KTM Duke 125: Price, Specs, Mileage, and Review.
The KTM duke 125 is the entry-level bike offered by KTM. Duk 125 is the least priced KTM available in India. The KTM duke 125 is priced at 1.34 INR lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. The Indian Variant of the KTM duke 125 is completely different from the international variant.
The Indian variant of the KTM does not have the features and design like the international variant. KTM India has adapted the duke 200 design for the 125 with new stickers. Duke 125 is the only premium offering in this segment. Duke 125 is the best selling motorcycle in India for KTM.
Key Features Of The KTM duke 125.
- Fuel Injected engine
- Liquid Cooling
- Disc Brakes
- USD Front Forks
- Wide Rear Tires
- All Digital Instrument Cluster
- 6 Speed Gearbox
- 15 HP Power output
- Light Weight
Here is a detailed specification table of the motorcycle.
Duke 125 Design
The duke 125 does not carry the international design, rather it goes with the old design to keep cost in check. The duke 125 looks similar to the duke 200. The only visible difference between duke 200 and duke 125 is the stickers.
The bike design is completely similar to the duke 200. KTM India kept the old design to keep costs in check. Even though the design is old, but still, it is selling like hotcakes.
Engine and Performance
|Engine||Single Cylinder, four stroke|
|Fuel Delivery||Fuel Injection|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch, mechanically actuated|
|Engine Management System||BOSCH EMS|
Duke 125 Performance
|Power Output||14.3 bhp @ 9,250 rpm|
|Torque Output||12 Nm @ 8,000 rpm|
|Top Speed||115 Kmph **|
|Mileage||46 Kmpl (ARAI certified)|
The duke 125 is powered by a 124.7 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. Duke 125 is a premium offering and has premium hardware on board. The duke 125 is fuel injected with BOSCH EMS. Duke 125 is the only bike in its segment to use liquid cooling.
It uses a simple wet multi-disc clutch, which is mechanically operated. It doesn’t get the slipper clutch like the international variant. The bike is powered by a 6-speed gearbox, which is unusual on the low capacity bike, especially in India.
Now, coming to the performance, duke 125 produces more power than the regular bike in this category. The duke 125 is capable of producing 14.2 Hp of maximum power and 12 Nm of maximum torque.
The motor of duke 125 is capable of churning out amazing performance and can compete with a 150 cc motorcycle ( of course, a regular one, Not the Yamaha R15).
The bike is more powerful than the regular 125cc bikes. It is a premium 125cc entry-level naked machine with good performance.
Frame And Suspension
|Frame Design||Steel trellis frame, powder-coated|
|Front suspension||WP upside-down Ø 43 mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP mono-shock|
|Front Suspension Travel||150 mm|
|Rear Suspension Travel||150 mm|
The duke 125 uses the tried and tested frame as its bigger siblings. It uses a steel trellis frame which is powder-coated for more efficiency. The frame used is lightweight and responsive. The duke 125 frame focuses on mass centralization to offer precise handling.
The duke 125 uses a 43 mm WP upside Forks at the front end while the rear end uses a WP mono-shock. Also, the duke 125 is the only small capacity bike in India to feature a USD front forks.
The suspension setup on the duke 125 is stiff and doesn’t handle bad roads or potholes well. The downside of the USD front fork is that the fork oil seal breaks easily.
The Stiff suspension keeps the rider planted during corners. The stiff suspension offers precise control and handling capabilities.
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Brakes and Tires
|Front brake||Four-piston radial fixed caliper, brake disc|
|Front Brake Size||300 mm|
|Rear Brake||Single-piston floating caliper, brake disc|
|Rear Brake Size||230 mm|
|Front Wheel Size||17 inch|
|Rear Wheel Size||17 inch|
|Front Tire||110/70 R17|
|Rear Tire||150 /60 R17|
|wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
|Tire Type||Tubeless Tires|
The braking duties are taken care of by a 300 mm four-pot piston BYBRE calipers at the front. While the rear end features a 230 mm single-piston floating disc caliper from BYBRE. Duke 125 is the only 125 cc bike in India that offers dual disc at both ends.
