BREAKING: 2021 KTM 125 Duke Launched In India
The 2021 model gets KTM 390 Duke-like styling along with a couple of more updates
- The 2021 KTM 125 Duke is more expensive than its predecessor by Rs 7,552.
- For the added premium, you get sportier bodywork, revised ergonomics, and a 2.5-litre bigger fuel tank.
- Powertrain remains unchanged, but suspension internals have been updated.
The 2021 KTM 125 Duke has been launched in India at Rs 1,50,010 (ex-showroom Delhi), making it Rs 7,552 more expensive than the previous-generation model. For this premium, the motorcycle has been updated with a sportier KTM 390 Duke-like styling, which, in turn, took inspiration from the bigger KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
Along with the new body panels, the fuel tank capacity has also gone up from 11 litres to 13.5 litres, which should ensure better range. The ergonomics have also been revised courtesy the new rider and pillion seat setup. KTM says the suspension (internals) has been updated at both ends. The bike now sports a 32mm WP inverted front fork with a triple-rate spring and a WP monoshock at the rear, with a double rate spring and a 10-step preload adjustment. All these changes have resulted in the weight going from 141.4kg (dry) in the older model to 159kg (kerb) in the new version.
Apart from the aforementioned updates, the rest of the mechanical bits have remained unchanged. The bike continues to use a 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that’s good for 14.5PS at 9,250rpm and 12Nm at 8000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Braking is via a 300mm front and a 230mm rear disc with a Bosch single-channel ABS. The bike is available in two colours: Electronic Orange & Ceramic White.
Overall, the 2021 KTM 125 Duke seems to be a good proposition only for a hardcore KTM fan, who wants to get into the Orange brigade under a tight budget. At Rs 1.5 lakh, the 125 Duke might be the most affordable KTM but it is still expensive in its segment. You can get its nearest rival, the Yamaha MT-15, for over Rs 10,000 less. The MT-15 is not only more affordable but also more powerful and feature-packed than the baby Duke. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.