Motorcycles such as KTM Duke are not only beautiful the way they are but can be used as a blank canvas to represent your amazing creativity. Till 2013, it was only Royal Enfield which was known to offer bikes that are most flexible for customization. But the entry of KTM Duke motorcycles started a whole new era of modified bikes which look like the originals, all thanks to innovative customizing firms around the world. The minimal body parts of the Duke and simple underpinnings allow the dissembling of the stock parts and assembling newer ones of the owners choice. Riders are often found to have made alterations to this bike but some went beyond the barriers which resulted in the bikes which are a sensation in themselves. So, here I have for you 7 such modified KTM Duke which won’t only have you drool over them but will tempt you to have customization goals for your own motorcycle. Let’s start, shall we?
Duke 200 by Knight Auto Customizers:
Let’s start with just the paint job. The KTM Duke 200 shown above went through a deep paint treatment done by Knight Auto Customizers. Although no major tweaks have been done on the mechanicals, the shade it is adorned with should be a true head turner on the streets. The front USD forks and some fibre parts have been painted in pearl green paint while the touches of matte metallic grey at appropriate points seamlessly create a contrast effect. That makes it so noticeable that it could be pointed out in the middle of a flock of hundred motorcycles. The headlamp and tail lamp has been blacked out to give it a dark and aggressive appeal.
Duke-T from Kunka:
Kunka has given this Duke 200 a dose of customization which would beckon a rider to get astride it and do whatever he wishes. Extra grippy tires make it suitable for all terrain while the compact custom exhaust adds to the ground clearance and keeps the underbody from scrapping at higher bumps or humpy trails.The headlamp wears a stylish nacelle which shortens the headlamp but gives it a compact and quirky look while the puny turn indicators add a nice touch. The body panels have been dipped in glossy grey paint giving it an outstanding appearance.
KTM Silver Arrow:
A keen eye is needed to spot a body panel on the KTM Silver Arrow as it is a true definition of a stripped down bike. Originally a Duke 390, the bike has been modified by a Columbian customizing company who have taken down all the fiber body and tweaked the sub-frame. The result is a motorcycle which has a minor tail section consisting of only the seat with a tiny ledge at the end. Other prominent changes have been executed on the fuel tank which is a new bulbous unit, the flat headlamp, chunky wheels and horn-like exhaust which perhaps makes it a husky. Also, did you notice that teeny weeny front mudguard below the headlamp? How cool, isn’t it?
Now, let’s move on to something KTMs can be best transformed into, a Scrambler. Shown above is the KTM Scrambler which came out of a Duke 390 and how! The bike belongs to a woman from Australia who has got made her ride as per her taste and it is alluring. The stock tank has been replaced by a longer unit which mixes with the more longer single seat finished in leather. Below this seat peeks out a gun barrel-like exhaust adding a heavier touch of drama to the appearance. The longer handlebar along with the round bar-end mirrors give it the quintessential cafe racer look.
Duke Scrambler by Studio Motors:
Yet another Scrambler in our list is a Duke 200 created by Studio Motor in Indonesia. This one is a better and purer example of a stripped-down Duke as no body parts have been left on the bike. The round headlamp and BMW fuel tank make it look like the iconic BMW R Nine-T. The split seat of the stock bike has been replaced by the single unit seat, again, the typical Scrambler thing and the chrome exhaust residing elegantly below the seat can hardly go unnoticed. No major changes have been done with the cycle parts such as the suspensions and chassis which are retained from the original bike.
Scrambler by Cafe Nomad:
Talking about this motorcycle, there’s no way you can identify it is a Duke if you don’t notice the chassis and engine. Mumbai’s Cafe Nomad has done a commendable job in transforming the sporty naked Duke 200 into a do-it-all crude Scrambler. Changes have been done on almost every part. Starting from the round headlamp to tall handlebar, elongated fuel tank to single seat finished in rich-looking brown colour, everything has been chosen with utmost care. The knobby and hefty tires not only give it the capability to prowl both on and off the road but also enhances the ground clearance to make it more of an adventure bike. The round chrome-backed indicators serve it with a nice classic appeal.
The Alchemist by Mean Green Customs:
I have kept this one at the end as it is a special bike. The fact that I am a huge fan of the book ‘The Alchemist’ is why I have been really compelled by this rowdy yet opulent Alchemist. India Bike Week 2015 saw this attention-magnet introduced by Mean Green Customs. A KTM Duke 390 by heart, the Alchemist is bestowed with rich-looking brass finished elements such as the rear cowl, a part of the fuel tank, exhaust cover, radiator edges, headlamp cowl and leaf-like bar-end mirrors. The main frame has been retained from that of the Duke 390 while the rear sub-frame looks to have been borrowed by the sports version RC. The deeply treaded front and rear tires accentuate the appeal of the Alchemist.