KTM 200 Duke 2012

Sunday, March 25th 2012. | KTM

KTM 200 Duke. The name itself already speaks of royalty, and when it’s taken in the context of a bike that’s as versatile as the KTM 200 Duke, the name certainly applies.

KTM 200 Duke

 There’s a chin-set auxiliary light below the headlight, while a compact digital instrument cluster sits over this. We found ourselves struggling to view the tiny, cascading rev counter and other info relayed by the dinky readout. Only speed is prominently displayed and easily legible.

KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke comes with illuminated switchgear that works with crisp clicks, plus a comfortable set of levers and functional mirrors. The 10.5-liter (2.8 gallon) fuel-tank offers deeply recessed, snug thigh support, and the saddle is roomy and well padded, although the same can’t be said for the compromised pillion seat. Split alloy grab bars lead to a slender tail lamp, behind which extends a lengthy mudguard and number plate holder. The rear tire hugger looks a little awkward, but we like the sleek, clear-lens turn signal indicators. Overall quality, including rubber and plastic parts, is good.

KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke is powered by a single-cylinder 199.5cc four-stroke engine, an oversquare arrangement with a 72mm bore and 49mm stroke. It’s a fully modern design, with fuel-injection, liquid-cooling, and a pair of cams driving a quartet of valves. Drive goes through a compact six-speed gearbox then a chain.

KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke fires up and emits an enjoyable, deep exhaust rumble. Its clutch is well weighted and progressive, and gears shift with precise action. Throttle response is immediate and decisive from its large 38mm throttle body, although we did notice the fueling feeling unsettled between a narrow range just over idle to 3000 rpm, where we had to play the throttle to keep revs up and the engine firing smoothly.

KTM 200 Duke

Revved higher, the mill delivers a wide powerband with excellent midrange and top end muscle. The 200 Duke has an addictive surge of smoothly delivered power, kicking in strongly from 4500-7000 rpm before transforming into manic mode as it rushes to crash into a 11,000 rpm redline. KTM claims a peak of 25 horsepower at 10,000 rpm.

KTM 200 Duke

The 200 Duke is the personification of lightness rediscovered combined with maximum riding fun, powerful propulsion, and optimum user value, all of which was accomplished through KTM’s unmistakable thoroughbred motorcycle technology.

Comfort is essential for a bike of the 200 Duke’s built, and KTM paid careful attention to it by designing a two-piece seat that provides surprising long-distance comfort, perfect support, and first-class ergonomics for rider and pillion. At 810 mm, the seat height is low enough for a secure standing position, but also high enough for sports-oriented use and a genuine big-bike feeling.

KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke also has a featherweight chassis that comes with high-quality components and first-class brakes. The bike carries a high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension with the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R, which is a true statement of the bike’s overall comfort and versatility.

The compact, three-chamber silencer is positioned close to the machine’s overall center of gravity. This aids centralization of masses and improves the playful handling of the KTM 200 Duke. Not only noise, but emission levels are also exemplary thanks to the regulated catalytic converter.

KTM 200 Duke

At the heart of the KTM 200 Duke is another improvement for the 2012 model: a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine that generates 60% more displacement and correspondingly fully developed power to the tune of 25 horses. Add the new camshafts, bigger valves, a larger piston with a completely new crank drive, new airbox and a new exhaust layout, and it all results in a bike that offers punchy torque with irresistible smoothness.

KTM 200 Duke Engine

KTM 200 Duke

No minor development: Based on the state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine of the 125 Duke, the KTM 200 Duke’s power unit has been changed substantially to generate 60 % more displacement and correspondingly fully developed power. New camshafts, bigger valves, a larger piston with a completely new crank drive, new airbox and new exhaust layout. It all results in 19 kW (25 hp) and incredibly punchy torque, even at lower revs – with irresistible smoothness.

Just like the RC8 R, two overhead camshafts in the new KTM 200 Duke’s cylinder head actuate four valves by means of cam levers. This design is not only extremely reliable, but the cam levers are coated with ultra-hard carbon which minimizes friction – releasing even more power.

