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    Default Re: KTM 125 Duke launched in India at INR 1.18 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

    Quote Originally Posted by MotoBlizzard View Post
    thats gota be the joke of the century
    Ha ha ha, I know what you did there!

    It's difficult to expect the 1.2 billion people here in India to be mature enough and hope everyone understands what true power actually means, but we all can only hope for the best and the better days in future.
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    Default Re: KTM 125 Duke launched in India at INR 1.18 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

    Both duke 125 and duke 200 gets single channel ABS system .
    Dual channel ABS is a must on two wheeler. Rear wheel lock is quicker as the entire weight of bike loaded on front side but rear locking is comparatively controllable when compared front wheel lock to avoid crash.
    Hope other OEM dont follow the same path of offering single channel abs when RTO enforces it.

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    Default Re: KTM 125 Duke launched in India at INR 1.18 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

    So finally got to test ride the baby duke today, bikes landed here in Bangalore yesterday. Baby duke sure seem to have lot of interest. When I visited the showroom, there were already 2 people waiting for test ride and the bike had gone a test ride, took a sweet 30mins for my turn.
    Meanwhile I was chitchatting with the owner and he told me that he already had 8 bookings from yesterday and 1st lot of 10 bikes would be arriving by 3rd week and the 200 ABS bike test ride will land here on Wednesday. He told me everyone is appreciating the refinement and are saying it's very smooth and all are giving a very positive response.

    Hopping on the bike, first thing you notice is the sound, it's nowhere like the infamous "auto" sound and clearly missing it, sounds muted and sounds almost similar to that of 200NS, even on revving the bike is not trashy or raunchy, more like sweet purr.

    Handling characteristics is almost similar to the 200, except for it's even more lighter and feels nimble in all way, feels as light and flickable as the Aprilia SR150.
    The engine and pickup feels nice, from my personal experience overall it almost feels similar to that of a FZ-S v1.

    One thing though 6th gear feels useless, with having around only 12Nm torque, the engine starts to shudder at low speeds of 30kmph in 4th gear, you have to keep it in 3rd for speeds below 50kmph, 1-3 gears are short and 4-6 are tall. Expect to hit the 6th gear only post 80-90kmph. With a pillion havng heavy build, I am guessing it'll struggle in all steep 15-20 degree inclined up-hills.

    It's clearly single channel ABS and not a dual channel inspite of having ABS ring on the rear, on hard braking with full grab of the lever the front does dive in a lot much like all Duke 200/old 390 and ABS starts to kick in very late, not as intrusive or kicking in early as compared to the 2017 390/RC390.

    All in all it's a fun bike, from my opinion this bike suited only as a 1st time bike instead of going to regular 125/150cc bikes or someone coming from gearless scooter, not even suited someone who is upgrading latterly from 5-10year old 125/150cc like Discover, Stunner, FZ, Pulsar 150, Apache 150 since the difference in power and torque delivery is bare minimum compared to these bikes and being an experienced rider you'll start lacking the power in very short time.

    Attaching the price list here in Bangalore
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    Default Re: KTM 125 Duke launched in India at INR 1.18 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

    IMHO this 125 doesn't make sense. People who think of buying a 125cc bike are more of mileage minded that power. They prefer KMPL rather than 0-60. And 125cc is a very competitive market presently. We have the Hero & Honda fighting for the top position while TVS is almost joining the league.

    And people who are looking 0-60 times, will definitely look for bigger cc numbers considering 160 and 200cc are much more affordable now-a-days. 125 does not just cut it off for them.

    Then comes the ones with super bikes. They might buy this 125 for their daily rides considering they already have enough power in their garage and they needed a smaller pocket rocket without compromising on style and lap times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shyam.mora View Post
    IMHO this 125 doesn't make sense. People who think of buying a 125cc bike are more of mileage minded that power. They prefer KMPL rather than 0-60. And 125cc is a very competitive market presently. We have the Hero & Honda fighting for the top position while TVS is almost joining the league.

    And people who are looking 0-60 times, will definitely look for bigger cc numbers considering 160 and 200cc are much more affordable now-a-days. 125 does not just cut it off for them.

    Then comes the ones with super bikes. They might buy this 125 for their daily rides considering they already have enough power in their garage and they needed a smaller pocket rocket without compromising on style and lap times.
    I have to object you. This product launched by KTM is strictly for those who want a KTM, but are on a tight budget. One more good thing about the baby dukes launch is that the company will get more presence on the road, After all everybody wants to dominate the market with their products selling high in the charts right. Mind you KTM has launched their products in India at affordable prices unlike other markets worldwide. This clearly gives us a picture that they don't want to emboss themselves as a "premium" brand and want to be named as common man's brand. Viceversa to what BMW did with their 310 twins
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    Default Re: KTM 125 Duke launched in India at INR 1.18 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mahesh Kumar View Post
    After all everybody wants to dominate the market with their products selling high in the charts right.

    Only a KTM lover and first time owner will get this 125cc duke for him. These bikes will not sell like hot cakes and there's a very niche category for premium bikes, where maybe more than 80% indians are cost centric buyers.

    Quote Originally Posted by kiran2508 View Post
    This is an overkill for the market here in India which is not mature enough to handle such bike at throw away prices
    Mature is not a correct word to depict inability to buy overpriced bikes (imo) and not rich enough and vfm centric would be apt.
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