Power, speed and high performance. The prime factors of consideration for any potential buyer? But, bike variants are many and varied today. So, how do you choose among the ones that have the features you need? In this article, we'll pit two bikes ruling the Indian roads on the basis of their specifications to help you make a decision. Let's find out what these bikes have to offer, shall we?
|Specifications||KTM Duke 125||KTM Duke 200|
|Price||Rs. 1.42 Lakh*||Rs. 1.76 Lakh*|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, FI, DOHC||Single Cylinder, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, FI, DOHC|
|Max Power||14.5 PS @ 9250 rpm||25.1 PS at 10,000 rpm|
|Brakes||Disc Brakes||Disc Brakes|
|Performance||0-60 in 5.65 seconds||0-60 in 3.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||106.54 kmph||135 kmph|
|Mileage||46.92 kmpl||35 kmpl|
|Suspension||Split Trellis frame||Split Trellis frame|
With a collaboration between Austrian bike major KTM and leading Indian bike manufacturer Bajaj, KTM bikes in India offer some of the best options in the two-wheeler category. We are going to look at two bikes from KTM, one in the 125 cc category and the other in the 200 cc category. Below are the key factors to consider for both bikes:
When it comes to the price, the KTM Duke 125 is around Rs. 1.42 lakhs* while the KTM Duke 200 is around Rs. 1.76 lakhs*. The Duke 200 is a higher cc bike compared to the Duke 125, hence the higher price.
The Duke 200 gives you higher power and faster pickup with 25.1 PS at 10,000 rpm (power) and torque 19.2 Nm at 8,000 rpm (pickup). The Duke 125 gives you a lower power of 14.5 PS at 9250 rpm and torque 12Nm at 8000 rpm. Notice that the Duke 200 gives you higher power and faster pickup at almost the same rpm compared to the Duke 125.
Both bikes have a liquid-cooled engine which means that the temperature of your bike is regulated in most conditions. Both bikes come with fuel injection with 6-speed gears. So, if you are looking for power and acceleration, the Duke 200 would be a better choice.
Both the Duke 200 and the Duke 125 come with disc brakes that have more stopping power, giving you more control on the road.
We talked about the power and pickup of the Duke 200 being higher than the Duke 125. The Duke 200 goes from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds compared to the Duke 125 which takes 5.65 seconds. This pickup comes from the higher torque. The top speed for the Duke 200 is 135 kmph compared to 106.54 kmph offered by the Duke 125. For those who want a faster bike, the Duke 200 is definitely a better choice.
When it comes to mileage, the Duke 125 scores over the Duke 200 easily, giving a mileage of 46.92 kmpl compared to the 35 kmpl by Duke 200. So, if you are looking at fuel efficiency and speed is not your priority, then the Duke 125 would be the bike for you.
There is a direct relation between suspension and riding comfort. The better the suspension, the better the shock absorption capacity of your bike. Though both the Duke 125 and the Duke 200 have a trellis frame, the Duke 200 has a powder-coated frame which makes it more chip resistant.
The WP upside-down front suspension in the Duke 200 handles the roads better during braking or turning compared to the Duke 125 which has a telescopic fork.
The dimensions of the tires for both Duke 125 and Duke 200 are the same. The tires are tubeless with alloy wheels. The Duke 125 is heavier than the Duke 200 by 7 kgs at 141 kg. It is longer than the Duke 200 and has a higher ground clearance. The front and rear brake diameters are the same for both bikes.
Now that you know the characteristics to look for and what to expect from them, selecting a bike depending on your requirements will be that much easy. Just remember to conduct thorough research beforehand so that you are aware of the major factors of consideration, like budget, engine life, emission norms, etc. If you find yourself unable to fund the bike's purchase, calculate the bike EMI and get a hassle-free loan from Bajaj Auto Finance.