With 2020 almost done and dusted KTM has just launched the new 125 Duke. This makes it the most affordable Duke in the country. The 2021 KTM Duke 125 gets a ton of changes and offers a way better ride than before. But what are the changes that make the Duke 125 the most exciting 125cc bike?

New KTM Duke 125
New KTM Duke 125

Cosmetic Upgrades | 2021 KTM Duke 125

The changes done to the new Duke 125 are phenomenal and these were much-needed. Here are the upgrades the motorcycle receives over its previous model.

  • To start with, the new Duke 125 not gets the new chassis. This is the same chassis that was introduced with the Duke 390 a couple of years back.
  • The Design much resembles the new Duke 200 launched a while back in 2020.
  • Because of a different chassis, the front and rear suspension have been slightly tweaked to suit the new frame.
  • The new chassis or the frame offers the motorcycle better riding dynamics and slightly more confidence when pushing this 125cc bike to its limits.
  • A larger 13.5litre fuel tank is a brilliant add-on increasing the range of the bike. Although it misses out on the TFT display and all LED headlamps from the Duke 390 and the new Duke 250.
2021 KTM Duke 125
2021 KTM Duke 125

Among the powerful 125cc Engine

Beneath the fuel tank sits one of the most powerful 125cc motors. The motorcycle offers the experience of owning a KTM at a budget. Also, it is just adequate when it comes to power. Were the 390 with it’s the power to weight ratio excels, the 125 feels a bit sluggish. And if you have ridden the Duke 390 or Duke 250, you’ll crave for power.

Engine Specs

Engine 124.7 CC, Liquid Cooled, 4-Stroke
Transmission 5-Speed
Power 14.5 PS @ 9250 rpm
 Torque 12 Nm @ 8000 rpm

Well, keeping that aside, after all, it’s a 125cc motorcycle and comes at a fairly reasonable price. Although the engine remains unchanged and is carried forward from the previous model but is now BS6 compliant.

KTM Duke 125 and its Competition

KTM Duke 125
KTM Duke 125

This 125 cc motorcycle sits at a very unique spot with no direct rival. But when it comes to the price, the nearest competition is from the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha MT-15. This is where the Yamaha has a slight edge over the KTM. Never the less, this appeals to the buyers who want to learn how to ride a high compression high revving motorcycle. In addition, you’d have to shed almost ₹ 1.50 Lakhs (ex-Showroom) To own the cheapest KTM.

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