The year 2020 has brought a lot of changes to our lifestyle, of course, it not a good lifestyle though. The KTM 125 Duke was also the bike who also had changed India’s lifestyles up to some extent, and of course, for a good reason. Before 125 Duke, India was not quite aware of the 125 cc sports bikes which existed in European countries for a long time. Because of the 125 Duke, the KTM’s pocket rocket is now even affordable. However, there are always good things and bad things. So here our list that we love and hate of 2020 KTM 125 Duke.

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1. Chassis

KTM Duke 125 tank

The design feels kind of old now, but there’s also a good thing about it. The 2020 KTM 125 Duke comes with a lightweight single trellis frame chassis. It’s the most affordable bike in India with trellis chassis. Due to that, the bike is nimble to ride and also gives them the confidence to push the limits.

2. Top Speed

With the smaller cubic capacity, the bike is quite unhappy at the lower rpms but where it really shines is at the high rpms. Even with smaller displacement engine, the claimed top speed of the bike is 120 km/hr. Even some of the 160 cc segment motorcycles have less claimed top speeds.

3. Top-Notch Hardware

KTM 125 Duke

The 2020 KTM 125 Duke comes with 43 mm USD forks at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear. The braking is done with the help of 300 mm disc at the front and 230 mm disc at the rear. The brake callipers are of four pistons for improved braking. These brakes are then assisted with the help of single-channel ABS.


1. Design

We know design is a very subjective topic but KTM 125 Duke comes with a very old design. It shares the body panels and design with the old 390 Duke and 200 Duke. The design is almost a decade old now. Nevertheless, if you love the design, then it’s not a valid point for you.

KTM 125 Duke side

2. Engine

As said earlier, KTM 125 Duke introduced a completely new segment for the market, however, the bike lacks the grunt. The 125 cc liquid-cooled engine of 2020 KTM 125 Duke produces a good amount of max power of about 14.5 bhp and max torque of 12 Nm. However, the max power and torque output come at a very high rpm. In the city traffic, you have to keep shifting the gears continuously which is kind of hectic.

3. Price

In-country like India, the price point is what determines the value of the bike. The 2020 KTM 125 Duke costs Rs 1.4 lakh (ex-showroom), at the price point you can literally buy a proper 200 cc motorcycle. In our opinion, the pricing of the bike should be in the range of 160 cc segment then it would have been a tough competitor at the price point.

Nevertheless, 2020 KTM 125 Duke is a lovable bike. KTM enthusiasts with a tight budget have a good option. If we consider the pricing, then it competes against Yamaha MT-15, Bajaj Pulsar NS200, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V


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