Monday, April 16, 2012

KTM - 200 Duke - Simply Awesome.

I got to see a KTM on road yesterday and I must say its impressive. The 200 duke is the only bike currently available in India. The shape of the bike makes it easy to commute around off/on-road with ease. The elevated handle bars seem to be the liking of most bike riders as they find it comfortable while cornering. I believe this also makes for a better posture for riding.

I have always been a fan of the mono-shock since the time Honda Unicorn came into market. It makes the vehicle less heavy and yet give a smooth ride. It sports disc brakes in the front and the rear and a broad 150mm rear tyre is a delight. What is striking about this bike is where the silencer is positioned. Its right at the center of the vehicle. Its a three chamber silencer positioned intentionally at the center of gravity to provide better handling. 

KTM review by Autocar India:

Basic Specification - 4 Stroke single cylinder, 200 cc, 25 hp, electric start, 6 speed transmission,  125kg in weight. Its truly a bike with difference and thats what makes it interesting. For years we have been seeing the same old technology in different shapes and sizes, but this one is promising. With loads of features and stunning looks an investement on this maybe satisfactory.

And finally be responsible and ride safe.

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