About 125 Duke
The baby Duke will finally be making its debut in the Indian market. It won’t be affordable by 125cc standards – in fact, it will be dearer than every 150 and 160cc motorcycle in the market, including the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3. However, it will offer the looks of the rest of the Duke range, and if it wasn’t for the ‘125’ sticker on its flanks, it could easily be mistaken for a 390 Duke. In developed markets, there are no cosmetic differences between the 125 and 390 Dukes, but for the Indian market we can safely expect it to ditch the all-LED headlamp and offer a unit like the 250’s instead, with LED DRLs and a conventional bulb headlamp. The 125cc motor will remain a single cylinder, but it will have four valves and liquid cooling, meaning an output of 15bhp and 12Nm. The suspension will remain upside-down forks, radially-mounted four-piston front brake callipers will still be part of the package, and the trellis frame will remain the KTM signature. Coupled with its kerb weight, that means it will keep up with the current crop of sporty 150s in a straight line. And thanks to its better cycle parts, it will probably outclass all but the R15 around a corner. The brakes might have either ABS or combined braking, as the engine capacity slots in below 125cc, offering KTM an option.
Going by just the displacement, the 125 Duke’s estimated price of Rs 1.3-1.5 lakhs seems incredibly pricey, but when you take a closer look at what you’re getting in the chassis, suspension, brakes and onboard trip computer, it might just appear as good value to an enthusiast.