In a shocking transfer, KTM India is more likely to introduce the 125 Duke in India by the top of the yr within the nation. KTM dealerships in Mumbai and Pune have confirmed to carandbike that they’re accepting bookings for the brand new entry-level street-fighter at a token quantity of Rs. 1000. Whereas the launch date has not been formally introduced but, studies recommend the launch is more likely to occur by December 2018. Deliveries will begin quickly after the launch. This would be the up to date KTM 125 Duke that was revealed on the finish of 2016 and shares its styling with the KTM 250 Duke. The bare bike may even be the costliest 125 cc providing to go on sale within the nation.
Energy on the KTM 125 Duke will come from the 124.7 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 15 bhp and 12 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike comes with USD forks up entrance and a monoshock suspension setup on the rear, whereas braking efficiency comes from a 300 mm entrance and 230 mm disc on the rear.
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Internationally, the 125 Duke is obtainable with ABS as commonplace, which may very well be skipped on the India-spec mannequin since it isn’t necessary for bikes beneath 125 ccc. Furthermore, the bike will get a worth benefit with the absence of ABS. The bike is more likely to get CBS (Mixed Braking System) as an alternative, which is so much cheaper compared. The TFT display screen that’s provided on the KTM 390 Duke can be more likely to be given a miss to maintain prices in examine.
It’s to be famous that the KTM 125 Duke was all the time supposed to be an export-only providing ever since KTM commenced operations in India. Whereas the bike advantages from the identical cycle components as its older siblings, it additionally emerges as a costlier providing in comparison with different “premium” 125 cc bikes. In Europe, the 125 Duke is essentially focused at A1 license holders with the federal government restrictions in place, making it a handsome, fun-to-ride 125 cc bike for younger consumers.
In India, the 125 cc section is seen largely as a commuter section for anybody on the lookout for extra energy with out compromising on effectivity. The KTM 125 Duke clearly doesn’t belong to that section, however may simply be a profitable selection for these a fun-to-ride city runabout. When it comes to competitors, the 125 Duke will compete towards the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3, Yamaha FZ 25, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and the likes. So, sure, costs are more likely to be round Rs. 1.50 lakh (on-road), which is able to make it about Rs. 20,000-30,000 cheaper than the KTM 200 Duke.