KTM surprised the US market with the introduction of the small-displacement 200 Duke this summer. It may be an unassuming new model, but an attractive $3,999 MSRP is awfully enticing to first-time buyers or as a low-budget bike for everyone else.
Powering the 200 Duke is a compact DOHC, 200cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a four-valve cylinder head. KTM employs a Bosch electronic fuel-injection system for smooth running and runs it all through a close-ratio six-speed transmission.
The moment we had our hands on the baby Duke, we rolled it onto our in-house Dynojet 250i dyno, where the KTM produced 22.17 hp at 10,090 rpm and 13.13 pound-feet of torque at 8,060 rpm. These friendly peak figures and flexibility make for an ideal platform for less-experienced riders to hone their skills before moving onto faster, larger-displacement bikes.
For reference, the Duke 200′s peak output is roughly half of the 40.53 hp at 8,850 rpm and 26.10 pound-feet of torque at 6,920 rpm that the larger-displacement 390 Duke produced, emphasizing a similar power-to-displacement ratio by KTM. This means that just because of the smaller displacement, it isn’t lower tech.
The KTM 200 Duke’s rider-friendly power and low cost of entry make it a worthy option for less-experienced riders.