KTM Duke 125 Launch in India: November 2018

Price of KTM Duke 125 in India: INR 1.18 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

As Diwali end, the news came out about the KTM Duke 125 and suddenly everyone was talking about the baby Duke coming in smaller version. With no time, KTM India has announce the launch of Duke 125 and all the showrooms gets their slot within few days from the launch.

Styling

The newly launched KTM Duke 125 looks same like its elder sibling, the Duke 200. If both the the bikes were parked next to each other, it would be very difficult to differentiate without the stickers. However, the new Duke 125 comes with a freshly new attire and has 125 written all over. In all the variants the headlight cover is black and the shades options are Orange, Black and White. It has the same trellis frame and orange wheels taken from the Duke 200. A small noticeable difference is the trellis frame is black and the exhaust pipe and engine head are bit thinner. Even after being a small 125 cc, the bike’s look is almost same like Duke 200. It surly grab some attention just like its other siblings.

Instrument Cluster and Switchgear

The new KTM Duke 125 comes with the same instrument cluster which was there since last 6 years and can be seen on the Duke 200. The tachometer is not clearly visible but the console is fully loaded with a lot of information. The console display the distance to empty the fuel tank, mileage, engine temperature, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, twin trip meters, odometer, a clock and a shift light. Though the instrument cluster looks dated, but still goes along with the bike. The Duke 125 has also borrowed the same backlight switches from the Duke 200. The switchgear got a piano black finish and the fit & finish are quite good.

Ergonomics

The new KTM Duke 125 has the same ergonomics as the Duke 200 and the older Duke 390. However a small difference is that now the seats has got better cushioning than on the other Dukes. The seat height has been increase to 8 mm taller at 818 mm. The increase has make it difficult for the short rider to get on and the foot pegs which are set on rear side, also makes little uncomfortable to put the legs. The seating posture is upright which is very unique and doable but not comfortable for all. The mirrors are same and don’t provide great visibility if the rider is wearing a helmet. Pillion comfort is also not that great as there is very little room to move around.

Performance

The new KTM Duke 125 is powered by a 124.7 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine and has a smaller bore unit. It produces a maximum power of 14.3 bhp and a maximum torque of 12 Nm at the higher end of the rev band. This makes it responsive only in the higher end, however it does not rev as quickly as the Duke 200 does. The engine redlines at 10,000 rpm and the throttle response is average in the mid-range while it lacks in the low-end. Duke 125 can reach 0-100 km/hr within 17 seconds but after that goes out of breath as soon as it hit the 110 km/hr mark. With a long stretch of road, this bike can go up to 120 km/hr which is its top speed. The KTM Duke 125 produce a mileage of around 35-40 kmpl. It has fine technology to ensure a good user experience and control.

The new KTM Duke 125 comes with a 6 speed gearbox and the gearshifts are very crisp but the clutch is light. The six gears aren’t that tall as one need to keep shifting the gears to keep the pace going. The smaller bore has made the engine more refined. One can feel the vibrations as the bike reaches the redline mark and also can be feel on the footpegs and the tank. NVH levels are properly managed along with a sweet exhaust note and unlike its siblings, it does not heat as much.

Riding Dynamics

The new KTM Duke 125’s riding and handling is same as on Duke 200. It has the same suspension setup, the same size of tyres and also has the exact same weight. The tyres grip and the suspension setup are also quite good. It has the same braking setup along with a single channel ABS. The ABS makes the whole braking much better and feels tough while the ABS isn’t switchable. The only issue is that the seat height is slightly more as compare the Duke 200 and the older Duke 390. The reason behind more seat height is the cushioning on the seat that makes the Duke 125 more comfortable to sit and ride on.

Dimensions

KTM Duke 125’s dimensions measures 1993 mm of length, 789 mm of width, 1083 mm of height, ground clearance of 175 mm, 818 mm of seat height. It has a fuel tank capacity of 10.2 litres and a 300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper at front and 230 mm disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs at rear. Front tire size is of 110/70 R17 and rear has 150/60 R17.

Shades

Outside India, KTM Duke 125 is available in White and Orange shades with a tubular base frame. The New Duke 125 comes with their standard street naked bike styling that was their on the earlier model, but now with some new graphics and some sharp edge, it will surly make some head turns. Duke 125 is the only bike in the 125 cc segment that has a TFT display screen (international spec model only, Indian version gets standard display). In India, Duke 125 will be available in three colors: Black, White and Orange.

Suspension

The KTM Duke 125 comes with high-quality upside-down WP suspension at the front and Monoshock suspension at the rear. The shock absorber has a progressive spring, where pre-load is adjustable which provides a well-balanced suspension. It has some serious style quotient, with the tank graphics and design being a show stealer. As a fan of KTM, this small beast looks like a fair deal in the 125cc segment and also carries the royalty coming with the brand name.

Verdict

The new KTM Duke 125 comes with a price tag of around Rs. 1.40 lakhs (on road). This price might justify as its design and hardware are very up to date and overall street look is there for which KTM is famous in India. But as compare to the performance offer by the Duke 125, the price seems a little costly. However, the main point is that there is no other motorcycle or any such competitor in this category that provides this much sportiness and power. As far as the design and the look is concern, the Duke 125 even takes on the 150cc sporty commuter motorcycles as well. Though the Duke 125 is a totally brand new motorcycle by KTM, but it still looks out-dated as the Duke 200 has the same design. If this Duke 125 would have come with the new Duke 390 design, which is there in the international market, the price could have been justified even more. Still this design makes a great product as an entry level motorcycle and an affordable way to join the KTM family.

What’s Cool

– Engine feels more refined.
– It gives a tough competition to the 150cc sporty commuter motorcycle also.
– Braking and ABS works really good.
– Riding dynamics are spot on and the handling great.

What’s Not

– Slightly overpriced.
– Design is old and out dated.
– Not comfortable for pillion rider.

Competitors of KTM Duke 125

KTM Duke 200

Price: INR 1,18,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine: Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Maximum Power: 25 bhp at 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 19.2 Nm at 8000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.2 liters

Yamaha R15 V3

Price: INR 1,39,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine: 155.1 cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, Fi, Single Cylinder, VVA (Variable Valve Actuation)
Maximum Power: 19.3 HP at 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 14.7 Nm at 8500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11 liters

Specification of KTM Duke 125

KTM Duke 125 
Engine
Engine Type1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
CoolingLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Displacement124.7 cc
Maximum Power14.5 PS @ 9250 rpm
Maximum Torque12 Nm @ 8000 rpm
IgnitionContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
LubricationWet sump
Bore x Stroke58 mm x 47.2 mm
Transmission
Number of Gears6
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Primary Gear Ratio22:72
Secondary Gear Ratio14:45
Dimensions
Length1993 mm
Width789 mm
Height1083 mm
Ground Clearance175 mm
Seat Height818 mm
Wheelbase1366 mm
Dry Weight141 kg
Kerb/Wet Weight148 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity10.2 litres
Brakes
Front Brake300mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Rear Brake230mm disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)2-Channel ABS
Suspension
FrontWP Suspension Up Side Down
RearWP Suspension Monoshock
Front Wheel Travel150 mm
Rear Wheel Travel150 mm
Tyres
Front Tyre110/70 R17
Rear Tyre150/60 R17
Front Wheel17-inch
Rear Wheel17-inch
Wheel TypeAlloys

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