250 and should appeal to a great number of people.
Where the Duke 200 loses out is in its 199.5 cc, single cylinder mill which produces 24.6 Bhp @ 10000 rpm and 19.2 Nm @ 8000 rpm. This is not nearly enough to compete with some of the bikes lower down the price range, not to mention the 35 bhp, Dominar in its immediate vicinity.
Price- Rs. 1.43 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Full specs: KTM Duke 200 2017
Bajaj Dominar 400
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is not an aggressive streetfighter instead it is more of a sports tourer. But based on its design and power, it can give any bike on this list a run for their money.
The bike looks great and is comfortable to ride. Features like its unique led headlights, large fuel tank, a secondary display and gorgeous rear are features worth mentioning. However, it is slightly heavy and performance feels lacking, especially since it is powered by the 373.2cc, 35 hp mill sourced from the Duke 390. It must be noted that these are not the defining features of the bike and we still feel that it is one of best under Rs. 2 lakhs.
After its introductory price is lifted, the Dominar 400 ABS will be price very near the Duke 250. They will, however, cater to two varied customers- one looking for an agile, fast streetfighter and the other looking for a mature, comfortable tourer.
Price: Rs. 1.36 lakhs (Ex-Delhi)
Specs: Dominar 400 ABS
The BMW G310R is our favorite bike on this list but sadly, it is most likely to sweat it out with the new KTM Duke 390 rather than the Duke 250. The bike will launch in India soon.
The G310R looks like a much premium when compared to the bikes in this list offering and that should reflect in its price. Based on this factor alone, it is our top pick. The bike is also powerful with a water-cooled, single cylinder 4-stroke engine that produces 33.6 bhp of power.
The bike is fairly light, at 158.5 kg, and should provide good performance. Features like ABS, USD front forks etc are provided.
Price: 2 lakhs expected
Specs: BMW G 310 R
2017 KTM Duke 250 vs Duke 200 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs BMW G310R Verdict
We feel that the BMW G 310 R is the overall best bike on this list but since it is expected to be priced much higher, it will be unfair to give it top position. So the first position is definitely held by the Dominar 400, which is the one of most VFM offering currently available in the country.
However, once the introductory price is lifted, it will have to share the spot with the new Duke 250. We are leaning toward the latter when comparing their ABS variants alone.
The Duke 200 continues to be a great offering and in its 2017 version is very exclusive because the other two Dukes have gone ahead with a new design. The bike has however lost some of the VFM factor which once associated with it.