A recent report on popular auto portal Overdrive states that KTM is planning to launch the KTM Duke 125 in the Indian market next month. This is contrary to the reports which earlier stated that the company will not be bringing the Duke 125 to domestic market owing to its high price tag.
This is good news since the demand for small displacement motorcycles is quite strong in the Indian market. In case the company decides to launch the bike in the Indian market the Duke 125 would be the most expensive bike in the country. The bike would come with class leading equipment and features like its elder sibling the Duke 390, which would make it an enticing product.
Being the smallest member of the Duke family, the Duke 125 shares its design features and equipment with the Duke 250 and 390 models. Visually the only noticeable difference is in the color scheme and decals. Some prominent features include Led headlights, digital speedometer, inverted front forks, rear mono-shock suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and disk brakes for the front and rear. KTM offers the international model with dual-channel ABS from Bosch, but to keep prices in check the company could offer the Indian variant cost-effective Combi-Braking system.
The bike will be powered by a 125cc fuel-injected motor which produces 15 PS of power and 11.8 Nm of torque, mated to the 6-speed gearbox. Performance figures would be best in class, though higher capacity bikes from rival firms are available at this price point.
Do you think the duke 125 makes sense for the domestic market? Since its launch in the European markets the bike is being manufactured at Bajaj`s manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune. Pricing is expected to be above the INR 1 lakh mark which puts it in direct competition with top sellers like the Apache RTR200 4V and the Yamaha FZ25.
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