Just when it seems like model year 2020 is done and dusted, well, not entirely. Welcome the 2020 KTM 200 Duke to the Austrian company’s lineup. KTM has been very aggressive with new models in 2020, with the 890 Duke R making an appearance a year sooner than expected. Now, we get the KTM 200 Duke, which is a motorcycle already sold around the globe. Let’s take a look at the 2020 KTM 200 Duke naked upright sportbike.
The 2020 KTM 200 Duke uses a seriously oversquare powerplant. While companies sometimes give smaller-displacement engines a more balanced bore and stroke to encourage off-idle torque, the 200 Duke’s single-cylinder DOHC motor follows the Ready To Race credo. Its short 49mm stroke is overshadowed by a 72mm bore. We don’t know the redline, but expect the little thumper to rev and match-up well with the close-ratio six-speed transmission.
The 200 Duke’s chassis is based on the KTM 390 Duke. Specs are quite similar, with the same wheelbase and rake. Due to slightly shorter-travel suspension, the 200 has a bit less trail. You get the traditional KTM trellis frame used chromoly steel tubing, of course, with a removable subframe. The 200 Duke weighs in a 20 pounds less than the 390. Oddly, the seat height is a hair higher on the 200 compared to the 390.
WP Apex suspension is used at both ends and has no damping adjustability. The only adjustment available is spring preload on the single shock. There’s no linkage for the shock, though the unit does have progressive damping. The fork is an aggressive inverted design.
ByBre takes care of the braking. Made by Brembo, the ByBre units are a cost-saving choice for caliper, though the front four-piston caliper is radially mounted. We would expect the ByBre calipers have plenty of power for a 200cc motorcycle that weighs just 330 pounds with the 3.5-gallon fuel tank topped off. ABS is standard, with a Supermoto mode that allows locking of the rear wheel.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact tires signal sporting performance from the 2020 KTM 200 Duke. While they aren’t the high-performance RR line of Sportec tires, Metzeler markets them as an “all-around supersport tire.” Again, these tires should be more than adequate to handle the demands of a 200cc sportbike.
Although undoubtedly sporty, KTM describes the 200 Duke as also being commuter-friendly: “This ultra-lightweight commuter arrives just in time for back-to-school. For those schooling from home, the KTM 200 Duke will arrive just in time for riders to take a break and test their skills on the tarmac.”
Styling is outstanding on the new 200 Duke. It looks like one of the big boys, and the dash has an LCD display.
The 2020 KTM 200 Duke hits the showroom floor this month with an MSRP of $3999. There’s no direct competitor in the US market, so price comparisons are tricky. Bear in mind that the 2021 Honda CB300R with a 286cc motor and ABS runs $4949. KTM describes the 200 Duke as “a hyper-affordable option for even the most fiscally responsible of new riders.”
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!