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Thursday, November 18, 2010

2011 KTM Duke 125 - Final Production

Production version is out and boy does it look like a 125 or anything that we can associate with a 125 in India. From Head Lamp to Tail Lamp the bike looks like a wild erotic description of every imaginable babe you've longed to be with, cementing the fact that KTM has the best graphic designers in business.

DYNO-BOOST Adjustable Performance Chip KTM 690 Duke EFI
PIAA 005 Lamp Kit With Mounting Bracket Ducati ST2/ST3/ST4/Multistrada...

Well looking at the final version, the Baby Duke has really spawned into something magnificent since I first posted about it. So, first things first, let's see what's nip tucked for this glam doll.

Clearly, every ounce of performance has been squeezed from the small 124.7 cc motor. Thanks to the Bosch Fuel Injected, Liquid Cooled, 4 valve, DOHC configuration, the 124.7cc motor produces 15 HP @ 10500 rpm and a torque of 12 Nm @ 8000 rpm, with the final chain drive powering the rear wheel through a six speed transmission and singing through the low slung exhaust which exits directly behind the engine and under the swing arm. So, the figures do not look much to the performance hungry eyes. Bring to perspective a true hooligan like the late Bajaj Pulsar 200.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 produces at top bang of 18 Ps and a max torque of 17.17 Nm and that also when it's 75cc more than the Baby Duke. What happened eyes wide opened, not able to shrink them down? The wild thing does has quite a steam to send you breathless.

11oz Coffee Mug with the image of a KTM 990 SUPER DUKE TITANIUM 2006
Maisto 1/12 KTM 690 Duke 3

Chassis and Others
The Duke 125 is built on chromoly trellis and steel sub-frame with massive WP USD 43mm fork and rear suspension, with both providing a 6.3 inches travel. The styling and body of the baby has been clearly befitted from it's bigger brother. The back and front single unit braking system are top class Brembo.

Indians are frantic about wide tyres and they would love to see the Duke 125 as it rubbers a meaty 110/70 - 17 section up front and blasphemish 150/60 - 17 section down rear. The nip-tucked babe is quite bootileseous too!!


Now to the big question. With Bajaj being a prime partner with KTM and with this bike being manufactured in India, in Bajaj's Chakhan facility, will Bajaj make this bike avaialable in India? Well, a few days back I was hoping that Bajaj would do so, with a price tag of higher 90s but lower than 1 lac. But all of a sudden new of Honda CBR 250R started making rounds and that also with a price tag of less than 1.5 lacs. That makes the propositions for Bajaj a bit difficult for bringing this bike.
In my opinion if Bajaj decides anything for this bike, it has to have bigger capacity, might be in the range of 200- 300, for it stand in the competition and also present a tough competition.
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  1. @Anonymous
    It's somewhere around 120+ kmph and that's a BEAutiful figure for a 125cc motor

  2. whats the rate? can anyone tell?

  3. Hi Jeeva,

    The KTM Duke 125 is a Europe specific model and would not be available in the US and Asian markets. The Euro price is something like - £3,695.

    India would be very soon seeing the KTM Duke 200 and the US market would be seeing the KTM Duke 350 somewhere in late 2012 or early 2013. Hope this helps.


Item Reviewed: 2011 KTM Duke 125 - Final Production Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal
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