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UPDATED! Meta Review: KTM 125 Duke

The UK and European press are in Torino, Italy this week putting the new, KTM 125 Duke through its paces.

As usual, we’re keeping an eye on the social media output from the various publications and outlets to get an idea of their first thoughts and reactions.


5th April 2017

17:22

And here are Visordown from the UK, with their first thoughts.

First up is the general feel of the machine.

‘This is a 125 that feels truly premium, desirable, competent and exciting’.

Premium sounds good. The KTM Duke has always aimed to be a little more upmarket than many others, so that’s good to hear. Although, later on VD do appear to contradict themselves slightly on the premium label by saying that the grips are a little ‘plasticky’.

But that’s nothing that can’t be quickly fixed.

And what about the ride?

‘It needs to be revved hard, and although that’s sometimes a pain, it also gives the 125 a character that draws you in.’

Everything is looking positive.

17:06

French site Moto-Station are live with their quick, first impressions – although they’ve called them ‘premières sensations’ which sounds far more exciting.

But we digress… Here are some choice quotes from their day of riding the new KTM 125 Duke,

‘On the cobbled streets of Torino, in poor conditions, braking provides great feedback, as does the new suspension.’

‘The new Euro4 engine appears nice and manageable and has retained its share of sportiness.’

So that all sounds promising.

 

15:36

Even journalists need to refuel. Is there nothing KTM won’t happily stick their brand on?

This is a great little walkaround from the Italian side of the journalist camp.

 

And someone is having way too much fun!

 


12:24pm

Looks like someone is having some fun…

10:07am

09:41am

Now this is cool. We’ve just found this tweet from Fast Bikes Magazine from the UK, and it looks as if the test track for today’s riding is going to be quite special.

09:08am

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It’s early morning and the riders seem unnaturally excited for riding around the city streets on a 125cc motorcycle.

Why? Probably because the KTM 125 Duke has been pretty much universally regarded as the cream of the ‘little bike’ crop for the past few years, and there’s nothing more fun than riding a small bike, quickly through the streets whilst reminding yourself of your youth.

That’s just a guess on our part of course. It could be that they’re just happy to be out of the office.

 

4th April

 


Gallery


Specifications

ENGINE

  • DESIGN: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
  • DISPLACEMENT: 124.7 cm³
  • BORE: 58 mm
  • STROKE: 47.2 mm
  • POWER IN KW: 11 kW
  • STARTER: Electric starter
  • LUBRICATION: Wet sump
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
  • PRIMARY DRIVE: 22:72
  • SECONDARY GEAR RATIO: 14:45
  • COOLING: Liquid cooled
  • CLUTCH: Wet multi-disc clutch, mechanically actuated
  • EMS: Bosch EMS

CHASSIS

  • FRAME DESIGN: Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • FRONT SUSPENSION: WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
  • REAR SUSPENSION: WP monoshock
  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT): 142 mm
  • SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR): 150 mm
  • FRONT BRAKE: Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
  • REAR BRAKE: Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
  • FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER: 300 mm
  • REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER: 230 mm
  • ABS: Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS
  • CHAIN: X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
  • STEERING HEAD ANGLE: 66 °
  • WHEELBASE: 1357 ± 15.5 mm
  • GROUND CLEARANCE: 185 mm
  • SEAT HEIGHT: 830 mm
  • TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.): 13.4 l
  • DRY WEIGHT: 137 kg

 

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