A premium motorcycle has now entered into the 125cc segment by KTM in the form of KTM 125 Duke in India. This is the first time in India and many experts feel this is a bold move but some are critical about this. The pricing is on the premium side but how much impact does it make is to be seen. With styling having a lot of resemblance to earlier KTM 200 Duke and along with nice features time to check whether KTM made a mistake or not.
The KTM 125 Duke is powered by a 124.71cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 14.3 bhp and a torque of 12 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, KTM 125 Duke comes up with an anti-locking braking system. This 125 Duke bike weighs 159 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 13.5 liters.
The 125 Duke is the baby of the Duke lineup. It exists because of the licensing laws in markets like the European Union, which allow 125cc motorcycles to be ridden with a car driver’s licence.
It shares everything with its bigger siblings, which means great cycle parts. They include a trellis frame, upside-down front forks, a radially-mounted front brake calliper with four opposed pistons, a six-speed gearbox, and an all-digital instrument cluster that shows a lot of information. The 125 Duke also gets a single-channel ABS system, which makes the first product in the country under 125cc to offer an ABS system instead of a linked braking system.
Mechanical specifications include a BS6-compliant, 199cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 14.3bhp and 12Nm of torque; the same as the BS4 model. Apart from this, the motorcycle gets the same styling as the current-gen 200 Duke.
KTM is offering the 125 Duke a choice of two dual-tone colors – white and black along with orange and white. In terms of competition, the KTM 125 Duke competes against the MT-15 in the country. Design-wise, the KTM 125 Duke BS6 looks pretty similar to the BS6-compliant KTM 200 Duke. It gets the same sharp, mass-forward design language with a halogen headlamp, LED taillight, and LED winkers. The sleek tail section is complemented by a meaty tyre and an underbelly exhaust. The exhaust tip is finished in black and even the engine cowl gets a black finish as opposed to orange, white, and black graphics in the BS4-compliant version.
KTM 125 Duke price starts at Rs. 1.69 Lakh (Ex-Showroom). KTM 125 Duke is offered in only one variant – 2021.
KTM 125 DUKE VERDICT
Gets several premium components
Features one of the most powerful engines
Equipped with upside-down forks
Uncomfortable for long rides
Low-end torque could be better
It’s quite expensive
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