Why We Picked It:
The KTM 200 Duke might not yet be a common sight on the streets, but based on the intoxicating acceleration and unbeatable rideability, we’re betting it’ll be up there with the Z125 Pro and GROM when it comes to making your choice of which mini-bike to buy.
Since it has been blessed with the proper-sized 390 Duke-based trellis frame, this 6-speed bit of joy straddles the bridge between the mini-moto category and the lightweight beginner motorcycle class.
For power, the 200 also has a 199.5 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 4 valve, single-cylinder engine capable of a claimed 26hp and 14 lbs-ft of torque..
KTM has been rather silent about seat height on their website, though we can guess by the Duke 390 frame (and identical 17 inch tire size) that the seat height will be somewhere around 32 in (820 mm). Keep in mind the Duke 200 is a tad bigger and heavier than the Z125 Pro and the GROM, so low-end torque might feel a bit thin by comparison.
The long and short of it? It’s solid, it’s decently priced, and it’s fun, that’s why it’s on this list. Throw the Duke 200 around, and you’ll instantly feel the great combination of suspension and ergonomics—and with a pocket-friendly price of $4,199 USD, you’re basically guaranteed the very best of budget-hooning capabilities.