KTM Duke 125 — 2011

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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 125 — 2011

KTM is a brand synonymous with and Enduro but not necessarily in the UK for road for new and leaner riders, but this may be all to change.

www.inter-bike.co.uk recently the UK press launch of KTM’s all new 125 which KTM hope will their fortunes in this sector, currently in the UK, KTM only has a 3% share for street models.

KTM other manufacturers have that due to the aging profile of motorcycle riders that need new customers, new younger who will get switched onto the KTM at an early age and then of course stay with the brand.

The KTM 125 has been specifically developed to with the new European Driving requirements which come force in 2013 which to standardise the current extremely and varied rules for riding motorcycles in the various countries of the

As such its maximum power minimum weight, top speed and power to weight ratio been determined and set by this new however outside of this KTM striven to design a 125cc satisfies the very demanding of the youth market sector.

KTM took detailed market including interviewing 90 youngsters to out what they really from a 125cc motorcycle. said:-

“We want an motorcycle not a kid’s bike”

want to “finish” it ourselves” a strong demand for individualisation

are looking for a motorcycle a brand”

Other requirements KTM identified good handling, riding use of quality components, wide of use, lightweight, must be lots of pillion use, vey user friendly and perhaps importantly low cost both in of purchase prices, servicing and costs.

So not a lot for new 125cc bike to up to then!

So now to the bike, firstly the new 125 is a … model, weighing an lightweight 118kg (without with a single cylinder, 4 124.7 cc engine which a legislation set 11.3kW (15HP) @ and 12Nm of torque at 8,000/min.

is an all new engine, with twin camshafts for its four valves allow the engine to rev well 10, 000 rpm, but this is kept as as possible with a balancer Fuelling is provided by state of the art fuel injection from

Of particularly note is the mid mounted, belly stainless steel which is placed between the and engine. KTM told us much work went into the of this which is a unique three chamber with converter, particularly in getting the note just right, of this later.

Now with off road prowess you would the frame and suspension to be top notch and in respect KTM have delivered, their “ready to Race” the frame has been overdesigned to even greater power and (perhaps larger capacity are in the pipeline?) It has a lightweight steel space frame similar to on the much larger 690 Duke and is twinned with a very looking …-cast aluminium work swingarm.

Suspension is top quality White with the rear shock a progressive spring. Whilst are WP upside-down 43mm forks.

Are you a theme here, a small that is equipped like the large motorcycle, responding to the for an “… motorcycle”.

The theme with in-house designed cast wheels which are particularly wide tyres for a being front 110/70 x and rear 150/60 x 17”

Brakes are top quality too being by Bybre a Brembo subsidiary. The is equipped with no less radially mounted 4 piston all topped off with steel hoses.

If it’s bling you ( which we are sure will to the youth market) then are LED indicators, LED tail light, LED lit plate and a fully digital cockpit display which has a of functions and information, including rev counter, clock, gear total kilometres travelled, time, two trip displays, gauge, fuel consumption and distance to next service.

to the perceiving increased use as transport for a the Duke 125 has a two piece seat and ergonomically it has been designed to accommodate a wide range of sizes.

So what is the new Duke 125 in the flesh. Well when we set eyes on it, it immediately strikes you as like a big bike, a full Duke. Infact it’s the small 125 decal on the tank and the smaller engine profile gives away the fact a 125cc Duke. For a 125cc this bike has real

In fact one could go as far to say as its looks purposeful.

The striking graphics, orange KTM colour offset the black frame, black stanchions and particularly appealing work swing arm is truly eye and is surely to appeal to wide section of today’s current and motorcyclists.

As soon as you sit on the Duke 125 it has a bike feel, this is no bike. The comfortable seat and sculpted 11 litre tank this testers 6ft 3” frame without issue. The wide handlebars are comfortably and the LCD display easily falls to

The mirrors are slightly more over function, but provide an rear view.

Immediately you the starter button the bike with its big bike credentials, a pleasingly deep exhaust for such a small engine, a pleasing contrast from other bikes of this which sound like sewing machines.

As soon as you away, the ride-ability of this shines through. The clutch is light and sweet, the gear box action is positive whilst light in action and aided by the gear indicator, a great aid to the motorcyclist.

The steering is easy, minimal turning effort required due to the wide bars. The is particularly free revving, rapid progress being through the gears. With torque being achieved at rpm and max power at an even higher rpm, you need a free engine to keep the motor above at least 7,000 rpm to get the best out of it.

KTM 125 Duke

We found that up to the 10,000 rpm the was fairly smooth but push beyond this and some sets in and an angry red warning flashes on the cockpit display to you that you are over revving the

Sprightly progress can be made, that the engine tops out this tester on board at 66 mph, a lighter, younger might touch 70 mph with Therefore we found the bike for town. A, B C roads but obviously on and dual carriageways the limited top is a little lacking.

In town the light weight, and light made manoeuvring and filtering in very easy and the tight circle meant no feet U turns were a breeze. We this bike might a large proportion of its lifetime in environments and as such its easy ability will quickly fans in the youth market.

where we enjoyed riding Duke the most was on twisty back roads where off road heritage comes play. With the White suspension and lightweight frame the of this machine was remarkably The bike could be leaned at angles on it’s Indian tyres and the firm suspension any pitching about.

However as as playing this Duke the back lanes is you need to be it will stop just as and again the quality of the components and the set up was evident, the brakes were very, positive, hauling the to stop with the minimum of with no discernable fork All very important, when bike will be ridden by new who will need the bike to safely and predictably in all situations, emergency braking.

So we are happy to say KTM have delivered an bike, at no point does feel like a kid’s In fact other than the limit’s, this bike is definitely a full size

So what of the demand for individualisation, we re pleased to say KTM have got this off as well, with many options, though due to the legislation power limitations, additional tuning is not available.

Custom include, PowerParts sticker to transform the bikes appearance, discs with orange brackets, PowerParts rim stickers. orange chain, stainless chain guard, Powerparts licence plate holder, seat race style PowerParts head light but most surprising a lighting kit of LED strips that can apparently be anywhere on the Duke.

Now purchase and running cost are obviously of importance, for parents who might be the purchase for a son or daughter and for the son or daughter to pay perhaps for petrol and servicing.

The price in the UK is set to be £3,695 on the road some form of free and/or low rate finance being offered when the goes on sale shortly in UK

Fuel consumption should be in the of 2.6 to 3.4 litres per 100 km which equates at to over 100mpg. Very Servicing is required at the first (600 miles) and then 5000km (3,100 miles).

So the 125 has all the credentials to be a street success and propel the KTM brand forward in very important market In fact for all of us who are motorcyclists past, and future we need manufacturers as KTM to offer exciting, credible and motorcycles such as the Duke 125 to the of today, so that motorcycling as a of transport and a pastime has a long future going forward.

all performance figures, weights and specifications are as claimed by the manufacturer

New price *: £3,695

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