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KTM Duke 200 European launch delayed

The new KTM Duke 200, spied by MCN in February 2011, has been delayed by a month due to demand from emerging markets. The bike, which is effectively a Duke 125 with a big-bore kit, is built for KTM by Bajaj in India and has proved a huge hit with Indian, South American and Malaysian riders and KTM are putting back...

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BBQdog

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BBQdog says:

350

I will wait for the 350 next year. Once that one is on the market it will be hard to sell any 200's.

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davdamos

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davdamos says:

:-)

I really like these new baby dukes, if they bring a 350, that'll be awesome. if not, i'd like the 200 :-)

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boybilly1967

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boybilly1967 says:

Great stuff, I wonder how many 125's get upgraded to 250 given the chance. A bit like Harley 883 Sportsters get bored out to 1200. The 883 egine is the same but sleeved down.

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easytargets

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easytargets says:

200 limit

The emerging markets often have a 200cc limit or breakpoint in licensing so it's a big thing in Malaysia and India for example.

The 350 might be a big blow to Enfield sales in India

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HkUk

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HkUk says:

It's available here in Hong Kong for HK$49,800, which is the same as the non-abs CBR250R and CB300R. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is HK$56,800. TBH, the CBR is quite uncomfortable, the CB300 looks badly made, and the Kawasaki's pricve has gone up a lot recently because it is so popular. So the KTM is gonna do well here too, but I'm really looking froward to the Freestyle 350 due later this year or next year at the latest.

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ducatigav

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ducatigav says:

looks ace when i saw it at the dealers shame the eu stuff getting in the way of a 300 2t engine in it e like a moden rd

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

boybilly1967

Very few 125s will go out to 250, although 200 is fairly common - even though some production 200s based on 125s have often fallen quite a bit short of a true 200cc. Of course some 125s have been squeezed down 200s. It's kind of hard to double the capacity of an engine simply by simple internal changes. Doing it by increasing the bore alone would mean a 41% increase in bore. On most engines that would take you through the liner. And banging in a bigger piston plays hell with the balance meaning you need a new crank to compensate. Massive increases in stroke would also be a pain as you would probably need to modify the cases and you'd need a new barrel. If you're going for new cases, new barrel, new crank, new rod (probably) and new piston (probably) you're more or less building a new engine. So why bother? Why not just design a new engine from the ground up that is optimised to being a 250.

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BBQdog

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BBQdog says:

The Duke 350 will have the engine of the FreeRide. I have seen the first FreeRides over here. Nice bike, but I need a ladder to get on it. Also not convinced about the electrics hanging loose above the engine and the plastic number plates touching the silencers.  Also the rims seemed dented.

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boybilly1967

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boybilly1967 says:

jollyboy

That's a fair point but did KTM intend to do this all along and that the 125 is a sleeved down 200cc motor?, as the Harley 1200-883 motor is I was meaning.

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AHA1

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AHA1 says:

Nice to see KTM have a sales hit with a road bike at last. Duke2, Adventure, LC8 SMs, Super Duke & above all the RC8, all fantastic bikes that sold far less than they should have.

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