The KTM 200 Duke has been in production since 2012 in conjunction with its partnership with Bajaj motorcycles. It’s considered a small bike, but it comes in a fun little package with its aggressive styling, easy handling, and more than capable single-cylinder engine with supermoto underpinnings, it has been a huge hit in developing countries around Southeast Asia including the Philippines as well as parts of Latin America. Yet, for some reason, the 200 Duke has never made its way to the west — or at least, not until now.
According to Asphalt & Rubber loyal bothan spies, the KTM 200 Duke will be making its way to the U.S. market real soon. The 200 Duke is powered by a DOHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine capable of churning out 25 hp and 20 Nm of torque. For the discerning U.S. market, this seems to be insufficient for handling its highway speeds. In other words. However, it seems that people in the U.S. are starting to see a renewed interest over low-stress, small-displacement bikes like the Honda Grom, Monkey, Super Cub, and the Kawasaki Z125. Now, the KTM 200 Duke will be joining the fray if the rumors hold true.
The KTM has an expanded network of assembly plants located all over the world including Colombia, Argentina, and the Philippines where the 200 Duke bikes are being produced. This allows them to keep their prices both competitive and affordable in relation to the markets where they are being made available.
KTM has been enjoying an expanded sales growth with people looking into shifting to two-wheel mobility after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic’s impact on the market could have sparked a renewed interest over smaller displacement motorcycles even in developed countries like the US. Currently, the only common motorcycle under the 250 cc range available in the States is the Suzuki DR200. With KTM’s signature orange trellis frame, bright paint, and sharp aggressive styling, it could surely turn some heads and make some waves in the segment.
Asphalt & Rubber predicts that the KTM 200 Duke’s price will land somewhere around $4,000 mark as a late-2020 model. Currently, the 390 Duke is already being sold stateside and is priced at $5,500.