KTM Duke 125 Review
|✓||Power, handling, brakes, comfort, stylish, useful dashboard|
|×||Known to cut out, LCD dash issues, tyres, build quality, suspension|
What Is It?
The 2011 KTM Duke 125 is a premium learner friendly naked bike which was thoroughly updated in 2017 with LED lighting, a TFT dash and new orange sub-frame.
Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder, 15 bhp
Economy: 85 mpg, 210 miles
Top Speed: 70 mph
Seat Height: 800 mm
Dry Weight: 127 kg
What Is It Like?
Choosing The Duke
The KTM Duke 125 is my first motorcycle. After looking around at various bikes it was the one that looked like a big bike and as a new rider gave me ABS.
A selling point was the advice and time I got from my KTM dealer Jim Aim Racing in Braintree. These guys advised me the best was to get into riding, what to expect, motorcycle maintenance and great first time rider advice (along with a great finance plan).
I've had the Duke 125 for 18 months and for most of that I was riding it on my CBT. The bike boasts a massive 15bhp which puts it right on the CBT limit and is higher than its competitors. I used the bike all year round for commuting and it happily returned 90+ mpg with occasionally getting into 100mpg.
Fairly quickly I changed the tyres out for Pirelli Diablo 2's as I split my rear on something. It's a brilliant tyre in the Summer but not the most complimenting in the cold or wet.
The bike is at home and will comfortably sit at at 50mph, it's great fun on the country roads and the bike will manage 70mph but not much more. This was a good introduction to riding and encourages me to trade up to the Duke 390.
- Aluminium hand guards
- Rear seat cowling (adds more storage, great for a disk lock)
- Pirelli tyres
- Economy and running costs
What's Less Good
- Head winds (noticeable with 15bhp)
- Occasionally cut out when approaching junctions
- A few false neutrals
- Aaron M, 2018
How Does It Compare?
KTM Duke 125 (2017 On) - Upgrade with TFT dash, LED headlight and refined engine.