Originally Posted by Sam Dinkar
Did not expect this from KTM/Bajaj. I thought the WP suspension would be a real quality component but now I don't know what to say. Although if one looks carefully, only that part of the springshas its paint peeled off which touches the spiral above/below it (the bottommost and topmost spiral seem okay - no peeling is visible there). As I see it, the butter smooth roads of Europe probably do not warrant constant and severe compression and decompression of the shocker spring and so maybe the same suspension component when used here has given up its painted surface to constant abrasion necessiatated due to riding the bike on bad roads. But is it meant to be like this? NO WAY. Bajaj, please pull your socks up. Selling loads and loads of 100cc commuter bikes is one thing and cracking the Rs 1 lakh + bike market is totally another thing.
And what about the misting issue? This is another unpardonable QC error.
On second thoughts, maybe the Kerala monsoon is too much for the KTM
I've called the ASC and mentioned about the rust on the spring, They've told me to mail them a pic of the same and that they will look into it immediately. Heard that they are very helpful with warranty issues. Another thing is that there was not a scratch on my 7 year old Unicorn's rear shock spring after all the abuse I've put her through. So this must be an engineering defect on the Duke, Moreover mine is not a one off case. I know at least 10 Duke owners with the same issue from around the country.
And regarding monsoons, Its still to attain its full glory here.
Moving on to some info on the bike. Some FAQ's about the India spec Duke 200
(Courtesy of Mr.Aravind Anbazhagan from the FB India KTM Duke Owner's Group.) What petrol can be used ?
The owners manual says to use Super unleaded RON 91 petrol.All fuel available in India have a RON 91 rating except for Bharath Petroleum Speed 93 and Speed 97 which have a RON rating of 93 and 97 respectively.The difference is in the type additives added.Premium petrol is not mandatory for the Duke but advisable.I prefer to use Shell Super Unleaded or fill at the same busy COCO (Company Owned Company Operated) petrol station.
Some other facts:
RON – Research Octane Number; is a measure of the resistance of gasoline and other fuels to detonation (engine knocking) in spark-ignition internal combustion engines. High-performance
engines typically have higher compression ratios and are therefore more prone to detonation, so they require higher octane fuel. A
. A lower-performance engine will not generally perform better with high-octane fuel, since the compression ratio is fixed by the engine design. B
. Higher RON levels does not produce more power – it’s only safer. C
. RON ratings are not quality ratings. D
. If your bike only requires RON 91, higher RON petrol rating is only a waste of your money! What you should know before heading towards a petrol station for re-fueling. A
. The total fuel tank capacity is 10.5 liters out of which 1.5 liter is the fuel reserve capacity. B
.Each bar on the fuel indicator, approximately equals to one liter. C
. A 'Low fuel level' warning would appear on the info display if the fuel level reaches the reserve mark.You need to be heading straight to the nearest petrol station when you see this warning. D
. Do not fill petrol up to the brim (full tank) as this would cause the fuel to overflow usually when tilted towards the side or when running over a pothole/speed breaker,leaving behind a strong petrol smell. E
. To ensure that the fuel indication on the display by the fuel sensor is accurate follow the steps below
- Turn off the bike.
- Shake the bike towards either side.You might be able to hear the fuel splashing inside the tank.
- Hold the bike upright.
- Turn on the key and wait for a few seconds. What you should know about the engine coolant (also known as anti-freeze). A
. The owners manual recommends Castrol RadiCool Heavyduty coolant (premixed). B
. Castrol RadiCool is a glycol based premixed coolant which can be directly pored into the coolant reservoir unlike other concentrated coolants.When your coolant level is low, DO NOT ADD WATER into the coolant reservoir or dilute the Castrol RadiCool as it will reduce the glycol and corrosion inhibitor concentration and accordingly reduce the protection provided,increasing the risk of damage to your cooling system and engine. C
. Motul Motocool Expert Coolant (premixed) can also be used. D
. Never mix two different coolants because of the possible incompatibility. E
. In case the coolant is dripping/leaking or spills, wash off with water immediately, do not simply wipe off with a cloth. F
. For maximum system protection, replace (complete drain out and refill) Castrol RadiCool at least every three years or 60,000 km. G
. Never remove the radiator cap,radiator hoses or other cooling system components when the engine is hot. H
. Check the coolant level when the bike is upright and not when it is resting on its side stand. I.
The coolant level must be between MIN and MAX mark.If the coolant level is at or above the MAX level,the coolant will overflow from the radiator house usually after the engine becomes warm. J
. How to flush your Coolant http://www.castrol.com/castrol/gener...tentId=7011123 What you should know about the engine oil. A
. The recommended engine oil is Bajaj DTS-i 10,000 or Motul 7100 20W50. B
. Motul 300v Factory line double ester 15W50, though not recommended by the manufacturer would be more suitable if you live in a place which has a generally cool climate throughout the year. C
. The stock engine oil,Bajaj DTS-i 10,000 is a semi synthetic oil.It is usually recommended to change to fully synthetic oil (like the Motul 7100/Motul 300V) at 5000KM.However,people who had changed to fully synthetic oil during their first service (1000 Km) had only good things to say. D
. The specification of the engine oil to be used is SAE 20W50 API SG/SL JASO MA,MA1. E
. The engine oil capacity is 1.4 liters. F
. The engine oil level must be between the lower and upper edge of the oil level viewer window when the motorcycle is held upright on a horizontal surface. G
. Replacing the oil filter every time the oil is changed is highly recommended. H
. Like the engine coolant,never mix two different engine oil. I
. Cold engine oil will not drain properly, so before you start changing the engine oil, drive your bike around to raise the oil temperature to bring it to normal operating temperature.Then switch off the engine and remove the oil drain plug.Be prepared for the potentially hot flow of oil as you unscrew the drain plug. J
. Never use a engine oil meant for a car on a motorcycle. What you should know about the brake fluid. A
. The recommended brake fluid specification on the owners manual is DOT4 or DOT 5.1 B
. The brake fluid can be topped up just like the engine coolant. C
. The brake fluid level should always be above the MIN mark for front and rear brake. D
. The front and rear brake fluid needs to be changed during the third service. E
. Clean up overflowed or spilt brake fluid immediately with water. F
. Use the brakes gently until 1000 Km to let the brake pads to bedin properly.You may notice a squealing noise caused due to this is and is perfectly normal. What should be the tyre pressure ?
Some owner manuals may indicate the wrong tyre pressure.The correct tyre pressure is printed on the swingarm
Only rider -
Front: 25 Psi Rear : 28.5 Psi
Rider + Pillion-
Front: 25 Psi Rear : 32 Psi