The braking performance is good and the brakes are enough to stop this baby duke. The braking performance is further increased by the use of single-channel ABS from bosch.
While the international variant uses a dual-channel ABS with supermoto mode like the duke 390. Single-channel ABS prevents only the front wheel from locking under hard braking scenarios. The rear ends slide when the rear brakes are slammed.
The wide tires on the duke 125 give it a better road presence as well as extra grip on the road. The rear tires are 150 sections wide, which is unusual for a 125 cc motorcycle. Even the Duke 250 and Duke 390 have the same tire configuration.
Duke 125 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||175 mm|
|Seat Height||818 mm|
|Dry Weight||141 KG|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||10.2 Litres|
|Overall Length||1,993 mm|
|Overall Width||789 mm|
|Overall height||1,083 mm|
The duke 125 weighs 141 kg without any consumables. The wheelbase of the bike is 1,366 mm. The overall length is 789 mm and the overall height is 1,083mm.
Thee fuel tank of the mini duke is small. The approx fuel tank capacity is 10.2 liters. The seat height of the bike is 818 mm, which might be a little higher for the Indian audience. The ground clearance of the bike is 175 mm which is acceptable.
|Instrument Cluster||All Digital|
|Tail Light||LED Tail Lights|
|Turn Signals||LED Turn Lights|
|Battery||LED Turn Lights|
|Side Stand Alarm||YES|
|NO. Of Tripmeters||2|
|Low Fuel Indicator||YES|
The Duke 125 features an all-digital instrument cluster similar to the duke 200. The instrument cluster displays a plethora of information. The instrument cluster uses an orange backlit. The bike uses LED lighting for the brake lights and turns signals, while the headlamp is a conventional halogen reflector type bulb. The instrument cluster is easily readable during the day as well as night.
All the electrical components of the bike are powered by a 12v maintenance-free battery. The duke 125 also gets a side stand alarm. Duke 125 also gets a shift light indicator. The instrument cluster displays two trip meters. The engine temperature is indicated on the bottom left side of the console. It also has a gear position indicator.
The Instrument cluster of the duke 125 is easy to read and contains all the information a rider need.
Duke 125 Competition
At the moment KTM duke 125 has no direct competition in the Indian market. No other brand offers a 125cc premium offering at this price range. Although it falls in the same price segment of som higher capacity motorcycle.
The closest competitor of the duke 125 is the Yamaha R15 V3, which is also a premium offering in the 150cc segment. Yamaha also has a naked version to compete with the baby duke, and that is MT 15. Both the offering from Yamaha is more powerful than the baby duke.
There are also 200 cc options that fall in the same price segment. The 200cc naked competitors in the same price segment are the in house Bajaj Pulsar NS200, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. Even the Yamaha FZ 25 falls in the same price bracket.
Final Verdict On Duke 125
So duke 125 is a cool motorcycle with all premium hardware components but still, the asking price is a little much. The baby duke lived with the old design, which now seems to look outdated, especially in front of duke 250 and duke 390.
In the same price segment, there are a lot of options available for riders to choose from. surely KTM is cool and fun to ride motorcycle, but you can get a more powerful and feature-rich motorcycle with the same or less amount.
But if you are dying to get into the KTM world of motorcycles but your budget won’t allow you for the bigger dukes, you can go for this. Also if you are looking for a cool bike for your commutes, duke 125 won’t disappoint you. The duke 125 returns a better mileage than the rest of the dukes. Also, it won’t roast your leg with the hot air from the radiator frequently, as it can handle heat better than the bigger dukes.
So if you are a die-hard KTM fan and desperately want to own one, then this is the bike that can land you on cool orange rides and KTM events.
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