|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||125cc||Manual||15PS @ 9250RPM||12NM @ 8000RPM||47kmpl|
While other manufacturers are focusing and developing on bringing up quarter-litre motorcycles, KTM has different thoughts with the automobile market in our country. The Austrian brand had launched its entry-level naked motorcycle, the KTM 125 Duke which comes with more power in a country where the segment is basically focused on commuting and mileage oriented proportionalities. By bringing up their powerful pocket monster, the brand has made another revolution in India by setting up a new benchmark as like when they introduced the KTM 200 Duke in June 2013. The KTM 125 Duke is majorly developed focusing on the younger generation like college students who prefer a smaller capacity motorcycle with more power.
The KTM 125 Duke shares its design language with its bigger siblings with all the design parameters are similar to its larger capacity motorcycles. The headlamp is the same unit from the KTM 200 Duke accompanied by a tiny wind deflector on top. On top of that are the instrument console panel and a wide single piece handlebar which has been mounted on top of the Upside Down telescopic forks. The fuel tank is sharp with the elongated shrouds on both sides that hold the name badging in it. The fuel tank is visually smaller and at the other end, the rider seat is fitted to it. The pillion rider seat is a split setup like the one on the other naked motorcycles from the brand and the grab rail is fitted on either side of the tail section. The tail lamp setup with turn signal indicators are the same and taken directly from the elder ones.
The little monster features some impressive decals on the fuel tank and on the sharp engine guard at the bottom. The alloy wheels are painted in KTM Orange in order to make the bike look like a bigger capacity machine visually and looks cool. The instrument console is a fully digital unit in a square shape with orange backlit that shows the revolution counter, speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel level, average fuel consumption etc.
The little rocket from the Austrian brand comes with disc brakes at both ends with the front disc of 300mm dia operated by a double-piston floating calliper and the 230mm dia of the rear disc is operated by a single-piston floating calliper. KTM also provides single-channel ABS as standard.
The engine that powers the KTM 125 Duke is a 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor that produces 14.5PS of power at 9250rpm and a peak torque of 12Nm at 8000rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The power from the engine is transferred through a wet multi-plate clutch that feels very light in its operation. The trellis frame from the Austrian maker lends great stability in a straight line and corners and the MRF tyres feel sticky enough to boost the rider's confidence.
The powerplant is tuned to produce high performance and torque in the lower revolution range and balanced torque with high performance in the mid-range, which helps when this orange little thing is put through its paces in urban conditions.
The highly powered KTM 125 Duke delivers 45kmpl of mileage on an average basis taken from both the city rides and highway stretches. The fuel tank holds 10.2litres of fuel which gives out a range of 450km on a full tank of fuel. However, riding with the throttle wide open at all times will make that number go down.
The little naked bike from KTM comes equipped with a 43mm Upside Down telescopic front suspension which is a first in the class and the rear is equipped with a monoshock suspension. The setup works efficiently to tackle all the city bumps and potholes easily, however, this isn't a plush commuter. Everything is wound up to make things Sporty.
KTM surprised us by launching the Duke 125 in the Indian market some time back. While the Austrian bike maker has been building the bike here in Maharastra, it was only made for exports. In a market where most 125 cc products are made for a basic commute, an overpriced pocket rocket would not seem to make sense. Then comes in the financial aspect.
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