KTM Duke 125 Review
What Is It?
Capacity: 125 cc
Power: 15 bhp
Top Speed: 70 mph
Seat Height: 800 mm
Dry Weight: 127 kg
Range: 210 miles
What Is It Like?
|✓||Power, handling, brakes, comfort, stylish, useful dashboard|
|×||Known to cut out, LCD dash issues, tyres, build quality, suspension|
The KTM Duke 125 was 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 advise 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 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, 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, great fun on country roads, the bike will manage 70+mph but not much more. This was a good introduction to riding and encouraged me to trade up to the 2017 KTM Duke 390.
Things I did to the bike
- Aluminium hand guards
- Rear seat cowling (adds more storage, great for a disk lock)
- Pirelli tyres
Things I liked
- Economy and running costs
Things I didn't like
- Head winds (noticeable with 15bhp)
- Occasionally cut out when approaching junctions
- A few false neutrals
- Aaron M, 2018