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2012 KTM 200 Duke

2012 KTM 200 Duke

DUKE 200: SMALL CAPACITY, BIG FUN - A NEW DUKE RISES

2011 has been a special and extremely successful year for KTM – especially thanks to the launch of the 125 Duke. At 9,000 units sold, the new bike took off like a rocket into its highly competitive segment.

With little diversity of small capacity bikes over the 125cc sector available that deliver big kicks, the next logical step for KTM is to expand the Duke range even further with a 200cc version for 2012.

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 power between the chassis that was over-engineered to handle a progression in displacement – all at a highly attractive price point.

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.

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 has the punch of a real motorbike, not the least due to its very low weight of only 127 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 and what makes the 200 Duke essentially KTM – simply one of the best lightweight sport bikes for any day of the week.