The latest and updated version of the 2017 KTM Duke 125 has been spotted testing ahead of its official launch that is scheduled for later this year. KTM wants to capitalise on the tiered licensing system that is present in Europe and introduce a motorcycle that would meet the regulations and also provide new riders a fun and fulfilling motorcycle experience. What’s more, KTM wanted the Duke 125 to serve as an introduction to the brand so that riders could progress up the ranks to the various Duke models and become a long-time customer of the Austrian brand.
The 2017 KTM Duke 125 now gets its most significant update ever since the smallest member of the Duke family was launched in 2011. The 2017 KTM Duke 125 now has a triangular headlight and sharp new bodywork. The cowls on either side of the tank now extend far forward like tendrils, reaching across the steel trellis frame. The front mudguard now looks chopped and shortened.
The 2017 KTM Duke 125 in it’s updated form is trying to be a ‘Big small bike’, being designed along the lines of it’s much bigger and quicker brothers such as the massive and mighty 1290 Super Duke R. Even the recently spotted bigger KTM Duke 390 shares the styling with the 125. Therefore, the face that the 2017 KTM Duke 125 is wearing is likely to be seen on the other models as well.
The front brake rotor with radial-mounted two piston caliper looks slightly bigger than the existing 300 mm rotor. As on the current model, Bosch ABS will be standard. A new handlebar mounted console is also visible on the new updated model. The 125 cc single-cylinder engine that is liquid cooled is likely to suffer a little bit when the changes needed to ensure compliance with latest Euro 4 emission limits come into effect, with the stricter emission requirements likely eating into the power output of the 2017 KTM Duke 125. The Euro 4 norms have forced manufacturers to go in for sweeping updates to their line-ups to make sure their offerings make the cut by the time the regulations come into effect from January 1, 2017. KTM have positioned the 125 Duke very well, with the likes of the Yamaha R125 and others giving it some competition in the entry level segment.