KTM India’s entry-level model, the 125 Duke, has clocked 1,402 unit sales in January 2019. The number is lower as compared to December when the motorcycle clocked 2,414 unit sales and outperformed the 200 Duke in terms of sales performance. The 200 Duke recorded 1,946 units sales in January, regaining the title of highest selling KTM in India.
To give you a quick recap, the KTM 125 Duke has retained the styling of the previous generation model (and the current 200 Duke) to keep the prices low and competitive. The motorcycle packs premium features such as trellis frame, aluminium swingarm, and 43 mm upside-down telescopic forks. Stopping power comes from a 300 mm disc at the front and a 230 mm disc at the rear. Safety department is handled by a single-channel ABS comes as standard. The motorcycle also gets an anti-lift system where the back wheel does not lift up under hard braking.
Mechanical specifications include a Euro-4/BS-IV compliant 124.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that delivers 14.5 PS of maximum power at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The motor is paired with a six-speed gearbox.
The 125 Duke faces competition from the likes of Yamaha FZ range, YZF-R15, and TVS Apache RTR200 4V among others while the competition would get stiffer with the launch of MT-15 that is scheduled on March 15. The naked roadster variant of the YZF-R15 V3.0, the MT-15 is expected to arrive at competitive prices. For reference, the Yamaha YZF-R15 retails for INR 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
In other updates, KTM is gearing up for the launch of the 790 Duke, its most powerful model for the Indian market, later this year. The motorcycle was reportedly spotted in the country earlier this month.