2023 KTM Duke 125 Is Being Tested: Check Out Top Features, USPs, Price Range
The next gen KTM 125 Duke has been spotted testing which has revealed a new design language and mechanical updates.
The outgoing model was launched in 2017, with the 390 Duke.
The one thing that stands out the most is an aggressive design language highlighted by a new headlight cowl and sharp tank extensions that stretch beyond the fork tubes.
The tail section looks sleek and minimal and is closer to the one in the existing bike.
The test mule gets an LED headlight. However in India, the recently launched RC 125 gets a halogen headlight despite the LED featured in models for international markets.
There is also a new seat, which appears to be flatter at the rear and should offer more comfort for the pillion rider.
It also gets a new digital screen that is most likely the LCD unit seen on the new KTM RC 125 and RC 200.
Coming to the engine, the design of the exhaust system and the alternator cover on the test mule are different compared to the current model.
Under the bodywork is a signature trellis frame and a bolt-on subframe, both of which appear slightly different from the current model.
The bike is suspended by a WP upside down fork up front but the rear gets a big upgrade with a new over braced swingarm design and an offset monoshock.
Cycle parts will also be updated with new wheels and brakes.
The India-spec 125 Duke will probably continue with the MRF rubber that it currently comes with despite the test mules running on Michelin Road 5 tyres.
Launch, Price, Engine Unit
It will be unveiled sometime in 2023 and is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 1.80 lakh.
Exact specifications of the updated engine haven’t yet been announced.
However, it is expected to continue with the same liquid cooled 125cc unit producing the same 14.95PS and 12Nm albeit with better tuning.
The gearbox, too, is expected to be improved and revised.
This could translate to better performance and efficiency.