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KTM Duke 125 Review (2017)


KTM Duke 125

On the plus side 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's TFT dash.
- Rating: 8 / 10

What Is It?

The KTM Duke 125 is a premium learner friendly naked bike and is powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 124.7 cc single cylinder four stroke engine, producing 14.8 bhp at 9,500 rpm and maximum torque at 8,000 rpm.


  • Seat Height: Average (830 mm / 32.7 inches)
  • Dry Weight: Light (137 kg / 302 lbs)
  • Economy: Very good (85 mpg / 3.3 l/100km / 30.1 km/l)
  • Range: High (250 miles / 402 km)
  • Top Speed: Average (70 mph / 113 km/h)


  • Excellent brakes
  • Trick dashboard
  • Sounds great
  • Looks great
  • LED lights


  • Can be a bit slow to pick up speed
  • On the pricey side
  • High maintenance

What Is It Like?

KTM Duke 125

What's Good?

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.

KTM Duke 125

Any Downsides?

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

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KTM Duke 125 (2011-2016) - Previous version.

The Second Opinion

KTM Duke 125

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.

KTM Duke 125

Any Downsides?

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

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