Here’s something we didn’t expect: The KTM 200 Duke is coming to Canada, with availability later this month.
The KTM 200 Duke has been available overseas for years, in markets where a 200 is considered a big bike, or at least big enough. It’s manufactured in India through KTM’s partnership with Bajaj, and also assembled in plants in the Phillippines, Colombia and Argentina. The original 200 Duke was unveiled in 2012, and although it’s been updated since then, it’s basically been the same idea: An aggressively-styled naked bike, with liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine (DOHC, four-valve head, 199cc, about 26 horsepower).
Of course, it also looks the part, with lean, mean Duke visual lines. The version coming to Canada has a steel trellis tube frame, with WP Apex 43mm USD forks and WP Apex shock. Surprised to see that much bling on a budget bike? KTM also says the bike gets Bosch two-channel ABS with supermoto mode, and a four-piston radially-mounted front brake caliper, from Brembo’s Indian subsidiary Bybre. All this, for an MSRP of $4,599.
That should make for some serious budget hooning capability. Supposedly, the machines will be available in August, 2020.
So why is it coming here, and why now? KTM’s press release doesn’t spell it all out, but it would be very unsurprising if this was all due to COVID-19.
Here’s the thing: Affordable motorcycle are allegedly selling like hotcakes, whether new or used, since the pandemic started. People are looking for new ways to spend their money that make concessions for social distancing, and also “getting around” to things they’ve wanted to do forever. Motorcycling covers those bases, and savvy companies are looking to introduce affordable machines to capture that market.
See the official KTM press release below the photo gallery:
DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR THE ALL-NEW 2020 KTM 200 DUKE
CHAMBLY, QC. – KTM Canada is thrilled to announce details for the all-new 2020 KTM 200 DUKE, a light and nimble machine with grin-inducing power that makes for the perfect entry point into motorcycling and the DUKE family.
Thanks to an ultra-compact single-cylinder 4-stroke power plant with state-of-the-art injection electronics and close-ratio, 6-speed transmission, the new KTM 200 DUKE packs a mighty punch. The generously sized, ergonomic 3.5-gal. fuel tank feeds the highly efficient engine and provides exceptionally long range. A predatory design and lightweight tubular steel trellis frame proudly display its BEAST-inspired DNA and shout DUKE.
The KTM 200 DUKE delivers the perfect balance of performance and everyday rideability. Its superb ergonomics provide riders with maximum freedom of movement. The upright riding position supports relaxed rides and encourages committed cornering. Large contact surfaces ensure maximum control and optimal feedback, while retaining riding comfort. Confidence-inspiring handling is managed by WP APEX 43 mm USD forks and an APEX Linkless rear shock. Braking duties are easily covered by the 4-piston radially-mounted BYBRE front brake caliper featuring Bosch 2-Channel ABS, as well as Supermoto ABS functionality. Impressively low weight and a massively appealing low seat-height of just 31.6 in. eliminate the intimidation factor and make the KTM 200 DUKE as easy to handle as it is exhilarating to ride.
BASE PRICE: $4,599 CAD*
CHROMOLY STEEL TRELLIS FRAME
STEEL TRELLIS SUBFRAME
199.5 CC DOHC SINGLE
WP APEX 43 MM USD FORKS
WP APEX LINKLESS REAR SHOCK
4-PISTON RADIALLY-MOUNTED BYBRE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER
BOSCH 2-CHANNEL ABS
KTM’s lineup of street motorcycles is more adrenaline-inducing than ever before and now for 2020 it includes a hyper-affordable option for even the most fiscally responsible of new riders.
With initial availability in August 2020, this ultra-lightweight commuter arrives just in time for back-to-school. For those schooling from home, the KTM 200 DUKE will arrive just in time for riders to take a break and test their skills on the tarmac. For more information visit www.ktm.com