KTM Duke 125: Not just for kidz — Features — Visordown

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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 125: Not just for

It often takes a completely sheet to come up with different. Surprise, surprise exactly what the radical people at KTM have done the 125 Duke.

To make a 125 appealing the box that must be ticked is KTM have adopted a David and approach utilising their partnership with the world’s largest motorcycle producer, Bajaj. Design and development out in Austria, machined and bolted in India.

First impression? How on have KTM made that for a few hundred pounds more a Vespa GTS125? For a start the looks incredibly similar to its big the Duke 690, with the WP 42mm upside down a machined aluminium swingarm and a derived radial front Out on test and two ‘proper’ bikers the nod, they would be to know this was only a machine.

More or less everything to be top quality and those prodding the display model had to remind other that this was not grands worth of Super

If I could be hyper critical of it would be the rear axle and stock nuts looking 1980’s BMX parts. But that’s it.

The engine is a freshly designed 4-… single pumping out a regulation friendly 15bhp, a balance shaft smoothing out any In fact, with 30db ear in I wasn’t sure if it was even The narrow roads leading the test venue gave an of greater speed with the happy to rev all the way to the 10,000 redline, the and super slick gearbox cogs very efficiently.

Ergonomically I was a near perfect at 5’10 my knees tucked the aggressive and angular tank. footers may struggle with the as the pegs are a touch far back and the offers little room for who have wintered a bit too well. Oh, and the stand is in a stupid place.

It is on the but the foot peg gets in the way requiring a style visual search.

KTM made a point of centralising the keeping the under-slung exhaust compact and hidden away in of the swing arm. Not only this create a stripped and racy aesthetic but coupled the stiff WP suspension makes for pin handling, the bars seeming to using thought alone. In the the Duke feels well and missing your exit off a becomes premeditated rather accidental.

During an ASBO hunting at an outdoor kart track the compound tyres took well, giving plenty of when supplies of either or adhesion were running

Around town the Duke excels, with the diminutive weight so low in the chassis, balance is negating the need for constant dabbing. Filtering in first or gear is aided by the light which retains feel and a positioned biting point, the of left-hand fluid reservoir the giveaway to cable rather hydraulic operation.

As with 125s first gear is a short so a few revs in second see off other commuters, provided already on the move. Should a step into the Duke’s a good two-fingered tug on the front lever should see you hauled up more digits will result in the hoodie’s favourite, an The back brake is more adequate requiring only the dab to lay black lines across the centre car park, and for post buyers, just right for a gridlocked Westway in the rain.

If you are 17 years old you now have no options. You go and wash every car in the neighbourhood and every night flipping to save the deposit, KTM will do the with free insurance and finance. But that is not where it

Having thrashed around for 5 years, I have noticed a trend of grown-ups riding YZF125s and the equivalent in a bid to learn on a bike, avoid congestion and the cost of moving around oversubscribed metropolis. Once you mastered the mighty CG and have traffic munching clutch then what, a 600 sports Bit of a leap I reckon, especially ZXR and VFR400s confined to the history

The Duke 125 would make and absolute blast, while a pittance to run. If you drop it are no expensive plastics or dangly to ruin and the out-of-the-way exhaust remain undamaged. Should route contain roundabouts or then get used to a telling off your boss for tardiness.

the weekend arrives, open shouldn’t stop you from roadcraft or cornering skills, the will let you know when you are the right thing with of confidence inspiring feedback. At over £500 more a Vespa GTS125 and £600 than a Yamaha YZF125 the new KTM is value and should have residuals. Newcomers and established need to assess their requirements and spend an hour at nearest KTM dealership.

With just 300 units to the UK, don’t hang about.


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