For months, the KTM125 Duke is the “buzz“ on the Net. KTM presents his small city, with tunes stunteuse, which aims to form a “new generation of bikers.“ Why not?
Sure, with its radical and aggressive look in keeping with its sisters, the Duke 125 throws! And her little mouth to cut the sickle, the lattice model framework, its logo in no shortage of urban design to attract attention.
At this price, they forget readily than the saddle a little hard (but wide), manhandles the posterior. The arm them fall right on the handlebars and footrests provide a hair identified sporting atmosphere. Contact.
The big highlight of this machine is its chassis. No complaints! WP fork of 43 mm and the rear monoshock ensure the homogeneity of the machine. It is a pleasure to tilt on small winding roads. Braking, provided by a radial 4-piston caliper, fulfills his contract. In town, too, she is doing well. Easy and simple, it slips effortlessly, almost flat at a turning radius a bit too big.
The all-new 4-stroke single cylinder engine, however, disappoints. Just because compliance with EU laws oblige, “small“ that develops 15 hp is not enough to carry all at a maximum. Yet, for a 125 cm3, the accelerations are quite free, but the operating range is limited (between 7,000 and 11,000 rev / min). We must therefore play selector, fortunately docile, to move briskly. Finally, lack of extension of mono does not hang the 110 km / h, more than enough to use urban and suburban areas.
The Duke 125 is a success. The level of finish and equipment is fit for a larger displacement. We only regret the lack of fun of the engine. What dream of a 250 cm3, which would suit better for this small well-born Austrian.