KTM has announced yet another price hike for the popular 125 Duke, but this time it is by INR 5,000. The KTM 125 Duke first saw a price hike of almost INR 7,000 on the introductory price of INR 1.18 lakh ex-showroom. Until recently, the price was hiked again by INR 250 and now with the new price hike, the motorcycle will retail with a price of INR 1.30 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Indian-spec version misses out on the 390 Duke inspired styling which has a full LED headlight and TFT colour display instrument console. The current 125 Duke is styled based on the big brother 200 Duke and the chassis on the 125 Duke is a lightweight steel trellis frame with welded sub-frame and the motorcycle rides on a 43mm upside-down front fork and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The brakes consist of a 300mm front and a 230mm rear disc with a single channel ABS
In the Indian market, the KTM 125 Duke now matches the more powerful Yamaha MT-15 according to the price point. The MT-15 is priced at INR 1.36 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi and the Yamaha’s naked street fighter MT-15, gets a conventional telescopic fork and LED headlamps. The engine on the MT-15 is powered by a 155cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder SOHC engine with 4-valve VVA (variable valve actuation). The engine produces 19.3 PS of power and 14.7 Nm of torque coupled to a 6-speed slipper assist clutch. On the other hand, the KTM 125 Duke is powered by a 124.71cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4-valve DOHC engine that produces 15.2 PS of power and 12 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Apart from the Yamaha MT-15 the KTM 125 Duke also rivals the Apache RTR 200-4V ABS and Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Also, the bike is now approximately INR 32,000 cheaper than the larger displacement KTM 200 Duke.