KTM Duke 125 Review
✓Trick dashboard, LED lights, looks great, sounds great, excellent brakes, comfort
×On the pricey side, can be a bit slow to pick up speed, high maintenance
What Is It?
The 2017 KTM Duke 125 is a premium learner friendly naked bike and is powered by a 125cc single cylinder engine which puts out the full 15bhp. It was first released in 2011 but gained a fancy TFT dash and LED lighting for 2017.
Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder, 15 bhp
Economy: 85 mpg
Range: 250 miles
Seat Height: 830 mm
What Is It Like?
Overall the bike is amazing to ride, it handles well and corners wonderfully. Other great features are the trick dashboard, LED lights and the ABS system which has saved me a few times!
It's really comfy. In fact I've ridden from Bristol to London on it with no problems and it has a cool feature where you can connect your phone to the bike with control via the handlebar buttons.
The only downside is that the Duke is a bit high maintenance! The clutch destroyed itself within two weeks but I got it repaired under warranty.
- Adam F, 2019
KTM Duke 125 (2011-2016) - Previous version.
The Second Opinion
What's It Like?
Even though I have only ridden the KTM Duke 125 for around 800 miles it is easily the best bike I have owned. The highly interactive dashboard makes the bike feel personal while its stylish sports bike look turns heads in the street.
The duke also rides comfortably and the ABS makes braking just as comfortable even in less forgiving conditions.
The seating position is perfectly suited so you're not hunched over hurting your back, making longer journeys more pleasurable and while still giving a real sports bike feel.
The only issue I have found with the Duke 125 is the large price tag for a 125 however this issue is very quickly put to the back of your mind when you get on the bike and ride it. It's worth every penny.
To Sum Up
Altogether the KTM duke 125 is an all round great bike for people who have ridden before and those who are looking to get into riding. You need to have a large budget but for me it easily sits at the top of the list when it comes to the best 125cc bikes.
- Samuel S, 2019