2021 KTM 125 Duke: A close look

    Along with the updated design, the 125 Duke also features the updated trellis frame that uses a bolt-on subframe.

    Published On Dec 05, 2020 08:00:00 AM


    2021 KTM 125 Duke: A close look

    A few days ago, we were the first ones to reveal that KTM has updated its most-affordable offering, the 125 Duke for 2021.

    • The updated bike has already begun reaching dealers

    • It is expected to cost Rs 5,000-10,000 more 

    • Power figures remain unchanged

    The images of the motorcycle now confirm that KTM has in fact updated the 125 Duke’s styling and it’s now similar to that of its larger capacity siblings.

    2021 KTM 125 Duke styling 

    The 2021 KTM 125 Duke features a design that’s identical to the one you’ll find on the 200, 250 and 390 Duke. That said, it misses out on the LED headlight available with the 250 and 390 Duke and makes do with the halogen unit that’s found on the 200 Duke.

    Like the 200 and 250 Duke, the 125 also carries forward its LCD instrument cluster. This is the same unit that’s quite informative, but misses out on Bluetooth connectivity that’s found on the LCD unit on the 390 Duke.



    Our image revealed the orange colour scheme, which can be seen in the latest pictures as well. There’s also another colour scheme that has white as a primary colour with orange highlights. This design update was expected as the 125 remained the only Duke on sale to not feature the sharper, more aggressive styling in line with the rest of the KTM Duke family in India.

    2021 KTM 125 Duke engine and gearbox

    The updated KTM 125 Duke is powered by a BS6-compliant 124cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that makes 14.5hp and 12Nm and is mated to a six-speed transmission. The 125 Duke continues to produce the same numbers even after the switch from  BS4 to BS6. 

    2021 KTM 125 Duke chassis

    A big change on the 2021 KTM 125 Duke comes in the form of the updated frame. It now uses the trellis frame that’s seen on some of higher-capacity siblings which feature a bolt-on subframe.



    The wheels, brakes, USD front fork and monoshock are the same as before. It also appears to be equipped with the same MRF tyres. However, 125 Duke’s fuel tank capacity has increased 13.5 litres thanks to the larger tank that came with this redesign. 

    These changes have also resulted in a weight increase and the bike now weighs 7kg more at 159kg. The seat height, meanwhile, has gone up from 818mm to 822mm.

    2021 KTM 125 Duke price and availability 

    Dealers are suggesting that the updated KTM 125 Duke will cost around Rs 5000-10,000 more than its predecessor. We expect KTM to announce the price in the next few days.

    Also see:

    2020 KTM 200 Duke review, track ride

    KTM 250 Adventure vs rivals: Specifications comparison

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