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KTM India is all set to introduce dual-channel ABS on its Duke 250 model. The company's official website has already been updated with the details of the Duke 250 ABS variant. This indicates the introduction of the variant, in the coming weeks.
KTM India already updated the Duke 200 with ABS recently, while also launching its small capacity sibling, the Duke 125. The KTM Duke 250 is currently the only product in the brand's lineup to come without ABS, however, this is about to change.
According to the company's website, the KTM Duke 250 will feature a comprehensive dual-channel ABS system, which can be switched on/off by the rider.
This is similar to the ABS system seen on the larger Duke and RC 390 variants. The Duke 390 and RC390 came equipped with ABS, since its first introduction in the market.
While the KTM Duke 250 will come equipped with dual-channel ABS, the smaller sibling, the Duke 125 feature a single-channel ABS system.
KTM's decision to introduce ABS on the smaller capacity motorcycles is part of the upcoming safety regulations of April 2019. The regulation makes it mandatory for all 125cc and above motorcycle to feature the safety equipment.
The KTM Duke 250 shares its underpinnings with the second-generation Duke 390. The Duke 250 offers a similar design to its larger siblings, save the body graphics and the engine.
The KTM Duke 250 is powered by a 248.8cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine producing 30bhp and 24Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and comes standard with slipper-clutch.
The KTM Duke 250 comes with the brand's signature trellis frame chassis and uses inverted WP forks at the front and a rear monoshock. Braking is handled by 300mm and 230mm front and rear disc, respectively. The braking will soon be supported by ABS as a standard feature.
Thoughts On The KTM Duke 250 ABS
KTM is updating all the models in its line-up, ahead of the upcoming stringent safety and emission regulations of 2019. With the Duke 200, 125 and the 390 coming with ABS as standard, the Duke 250 is the only model remaining to be updated.
Once introduced with ABS, the KTM Duke 250 will be priced at a slight premium from its current price tag of Rs 1.81 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).