KTM launched the most affordable bike in the Duke series last year. The 125 Duke is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakh, ex-showroom and has already pick-up a good number on the sales chart. Watch the bike on the beach as it rides through the waves of Arabian Sea.
The KTM 125 Duke can be seen riding in India’s only driving beach – Muzhappilangad Beach in Kerala. The bike can be seen riding in deep water on the beach. At times, the water even reached the engine of the bike. However, the bike did not stop due to hydro-locking or caused any other kind of problem. The latter part of the video shows the bike getting washed professionally and it is one of the most important parts of driving on a beach or near sea water.
The salty sea water is highly corrosive and can breakdown the metal. It also causes the metal to rust quickly. This is why washing a bike or a car is always recommended to remove any trace of sea water. If professional washing cannot be done, the vehicle can be washed with fresh water too. The underbody of the vehicles should be given special attention while washing after riding or driving on a beach and that area should be cleaned properly.
The KTM 125 Duke is the most expensive 125cc bike in the country. It does not get a direct competitor but it takes on the likes of Yamaha FZ and Bajaj Pulsar 150. The bike is powered by a 124.7cc, single-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts. The liquid-cooled engine produces a maximum power of 14.3 Bhp at 9,250 rpm and a peak torque of 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission, making it the only bike in the 125cc segment to get a 6-speed gearbox.
The KTM 125 Duke features a Trellis frame, which is similar to the bigger versions of the Duke series. It gets 43mm inverted front forks and a 10-step adjustable rear mono-shock. The rear of the bike gets an aluminium swingarm. The 125 Duke gets 300mm disc brake up front and a 230mm disc brake at the rear. It gets a dual-channel ABS as standard.
The KTM 125 Duke gets a styling design inspired by the KTM 200 Duke. There are three colour options available with the bike – orange, white and black. With all the three paint options, the distinctive orange coloured wheels are available. The KTM 125 Duke was available in the international markets for a long time now. The bike is made in India alongside the other KTM 200, 250 and 390 models and is exported to around the world.
Even though the bike is much more expensive than any of the 125cc bikes available in India, it has gained quite a popularity in the market. The price of the 125 Duke allows many enthusiasts to choose the KTM brand and it comes with a lot of high-end features, which justifies its pricetag completely.