Expert Review of Ktm Duke 125
KTM Duke 125 is a bike that does not care about power much but concerns more with brand expectations. This can be inferred for even though it does not deliver on power, but delivers full throttle in performance. The chassis is excellent due to its low weight and good weight distribution across the bike setup while the engine puts in everything to please hardcore bike enthusiasts. Generally catering to off-road biking elements, KTM Duke 125 does supremely well on road too! If you are good at changing gears at the right RPM and care about looks too, KTM Duke is the bike for you. It is powered by a 125cc, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with two overhead cams. The bike comes from a company that is adept at making off roaders so driving on unmetalled roads is never a problem thus making it a good buy for village roads too.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The bike is able to deliver a mileage of 52kmpl, which can go up to as much as 63kmpl on highways. Even though it seems low for a 125cc, who would expect a Duke to deliver 100kmpl anyways? This makes KTM Duke the bike that can cover highways and your neighborhood streets with ease without burning a hole in your pocket. Able to deliver 110kmph, it distinctly starts losing breath at hitting the 90kmph mark. This can be attributed to the engine more than anything else.
KTM Duke 125 is available in two colors namely, White and Orange. Both of them easily mark a significant presence on the road and look great on the bike. The visible contrast of having the brand embossed on the background color appears striking and gives a different, brash personality to the bike. Also, about 90% of the colors on the bike stay the same and only changes around the headlights and fuel tank, but KTM has used it to its advantage quite well.
Acceleration and Pick up
We put the bike on first gear and it ran up to an incredible 43kmph before we had to change gears. Need we say more? The pick-up is monstrous, which is a typical KTM thing. This performance is due to its Bosch fuel injection all of which are part of its small motor. The gearbox works as a charm and there are no problems whatsoever in delivering the acceleration thrust, a KTM enthusiast is likely to have. The six speed gearbox delivers exceptionally well with a primary gear ratio of 22:77 and secondary gear ratio of 14:45. These figures are responsible for its godly pick up. One of the important things to keep in mind is that the revs of the engine have to be hard for it delivers its best above 7000RPM.
Most bikes these days come toned down, but KTM seems to go the opposite way. Even though it still stands at 125cc, the styling makes the bike seem bigger than it actually is. The mid-mounted engine marks a hardcore presence in the bike and complements the stainless steel exhaust easily. Coming with LED indicators, LED tail lamps and LED registration plate, there’s quite some bling in there too. To add further, it sports a headlight mask that gives it the foxy appearance so typical of a Duke. The seat is a divided one, which is part of its racy look as are the grab rails for the pillion riders. They are placed around the rear seat, making it a good place to hold on to and provide a comfortable grip to the pillion rider.
What really makes an impact, which is common to all Duke bikes is the positioning of the name of the bike on the tank. The large initials add to the beefy build and make it look heavier than it actually is. Coming with alloy wheels and racy tires, it continues the dynamic look of the bike, so different from the 125cc commuters we see on roads. The 750mm handle bar is a treat during long rides. Coming from KTM, the instrument console is top of the chain and looks brilliant with its digital console.
The bike is especially styled keeping the ergonomics in mind. The seat has been made wide at just the right places and there is a provision of a thigh rest to ensure proper and comfortable seating. The bike also comes armed with front and rear crash pads to ensure maximum safety for the rider and minimum damage to the bike in event of a crash. The pillion rider gets a high seating position with the grab rails placed alongside the pillion seat for better hold. The instrument console is big and bold and provides proper visibility to the rider. Night time ride is comfortable too, due to its strong headlights that illuminate the road well. The inverted front suspension provides good comfort on rough roads and makes it comfortable to ride.
KTM Duke 125 is the lightest of all KTM bikes available till now in spite of the beefy looks that may assure you that it’s heavier than that. At a ground clearance of 170mm, it has also been tuned for off-roading. The wheelbase stands at 1,367±15mm, which makes it quite stable even on slippery roads. The petrol tank holds 11 litres of fuel at one go, enough to power you for over 500 kilometers in one full tank. The braking has been made safe with front brake disk diameter of 300mm and rear braking disk diameter of 230mm.
The engine is state of the art - single cylinder four-stroke engine with twin overhead camshafts. It is liquid cooled, has four valves and an electronic fuel injection, and developed especially for KTM Duke 125. The balancer shaft ensures that even at 15BHP, the engine delivers highest levels of smoothness effortlessly. The 2 overhead camshafts are actuating the four valves using cam levers. The design is highly reliable. What makes it better is its coating of ultra-hard carbon that minimizes friction and releases more power. The three-chambered silencer is placed very close to the overall center of gravity. This helps in keeping the center of gravity stable and improves the handling of the bike manifold. It has worked so well that KTM went ahead and patented the design for itself. Emissions are very low due to the high quality catalytic converter added to the bike.
The wheelbase stands at 1,367±15mm, which makes it a bike with good grip over any kind of road it encounters. The wheels have cross treading on it making it equally efficient on both dry and wet road conditions. The tires are also tailor-made to go off the beaten trail and discover new routes to the destination. The alloy wheels have a dynamic look to add to the overall look of the bike. Though the broad wheels leave an impact on the mileage, the safety it adds to the bike on slippery roads makes it more of a value addition than a disappointment.
KTM Duke 125 uses two kinds of suspensions - fork and a basic shock absorber making it extremely smooth during riding. The fork suspension is WP suspension 4357 and the shock absorber is a WP suspension 4618 EM. This makes its presence noted on all kinds of potholed roads where you seem to glide over them rather than feeling them on your hands and back.
Handling and Control
The rider can easily manage KTM Duke 125, smoothly and effectively on roads. With a steering head angle of 65 degrees, it negotiates most turns on roads quite effectively. The tyres provide solid hold on the road while the suspensions ensure good riding comfort. The ergonomics ensure that you never can have enough of it. The control is safer on roads due to its Anti Braking System (ABS), which makes it the only bike to have it. Disk brakes on both front and rear wheels provide good and effective braking. The bike height is neither too high nor too low and stands at a good 800mm.
· Anti Braking System
· Info display
· Good handling
· Lightweight chassis
· Low engine power