Yes. The KTM Duke 125 is priced at around Rs. 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom), which is launched at a much more premium value than other bikes in the 125cc segment and Rs. 33,000 less than non-ABS version of KTM Duke 200. While the KTM Duke 125 is already being sold in various European markets, the Austrian manufacturer is set to up the game in 125cc bikes in India. But, why did KTM launch the Duke 125 in India?
For starters, the entry level bike from KTM in India is KTM Duke 200, which was launched in January 2012. But, for an entry level bike, it costs around Rs. 1.6 lakh (2018 ABS Version), which in theory, is a lot for a regular consumer. In addition to this, the KTM Duke 200 is practically unchanged from 2012 apart from some minor tweaks. It was necessary for KTM India to step in and occupy the sport commuter bike segment throne which lies between Rs 1.15 lakh-1.20 lakh price tag ,the 200 originally retailed at.
As the name suggests, The KTM 125 gets a a 124.7cc single-cylinder motor which makes 14.3 bhp at 9,250 rpm and peak torque of 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox and gets ABS as standard fitment. The amount of power produced by this engine as claimed by KTM is similar to the power produced by 160cc bikes in India such as Suzuki Gixxer and Honda CB Hornet 160R, which makes it the most powerful 125cc engine in 125cc bike segment. In addition, no 125cc-160cc bikes in India features a 6-speed transmission, which makes KTM 125 Duke first of its kind. The extra cog will help it extract more power and achieve a higher top speed.
To minimize the cost, The KTM 125 borrows its frame and underpinnings from KTM 200, rather than KTM 390, with some revised graphics on the body to differentiate between the two Duke Siblings. It is pretty charming for a market like India where 125cc bikes are usually priced around Rs 70,000 – Rs 90,000. The 125 Duke gets LED headlamps, a digital instrument console with readouts such as real-time and average fuel efficiency, service indicator and distance-to-empty with some obvious inclusions like speedometer, tachometer, odometer and fuel gauge, which are same as that of KTM 200. In addition, the console also has a shift indicator placed in the centre along with tell-tale lights placed above the speedometer. No other bikes in the 125cc segment has these level of features, even some 150-160cc bikes excludes these features.
All other components are also borrowed from the 200 Duke, which includes trellis frame, swingarm, USD front forks and a rear monoshock, both from WP. The braking setup is exactly same as the 200 Duke. The 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brake also gets a single-channel ABS. The 17-inch front and rear alloys come wrapped in chunky 110-section and 150-section MRF Revz tyres, respectively. The bike gets a 10.2-litre fuel tank, which should be more than enough to provide a decent mileage for a small 125cc engine. Not to mention, with a kerb weight of 148kg, the KTM 125 Duke is also the heaviest bike in its segment.
The 200 Duke, the most affordable KTM available before 125 Duke, has become unreachable for most buyers thanks to the addition of ABS and 5-year mandatory insurance which has bumped up its price to almost Rs 2 lakh. With all being said, The KTM 125 looks a decent and promising 125cc bike, which offers good performance and premium mechanical components at a reasonable price point ofRs 1.18 lakh. The KTM 125 Duke is positioned as the Austrian manufacturer’s entry-level motorcycle for riders looking to hop onto the KTM train. But can it survive in the already crowded 125cc-150cc bikes, where the other bikes are priced way below above mentioned price tag. For power output of of 14.5PS, the KTM 125 Duke goes up against the Yamaha FZ-FI, Suzuki Gixxer, Honda CB Hornet 160R, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, which are bikes above its 125cc segment.