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Honda’s KTM 125 Duke-rival updated for 2023

10 November 2022, 03:49 PM Anuj Mishra
Honda’s KTM 125 Duke-rival updated for 2023

- 2023 CB125R unveiled

- Comes in four new colour options

- Remains unchanged mechanically

Honda’s smallest neo-sports cafe offering, the CB125R, has been updated for 2023. For the new model year, the entry-level CB gets four new colour schemes including matte black, silver, blue and candy red. While the black shade maintains an all-black theme across its bodywork and cycle parts, the rest of the paint schemes sport golden USD forks and wheels. 

Honda has left the motorcycle unaltered in all other aspects. The highlight of the bike is its premium set of cycle parts like 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) upside-down forks at the front and petal-type Nissin-sourced disc brakes at both ends. Moreover, there’s a dual-channel ABS setup available as standard. Underpinned by a steel trellis frame, it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends. 

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Powering the motorcycle is a 125cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 14.7bhp and 11.6Nm of peak torque. Honda claims that this bike can attain a top speed of 105kmph which is respectable for a 125cc machine. It comes equipped with a 10.1-litre fuel tank while the kerb weight of the bike stands at 130kg. As for the features, there’s a full-LED lighting system and an inverted LCD console. 

In the international markets, the Honda CB125R goes head-on against the KTM 125 Duke which is available in India as well. However, Honda is unlikely to bring the smallest CB to our shores anytime soon. 

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