KTM 125 Duke is now officially available in India for INR 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom price). The model comes with ABS and many other segment-first features. Apart from indirect rivals like Pulsar NS200 and Apache RTR 200, Duke 125 has no direct competition in India. There are many reasons why one would prefer the 125 Duke over other bikes in this price segment but here are the top five reasons to consider buying the bike.
5 Reasons to Buy KTM 125 Duke
1) Design & Style
KTM 125 Duke shares the design with popular KTM 200 Duke, carrying exactly similar panels and orange alloy wheels. The iconic headlight, tail light section, and fiber-finished fuel tank are great for the streets. The alloy wheels are impressive as the width is comparable to most bikes of the 250-500cc segment bikes you can buy in India.
2) Premium Components
The use of upside down (USD) forks, all-digital console, 150-section rear tyre, and WP monoshock makes Duke 125 the most premium 125cc motorcycle of India. The parts offer impressive ride quality, missing even in products with double displacement engines from certain brands. The handling stays similar to the KTM Duke 200.
KTM uses a 124.7cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, producing 14.5 PS at 9250 rpm and 12 Nm at 8000 rpm. The regular 125cc engines are good for approx 11 PS of power, leaving this Duke with impressive acceleration ability. The wet weight, however, is slightly higher than other bikes at 148 kg. The approximate top speed of 125 Duke is 115 kmph, leaving behind even some of the 150cc bikes in India in terms of overall performance.
4) 1-Channel ABS
KTM 125 Duke is the first motorcycle of its segment to carry ABS as standard. The brand had a clean option of introducing the same with CBS and save around INR 10,000 on the initial price but they went forward with single-channel ABS for safer braking.
5) Most-Affordable KTM
Duke 200 was earlier the most affordable KTM, leaving buyers with a bill of INR 1.51 lakh for the non-ABS and INR 1.60 lakh for the 1-channel ABS version. Now, getting exactly similar components for INR 1.18 lakh makes KTM 125 Duke a steal deal. However, the power output will be compromised for sure. The prices mentioned here are ex-showroom.
Quick Specs of 125cc KTM Duke
- Displacement: 124.7cc, Liquid-Cooled, Fi
- Maximum Power: 14.5 PS @ 9250 rpm
- Maximum Torque: 12 Nm @ 8000 rpm
- Number of Cylinders: Single Cylinder
- Number of Gears: 6-Speed Gearbox
- Seat Height: 818 mm
- Ground Clearance: 175 mm
- Kerb/Wet Weight: 148 kg
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.2 litres
- Top Speed: 115 kmph (Approx.)