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KTM Duke 125 Motorcycle Spotted Testing In India

KTM Duke 125 Motorcycle Spotted Testing In India

Snapshot: The Duke 125 will be the smallest and most affordable KTM bike in India

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It is no secret that Austrian bikemaker, KTM is planning to launch its smallest motorcycle - Duke 125 in India. In fact, few dealers have already started taking pre-orders for the motorcycle. It is rumoured to be launched in November-December 2018. Ahead of its launch, the KTM Duke 125 motorcycle has been spotted testing on the NH4 highway, near Talegaon Maharashtra. The bike was captured in a video, which claims that the spotted model is the KTM 125 Duke.

KTM had revealed the new-generation KTM 125 Duke, which resembles the bigger 1290 SuperDuke. What's interesting is that the styling of the test mule looks similar to the previous-generation model. This suggests that KTM could use the older design in the India-spec model to achieve aggressive pricing. Though, nothing official has been revealed by the automaker.

Not just Duke 125, KTM will launch the new 200 Duke with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard in early 2019. The test mule could be the new Duke 200 ABS model. Interestingly, in the footage rider claims that it is a 125cc motorcycle.

The new generation KTM Duke 125 comes with EURO-IV compliant engine. It features a side-mounted exhaust, similar to the 390 Duke. However, the spotted model was equipped with an underbelly exhaust unit. For people not in the know, except for the KTM Duke 200 (fitted with underbelly exhaust), all other KTMs currently on sale in India features conventional side-mounted exhaust system. This again suggests that the spotted bike could be the Duke 200 and KTM might be doing final testing before launching the ABS variant.

The KTM Duke 125 is powered by a 124.7cc, single-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 15bhp of power at 9,500rpm and 11.8Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. While the global model gets ABS system, the India-spec model could come with CBS system. This would help the automaker to price it competitively. It is likely to cost somewhere around Rs 1 lakh, which will make it a challenger to Yamaha FZ15 and Suzuki Gixxer.

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