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We have already reported about KTM planning to launch the 125 Duke in the Indian market. Now, the bookings for the KTM 125 Duke is open in India. Yes, one of the KTM dealerships in Mumbai has confirmed to DriveSpark that the bookings are open and the 125 Duke can be booked by making an advanced payment of Rs 1,000.
The dealer has also revealed that the KTM 125 Duke will be launched in India in November and the on-road price might be around 1.60 lakh. By looking at the expected pricing, the KTM 125 Duke might come with all the bells and whistles as the global-spec model.
The global-spec KTM 125 Duke features a similar design as the 390 Duke. The baby Duke gets a full-LED headlight, TFT instrument cluster and the same aggressive fuel tank extension as its elder sibling. With a price tag of around 1.60 lakh, the 125 Duke might retain the same design and features as the export model.
The KTM 125 Duke draws power from a 124.7cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces 14.7bhp and 11.80Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. When launched, the KTM 125 Duke will be the most powerful 125cc bike in the Indian market.
The KTM 125 Duke is equipped with 43mm WP upside down forks at the front and WP monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking duties are handled by 300mm disc at the front and 230mm disc at the rear. The India-spec model is likely to miss out on ABS and could feature CBS (combi-brake system).
KTM is tight-lipped about the launch of 125 Duke in India. There are rumours that the 200 Duke will get a styling update similar to the new 390 Duke and the 125 Duke might feature the 200 Duke's design. But by going by the expected pricing, it is unlikely to happen.
Thoughts On The KTM 125 Duke
KTM is all set to introduce the new 125 Duke in the country and it will be the most affordable product from the Austrian company. The KTM 125 Duke will be an entry-level performance naked streetfighter with premium cycle parts. The KTM 125 Duke is manufactured at Bajaj's Chakan plant and the pricing should be around Rs 1.50 lakh to 1.60 lakh on-road.