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    Default The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    The title is as surprising as the allegations on someone very ‘Sanskari’ but then again, they just might be true. After this rather uncalled for reference, let us tell you that the pocket-rocket KTM Duke 125 might be coming to India. And that too as early as next month according to a report by Overdrive.



    The KTM Duke 125 for sale in foreign markets has been manufactured in India since its birth at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. The updated model aka the 2018 KTM Duke 125 is a spitting image of the KTM Duke 390 whether it is the bodywork or the headlights with the exception of stickering. And mechanically too it is a very sound little motorcycle with a dual-channel ABS, and engine management system from Bosch. The tiny 125cc engine makes 14.8 Bhp of power which is sent to the rear-wheel via a slick 6-speed gearbox. The chassis is the same trellis frame on use in the bigger Dukes.

    When it came to launching this baby Duke in India, KTM have always had the same stance that introducing the bike here in India won’t be practical as it would be priced too high. And we agreed to that as well because with the aforementioned features, the bike is bound to be priced high for the 125cc segment which is essentially commuter segment in India. A performance motorcycle in that segment looks like an exciting prospect but the same cannot be said from a business standpoint.

    But now, we have the information that KTM India is working towards the launch of the KTM Duke 125 in India and that too probably by next month. What’s going to be a bit of an anomaly is the KTM Duke 200 which still goes with the older styling and the KTM Duke 125, KTM Duke 250 and KTM Duke 390 following the new design language.

    The idea seems like a good one because even in the 125cc commuter segment, some people do long for a motorcycle much sportier than the current offerings. Although the new KTM Duke 125 does not seem like very exciting to a lot of people, but we are certainly excited. As they say, it’s more fun (and feasible) going fast on a smaller bike than the bigger ones and it’d be fun wringing the ears of this little monster. Not to mention that this will be a great addition to the ‘humdrum’ 125cc segment.

    The fact that if this motorcycle is launched in India and if it is successful, some ‘other’ manufacturers might try their hand out in this segment. After all, won’t it be fun to see the likes of Yamaha R125, Ninja 125, Z125 and Aprilia RS125 ganging up on this baby duke?









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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    There were reports of Aprilia RS/Tuono 125 launch, Duke 125 launch make sure we see performance oriented machines in the 125cc segment.
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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zapps View Post
    There were reports of Aprilia SR 125 launch, Duke 125 launch make sure we see performance oriented machines in the 125cc segment.
    There were reports of the Aprilia RS150 which was to be based on the RS125 and yes, the launch of KTM Duke 125 can be a catalyst to other manufacturers bringing their 125cc performance offerings to India.

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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Here's my tinfoil hat theory. The 125 gets the old 200's design to keep costs low, The 200 gets the new design of the 390 and 250's and the 250's are left in an awkward spot.
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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Quote Originally Posted by strahl7 View Post
    Here's my tinfoil hat theory. The 125 gets the old 200's design to keep costs low, The 200 gets the new design of the 390 and 250's and the 250's are left in an awkward spot.
    Or maybe, they just never launch it here. Because you know, gota keep them pulsars selling as well.
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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Quote Originally Posted by strahl7 View Post
    Here's my tinfoil hat theory. The 125 gets the old 200's design to keep costs low, The 200 gets the new design of the 390 and 250's and the 250's are left in an awkward spot.
    I feel that if the 125 does come then it will be the 200 which takes the hit rather than the 250, because you see 250 is nicely positioned and 125 fills the pricing gap 200 leaves and KTM makes more money.

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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    The 125 for 1.25L eh !? wont be surprised if it touches 1.5 if it gets the abs.
    Sad for the 200! But as a 200 owner I like it's lack of abs and the now sober design vs its siblings

    I wish they would plonk that 125 motor in a scooter!!
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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Quote Originally Posted by MotoBlizzard View Post
    Or maybe, they just never launch it here. Because you know, gota keep them pulsars selling as well.
    Yes, There'd be a cannibalization headache for Bajaj if true.

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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Meanwhile "Pulsar " is getting ready for its launch !!!


    PULSAR 125 will be powered by at least
    13 BHP with CBS .

    *Although Duke 125 are manufactured in India since a long ago , they are considering India this time.

    D125 -15 BHP (looks similar to 390) with CBS to keep the price below the line.
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    Default Re: The ‘Spawn of the beast’ KTM Duke 125 coming to India?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aswinlogi View Post
    Meanwhile "Pulsar " is getting ready for its launch !!!


    PULSAR 125 will be powered by at least
    13 BHP with CBS .

    *Although Duke 125 are manufactured in India since a long ago , they are considering India this time.

    D125 -15 BHP (looks similar to 390) with CBS to keep the price below the line.
    That looks like a 135 already. They need to ditch that headlight and design to bring something fresh.
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