KTM entered the Indian motorcycle sector way back in 2012. The bike OEM has a strong partnership with Bajaj Motorcycles who sells, markets and manufactures small-displacement KTM Bikes in India. KTM offers small-displacement bikes to Indian riders in its RC and Duke ranges.
The latest addition to the fabled Duke range of KTM bikes is the KTM Duke 125, which, as the name suggests, has a high-revving, liquid-cooled, performance-oriented 125 CC engine.
Since its introduction, the Duke 125 has successfully gathered quite a fan following among KTM bike enthusiasts in India. The primary reasons – as already mentioned, are its performance-oriented small displacement engine that returns impressive mileage and, of course, its looks derived from its beefier siblings, the Duke 200, Duke 250 and Duke 390.
A little Insight
KTM Duke 125, since its press introduction, has always been marketed as a sporty 125 CC bike that can be taken to the track when one feels like taking a break from their mundane commute to work! That’s right! The ‘ready to race’ DNA is being carried over by this small displacement bike which is apparent from its colour scheme and liquid-cooling equipment.
On top of this, the bike carries –
- The trellis frame makes it light, agile on corners, fuel-efficient and easy to work on if the bike meets with an accident.
- It also comes with the upside-down style telescopic fork suspension at the front, similar to its brawny siblings in the Duke range.
- On top of this, the bike also comes with an adjustable mono-shock suspension that delivers comfortable rides on city streets and highways. It also allows the bike to handle well on tight corners and at relatively high speeds!
The recent updates on the Duke 125 also include an increase in its fuel tank capacity. The current generation of BS – 6 compliant Duke 125 comes with a 13.5-litre tank instead of an 11-litre tank – thus making the bike also ideal for long road trips if one fancies taking one on weekends!
Other updates include –
- Revised LED tail lamps
- Revised LED turn indicators and
- The inclusion of a single-channel ABS as a standard feature!
The 125 CC single-cylinder, BS – 6 compliant, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine also got mechanical refinements in a bid to make the bike peppier as well as fuel-efficient. The engine noise and vibrations are now more contained, but that doesn’t mean the bike’s performance parameters have been tampered with. The bike still can deliver best-in-class performance figures such as 14.5PS of peak power and 12Nm of peak torque made readily available by KTM’s impressive ECU that mimics ride-by-wire throttle response.
The bike is mated to a revised and refined racing engineered 6-speed, smooth shifting gearbox. The presence of a 6th gear in a 125 CC bike is a boon as it allows the rider to save fuel when the bike is running on a highway at cruising speeds.
Currently, KTM offers the Duke 125 cc variant at an ex-showroom price of ₹1.49 lakhs – ₹1.54 lakhs. Check the latest price KTM Bikes in India.
Sure it may sound like its price is in the category of 200 CC or 250 CC bikes but one should also remember all the best and class-leading aesthetic and performance-oriented aspects of the bike; before arriving at a conclusion.
Is it worth buying the Duke 125?
Well, let’s take a step back and summarise the facts –
- It is a KTM
- It is meant for commute and tracks as well
- It is fuel-efficient
- It is agile
- It handles like a dream
- It is a stunner!
- It has all the best aspects of a small displacement bike as well as a performance bike – and all of this at a reasonable price?
Yes, It is worth buying the Duke 125. And the best part is that you can avail of easy two-wheeler loans for this bike too.