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Reviews of KTM 250 Duke

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KTM 250 Duke Reviews

KTM 250 Duke

Ex-showroom, Payyanur

₹ 2,20,003

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  • 4

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  • 4

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  • It's class leading in any of its features performance looks etc. The riding experience is marvelous the sitting posture is very firm and upright and with that wide handles the bike feel so stable to ride. There is no doubt that duke 250 is champ in its segment with the ...
    It's class leading in any of its features performance looks etc. The riding experience is marvelous the sitting posture is very firm and upright and with that wide handles the bike feel so stable to ride. There is no doubt that duke 250 is champ in its segment with the brutal acceleration right from the start. The service maintenance is also quite low and it easily gives mileage of 25-30 km/l in city rides and even more on the highways that's quite interesting with the performance it packs. Pros- Best performance and good looking bike, that you can have as a starter rider, well its ktm after all you can be a show stopper wherever you go. Cons- You will feel little bit vibrations at high speeds, a bit expensive.
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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  • KTM Duke should come in shorter seat height also. Because short height rider faced problem in city traffic. I am also interested to buy KTM Duke 250 . But due to my height I have to change my decision. My height is 5 feet 4 inch. So looking towards the Short height ride...
    KTM Duke should come in shorter seat height also. Because short height rider faced problem in city traffic. I am also interested to buy KTM Duke 250 . But due to my height I have to change my decision. My height is 5 feet 4 inch. So looking towards the Short height rider KTM can launch bike in short seat height also.
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      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  • Buying experience was very good. I bought duke 250 from KTM Chandra layout Bengaluru. I waited for an month and took its first delivery in whole of Bengaluru. Daily short commute is comfortable. But long commute can become uncomfortable since the seats are hard. but the...
    Buying experience was very good. I bought duke 250 from KTM Chandra layout Bengaluru. I waited for an month and took its first delivery in whole of Bengaluru. Daily short commute is comfortable. But long commute can become uncomfortable since the seats are hard. but the suspension setup is very smooth. But the small humps can make bottom belly touch the hump. So that is worst part, new bike scrape in bottom guard. After a week of purchase did a long ride of 300 km and the economy was shocking for me because it gave me 37-38kmpl and strictly followed not revving above 6k. New color are eye catchy. and not much change in look. Then now I had completed my first service which costed me 1.7k. And then now I had not rode much. After service I rode for around 100km. After service there is really smoothness in engine. And the performance is as always it's the best. And vehicle is very stable in top speeds. Cons: when we scratch the bottom belly of KTM will feel really sad. No mileage for short rides maybe I get 25 kmpl. LED headlight was actually required seeing the price point. Instrument cluster also could have to upgraded to one in 390.
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    • 5

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      32 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  •  5Awesome ktm duke 250 1 year ago by Ganashyam Kv
    I like the ktm bikes so much because it's design is awesome and most of the bikes are super bikes,i think duke 250 is better for beginners and riding comfort in duke 250 is superb, i think duke 250 is a better bike for city use because it's turning and curving is awesom...
    I like the ktm bikes so much because it's design is awesome and most of the bikes are super bikes,i think duke 250 is better for beginners and riding comfort in duke 250 is superb, i think duke 250 is a better bike for city use because it's turning and curving is awesome and the abs give a additional advantage for the riders.
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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  •  1KTM 250 Review 2 months ago by Arun
    Wonderful bike to ride everywhere nice handling every ride are so comfort and the speed is ultimate I love this bike and buying this bike is my dream also maintenance easy and carry is nice I want to go ladhakh with this bike and explore the world ,low price 390 cc awes...
    Wonderful bike to ride everywhere nice handling every ride are so comfort and the speed is ultimate I love this bike and buying this bike is my dream also maintenance easy and carry is nice I want to go ladhakh with this bike and explore the world ,low price 390 cc awesome one such a nice to buy this bike.
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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      28 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  • 1.Buying experience: Ktm service it's one of the best customer service i have seen. It's better than other honda and yamaha... . They are friendly and they provided everything we need. I loved the bike more than the duke 390, it's like overkill for me. So the buying exp...
    1.Buying experience: Ktm service it's one of the best customer service i have seen. It's better than other honda and yamaha... . They are friendly and they provided everything we need. I loved the bike more than the duke 390, it's like overkill for me. So the buying experience is good it's 100%.2. Riding experience. Coming to the riding experience it's better than duke 200. I want to take the rc 200 but it's not suitable for a daily commute or any family purpose.So i went for the duke 250, as well the pillion comfort is better . My wife like to ride bikes, she loved it its way better than duke 200. Overall suspension is on the stiffer side so less comfort.3. Details and performance. I heard most of the dukes have the front suspension oil leak but luckily i haven't faced that problem yet.Styling in this bike is great i took the black and white model. It's bold and simple, good for riders like simple rides more than funky colours. Performance is great the engine is 80% smoother than duke 200 or rc 200. It's way better in performance ( hot knife through butter ) i loved it. If you are planning on duke go for it. (details 90% / performance 80%).4. Servicing and maintenance. Servicing it's great like i told better than any other companies. Because there are less bikes in ktm not like the other companies. Young professionals are handling the service so it's great.Coming to the maintenance it's fair but not overpriced. If you anything broke then its gonna be like hell. I changed the the tires for the grip ktm provides mrf but go for the michilline.(service 90% /maintenance 65%).5.Pros and cons Pros# great performance than the duke 200. Engine is smooth.# mileage good for a 250 cc bike. I usually ride it in 60-70 kmph i got 32-35 good.# good handling best in 250cc categorie bikes.# pillion comfort is good and the seats are bigger than duke 200. But still hard seats.# does great in off-roading. But keep an eye on front suspension.Cons# braking it's tough the rear wheel locks at sudden situations.# heating is a major in traffic for half an hour your legs will be grilled. Radiator fan starts roaring.# tire grip cost some money.# the petrol tank gets scratched often .That's it friends thanks !!
    • 4

