The much awaited KTM 250 Duke ABS has been launched in the Indian auto market. The 250 Duke ABS will now cost Rs 1.94 lakh [ex showroom – India]. With the launch of the 250 Duke ABS, the brand completes the enabling of all its models with ABS as the 250 Duke was the final model to get equipped with ABS. As per the new stringent safety norms all the two – wheeler of and above 125 cc must come equipped with the anti – lock braking system feature by 1st April, 2019.
KTM has equipped the Duke 250 with dual channel ABS unlike the 125 Duke and 200 Duke both of them are provided with single channel ABS. The KTM 250 Duke non ABS variant was priced at Rs 1.84. Therefore, the addition of anti – lock braking system has raised the price of the bike by Rs 13,400. Currently, the company will continue the sell of both the Duke 250 ABS and non ABS variant in the country. However, with the enforcement of new norms from next month, the non ABS variant will be discontinued.
The KTM 250 Duke is designed based on its larger sibling, KTM 390 Duke. The styling features like LED DRLs integrated with a halogen headlamp unit and a fully digital instrument cluster are borrowed from the KTM 390 Duke. The KTM 250 Duke ABS remains similar to the non ABS counterpart only exception is the addition of dual channel ABS. The 250 Duke ABS will be offered with a powerful engine, slipper clutch, side mounted exhaust, upside down forks and an aluminium swingwarm.
The KTM 250 Duke ABS will remain unchanged in terms of mechanics. Powering the 250 Duke ABS is the same 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which churns out a power of 30 bhp at 9,000 rpm and produces a peak torque of 24 Nm at 7,500 rpm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox comes coupled to the engine. The suspension duties on the KTM 250 Duke are handled by the 43 mm upside down front forks and a monoshock at the rear, both from WP. Braking duties are handled by a 300 mm at the front and 230 mm discs at the rear.