The KTM Duke and RC 250 continue to boast high power output with sporty riding positions like the bigger models and are equipped with a slipper clutch and ABS as standard.

KTM RC 250 First Ride Indonesia
The RC & Duke 250 use the same mechanicals as the 390, but with a smaller motor

KTM pulled in quite a surprise earlier this year by introducing the Duke and RC 250 that tops the power chart without exceeding the taxation limit applicable in some markets. Sharing all its components with the Duke and RC 390, the models use a downsized 248.8cc single-cylinder motor tuned for 31.3 PS and 24 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Now, the folks in Indonesia had a chance to ride the new orange 250 twins much before us folks in India and here is what they think about the Austrian automaker’s newest mass market offerings.

On the outset, the KTM Duke 250 emerges as ergonomically more comfortable over the RC 250 with an upright riding position. However, it is reported that the riding posture feels sportier due to the handlebars when compared to the Honda CBR250R, Kawasaki Ninja 250 and Yamaha R25. In contrast, the fully faired RC 250 is aggressive right from the start with a leaner posture and is more dedicated than the single-cylinder Kawasaki Ninja 250RR Mono. In terms of seat height, the Duke 250 measures 800 mm while the RC 250 sits taller at 820 mm.

The KTM RC 250 is quick around corners and comes with a well tuned suspension from WP while gear shifts are quick with the slipper clutch offered as standard. The source also states that the top speed achieved on the quarter-litre Duke was 142 km/hr while the RC 250 was pushed to 150 km/hr (speedometer indicated) on the Sentul International Circuit, where the bikes were tested. The rider did complain of slight shake on the right foot peg when down shifting. In terms of aesthetics, both models closely resemble their siblings down to the body graphics and are offered with ABS.

Both the KTM Duke and RC 250 are produced in India alongside the 200 and 390 models, and reports are rife that the automaker is considering launching one of the new quarter-litre motorcycles in the domestic market. That said, it is unclear as to which 250 will be arriving in the country going on to replace the outgoing Duke or RC 200 in the automaker’s lineup. Have a preference? Let us know in the comments section below.

KTM Duke 250 Ergonomics
Despite being a naked, the Duke 250 has a sportier riding position than full faired rivals
KTM RC 250 Ergonomics
The RC 250 is extremely aggressive & is a corner carver
KTM RC 250 First Ride Impressions
A slight shake on the right foot peg while downshifting was reported

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