Meeting the 31st March, 2019 deadline of compulsory ABS for motorcycles with a displacement of 125cc and above , KTM has introduced the ABS version of its KTM 250 Duke, model.
This completes the upgrade across all models for the Austrian manufacturer, in India. The company has updated the bikes with ABS as a standard feature. Priced at INR 1.94 lakh (ex-showroom), the KTM 250 Duke is launched at a premium of INR 14,000 over the non-ABS variant.
The newly launched KTM 250 Duke gets a dual-channel ABS unit, similar to that of the 390 Duke and a slipper-clutch, as standard. It also gets the Supermoto mode, just like the one in 390 Duke, which allows a user to turn off the ABS for the rear wheel. Apart from these subtle changes, there are no other mechanical changes that are brought in for the new KTM 250 Duke. The racing bike gets a 250cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 30bhp and 24Nm of torque and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
The KTM 250 Duke launched in India gets a LCD screen, similar to that of the 200 Duke, but does not get a TFT display as that in the international variant. The 250cc version shares a lot in common with the 390 Duke and gets components like the 13.5-litre fuel tank, USD forks in the front and a monoshock unit at the back. The sports bike hosts disc brakes at both ends and competes with the likes of the Honda CB 300R and the Yamah FZ-25, in India.