Already on sale in many markets across the globe, the 2019 KTM Duke 250 ABS has now been launched in India as well. Until now, it was sold in India without the ABS option. With the KTM 250 Duke also being fitted with the ABS safety feature, the entire KTM India line-up now complies with the new safety norms, coming into effect from 1st April 2019.
KTM 250 Duke gets dual channel ABS unlike the 125 Duke and 200 Duke which get single channel ABS. This ABS feature is also seen in the fully faired KTM RC 200 and RC 390. Apart from the introduction of ABS, these bikes see no other feature or mechanical changes.
2019 KTM 250 Duke ABS is launched at Rs.1.94 lakhs (ex-sh), a Rs.14,000 increase over its non-ABS counterpart. Though fitted with ABS, this safety feature on the KTM 250 Duke does not receive the Supermoto mode which is seen on the 390 Duke. This mode allows the rider to disengage the ABS system at the rear. The ABS feature seen on the 250 Duke is switchable and can be turned off completely, however, the system cannot be disengaged just at the rear as is seen on the 390 Duke with Supermoto mode.
KTM 250 Duke sees no other changes and continues with the same white and orange color scheme that has created a distinct identity to KTM bikes. It continues to sport a full digital instrument console, split seat set up, dual tone fuel tank, steel trellis chassis and aluminum swingarm.
Engine specifications also remain unchanged and the KTM 250 Duke is powered by a 250cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine offering 30 hp power at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed transmission claiming a top speed of 140 kmph.
The engine offers excellent power to weight ratio. Suspension is via 43mm upside downs telescopic front forks and adjustable monoshock at the rear with WP. Braking is from 300mm single disc with four piston radial caliper in the front and 230mm single disc with single piston floating caliper at the rear.