KTM 125 Duke (2011 - present)

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Available from
2011

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Submitted by Legatron on Sun, 11/12/2011 - 22:55

Overall Review

I have had this little KTM for about 2500 miles now, since May 2011, and is my first motorbike. Overall I am really happy with it. Next to he Yamahas its nearly £1000 cheaper and compared to any honda its so much more fun, better looking and just more bike for your money. The tyres are the only bad point really and are pretty wooden privuding very lttle feel and are not good in the wet at all. That said, these are 'big bike' tyres so lots of options are available. The dash is fantastic and offers a fuel guage and countdown to empty, a trip computer and an economy guage. Backlit in orange, what else, it looks pretty trick and is another standout feature that this bike has over the competition. Other feathers include the excellent WP suspension, a neat underbelly exhaust with a deep note for a 125, the brakes are also excellent. The moment i picked the bike up i thought it was over engineered for the purpose and that has been echoed by the fact that KTM have used the same frame and components fo rht enewly release 200cc version. In fact the WP fork numbers appear to be the same as used on the 2012 Duke 690, although i would expect the internals to be a little different. if you are going to buy one I have a couple of tips. If you qualify for hte £350 of Powerparts/gear vouchers dont use it on the overpriced KTM alarm as it can be had for less than £100 from other sources. What i would get is the PROPER metal framed handguards and the crash bobbins and some gear. Very Happy A++

Strengths

Handles like an arcade game (in the dry) Good Riding Position Looks great Excellent Dash and computer Customisable with various powerparts Good Deals at the dealer £1000 cheaper than the equivelent Yamahas

Weaknesses

Standard tyres are dreadful in the wet Dealer network is a little sparse Some wiring could be better weatherproofed

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Overall Review

This is a fantastic little 125cc for those 17 year olds that want to ride like Rossi. It looks the nuts as do all KTM bikes. The engine is bullet proof and its quick enough. It has endless amounts of grip and handles a treat. If i was going to buy another bike it would be the duke. No pauses, no hesitation. The duke 125 is by far the best 125cc bike on the market at the moment. Don't bother looking at the likes of the R125 or the CBR125. Get the duke. It is the most fun!

Strengths

I love my KTM duke, I have a 2012 model without ABS. The bike is great, it pulls well for a four stroke 125. Keeps up with the Yamaha YZF-R125 and handles like a dream! Getting your knee down on the duke 125 is easy with its 150/17 rear tyres, endless grip that will only stop when you make a mistake. Its a great bike for having a blast down the country lanes to your local Bike place, mine was Rykas. The digital dash is superb! It has more modes than you could ever want! The tank range was my prefered view, it comes in very handy telling you how many miles you have left in the tank!

Weaknesses

Its a brilliant bike but all bikes how a downside. It appears the dukes have a poor build quality in some aspects. Two of my friends and myself all have or have had dukes and at some point or another the front break light switch has broken, the Lamba Sensor has been faulty and a fair few of the connecters have had to be replaced. Admitidly this has all been repaired/replaced under warrenty but it is very frustrating. BUT.... That is it! a few electrical gremlins nothing else wrong at all. I couldn't fault it!

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Overall Review

would recommend to any young rider.

Strengths

The handling The grip The torque ABS Brakes

Weaknesses

Top speed

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Submitted by tommyg615 on Sun, 23/02/2014 - 13:38

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aguin nearly 4grand its just not worth it

Strengths

the 2 year warranty is a god send and i would advise not buying this bike without one admitedly its nippy for a 125 and i love it, when it works

Weaknesses

, ive done 3000 miles and have needed about 1000 pounds worth of repairs all threw no fault of my own, fairs fair it was all done for free on warranty. the electrics are a joke my ecu went after 1500 miles, 2 shorts missing bolts, infact my clutch selector once fell off,the list continues. aguin nearly 4grand its just not worth it

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Submitted by Elliott Cumming (not verified) on Sun, 18/05/2014 - 15:49

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A truly great machine. You get what you pay for. Packed with features, guaranteed to make any journey an enjoyable one. As described in the 'pros', speed, acceleration, and handling are all superb. Fuel consumption is very good too, averaging at around 200 miles on a full tank. ABS adds extra safety to the braking system, helping you to prevent skidding and coming off. Can be turned off too. The cockpit is full of helpful information, including average trip times, average fuel consumption and mileage, distance left until empty tank and next service. Even includes a clock! Passengers have a reasonable amount of room to sit, and the bike still handles well with the extra weight - everything just happens that little bit slower. Sitting discomfort can occur after long periods of riding, but is nothing different to any other bike. The rider has an open view of the road and scenery whilst sitting in the upright position. The footpegs are easy to reach also. A wide range of PowerWear and PowerParts are available as accessories to the rider and bike, and really add that extra touch of classiness. If naked bikes are your thing, the KTM Duke 125 is definitely a superb choice to make. Learner-legal, it's perfect for riders on CBT's, and even better for riders on A1 licences. You'll be sure to want to move up to its bigger brother - the Duke 390 - in no time at all! Be the envy of your friends, family, and public, and rock this two-wheeled, mega-sounding, orange, white, and black, beast!

Strengths

Speed - Extremely good for a 125cc motorcycle. Bike will comfortably sit at around 65-70 mph, but will go as fast as 80 mph in the right conditions. Acceleration - Can't compare to any other 125cc bike. Very quick and torquey. Will reach 40 mph in a matter of seconds, and will continue upto cruising speed within another 10 seconds-or-so. Handling (Dry) - In these conditions, you can chuck this machine around like a rag doll. Very grippy tires, and no loss of stability. Looks/Sound - Looks like a big bike, sounds like a big bike. Naked design is very nice, and stock exhaust sounds superb.

Weaknesses

Handling (Wet) - Unlike the dry, the bike loses grip especially when cornering. ABS helps it stay upright, but care must be taken on wet roads. Cleaning - If, like myself, you like a clean bike to show off, this is a pain to clean. Due to the naked design, dirt is free to access all areas making it a painstaking process to remove. Price - At £3,995 brand new, it is very expensive. A positive of this cost though is the amount of features you get - full LED display and controls, ABS, information-packed cockpit etc..

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Submitted by Jack Swatman on Fri, 24/04/2015 - 11:24

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These bikes are great. Currently on my second after the first was written off, after a year on the first I knew I wanted another duke, which is testament to how good these bikes are as MT125s, WR125, and CBR125 were all available at my local dealerships. These bikes got me through my A1 bike test, taken me 150miles down, and 150miles back up the A1. Taken me to school everyday, in all weather and been my favourite toy on sunny days for the past two years. It will seen be time for me to upgrade and I know I will welcome the additional power; however I strongly believe that the Duke is the best 125s available. These bikes just look cool, sound cool (even better with an Akra pipe) and ride pretty darn well. One of the major gripes journo's have with this bike is that the shock is too bouncy, however increasing the preload this issue is resolved and the Dukes handling is brilliant, lean angles are limited by the poor stock tyres, far before the bikes ability or the footpegs become an issue. In the aforementioned trip down the A1 the bike comfortably held 75mph; Although if the bike has an aftermarket exhaust I would recommend using the baffle, and the sound can get quite tiresome after 2.5hrs. At 6ft I am approaching the upper end of the scale of human who can comfortably fit the duke, I required the clutch and rear brake lever to be dropped down a little. And my knees hit the tank unless I am seated as far back as possible. If you're on the fence, get one.

Strengths

• Mid 70s cruising speed • ABS • Gear indicator • Plethora of aftermarket parts • Low depreciation • Good road presence

Weaknesses

• Dash screen easily scratched • Poor stock tyres

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