The KTM 200 Duke was the motorcycle that arguably gave birth to the 200-300cc naked motorcycle segment to India.
With smart pricing, the Austrian company in the hands of Bajaj Auto sold the motorcycle like hot cakes. Bajaj Auto later on came up with its own naked street motorcycle, the Pulsar 200NS and found victory just like the 200 Duke. The latest entrant in the segment is the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli with the TNT 25. On paper, the TNT 25 has higher capacity engine while the competitors in the market are still the 200 Duke and Pulsar 200NS.
Let's check out the key specifications of all three motorcycles and see which one would be a better buy:
Powering the Benelli TNT 25 is a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine developing 28.15bhp at 9,800rpm and 21.61Nm of torque at 8,000rpm mated to a six-speed gearbox. The arch rival KTM 200 Duke is powered by a 199.5cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine that develops 24.7bhp at 10,000rpm and 19.2Nm at 8,000rpm mated to six-speed transmission.
The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is powered by a 199.5 single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that develops 23.2bhp at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8,000rpm mated six-speed transmission.
The number indicates the Benelli TNT 25 has a clear advantage over the other two in terms of power and torque. This also means the TNT 25 will be the faster motorcycle in the lot.
Compared to the 200 Duke and the Pulsar 200NS that comes with 200cc engine capacity, the Benelli comes with 250cc engine. KTM also has 250cc Duke which is currently not sold in India.
Dimensions and weight
The Benelli TNT 25 measures 2080mm in length, 810mm in width and 1125mm in height with a wheelbase of 1400mm. The motorcycle features 160mm ground clearance, 159kg kerb weight and 17-litres of fuel tank capacity.
The KTM 200 Duke measures 2002mm in length, 873mm in width and 1274mm in height with 1361mm of wheelbase. The Duke also features 165mm ground clearance, 136kg kerb weight and 11-litres of fuel tank capacity.
The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS scales 2017mm inn length, 804mm in width and 1075mm height along with 1363mm wheelbase. The Pulsar 200NS has a ground clearance of 169mm, 151kg kerb weight and 12-litre fuel tank capacity.
All three motorcycles are neck and neck in terms of dimensions which is compact. The naked steer motorcycle segment also demands such compact dimensions to zip past in city traffic. The KTM 200 Duke has a slight edge over the weight compared to the other two. The advantage of weight will result in quicker acceleration for the 200 Duke. The Benelli TNT 25 outshines in its fuel tank capacity of 17-litres which is close to four-litres higher than the next rival.
The Benelli TNT 25 is priced at Rs 1.68 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the standard version while the premium version is priced at Rs. 1.75 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The KTM 200 Duke comes with more affordable price tag of Rs 1.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is priced Rs 91,553 in Delhi which also makes it most affordable in the three.