Although predominantly a KTM, some may spot a lot of Bajaj in the 200 Duke, a muscular, aggressive and striking looking bike. The front mudguard is short and sporty. Riding at night is secure thanks to a bright headlight. The instruments are compact. The 200 Duke disappoints with Bajaj typical grips, which always offer good grip, but feel uncomfortably hard in gloveless palms.
On the other hand, cleverly illuminated, crisp working switches are also ala Bajaj. The massive tank region is deeply grooved for good thigh grip, although tall riders could find their knees feeling a shade cramped if you like sitting deep into your bike, hugging the tank. And while complaining about ergonomics, we also found the rider’s ankle grip panels behind the footrests located too low for viable use.
There’s ample space for the rider, and the front seat is well padded. As on several sportsbikes, the pillion seat is seldom going to be your position of choice. Good overall quality and acceptable fit-finish are present on the KTM 200 Duke.
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