July 24 2012

The next step on the KTM riding ladder has double the power of the 125 Duke for just £200 more

The eagerly awaited 200 Duke has now arrived at British and Irish KTM dealers.

With little diversity of small capacity bikes available over the 125cc sector that deliver big kicks, the next logical step for KTM was to expand on its massively popular 125 Duke with a 200cc version.

The 125 Duke was revered for its style and specification when it was launched and so the 200 Duke is physically identical to its 'little' brother but packs more punch. With a chassis that was over-engineered to handle a progression in displacement, the 200 Duke has almost double the power of the 125 and, at £3995, costs just £200 more.

The main difference is a larger displacement; expanded to 199.5 cc by a new cylinder with a 72 mm bore and 49 mm stroke. Rather than just having a bigger piston, a newly developed cylinder head, valves as well as new intake and exhaust systems were specially designed by KTM for the 200.

Only available in orange, the new 200 Duke delivers 27 hp with a beautifully rounded power curve, highlighting once more the sporting DNA of this state-of-the-art single cylinder design. While the 125 Duke offers excellent performance for its class, the 200 Duke delivers a real punch, not the least due to its very low weight of only 125 kg.

The powerful new engine is backed by a strong-yet-light trellis frame finished with outstanding suspension and braking components, allowing riders to exploit the power of the engine - simply one of the best lightweight sport bikes for any day of the week.

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