Earlier this month, I went on a 515-mile round trip to Wales on the 124.7cc KTM Duke, taking with me my fiancé and my Yamaha MT-125.
Here are four comparisons I noticed on these new rider, good-for-the-city bikes:
The KTM has a better gearbox. Finding neutral on the MT is a ball-ache. Paired with the lack of a gear indicator, the squidgy gear changes make it all too much of a guessing game. The KTM does have a gear indicator and the gearbox is a bit more positive and this means it feels a lot more reassuring for a new rider like myself.
The KTM has wider handlebars and is closer to the rider, which means you put slightly less weight on your wrists while riding. The MT feels a bit sportier, you’re slightly more leant forward, and is somewhat reminiscent of a proper super-naked road bike.
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The Duke’s stand makes the bike sit far too upright, while the MT-125’s stand gives the bike a respectable lean without the fear of tipping. During my big Wales trip, I feared the most about leaving the 125 Duke on its stand.
Build quality pain
The MT has better build quality. The switchgear and overall controls feel more robust. A button on the Duke has already mysteriously cracked. You just can’t help but feel the KTM’s buttons are just a bit fragile.
Follow my entire 125 Duke journey here to find out what Doris and I have been getting up to. For any questions or queries you can also email me at, Maria.Vallahis@Motorcyclenews.com