The intricate engine design, state-of-the-art injection electronics and the close-ratio, six-speed transmission not only help the KTM 200 Duke to achieve impressive performance, but also moderate fuel consumption. Thanks to the regulated catalytic converter, it produces only minimal emissions

KTM 200 Duke  Chassis and Suspension

KTM 200 Duke

19 kW (25 hp) Power and an unladen weight of only 126 kg guarantee tremendous, fleet-footed riding fun with the KTM 200 Duke. The first-class chassis, with lightweight tubular space frame in the proven KTM design, turns it into a real surfer through the curves. Weight grouped close to the center of gravity maximize maneuverability and precision.

The 200 Duke’s high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension has the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R – in other words, real racing equipment that guarantees highest levels of stability and precision.

KTM 200 Duke

The new KTM 200 Duke’s lightweight, high-quality, die-cast swingarm is designed and produced according to the same principle as the 690 Duke. The light alloy swingarm with directly linked WP shock absorber excels with extreme torsional stiffness and outstanding tracking stability.

KTM 200 Duke  Brakes and Wheels

KTM 200 Duke

KTM 200 Duke

With the powerful, outstandingly controllable brake system developed by KTM in collaboration with Brembo and the perfect grip of the wide tires, the rider always has the lightweight motorcycle under control. At the front, a radial four-piston brake caliper bites onto a 280 mm brake disc.

KTM 200 Duke

KTM 200 Duke

Equally lightweight and delicate as they are stable, the 17 in cast light alloy wheels are fitted with a 110 mm tire at the front and an impressive 150 mm at the rear. The tires impress with tremendous grip in both wet and dry conditions, as well as providing supreme durability.

KTM 200 Duke  Cockpit

KTM 200 Duke

KTM 200 Duke

The KTM 200 Duke has everything that distinguishes a genuine KTM – from the high-quality chassis components to the multi-function cockpit, which even keeps you up to date with fuel consumption and remaining range. The extensive KTM PowerParts range gives you the option of adding your own individual style.

KTM 200 Duke  Ergonomics

KTM 200 Duke

The new KTM 200 Duke is also a genuine motorcycle in terms of dimensions, providing plenty of space and freedom of movement. The gathered sitting position supports relaxed touring equally as well as committed cornering. Large contact surfaces ensure optimum control and perfect feedback.

KTM 200 Duke

KTM 200 Duke  Specifications

Design Single-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Spark-Ignition Engine, Liquid-Cooled
Displacement 200 Cm³
Bore 72 Mm
Stroke 49 Mm
Starting Aid Electric Starter
Transmission 6-Speed, Claw Shifted
Engine Lubrication Forced Oil Lubrication With 1 Rotor Pump
Primary Gear Ratio 22:72
Secondary Gear Ratio 14:43
Cooling System Liquid Cooling System, Continuous Circulation Of Cooling Liquid With Water Pump
Clutch Clutch In Oil Bath / Mechanically Operated
Ignition System Contactless, Controlled, Fully Electronic Ignition System With Digital Ignition Timing Adjustment
Frame Tubular Space Frame Made From Steel Tubes, Powder-Coated
Fork WP Suspension 4357
Shock Absorber WP Suspension 4618 EM
Suspension Travel Front 150 Mm
Suspension Travel Rear 150 Mm
Brake System Front Disc Brake With Two-Pot Brake Caliper
Brake System Rear Disc Brake With One-Pot Brake Caliper, Floating Brake Discs
Brake Discs – Diameter Front 300 Mm
Brake Discs – Diameter Rear 230 Mm
Chain 5/8 X 1/4” (520) O‑Ring
Steering Head Angle 65°
Wheel Base 1,361±15 Mm
Ground Clearance (Unloaded) 170 Mm
Seat Height (Unloaded) 810 Mm
Total Fuel Tank 10.5 L Unleaded Premium Fuel (95 RON)
Capacity Approx.
Weight Without Fuel Approx. 125 Kg

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