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    • 4

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    • 4

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    • 3

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      34 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  •  5Good as well as not bad 2 years ago by Navin
    1.Its my 2nd bike just bought i felt big bike i can't able to handle after within a week time i felt small bike not more than expectations. 2. Good bike with great performance gives some problems while travelling long rides engine gets heated and not gets cooled soon it...
    1.Its my 2nd bike just bought i felt big bike i can't able to handle after within a week time i felt small bike not more than expectations. 2. Good bike with great performance gives some problems while travelling long rides engine gets heated and not gets cooled soon it takes time to get normal 3.Naked bike and reached 160 speed and gets vibration after reaching to speed. 4.Too expensive spares and i dint get immediate spare in showroom they take more time to deliver.
    • 5

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    • 2

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    • 5

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    • 5

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    • 2

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      32 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  •  4Is duke 250 best in 250cc! 1 year ago by Arjunraj
    It's rate is not much costly but it value the money which you buy..Its made aerodynamically and looks beauty feels comfortable in short rides long rides may cause if you don't use airbag seats... Service and maintenance is little higher but if we compare with 250cc bike...
    It's rate is not much costly but it value the money which you buy..Its made aerodynamically and looks beauty feels comfortable in short rides long rides may cause if you don't use airbag seats... Service and maintenance is little higher but if we compare with 250cc bikes..There is none of the bikes to compete with duke 250. If you are a well maintaining bike it is demon `which make none of them to defeat you in stylish,power, torque in 250cc.
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    • 3

