Thursday, December 8, 2011

xbhp Review on Bajaj Ktm Duke

Style: 5/5
Performance: 4.5/5
For: Stupendous acceleration and control.
Against: No ABS?
Quotes From Xbhp

25bhp, 135 kgs. I don’t think any bike can compare this in India. And definitely not the heavy and bulky ones like CBR 250, or the underpowered ones like . Believe me, I pulled the bike up from an angle so close to the ground where other motorcycles would have refused to budge. Lightness! Supppper – Legerra – this is how an Italian who rides a KTM 200 would exclaim! Shod it with sport panniers and a tank bag and you can ride the world.

Performance and Handling

^That says it all!

On Paper

What can you expect from a bike whose power to weight ratio is 184 PS/Ton?

Another cue for you to try and gauge its performance from your chair is it’s kerb weight – 136 Kg. This means that with 10.5 litres of fuel in it (which is it’s tank capacity) and the engine oil (which should be around 1.5 litres) and the coolant it weighs this, which is astounding considering that the Honda CBR 250R is 161 Kgs (non ABS) with the same power output of 25 Bhp!

You can now but imagine how the Duke takes off. The first gear is relatively taller (upto 40kmph) than the higher gears.

Ergonomics and Comfort

Left Profile:

Once you sit on the Duke you realize how aggressive and yet comfortable it is. The view in front of you is wide and clear, no obstructions, no windscreens. The tube type handlebar was perfect, with all the controls being at hand without much thumb shifting. The controls are backlit (as with the Pulsars), and that certainly add a lot of techno-charm to it.

The Pillion seat looks small but surprisingly accommodated me sitting behind Gourab with all my camera gear at speeds over 100kmph. The split grab rails helped.

With the top speed of 138 kmph on the speedo (crouching), no luggage, you will hardly need a windscreen. I suspect the bike can do a little more at the top, but to improve reliability it has been geared as such. The rev limiter even kicks-in while even in the top gear sometimes, which is a little unsettling. The rev limiter kicks in around the 10000 rpm, you can feel the bike wants to rev more though. This again has to be related to its reliability concerns than anything else.

The gear box is smooth and the gear shifts precise, although I experienced some niggles finding the neutral, but that must be a rough test usage issue here.

I could literally feel the bike would do a power wheelie very easily in the first, but given the instructions from Bajaj, I didn’t try it. The lightness of the bike really shines when you drag it from a stop, which should make red light GPs fun. You sometimes will feel you are riding a more powerful bike than it really is, but sometimes, especially going by the looks of the bike, people may be disappointed it is just ‘200CC’.

The big console gave a good reading of the rapidly climbing numbers as I approached 100 quickly. From 100 to 120 it was pretty effortless, but beyond that the bike took a while to reach 130. And the console got stuck 138 kmph.

Max speeds in each gear

(as noticed while testing - all approx)

1st gear - 40km/h
2nd gear-60km/h
3rd gear-80km/h
4th gear-100km/h
5th gear-116km/h
6th gear-136km/h

All the above figures are at 10000rpm where it hits the red line

100km in 6th gear @ 7000rpm

Roll on figures (approximate):

0-60km/hr (in sec)
KTM200 – 3.33
CBR250 – 3.67
R15 – 5.41

0-100km/hr (in sec)
KTM200 – 9.21
CBR250 – 10.09
R15 – 14.14

Roll –on 30-70km/hr (in sec)

5th gear 6th gear
KTM 200 7.66 9.76
CBR250 10.20 12.94
R15 13.20 15.60

Handling and Braking

One place where it really shone was the corners. This was my first time at the Chakan track and only my third time ever on any track – and I got my knee down in my fourth attempt. The only other bike, which had inspired so much confidence in me, was the Ninja 250. Again this bike will surprise you, street-fighters are not usually meant for the track, but this one had no qualms about dispelling that myth. The MRF REVZ-C tyres served it well.



Braking was very good. But not good enough. I say this because it intrigues me why there is no ABS option? Just over here the CBR250 might score a little over this bike, but not enough to outshine it. If you are a good rider then you will rarely need ABS, but when the bike is loaded with so much it could have been as well be there. Hopefully in the next version. The K200 is equipped with front and rear discs powered by BYBRE, a sister brand of the bigger BREMBO for smaller and more economical bikes.

The bike that we got stalled a couple of times while taking a u-turn. This could be an issue with the way it was being treated by all of us at the track non stop rather than anything else though.





Only certain parts are quoted here
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PS : Content from XBHP .


r u sure cbr takes 10 sec to reach 0 to 100?

sad review.. :\
i think that the publisher should do some more on r15 n cbr 250r, the R15 and cbr 250r ... acc. to me
r15-4 sec. and cbr250r- 3.5

r15-10 sec n cbr 250r-7 sec..

yup atul.....
it takes 10 seconds...
bt it dosent affects the thrill....

whts the on road price of duke 250 in kerala??

and mileage of duke 250????

they haven't 250 cc only 200, 390 and more..

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