By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 84.5%
Editor Score: 84.5%
While we’ve seen the fluctuation of “entry-level” displacements swell over the past few years in the U.S., a difference in opinion still remains among riders and manufacturers alike regarding the perfect entry-level machine. Disregarding current trends, the Austrians have decided to bring the KTM 200 Duke – a model that has existed in other markets for some time now – stateside for 2020. When asked why they felt this machine would fit the U.S. market, KTM explained the decision was to give riders a more approachable entry point to the KTM family, specifically, into the Duke product range. Now interested parties have a clear path up through the Duke lineup should they choose.
What we call an entry-level motorcycle, the rest of the world mostly refers to as small displacement, or really, just a motorcycle. Small bikes and scooters are popular the world over, but now, in the face of declining sales year-over-year, the North American motorcycle market as a whole has embraced the importance of smaller, less expensive motorcycles. We now see machines ranging from 125cc to 400cc touted as beginner bikes or inexpensive ways to get into motorcycling. These machines make sense for so many including those who aren’t looking to make a huge commitment to riding, but rather want something easy and reliable in the garage to bounce around the city or ranch when they feel like it.
There’s no hiding our love for the KTM 390 Duke. It is, and continues to be, a stellar option when considering the bang you get for your buck. KTM decided for 2020 that it wanted to further break down as many barriers for riders looking into …read more