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    • 4

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    • 3

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    • 2

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

  •  4The complete package  8 months ago by Aditya Gowda
    I bought my bike on the 1st of june 2019, we had placed an order 3 days prior and paid the full amount one day before the delivery. Its been over an year as of now and i would be lying if i said my experience at 13,000 odd kms have all been sunshine and rainbows, its be...
    I bought my bike on the 1st of june 2019, we had placed an order 3 days prior and paid the full amount one day before the delivery. Its been over an year as of now and i would be lying if i said my experience at 13,000 odd kms have all been sunshine and rainbows, its been all that but with its own unique set of challenges i explored with my bike. Read on as i attempt to do justice to the questions commonly asked with regards to my first bike, ktm duke 250 (abs).Competition faced by duke 250At the time of researching bikes that i felt were right for me, i had a few factors in my mind. They are as follows:-1) price The budget i had at my disposal was around 2 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs. At that tag, dominar 400, himalayan, fz 250, apache 200, pulsar ns and rs and of-course the infamous duke 200 and rc 200. At present date there are many other entries into the market worthy of your consideration. Namely the husqvarna series that borrows the engine and several components from the duke 250.Duke 250 made the cut indefinitely for me as i felt it was right in my budget, looked killer, had an dual channel abs feature, never compromised in performance and promised a decent mileage for all it offered. But, was i happy with the mileage figures once i had the bike ? that's a matter for later.2) naked or sports bike ?This is something i feel every prospective bike buyer should give plenty of thought over. As you might have gathered by now, i went for a naked bike. Although a sports bike offers a plethora of advantages in certain areas of riding, the dedicated posture which requires you to bend a lot, chances of the side faring being damaged heavily, lack of off-road ability, lack of pillion comfort and the traffic of bangalore were some of the reasons i went for a naked bike. My duke allows me to test it all terrains, keeps me free of body aches due to the excellent seating posture and gives me immense confidence and control. 3) mileage An extremely important factor in choosing a bike, my initial interest was towards the duke 390. But the online quotes on the commendable mileage of the duke 250 grabbed my attention, they claimed 30 in the city and 35 on the highways, naturally i was very impressed as the duke 250 had the same body and a similar performance feel as the duke 390. But, sadly i can tell you right now this is not true, i am saying this after over an year of use and keeping track of every time i fill up.The bike, if ridden in higher gears and lower rpm up until 6000 to 7000 rpm will give you about 25 to 27 kmpl in the city and 29 to 31 kmpl on a highway ride. I have tested the mileage thoroughly in different riding conditions, terrain, and types of trips from places with curvy roads to straight highways for 100s of km. This is what you get. Period.Keep in mind, these results were obtained under the riding conditions i mentioned, you can expect drastically lesser mileage if you are riding in 9k to 11k rpms and raising the rpm in lower gears, you can expect 22 to 24 kmpl in the city and highways if you keep that up for the whole duration of the ride.My tip is to be as higher up in the gear as the vehicle permits under the circumstances, the bike will still have an amazing pull which will ensure you much ahead of anyone in the road. 4k rpm to 7k is the sweet spot, in any gear.4) looks and comfort.I feel the bike speaks for itself in this segment, its the best looking bike in the market after the duke 390 according to me. I was carried away by the futuristic, sharp and alien like design borrowed from the superduke since the day i first laid eyes on the bike.Comfort, to be honest, the seat is on the harder side and i have felt discomfort on long rides for sure. I feel this issue can be easily dressed but there are no updates as of yet. Seat could be much softer.Seat height, another vital factor to be considered, this is something that is dreaded by most of us. The seat is definitely high at 835 mm, it would not be the easiest for shorter riders to handle in traffic and off-road situations. I am 5'9 and i find difficulty in navigating the bike in parking spaces and off-road trials due to the heavy weight and how its distributed. However, you will not face any difficulty once you are on the road and in better conditions.5) technology and riding ergonomics The duke 250 comes with a highly informative console which has all the information you may need regarding your bike. You can set trips, see the average mileage and speed of each trip(the mileage always seems to be wrong in mine), heat meter, petrol meter, rpm meter, next service due and km range and much more. It also comes with dual channel abs which is highly helpful.Riding ergonomics, out of around 20 to 30 bikes that i have ridden, i have never felt such a confidence inspiring machine next to this. This bike makes you feel you are one with the bike and the bike is an extension of your body. This has been done by the truly creative seating posture with your knees high-up and close to the body and the wide handle bars. The best in ride quality. The brakes are very spongy and offer very less bite, ktm has addressed this with the bs6 compliant which comes with a bigger 320 mm disk as compared to 300 mm that i have. The back brakes don't really contribute anything at all to your braking and that is common in all bikes as far as i know.5)maintenance cost. Ktm offers 3 free services, labor is not charged for the work done in these 3 services.1st service is right after 1000 km. It cost me 1800 rupees. Main things done are engine oil change, air filter change, oil filter change and chain lube.2nd service was given at 5000 km. It cost me 1750 rupees, same routine was followed.3rd service was given at 9500 km. It cost me 2400 rupees, same routine was followed.In addition to this, chain lube has to be done every 500 km to ensure smooth gear shifts and reduce vibrations. Ktm does a fairly good job with the service and i have not had any issues so far.Chain sprockets and chain replacement had to be done at 10,000 km as the chain kept going out of tension and getting loose, it cost me 3700 including labor.I recommend service and oil change every 4000 to 5000 kms. As i have used all my free services, the next one will cost me 3500 to 4000 rupees.Well, you have made it to the end of my review and i hope i have painted a fair picture about what you will be getting into on buying this beautiful machine and what you can expect from it. Thank you for reading and ride safe.Cheers.
    • 5

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    • 4

      Reliability

    • 3

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    • 5

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    • 4

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    • Used it for

      Everything

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      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      28 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

  •  4Pocket rocket 1 year ago by Ankush
    I have been using this beast from last 7 months it's definitely a machine with everything i mean i just love to ride this no problem in touring and using it in city rides it fits both now the bs6 version looks more cooler throttle response of ktm has always been the bes...
    I have been using this beast from last 7 months it's definitely a machine with everything i mean i just love to ride this no problem in touring and using it in city rides it fits both now the bs6 version looks more cooler throttle response of ktm has always been the best in business.Best in ts range great suspensions one more thing is the design of ktm has always been top class and eye catcher.
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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

    • Got mileage of

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KTM 250 Duke Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Equipped with a responsive 250cc engine
    • Gets an exhaustive instrument cluster
    • Quite cheap to maintain
  • Could be Better

    • Doesn't get TFT cluster
    • Fuel efficiency is less

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