The Little Cracker-
Ktm Duke 125 is powered by a liquid cooled 4-Valve engine, which is similar in layout to the 200 cc version. The engine is fuel injected and produces 15 BHP @ 10500 RPM and 12 Nm of torque @8000 RPM. The weight of the bike is 150 kg and it can hold 13.4 liters of fuel. Now the die-hard KTM fans might say that it is not about the numbers but the power delivery instead. Therefore here is a dyno chart of a KTM RC 125 (which produces the same power and uses the same engine) with Aprilia RS 125. Red: KTM RC 125
Blue: Aprilia RS 125
The initial power delivery of the bike might be great but in that case, let me introduce you to the competition.
The 160 cc King-
I was going to compare the Duke 125 with a 200 cc bike as it falls within its price range but just for a perspective of what an even lower priced segment can offer, is way beyond the Duke 125 can even match. Probably the most popular bike on the street right now is the TVS Apache RTR 160 4v. It is light, nimble, agile and offers superb value for money. The bike comes with an oil cooled motor, Fuel injection and a price tag of around Rs 1.14 lakh (for the top model) on road.
The cost of the little Cracker- Besides the smaller engine, there is no major difference between the Duke 125 and the Duke 390. Both feature a Trellis frame underneath and a similar suspension setup. The Coloured TFT screen and the signature Duke styling is also common between both of them. So while buying a Duke 125 a person is essentially buying a Duke 390 with a smaller and less powerful engine. As a result, the price of Duke 125 might very well be Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom), if it comes to India.
At the end of the day, Duke 125 with all of its high tech equipment is limited by its smaller engine. The 15 HP available on the bike isn't even close to utilizing the full potential of the Trellis Frame and the 43 mm front WP suspensions. Yes, it is cheaper to buy than a Duke 390 but I thought that the whole point of buying a Duke in the first place was to go as fast as possible not as moderately.
By: Yetnesh Dubey