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Dec 12

Posts: 31

BikerToBe says:

Will the 200 be enough?

Afternoon all, I went to another site (automatically dismissed at sight of 200cc) and pretty much got laughed out. Anyway .... I've got a new job quicker than expected and a bike to commute on is far and away the clever choice. And my choice is the KTM Duke 200. The journey would be a few junctions on the m25 and then an A road, bout 45 min. Question is would the mach ine with top sPeed of 85 handle such a task? I was going to wait for the 390 but time has come to get on. 

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Dec 10

Posts: 12021

preunit says:

Ya don't have to sell KTM to me

M25 and a top speed of 85mph :shock: you work nights, yeah?

45 min commute on a Duke 200, doable for sure,but a 690 would be better :wink:

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Aug 02

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spondonste says:

200cc on the motorway

The reality is that holding a single cylinder at large throttle openings for sustained periods of time will end up with it burning a fair amount of oil.

I had a KLR250 some time ago which had a top wack of 85mph and commuted on that along national speed limit country roads. On country roads it was ok but it did start to smell quite badly from burning oil. On motorways it would just about keep up with the flow of the traffic but overtaking at speed was a pain and made the exhaust smell more prevalent.


You can manage it but the bike is likely to feel a little second hand very quickly if you do it regularly. Better bet would be to pick a twistier route where you vary the throttle somewhat more.

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Nov 07

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smidget says:


to agree with spondonste.

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Dec 12

Posts: 31

BikerToBe says:


Seems like its a wait for the 390 then. Cheers for the reasonable approach to advice ! 

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Jan 11

Posts: 8502

aehewitt says:


Congrats on the new job....  This Forum is weird and wonderful place,one thing for sure is you will always great advice on bike related issues.... :smile

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