Smaller displacement bikes are how most begin their riding journey, so it’s all the more exciting if a small cc bike is also a performance bike. KTM Duke 125 is a great mix of just that but India remains a highly price sensitive market.
And that’s a bit of a problem even when you introduce the most affordable KTM Duke. In its newest avatar, the 2019 KTM 125 Duke is great looking performance oriented small cc offering. That in itself makes it a unique proposition since the largely 110 – 160cc segment offers commuter bikes. And while some of those models sell in droves, they miss the best bits.
2019 KTM 125 Duke brings in power and prowess at a price tag. Available at a price of Rs 1.18 lakhs (ex-sh), it borrows styling from the 200 Duke. Measuring in at a length of 1,993mm, width of 789mm, and height of 1,083mm, kerb weight stands at 148 kg.
With ground clearance of 175mm and seat height at 818mm, the fuel tank measures in at 10.2 litres. Watch the new KTM perform a top speed run at the Bajaj’s test track in Pune, as well as do a 0-100 kmph acceleration run in video below.
As you can see in the video, KTM Duke 125 achieves a top speed of about 110 kmph in the first run and 107 kmph top speed in the second and third run; and 108 kmph in the fourth run. In terms of acceleration from 0-60 kmph is achieved in about 6 seconds, 0-80 kmph in about 11 seconds, and 0-100 kmph is achieved in about 25 seconds.
Talking about features, KTM Duke 125 sports a front and rear disc brake, and single channel ABS. Rear ABS ring ensures Rear wheel Lift Protection (RLP) to improve braking performance. This means if you need apply the front break hard when riding, there are chances the rear wheel could lift off the ground, and we all know what that means. The swerve, loss of control, imbalance, loss of traction and a desperate attempt to get control of all things gone awry in a split second. Well, RLP prevents rear wheel lift off.