2024 KTM 250 Duke Review: Not So Mild-mannered Anymore
Although it is better than before, we explore if the 2024 KTM 250 Duke is actually closer to the manic KTM DNA
In the wide range of motorcycles available in the Indian market, the 2024 KTM 250 Duke stands out for its special blend of aggression and charm, a departure from its earlier version. Let's explore its revamped features and performance to see if it aligns with the iconic KTM DNA.
The 2024 model inherits stylish cues from its sibling, the KTM 390 Duke, and looks more aggressive and stylish than ever before. The body-coloured headlight shroud and distinctive fuel tank extensions make it a head-turner. However, its bold design might change opinions over time, potentially becoming too loud for some riders.
Fit & Finish
The 250 Duke is full of premium components, showcasing sheer sophistication for a 250cc bike. While the 390 Duke-borrowed switchgear exudes quality, the noticeable panel gaps may affect the bike's overall charm, though not its performance.
Engine & Performance
The new engine on the 2024 KTM 250 Duke injects more power and torque compared to the older model, delivering a true thrilling KTM experience. And while the highway runs and corner-carving is really fun, the peaky nature of the engine may not be as exciting at lower revs, making city speeds a rather simple affair.
- Engine: 249.07cc liquid-cooled single
- Power: 31PS @ 9250rpm
- Torque: 25Nm @ 7250rpm
The 250 Duke does a pretty good in city streets, offering a laid-back yet vibrant performance. Its true prowess emerges on highways, effortlessly maintaining speeds of 100-110 kmph. The bike remains tractable, providing a relatively smooth experience for daily commutes.
Gearbox & Handling
Featuring a quickshifter, the 250 Duke ensures smooth gear shifts. The new trellis frame and aluminum subframe enhance handling, instilling confidence in corners. However, the rear tyre's grip and slightly softer suspension at the rear pose challenges at high speeds.
Now, when it comes to braking, this 250cc streetfighter offers adequate performance, but that only comes after a while of riding and needs some getting used to. The Supermoto ABS mode adds versatility, enabling controlled slides by switching off the rear ABS.
Comfort & Features
The bike's dual personality extends to comfort, with a comfortable upper body riding posture. However, taller riders, like me, who is 6’2”, may find the lower body position cramped on longer journeys. And lastly, a simple LCD console, Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, and music control adds a modern and hassle-free touch to the overall appeal of the bike.
The 2024 KTM 250 Duke has evolved into a much more exciting and refined machine, appealing to those seeking KTM's essence without the overwhelming power of the 390 Duke. And despite updates, the modest price hike positions it competitively. However, it is not the most affordable for its pricing, and faces stiff competition from more powerful alternatives like the Triumph Speed 400.
- Price (ex-showroom Delhi): Rs 2,39,000
In conclusion, the 250 Duke will attract riders who are on the lookout for an exciting streetfighter without intimidating power. Choosing this dual personality ride boils down to individual preferences and the readiness to invest in a 250cc bike.