KTM 125 Duke – What you need to know
The bike you see here is perhaps the most expensive 125cc motorcycle in the country (find the prices below). Over the years, KTMs have been associated with fun to ride motorcycles for a number of reasons. Their smallest offering, up until now, used to be the 200 Duke. However, as times changed, and consequently the prices rose, the 200 Duke seemed a bit too premium to be the entry-level bike for the brand.
Therefore, KTM decided to launch the 125 Duke in the country. As the entry-level bike from the Austrian bikemaker, the KTM sure looks identical to its bigger siblings. So, the change here lies in the heart. That said, it looks so identical to its bigger sibling that you’ll have to spot the 125 moniker on the fuel tank to distinguish between both.
But what makes the KTM 125 Duke so much more expensive than other 125cc motorcycles? You’ll find the answer below.
Powering the KTM 125 Duke, as the name suggests, is a 124.7cc single-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 14.5bhp and 12Nm of peak torque. It uses fuel-injection for fuel delivery and liquid for cooling. Further, it is paired to a six-speed transmission. On riding it, the engine felt smooth and refined for the most part. The throttle response is meaty and it’s addictive how the 125cc motor accelerates so fast.
There isn’t much difference when it comes to exterior detailing or specifications when compared to the 200 Duke. Nevertheless, the bike is 1,993mm in length, 789mm in width, and 1,083mm in height. It boasts a wheelbase of 1,366mm, ground clearance of 175mm, and a seat height of 818mm. The dry weight, on the other hand, is a hefty 148kg.
Fuel tank capacity
Since it is a performance-oriented motorcycle, don’t expect the 125 Duke to deliver any mind-numbing efficiency figures. The fuel tank capacity is rated at 10.2-litres.
This is where the KTM 125 Duke justifies its hefty price tag. You see, the bike is built around trellis frame chassis, which is a first for a 125cc bike. The suspension duties are held by beefy 43mm inverted telescopic forks at the front and 10-step adjustable monoshock at the back. The MRF rubber – 110/70 R17 at the front and 150/60 R17 at the rear – offers excellent grip. As for braking hardware, the bike comes with a 300mm disc brake at the front and a 230mm disc brake at the back.
The KTM 125 Duke is also the most well-equipped 125cc motorcycle in the country. There are a number of electronic aids to improve performance. As for safety hardware, the bike comes with single-channel ABS as standard. The instrument cluster is a fully-digital unit with orange backlight, good for a number of essential information. The headlamp is powered with halogens while the taillamp is an LED.
As of early-2020, the KTM 125 Duke is available in a single variant. The price for the ABS variant is Rs. 1.31 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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