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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 125 review

KTM is flying to the with its new Duke 125. at least is how the company`s Thomas describes its entry into the 125 bike sector, an area in it has absolutely no experience.

You`d guess. For a start, KTM as a brand is a natural fit with its exuberant youthful attitude and sporting there`s an almost inevitable to youngsters.

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But KTM took no chances and a lot of time interviewing youngsters around Europe over a six period, deciding rightly it was a far too arrogant approach to assume the mostly older male and marketing staff could have an idea of what guys and girls consider in a motorcycle.

What they out was that modern youth are sensitive to brand names, don`t want effectively to be with anything other a proper … motorcycle feels like a big bike, do like graphics and stickers and love the idea of being to personalise their bike. like authenticity too, KTM has in spades with its enormously history and record in off-road and motorcycles.

But they don`t have money, a factor which was just as important as the rest KTM began the project to produce a that fitted the rest of the It`s all very well the ideal motorcycle for your group, but if they can`t it then all your efforts been in vain.

The design typical KTM styling cues, the strong and lightweight tubular lattice frame with quality WP forks and rear and even varying diameter to impart a sense of quality. The bodywork is angular and minimalist in KTM fashion, and a range of stickers is for the panels on each side of the of the fuel tank. There`s an optional strip of LED lights fits into the gap along the edge of these panels.

KTM that none of its existing was suitable for this application as all too sports oriented and wouldn`t the aim of making the Duke 125 easy to The aim anyway was to fit the bike into the legal, Europe-wide 11.4kW power category, so a new four-… was designed specifically for this

That`s a powerful signal of how seriously KTM takes this new Kudruf is very clear it: “This is not a side project for our but a top priority. We believe this will grow, and grow as the A1 licence category spreads Europe from 2013, and youth are the future for any brand. So bike is very important to

The motor then is state of the with double overhead and finger followers operating the — these in effect the action of the cam lobes, meaning the themselves can use smaller lobes and be compact, keeping the whole very small and light. It has a balance shaft to minimise utilises liquid cooling and is by a Bosch fuel injection

KTM singles out the exhaust system as an of how much effort went the design, as they spent an amount of time not only it look different but matching it to the and fuel injection in order to the smoothest torque and power

The brakes are ByBre, a Brembo made in India, while the WP forks are big bike fat with 43mm diameter being the as the RC8 superbike`s, so the brands and spec impress more than on 125s.

What also is how well the KTM Duke 125 rides, and it fall short here No need to be short to fit even just as well as even the potential riders will be at their … height, if not At 6`3” (1.91m) I`m perfectly on the bike and don`t look too on it either (no more than on any bike anyway), yet the reasonably low means below average will manage fine

The upright riding position is here as it`s a lot more of different rider sizes a sports bike`s low bars and seat and footrests.

The motor willingly to the twistgrip, although you do to rev it hard to pull away the lights smartly and nose of aggressive traffic, but once the mid-range is impressive for such a motor, and it doesn`t feel when you spin it hard. You can it`s a young person`s by the rev counter alone, as the numbers are too for oldies to read properly, but the big LCD display presents its comprehensive of information clearly otherwise.

You even get a fuel economy as well as gear position, level and so on, more than on bigger bikes. While KTM anything from 90-110mpg, in life it`s difficult to caning the little bike you go, in which case economy to 60-65mpg. But if you`re using the for a steady ride to work as as an adrenalin stimulant in evenings and at it should be possible to get close to the numbers.

Restraint isn`t though as the chassis is complicit the engine in bringing out the hooligan in The bike handles beautifully, both very agile and yet stable too. While the has none of the budget feel you get at this level.

A sharper brake would better the Duke 125`s taut but as many novice riders be cutting their teeth on it`s probably better set up way.

You could even consider longer trips on the little Its 2.4 gallon (11 litre) tank the minimum range is almost 150 and taking it steadier will this substantially, although you won`t be cruising along at more than 60mph of the time. Squeeze down the tank, find a long straight and you`ll eventually see in the low 70`s on the mph clock (115kph or so) but any of hindrance like wind or quickly knocks that

KTM 125 Duke

It`s the overall sensation the gives that matters though. It`s a delightful, machine that is both fun and capable as a motorcycle, and rather its small capacity being a restriction, instead it encourages you to it hard and feel like getting the very most the machine, something big bike have forgotten how to do.

Now look at the at £3,695 it`s only more than Honda`s (and a lot cheaper than YZF125R), and for that you not only get a higher specification and lose the bike feel of the Honda in both engine and chassis) you get a free insurance offer KTM and a special low rate finance as well as a full two year

A great bike, well out, keenly priced and a realised for many youngsters. I we`ll be seeing plenty of on the roads.


UK Price: Available: now

Engine: Single-cylinder …, liquid cooled, 4v, 124.7cc

Power: 15bhp 11.3kW) @ 10,500rpm

Torque: (12Nm) @ 8,500rpm


Tank: 2.4 gallons (11 litres, 2.9 US)

Transmission: Six gears, wet clutch, final drive

KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke


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