KTM has given new riders something to smile about with its 2017 KTM 125 Duke. The original 2011 model didn’t exactly have quality written through it like a stick of rock, but this one does, thanks to a major makeover, including engine tweaks, a new chassis, quality cycle parts and a full colour TFT dash.
After six years of the original 2011 design, it was aging and lacked the quality of its rivals. Taking styling cues from the mighty 1290 Super Duke R super naked, this new machine has been revitalised with modern touches that give it that desirability factor it so desperately deserved.
Updates include the afore-mentioned TFT dash, illuminated switchgear buttons, an LED headlight and a new exhaust. There is now also a larger fuel tank, non-adjustable WP suspension and a four-piston radial caliper up front.
New 125 Duke exudes quality
As well as styling updates, the 124.7cc single cylinder engine has been brought into the modern age and is now Euro4 compliant, offering a wider spread of power than the previous bike’s lump.
These alterations mean the new 125 Duke exudes quality. It also offers you that big bike feeling, thanks to a roomy riding position capable of accommodating taller riders, without feeling intimidating to novices.
KTM have turned this bike into a real rival-beater. Compared to the rest of the 125cc crop (Yamaha MT-125, Aprilia Tuono 125, Suzuki GSX-S125, Honda CB125R), it offers a crisp, well finished package that others struggle to match. It also injects new hopes into the longevity of motorcycling, giving teens an exciting low-capacity bike to aspire to – something unseen since the head banging two stroke Aprilia RS125.
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