KTM is the best selling sports bike in the Indian region and the most amount of market share after Bajaj and the Duke family has been enjoying a huge success in the country, however, to take it to the next level and bring their sports weapon in the hands of everyone, KTM is planning to introduce the Duke 125, which will be fun little pocket rocket and in this post we will take a look at the weather is it a good option for the Indian market or will it ever land in India in the first place as there’re strong leaks from internal sources claiming KTM is interested to bring the Duke 125 to India.
Which means it could also end up in Nepal, Bangladesh as well in Pakistan and other similar neighboring countries. The 125cc is the commuter segment in India, but Duke 125 will be the only sports machine in that segment offering the best in class style, performance and power, like no other.
The KTM Duke 125 as the name suggests is based on the KTM’s 125cc engine which churns out 14.9 Horsepower which is pretty decent from a 125cc engine which is coupled with a six-speed gearbox, which is liquid cooled. And it produces about 12Nm of torque, similar to the Aprilia SR 150 motard.
On the other hand, KTM wants to spice up the commuter segment and all but the main factor here will be the pricing, which will decide the fate of this little beast. It will also be the lightest among the bunch, weighing at just 127Kgs, without fuel.
Specs and features of the Duke 125
- Mileage 30 to 35 KMPL /rated at 100 Miles per gallon
- 124.5 cc Liquid Cooled engine
- 15 Horsepower
- 12 Nm of torque
- Light-weight 127Kgs
- LED lights
- iPad like console
- USD forks
For those who aren’t aware the KTM 125 and the KTM RC 125 are already on sale in some European markets since more than a couple of years now and are very well received and is popular among the age group of 20 to 22. Taking some points from those reviews which we have researched a lot, the seating position of the Duke 125 is fairly comfortable and upright.
The motorcycle is both a jot to ride and intimidating as well which should satisfy both styles of riders. The engine is quite peppy and one can expect very sharp handling on the Duke 125 is quite nimble and zig-zagging in traffic is done with ease. The ride is on a little firmer side as per reports and reviews, seen on foreign websites.
Release Date/ Launch Date of KTM Duke 125
This might sound insane but KTM is planning to launch the Duke 125 not in next year, but it is said to be launching just next month. Obviously, the announcements will be made and after a couple of weeks pre-order for the motor-cycle should begin and later the deliveries will start from December to Early Jan if the next month launch is imminent.
Pricing of the KTM Duke 125
With the Duke 125 already being manufactured in India at Bajaj’s Chakan plant and being exported to European markets, it’s not a huge gamble for the Austrian company to showcase and sell this bike in India as it’s being already being made on the Indian soil, but pricing will be the main deciding factor and from looking at what it offers; the KTM Duke 125 is expected to come at a price tag of 1 Lakh 22 thousand, a rough estimate could be 1.3L INR.
Making it the most expensive 125cc machine in the country and also the most powerful as well as the most striking looking looks like a hooligans dream machine with enough power and also mileage won’t be a pain in the ass.