KTM RC250 & Duke 250 Quick First Ride Impressions, Top Speed

After offering the 390s at shocking prices (in India), KTM shook the world of quarter litre single cylinder motorcycles when they unveiled the RC250 and Duke 250 in March 2015. Both the bikes get a single cylinder liquid cooled, fuel injected 248.8cc mill producing 31.3 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 24 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 rpm. KTM manufactures both theses bikes in India and they have been officially launched in Indonesia.

Indonesian motorcycle blog TMC Blog has recently tested the bikes briefly and they have shared their first impressions. Here is a quick round-up of both these motorcycles…

  • The seat height of the Duke 250 is 800 mm and that of the RC250 is 820 mm.
  • The handlebar position of Duke 250 is sportier than bikes like the CBR 250R, Ninja 250 and Yamaha R25. The Ninja 250RR mono (its naked sibling Z250SL is expected to be launched in India soon) though has an even sportier rider posture.

KTM RC 250 a

  • The faired RC250 however, gets the most aggressive riding posture, as expected and its more dedicated than the Ninja 250 RR mono.
  • The RC250 is claimed to be very comfortable in gobbling up corners fast. The inclusion of slipper clutch further helps the cause.

KTM Duke 250 a

  • The rider however experienced slight shake on the right foot peg while down shifting.
  • They also claimed that the top speed they could manage on the RC250 was around 150 kmph and Duke 250 was closer to 142 kmph (both speedo readings) on the test track they rode both the motorcycles on.

KTM RC 250 c

The Duke 250 and RC 250 look almost identical to their elder siblings – Duke 390 and RC 390 respectively. They also get ABS as standard.

KTM RC 250 b

Also Read: New Duke 250 & RC250 Get Slipper Clutch & ABS: Key Features & Specs

We are talking about both these bikes since we have overheard that KTM is considering launching at least one of them in India in some months, obviously by replacing one of the 200s.