The craze for KTM’s orange rockets is unmatched on Indian streets. The Austrian bike manufacturer entered the country’s highly competitive two-wheeler market with its signature 200 cc model. However, looking at the diverse segment of buyers, they planned subsequent launches.
Among these, KTM Duke 125 is one of the most sought-after models for several reasons, which we will discuss further. The 125-cc pocket dynamite from KTM aims to woo the young riders, and the hypothesis is coming out to be true since there’s already a lot of buzz regarding the bike.
KTM Duke 125 Highlights That You Shouldn’t Miss Out!
- Engine And Transmission
KTM Duke 125 is powered by a 124.7 cc liquid-cooled engine that churns a thumping power of 14.3 bhp @ 9250 rpm and 12 Nm peak torque @ 8000 rpm, which is best in the 125-cc segment.
As a unique highlight, the engine comes with a balancer shaft, and transmission is through a 6-speed gearbox which enables the bike to reach a high top speed. The multi-wet disc plate further adds to the sophistication.
- Styling And Rider Comfort
The KTM Duke 125 borrows its styling from its elder sibling Duke 200, and has the same aggressive and muscular DNA, making it difficult to differentiate between the two bikes if graphics aren’t there. The bike comes with LED tail lamps, projector headlamps, alloy wheels, side-mounted exhaust, which is equipped with a catalytic converter.
KTM Duke 125 is based on the same trellis frame, which is common with the other bikes from the same series. The motorcycle has a decent ground clearance of 175 mm, which makes it easy to handle the bumps and potholes. Saddle height of 820 mm and a kerb weight of 148 kg respectively contribute to ride quality and road balance factors.
Like other KTM bikes in India, the Duke 125 also features a good quality ergonomic seat which perfectly balances the comfort and durability parameters. Apart from it, the positioning of foot-pegs and high-quality switchgear add to the elegance of the bike. In addition, the muscular fuel tank has side curves so that the rider can have a better thigh grip.
The wholly digital console displays a lot of information. It includes a speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, dual trip meters, odometer, clock, service interval time reflector, and distance to empty. The best thing about these instruments is that they are placed so that the rider has all the information within his line of visibility.
- Handling, Mileage, And Safety
Bikes sporty looks and commuter perks make it a great deal for buyers who want a KTM for daily riding as they can also use the bike for occasional long trips. The well-refined engine provides just the right amount of power, and the clutches ensure smooth power delivery.
Indian roads are full of corners and roundabouts, and the KTM Duke 125 feels nimble while handling them. With an ex-showroom price of INR 1.18 lakhs onward, it is also one of the most affordable Dukes in the country.
KTM bikes in India don’t come with a claimed mileage. However, as per auto experts, the KTM Duke 125 is expected to give you a good 45 km for one litre of fuel.
The inverted forks at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear keeps the rider well in position even during bumpy rides and don’t break the speed, thereby preserving the racing DNA feel. The single-channel ABS feels sufficient to prevent skidding and for additional braking assistance.
KTM made it clear that it is not targeting any particular rider segment in the country, but its focus is more on providing the best option for every KTM enthusiast. With so many options in from of them, buyers can compare their utility with the specifications and features of the bikes and then make a choice.
As for the KTM Duke 125, its popularity continues to rise every day among young college-going riders and daily commuters who want a sports two-wheeler for everyday use.