New Delhi: KTM has unveiled the 2017 KTM 250 Duke, updating the model on its official website. The bike gets a completely new styling along with a redesigned, bolted subframe like the new 390 Duke. However, the bike misses out on the new split pattern LED headlamp and the TFT screen instrument panel which are available with its elder sibling. There are significant changes in the dimensions of the motorcycle and the engine has also been updated for better performance, while standard features like the Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS and the anti-hopping (slipper) clutch remains untouched.
The revised steel trellis frame provides different dimensions to the 2017 KTM 250 Duke and it comes with 15mm more ground clearance and 30mm higher saddle as compared to the current model. An increased steering head angle by 1-degree reduces its wheelbase by 10mm, providing a more nimble handling. The bike also gets a bigger fuel tank that can swallow 2.4-litre more, adding some extra miles to the range. But, the revised styling, bigger tank, new frame, exhaust and other bits also adds a whole 10kg extra to the new model.
The 248.8cc, 4-valve motor is now Euro-4 compliant but the updates has resulted in a power loss of around 1.35PS. The retuned liquid-cooled engine delivers 29.9PS of power using the same electronic fuel injection system. The WP suspension setup remains unchanged, with the 43mm inverted front forks and a rear monoshock. However, the revised geometry results in 8mm lesser suspension travel at the front. The braking system also retains the 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes by Bybre.
The 2017 KTM 250 Duke runs on the same split-spoke alloy wheels but now they come painted in black instead of orange. The sticky Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres, 110mm wide front and 150mm rear, are also there to provide excellent grip on the tarmac. The bike is available in some countries like Indonesia and Thailand, where it is expected to be replaced with the updated model by the first quarter of 2017.