KTM 125 Duke Review
Best 125cc Street Bike in the WorldTuesday, October 22, 2013
KTM Sport Motorcycle AG is an Austrian company which was founded in 1934 by engineer Hans Trunkenpolz in Mattighofen and deals with the manufacturing of motorcycles, bicycles and mopeds. The company started as a metal working shop and steadily stepped into manufacturing motorcycles in 1954. KTM has proved itself as one of the best off-road motorcycle manufacturer but in recent years, it also has produced some street motorcycles by expanding their business. KTM's joint venture in Indian market has started in November 2007 with two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto to develop 125cc and 200cc bikes in India and in some other southeast nations. KTM 125 Duke is expected to be available in India by 2014. It is the world's first 125cc motorcycle to feature ABS in it.
KTM 125 Duke has some familiar and some new striking features to make your heart desire for it badly. It has the perfect ergonomics to provide you with relaxed touring as well as committed cornering with the help of gathered sitting position. Also a great optimum control and perfect feedback is ensured by its large contact surfaces. The sporty two-piece seat is at the base of its long-distance comfort and first-class support for the rider and the pillion. The 810mm seat height ensures both the sporty feeling and a better secured standing position. It’s perfectly placed 11 litres fuel tank provides the rider with a perfect knee contact and support and even provides an enormous range of more than 300kms when ridden on the edge. Its multi-function cockpit has all the basic indicators and meters along with the fuel consumption and remaining range informant. Also, KTM offers you with an extensive PowerParts range to add your own style to it. It has a compact, three-chamber silencer which is nicely positioned very close to the machine's overall center of gravity to help in centralisation of masses and provides a better handling along with the exemplary emissions with the help of a regulated catalytic converter.
It has lightweight yet stable 17-inch cast light alloy wheels with the 110mm front and 150mm rear tire width. It also has the lightweight, high-quality, pin-jointed light alloyed swing-arm which is directly linked to the WP shock absorber to provide you with extreme torsional stiffness and great tracking stability. It has an un-laden weight of 127kgs along with the first-class chassis and lightweight powder-coated tubular space frame. Also this weight is grouped very close to the center of gravity for better manoeuvrability and precision.
Also there is the stylish and bright headlamp in its sporty cowl, an illuminating and advanced instrument cluster which includes a digital fuel-gauge, a digital tachometer, 2 digital trip meters, a pass light and low fuel, oil and battery indicators, impressive LED tail light with turn indicators, racing type footrests, a short license plate holder, front crash-pad to protect the fork from damage and rear crash-pad to protect the swing arm, a brake bleeder screw to easily change the brake fluid or to bleed the brakes, mounting for GPS bracket and an Akrapovic Slip-on silencer with intermediate pipe. It also has a high-quality, upside-down telescopic fork from WP suspension with 43mm outer tube diameter for great stability and precision.
KTM 125 Duke has a 125cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled, DOHC engine with the bore and stroke of 58mm and 47.2mm respectively to provide a maximum power of 15 bhp at 10500 rpm and a maximum torque of 12 Nm at 8000 rpm and has a 6-speed claw-shifted gearbox transmission. It is an electric starter and forced oil lubrication is used to lubricate the engine with 2 Eaton pumps. It has a mechanically operated wet multi-disk clutch. Also, it has a contactless, controlled and fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment.
KTM 125 Duke has 150mm front and rear suspension travel each. It has 300mm disk brakes with four-pot brake calliper at front and 230mm floating disk brakes with one-pot brake calliper at rear. Also, there is first time that a 125cc bike is equipped with ABS along with the help of a radially mounted four-piston calliper for safe and great braking experience. And for the stunt riders, it is worth mentioning that ABS can also be switched off when required. It has a steering head angle of 65 degrees and a 5/8 x 1/4” O-ring chain. It has a wheelbase of 1352mm or 1382mm for a stable ride and a 170mm unloaded ground clearance for great off-road experience.
KTM 125 Duke will be coming soon to India in Orange+graphics and White+graphics shades. The ex-showroom, Delhi price of this great motorcycle will be expected to be INR 1.00 lakhs which may vary slightly in different states. Overall, KTM 125 Duke looks like a perfect blend of comfortable street driving, adventurous off-road driving, performance, safety, rigidity, speed, fuel economy and price.