What do you want to know about the updated KTM 125 and 390 Dukes?

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WE’VE JUST landed in Turin, where tomorrow we’ll be riding two of KTM’s updated small-capacity Dukes – the 125 Duke and the 390 Duke, which were first shown to the world at Eicma last year

Fire a question over to and I’ll address your queries in my reviews, or just leave a comment at the bottom of this article.

So what’s new?

Well, the styling has been brought in line with the updates given to the 2017 1290 Super Duke R, so both the 125 and 390 have been under the knife and made to look a lot sharper and more aggressive. At the front there’s a new LED headlight, while the rear is more aggressive thanks to a new subframe.

Both bikes have also been given a larger fuel tank – 13.4 litres up from 11. KTM says because of its size and shape, it offers a better point of contact for the rider.

Both models have received many of the same changes including a full colour TFT display, a relocated exhaust silencer (now on the right side of the bike, not under the engine), and new upside down WP fork.

But the 390 goes a step further than the 125, with a new ride-by-wire throttle, larger front brake disc, plus adjustable brake and clutch levers.


Firstly, what is the finish REALLY like?

Secondly, in your opinion is the 390 quick/exciting enough to keep an experienced rider interested for any reasonable length of time?

I like the idea of using most of a small bike's performance most of the time & trying to rekindle, in spirit at least, a bit of the 90's nostalgia 250/400cc heyday.

busker's picture

I got one of the first duke 390's as my first bike in Oz 3.5 years ago. Just selling it now. Mostly I have done commuting and it is almost perfect for this. But the suspension is quite firm and it is light so its main weakness is bumpy corners. It is great on the track where this isn't an issue. Its quite ok on the motorway with reasonable acceleration up to 85mph. (Top speed 100mph) It depends on the riding you want to do and the roads you will use. If you've got good roads nearby its good for 3-4 years of fun and skill development.

My question for visordown is about the colour screen. Is it really better? Is it better in midday sun? Normal LCD is hard to beat, it gets clearer when its brighter. And it gets very bright here in Oz.

Richard Gilbert's picture

Yes finish for me too. Big turn off for all KTM road bikes, they always look cheap next to just about any other road bike. Ironically the dirt bikes look more expensive than other dirt bikes.

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