KTM dropped a bomb last week by slashing the prices of the 250 Adventure in India by as much as Rs 25,000. This has significantly narrowed the price gap between the 250 ADV and its street bike sibling, the 250 Duke. Considering how versatile a package the former is, it makes so much sense now to choose the Adventure over the Duke. Let’s elaborate on this more as we give you five reasons to choose the 250 Adventure over the 250 Duke.
While the 250 Duke isn’t uncomfortable by any stretch of the imagination, the ergonomics of the 250 Adventure are designed to be even more welcoming on long rides. In case you plan to munch long miles quite often, the spacious and adequately cushioned seat, slightly pulled-back handlebar and centre-set footpegs come in really handy. You can also ride the ADV standing on the pegs for a longer time as compared to the Duke.
Longer travel suspension
Justifying its Adventure tag, the 250 ADV gets components meant for handling different terrains. This is possible due to the presence of suspension with longer travel; 170mm at the front and 177mm at the rear. Coupled with a larger 19-inch wheel at the front, the 250 Adventure is definitely a more capable off-roader than the 250 Duke. The latter gets a 150mm rear monoshock while the front suspension travel is not disclosed by the brand.
Higher ground clearance
Adding to the aforementioned adventure-ability of the 250 ADV is a higher ground clearance than the Duke. The underbelly of the former sits around 50mm higher than the latter and that’s a considerable difference when you go off the beaten path. And this is a boon especially in India where potholes on the road are as deep as you can imagine.
KTM has equipped the 250 Adventure with better features that make it more practical and easier to live with. Firstly, it has one litre larger fuel tank than the Duke with a capacity of 14.5 litres. And that means covering more miles on a full tank before a fuel stop. The ADV also has a USB charger to keep your devices up and running along with a fancier-looking LCD dash that looks identical to the 390 Adventure’s TFT screen.
Priced at Rs 2.30 lakh, the KTM 250 Adventure is around Rs 8,000 more expensive than the 250 Duke which retails at Rs 2.22 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom). Now, considering the aforementioned benefits of the ADV over the Duke, this price gap isn’t substantial whatsoever.