KTM is going to launch the 125 Duke in India and some dealerships have opened unofficial bookings
KTM has always denied the possibility of a smaller model below 200 Duke, which is the current entry-level product of the Austrian manufacturer in India. In contrary, the company is going to introduce 125 Duke in India and the launch is expected to happen in November. The 125 Duke is already manufactured at the Chakan plant and exported to global markets.
According to a new report, some dealerships in Mumbai and Pune opened bookings for 125 Duke and the token amount is Rs. 1,000. The dealerships reveal that the upcoming 125 Duke will be priced Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 below 200 Duke, which currently retails at Rs. 1.50 lakh (Ex-Showroom), so the 125 Duke price is expected to starts at Rs. 1.20 lakh.
The entry-level 125 Duke might bring lots of volumes for the company as the model share design theme with 390 Duke, which will make it more popular among youngsters. Except for the dimensions, the 125 Duke carries forward all the premium features like a full LED headlamp, TFT instrument cluster, LED tail lamps, trellis frame and stickier Metzeler tyres.
We are expecting the company to introduce this fully loaded model in India. In Europe, KTM offers 125 Duke with dual channel ABS system but the company might not give it in India as it will increase the price. The mandatory ABS rule will come into effect from next year onwards but it is applicable only for models above 125 cc and motorcycles below 125 cc must come with the combi-braking system.
The 125 Duke is powered by 124.7 cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine producing 15 hp of power at 9,500 rpm and 11.80 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the top speed is 120 kmph. The kerb weight of 125 Duke is 148 kg and the fuel tank capacity is 13.4 litres. We can expect the 125 Duke to return 40 kmpl.
The braking duties are handled by 300 mm disc brake at front with four-pot brake caliper and 230 mm disc brake with one-pot brake caliper. KTM has given upside forks at the front and mono shocks at the rear. The 125 Duke gets 17-inch wheels with 110/70 section tyre at the front and 150/60 section tyre at the rear. The upcoming entry-level bike of KTM will compete against Yamaha FZ25 and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
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