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KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 125

Smaller capacity have just started to a bit of a comeback in Europe. For a while the enforced … of the two … meant buyers were with functional but ever so four … commuters. like the Honda CBF125 for perfect for commuting on but not likely to a new generation of rider.

For excitement we something a little bit different a well proven manufacturer.

strokes do of course have a they are reliable and economical but will never produce the kind of excitement as a similar two …. The peaky power aroma and narrow power are as addictive to me now as they ever been. Thankfully though have started to realise the way forward is to design bikes will appeal to riders of all no matter what engine beneath the bodywork.

Style is

Sportsbikes have traditionally a way to tempt riders on to two wheels and are plenty of tasty looking, handling small capacity in the class, like the Yamaha Rieju RS-3 125 and the Kawasaki 250 but times are changing and practicality is to feature on a bike buyer’s list. Naked machines knocked sportsbikes off the top spot in European countries. Comfort, looks, reliability and economy are all on the wish list for many than race bike beauty and impracticality.

KTM decided to shake things up a bit in by releasing their first 125cc road bike. not just any old 125 either; this is the new in … style. For a factory such a rich sporting behind them KTM missed out on the legal road market. they did until the launch of stunning 125 Duke.

The Duke is a which should win over any respecting teenage bike or (as the firm hopes) encourage a new of young riders to discover the fun and that only a journey on two can bring.

The Austrian bike employ over 1600 and have a presence in over 70 KTM have no less than 188 titles to their name in disciplines and can also boast ten victories in the gruelling Dakar so they know how to build a bike, but can they build a road bike that appeal to kids?

When decided to develop a brand new 125 for the KTM invited 90 youngsters from all Europe to visit the factory and them ideas on how it should Can you think of any other manufacturer who even contemplate the thought of of children running around factory and being a large of the inspiration behind such an machine?

The result of that market coupled with the skills of the KTM and the well proven Kiska team have created has to be one of the most innovative and funky … bikes a seventeen old can ride on the road today. The KTM 125 is without a doubt very eye in fact during the photo at a skate park during the UK we were mobbed by teenagers, all to know everything about the

They were interested in the names which adorn the like the 43mm upside WP forks and rear adjustable shock, the Bybre radial brake with 280mm (the bike also has a rear disc), they also intrigued by the multi and very pretty digital which offers loads of information including trip odometer, clock, temp, speed, gear indicator, used etc. Incidentally our time with the bike it was 6.7 litres per 100km and we weren’t with economy in mind!

KTM that youngsters like to a bike and the factory aftermarket features loads of goodies to them to do just that. range from sticker to an exhaust and even a very looking LED lighting strip, can be fitted to run along the groove in the There are also hand crash bungs and a headlight but due to an agreement with the Austrian and KTM you won’t find any factory parts, although I dare say like Malossi will release a big bore kit to suit the

KTM developed a brand new engine for the it’s a fuel injected … (as you’d expect), also liquid cooled and has a six speed gearbox. The engine is burning and produces the permitted The engine benefits from a shaft which cuts out vibration and I must say it’s smooth. Press the starter and it springs eagerly to life, the gear lever to select ease out the light clutch and the pulls away nicely.

… 125’s aren’t as exciting as I’d like them to be but KTM put some thought into how the sounds. The RD team put a lot of time and into perfecting the exhaust and it has a distinctive note to it, almost a large capacity bike as you back down through the

The engine performs very and I must admit it provided fun to keep me entertained for the day. all 125’s in Europe the bike has to be so you’re unlikely to see over on the clock but it does accelerate enough and the gearing is well although sixth almost like an overdrive at times, means you can keep it in fifth for in fact you could pretty leave it in fifth until you get on to a (providing you’ve got a full of course).

The engine may be good but how that lightweight steel space frame, suspension and We spent a day blasting around the countryside and the bike impressed me. The is carried low down and is centralised means the bike feels neutral and well balanced the rider; it’s very at low or high speed and is light

The Duke is comfortable and the seat is low enough for most riders to the floor easily. It also has a turning circle, which is for novice riders. The brakes are by Bybre, a name you may not be familiar but they’re a Brembo subsidiary and do work very well and are of producing stoppies on demand. The WP is another top-notch name and it up the bumps perfectly well, with the rear shock on the settings

All that road riding is fun but for a ‘proper’ test we needed a bit more entertaining so we went to a track for the afternoon. The Duke itself perfectly well on the and twisty track. It can hold a tight line, has loads of clearance and the suspension and brakes are as good on track as they are on the as were the tyres, just you want from your ‘proper’ bike.

One of the test on the day decided to test how well the crashed (by accident of course) a low speed tumble. The bike was with crash bungs, took most of the impact and the damage to the bike was a circlip, popped off the rear brake not a bad result for bike or rider. We put in 100 on the track and the bike never like it was getting out of shape, was no brake fade and the chassis is enough to cope with a bit power, just as well the 200cc version has arrived

I defy anybody to have a go on the 125, or even to see one in a bike without coming away one. It may only be small in but it’s big on style, attitude and The Duke 125 will put KTM firmly on the legal map and convert them loyal customers of the brand and rightly so.

Technical Specifications

124.7cc, 4-… (liquid fuel injected)

Power: @ 10,500rpm

Brakes: 280mm disc, 230mm rear

Wheels: Front 110/70-17, 150/60-17

Suspension: 43mm forks, rear mono

Seat Height: 810mm


Tank Capacity: 11

Price: £3795 (200cc

Contact: www.125duke.com


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