The KTM 125 DUKE may be the entry-level bike of the range, but it isn’t here to play games. It’s built with the same attitude as the bigger bikes – and it shows. It’s no holds barred with this urban warrior. This 4-stroke single cylinder has fuel-injection and a 6-speed transmission to deliver class-leading performance with low fuel consumption to keep you riding longer.
The KTM 125 Duke is powered by 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 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; 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 in 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.
While the bike does feel light and easy, a lower weight figure would have helped performance. KTM has equipped the 125 with single-channel ABS on the same 300mm and 230mm discs as the 200 Duke. While the brake bite and lever pressure is good, it lacks the force we would have liked under hard braking.