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MCN Fleet: Quick! Clock the miles before the 125 Duke's first service

Published: 12 June 2017

Updated: 22 June 2017

You may hear (read) me bemoan that I'm lusting for a bit more power. Don't get me wrong I love the KTM 125 Duke (124.7cc to be exact) but as I'm normally doing motorway miles and have recently obtained my full bike licence: I. NEED. MORE. POWER.

And until I get a bit more power I shall keep moaning about the lack of power. 

Now anyway let me take you back to a few weeks ago...

I wonder, as I’m making my 31-mile journey back home just for lunch, does everyone rush to get to 600 miles for their first bike service? Because that’s what I’ve been doing. You have to book services a good few weeks in advance in order to get a slot when you want one. If you don’t, before you know it you’ve hit 701 miles and your bike still hasn’t been serviced.

Yes, that did all happen to me on my other bike (Yamaha MT-125). Now with Doris the Duke I wanted to be more organised, so I booked my service two weeks after getting her. 

Then I realised a week later I’d only done 150-odd miles, hence my long lunch breaks. Can’t say I’ve minded, though; time spent riding is time well spent and I’m loving time with the KTM. 

With five days to go until me service, here's how I clocked up my miles...

Day 1: 199 miles

Day 2: 323 miles

Day 3: 384 miles

Day 4: 507 miles

And by the end of day 5, I was up to 520 miles. Day 6 is service day and I'm told around the 500-mark is OK and you can still have a service. Thankfully. 

124-mile day commute

As a new rider I was pretty chuffed with my 124-mile-a-day commute. Let me tell you, it was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions.

Those five days went in a specific formula: Ride to work, 31 miles. Panic to reach miles so ride home every day for lunch. During the ride, peace and serenity takes over and I forget about the miles. Hop off bike and immediately read clock to see how many miles I’m at. And vice-versa on the journey back to work from lunch. Then ride home after work, another 31 miles.

Repeat all over again for next few days.

I used the motorway to clock my miles and also discovered that a full tank of motorway riding cost me £11.49 which the KTM tells me was a 3 hour 41 min journey covering 178.8 miles.

A picture of Doris after her first fuel stop of the week...

A week on and MCN Office Manager Alison Silcox got her longterm test bike (Honda X-ADV) and did the same thing except she did 300 miles in a day and clocked her 600 miles in one weekend.

The moral of the story is, we love our bikes so much that we will ride come rain or shine to clock our first-service-miles and it’s bloody fun doing it. 

Some KTM 125 Duke stats

PRICE: £4099

FUEL: 13.4 litres @ 75mpg = 217.5 miles

POWER: 15bhp

TORQUE: 9ftlb

WEIGHT: 137kg


KTM 125 Duke recall

Oh bloody heck! After all my efforts now the 125 Duke has been recalled, along with KTM's 390 Duke. Read more here as to why and check back on Saturday for my next 125 Duke post. 

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