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The Duke is an unlockable bike body that appears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is a large scooter similar to the Shooting Star from Mario Kart Wii, with purple color regardless of which character riding it. It has a set of three headlights on the front, and the character's emblem is shown on either side of the bike. The Duke glows in sync with the music, similarly to the Badwagon. It also looks very similar to the Purple Strike from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
It is the only bike body in Mario Kart 8 that does not increase or decrease any stats with respect to the Standard Kart. When compared to all the other bike bodies, The Duke has the highest traction stat, and is tied with the Master Cycle for highest weight and lowest acceleration, but it also has the lowest handling of all bikes.
The front and the back of The Duke change depending on the wheel: for example, the blue headlights and the back fender disappear when Monster, Hot Monster or Cushion tires are used. It shares its stats with the Standard Kart, Cat Cruiser, 300 SL Roadster, Sneeker, Prancer, and Teddy Buggy. It also has a deep-sounding single-cylinder engine, which reflects the engine type usually common on large scooters. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a CPU Waluigi and Roy are occasionally seen using this body paired with the Monster tires.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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