Quick Comparison: KTM 125 Duke vs Yamaha R15 V3

KTM 125 Duke vs Yamaha R15 V3: KTM 125 Duke is a pure streetfighter and it was recently launched in India with a price tag of INR 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom). It is equipped with features like ABS and USD forks, making it the first 125cc motorcycle in India to get these 2 features. Unlike the regular 125cc bikes with no performance expectations, the KTM 125 Duke is good for 14.5 PS of maximum power and 12 Nm of torque.

The engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox, leaving behind slipper clutch for effective placement. Yamaha R15 V3 is not a direct rival to KTM 125 Duke, but getting this impressive machine for INR 1.27 lakh can confuse first time motorcycle buyers within both options. The name KTM excites sporty senses while Yamaha R15 helped Indian buyers understand the concept of supersport riding.

KTM 125 Duke in Orange Shade
KTM 125 Duke in Orange Shade

The 155.1cc engine comes with VVA for better power delivery, producing 19.3 PS of power and 15 Nm of torque for the racer. It is definitely faster and comes with a slipper clutch for easy operation of the gearbox. Still, those looking for added safety will consider Duke 125 for the 1-channel ABS.

Also, Yamaha skipped the USD forks from the Indonesian version for the telescopic ones while Duke 125 retains the exact components as the bigger Duke. The tire size is also more influential on the most affordable Duke (110 front and 150-section rear tire) of all time.

Yamaha R15 V3 MotoGP Edition
Yamaha R15 V3 MotoGP Edition

KTM 125 Duke vs Yamaha R15 V3

Engine & Gearbox

KTM 125 Duke

  • Displacement: 124.7cc
  • Cooling Type: Liquid-Cooled
  • Max. Power: 14.5 PS @ 9250 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 12 Nm @ 8000 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-Speed
  • Fuel System: Fuel Injection
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Yamaha R15 V3

  • Displacement: 155.1cc
  • Cooling Type: Liquid-Cooled
  • Max. Power: 19.3 PS @ 10,000 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 15 Nm @ 8500 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-Speed
  • Fuel System: Fuel Injection

Brakes & Suspension

KTM 125 Duke vs Yamaha R15 V3

KTM 125 Duke in White Shade
KTM 125 Duke in White Shade
Yamaha R15 V3 in Thunder Grey
Yamaha R15 V3 in Thunder Grey

KTM 125 Duke

  • Front Brake: 300mm Single Disc
  • Rear Brake: 230mm Single Disc
  • 1-Channel ABS
  • Front Suspension: USD Telescopic Forks
  • Rear Suspension: Monoshock

Yamaha R15 V3

  • Front Brake: 282mm Single Disc
  • Rear Brake: 220mm Single Disc
  • No ABS
  • Front Suspension: Telescopic Forks
  • Rear Suspension: Monoshock

Dimensions & Weight

KTM 125 Duke

  • Overall Length – 1993 mm
  • Overall Width – 789 mm
  • Overall Height – 1083 mm
  • Ground Clearance – 175 mm
  • Seat Height – 818 mm
  • Wheelbase – 1366 mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight – 148 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 10.2 litres

Yamaha R15 V3

  • Overall Length – 1990 mm
  • Overall Width – 725 mm
  • Overall Height – 1135 mm
  • Ground Clearance – 170 mm
  • Seat Height – 815 mm
  • Wheelbase – 1325 mm
  • Kerb/Wet Weight – 139 kg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 11 litres

Tyres & Frame

KTM 125 Duke

  • Front Tyre – 110/70-17
  • Rear Tyre – 150/60-17
  • Frame – Trellis Frame

Yamaha R15 V3

  • Front Tyre – 100/80-17
  • Rear Tyre – 140/70-17
  • Frame – Deltabox Frame

Ex-Showroom Price

  • KTM 125 Duke: INR 1.18 Lakh
  • Yamaha R15 V3: INR 1.27 Lakh
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Yamaha R15 V3 Console
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