The 2021 KTM 125 Duke has been launched in India. KTM has launched the 2021 125 Duke in the Indian market at Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It features KTM’s latest design language and has a price tag that is Rs 8,000 higher than the outgoing model.
The KTM 125 Duke is the smallest and least expensive KTM offering in the Indian market. Launched in 2019, It quickly became the bestselling KTM model in India thanks to affordable pricing. The affordability meant that the motorcycle was more accessible to more buyers. Now, after more than a year since the KTM 125 Duke’s debut, the Austrian brand has launched a new version.
It is the 2021 version and comes with a host of aesthetic changes. The first thing one would notice is that it now sports KTM’s latest design language. The styling is inspired by the flagship 1290 Duke and is found on the 390 Duke, 250 Duke, 200 Duke, and now, even the 125 Duke. Thanks to the new design language, the 2021 KTM 125 Duke sports many more edges and sharp lines.
Up front, the headlamp resembles its elder siblings, but is still lit up by a halogen bulb instead of LEDs. However, it does receive LED DRLs. It carries over the LCD instrument cluster from the outgoing model. The rear-end features a sharp and edgy cowling while the tail-lamp is now a clear LED unit. The updates are not just skin-deep.
The 2021 KTM 125 Duke is underpinned by a new frame. It is the same frame that does duty in the recently launched KTM 200 Duke. It is a trellis chassis with a bolt-on sub-frame. The engine however, remains the same. It is a liquid-cooled, 124cc, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 14.5bhp and a peak torque output of 12Nm.
A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel. Yet another change comes in the form of increased fuel capacity. The 2021 KTM 125 Duke has a fuel capacity of 13.5 litres, which is a commendable 3-litres higher than the outgoing model. Suspension duties are handled by an upside-down fork up front and a monoshock at the rear.
Braking is handled by discs on both wheels, while safety is taken care of by a single-channel ABS unit. The 2021 KTM 125 Duke, like before, doesn’t have any direct rival. However, it is very close to the Yamaha MT-15 in terms of pricing. Now, with this update, the 125 Duke is nearly Rs 10,000 more expensive than the MT-15.
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