Bajaj owned Austrian two wheeler brand KTM had entered Indian market years ago and had changed the motorcycling trend in India. within a short span of time, KTM became very popular among young buyers because of its performance and sharp looks. They currently have Duke and RC range of motorcycles in 125-cc to 390-cc segment. KTM had launched their entry level offering – the Duke 125 – in the market back in 2018 and now they have officially launched the 2021 version of the Duke 125 in the market at an introductory price of Rs 1.50 lakh, ex-showroom. The new version nearly Rs 8,000 more dearer than the older version.
KTM Duke 125 has received several changes as part of this facelift. The whole design of the motorcycle has been changed. It now resembles a lot with its bigger sibling KTM Duke 390. The outgoing version Duke 125 was the only bike in KTMs to portfolio to have the older 2012 design. With this update that has also changed. KTM Duke 125 now gets a funky looking design that will appeal to even more young customers.
Sumeet Narang, president (Probiking) at Bajaj Auto, said, “Spawned from the 1290 beast itself and packed full of Duke attitude, the KTM 125 Duke exudes qualities never seen in this category before. The ultra-lightweight trellis frame and sub-frame provide razor-sharp control, and the new styling is an absolute head turner. The launch of KTM 125 Duke in late 2018 had been a point of inflexion for KTM’s stronghold amongst the young biking enthusiasts in India. Upgrading that model with this new all capable entry-level KTM is another testimony of the brand’s commitment to bringing pure performance to its valued customers.”
The KTM Duke 125 gets Duke 390 like headlamps with halogen bulbs and LED DRLs in it. Other updates include sharp tank extensions, spit trellis frame, a larger fuel tank (13.5 litres) and so on. The instrument cluster is the same LCD unit as before. Like other Duke motorcycles, Duke 125 also gets a set of dedicated graphics on it. It is available in two colour options – Electronic Orange and Ceramic white.
The new split trellis frame is expected to improve the handling and make it a better handler in city roads. The 2021 BS6 KTM Duke 125 is heavier than the older version. At 159 kgs, it is a good 7 kilograms heavier than the outgoing model. This setup has also increased the seat height by 5 mm. The seat height on the facelifted Duke 125 is 823 mm.
Coming to the engine department, KTM has made no changes here. It is still powered by the same 124.7-cc, single cylinder liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine that generates 14.5 Ps and 12 Nm of maximum torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Minor changes are expected to the suspension as well. It is likely to have become a bit more softer than before. It is available with a disc brakes both at the front and rear. The all-new Duke 125 has already started reaching the dealerships and dealers have also started accepting the bookings.