Summary – KTM’s Duke 125 is one of the best-selling naked streetfighter bikes in India. Read on to know why!
KTM is an Austrian motorcycle brand. The first bike that the brand offered to Indian riders was the Duke 200. The brand’s entry-level mass-market motorcycle for India is the Duke 125.
Recently all KTM bikes got their prices revised. The Duke 125 is no exception.
The revised KTM Duke 125 price in India is Rs. 2, 04,023. People might point out that a 125 CC bike should not have such a steep price, which is true. But what exactly does the Duke 125 offer that justifies its price?
Well, to learn that, the reader needs to read the following sections.
The engine offers best-in-class performance
The 124 CC, BS6-compliant, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine is designed for the Indian market. The engine offers best-in-class power and torque. The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 14.3 bhp and 12Nm respectively. The power delivery is linear. The low-end torque of the engine is impressive as well. The engine is tuned in a manner that it can satiate the needs of novice and seasoned riders.
The engine retains the rev-happy nature of other KTM bikes available in India. To put things into perspective, the engine of the Duke 125 has a 9500 RPM redline! A high redline paired with a punchy engine allows riders to cross the 100 KMPH mark in no time! To keep the riders safe, KTM engineers have electronically limited the bike’s engine to the 112 KMPH top speed mark.
The transmission of the bike is track-tuned and tested. This step is taken to ensure that the overall performance of the Duke 125 matches other KTM bike models. The gearshifts on the six-speed ready-to-race transmission are smooth
The bike looks premium
The overall look of the bike is on the premium side. The road presence of the bike is like no other 125 CC bike available in India. The looks and dimensions of the Duke 125 are on par with the rest of the Duke range.
To make the bike more appealing, the KTM designers made sure that the subframe is partially exposed. The fuel tank exhibits a muscular design. The bolted fuel tank shrouds add to the appeal factor of the bike. The Trellis subframe has been re-engineered in a bid to achieve a stubby tail section.
The OEM packaging is unmatched
The KTM Duke 125 comes feature-loaded from the factory. To put things into perspective, the bike now comes with a sharp-looking headlamp unit. The headlamp unit is also equipped with an integrated LED DRL. The headlamp is illuminated by a halogen bulb. The turn indicators and the tail lamp unit, however, are illuminated by LEDs. The bike gets WP Apex series suspensions. The front tyre is paired with a USD fork unit. The rear tyre is paired with a preload-adjustable monoshock. KTM also offers the bike with an LED instrument cluster with an orange backlight.
The ride quality of the bike is second-to-none
The bike is designed in a manner that allows the same to come with an aggressive riding triangle. It means that the footpegs are rear-set. The handlebar, on the other hand, is raised. Put it all together and one would be sitting on the bike with a streetfighter bike riding stance. Sure a rider would be uncomfortable on long rides with a streetfighter bike stance. But on city commutes, the rider would have more command over the bike.
The bike handles well on tight corners, on straight roads and during overtakes. KTM has equipped the bike with ample inner thigh support by redesigning the fuel tank. The extra padded and contoured seat also helps to keep the rider tucked in!
The Duke 125 is powerful, feature-packed and stunning. It has a 125 CC engine which is easy to maintain and fuel efficient. The packaging of the bike justifies its price. The bike’s overall performance is suitable for novice riders and enthusiasts alike. For more information on the bike, one should visit a KTM dealership today.