KTM has now revealed its all-new 2017 model year, 250 Duke naked motorcycle. This model will not be offered in India and not even in the European markets. 250 Duke by KTM has been exclusively developed for the South-East Asian markets.
In terms of design, KTM 250 Duke draws inspiration from the latest 2017 Duke range of motorcycles. The 250 Duke by KTM will be similar to the 125 Duke, 200 Duke, and 390 Duke. All four models will share a common chassis and body panels to keep cost in check.
Powering the 2017 KTM 250 Duke is a 248.8cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. This engine produces 29.5bhp, which 1.5bhp less than the previous model and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. KTM has included a PASC antihopping clutch to enhance the riding experience.
Unfortunately, KTM has not included the touchscreen instrument console, along with LED headlight and taillamp. The 250 Duke misses out on these new features that are included on 2017 390 Duke. Surprisingly, 2017 KTM 250 Duke gets the updated exhaust system.
The quarter-litre segment is unexplored by KTM in the Indian market. With the latest demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 and introduction of GST could change KTM's strategy. There is a small possibility that KTM could introduce the 250 Duke replacing the 200 Duke.