The 125 Duke sold in India vastly differs from the overseas model. We list the key differences
The 125 Duke is KTM’s smallest offering for India. As you can see, it does look a lot different from the one sold overseas. However, the differences are not just cosmetic but also under the skin. Here are the major ones.
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The most apparent difference between the two is the design or rather the bodywork. KTM has a knack of equipping the smaller Duke family (390 Duke and below) with similar bodywork, a trend they followed in India as well until the arrival of the 250 Duke and second-generation 390 Duke. So while the KTM 125 Duke sold abroad looks like the new 390 Duke, the one sold here shares its bodywork with the 200 Duke. However, to tell the two apart, the 125 Duke gets different, more vibrant graphics.
Along with the new bodywork, the international spec 125 Duke also gets high-spec features like LRD headlamp and a colour-TFT instrument console. The India-spec one gets a halogen bulb headlamp setup and all-digital instrument console from the 200 and 250 Duke. Both bikes feature LED tail lamps and turn indicators.
With different bodywork and frame comes different riding positions. The India-spec 125 Duke gets the awkward seating position synonymous with the 200 Duke and first-gen 390 Duke. On the other hand, the international spec 125 Duke gets a more comfortable, upright riding position. Its 830mm seat height is also taller than the India-spec one's 818mm seat height. Surprisingly, the India-spec KTM weighs 4kg more than the international one. It also has a smaller 10.2-litre fuel tank while the one sold abroad comes with a 13.4-litre fuel tank. Its 175mm ground clearance is also 10mm lower than the international one.
While both bikes get the same 124.7cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor and make the same 14.9PS and 12Nm of torque, the international spec bike gets underpinnings. For starters, it has a bolted-on subframe for better serviceability. While both bikes receive upside-down WP forks, the India spec one has 10mm more suspension travel for our bad roads. They also get similar braking hardware in the form of 300mm front disc with radial ByBre caliper and 230mm rear disc. However, to keep costs low, the India-spec bike misses out on the international spec one's dual-channel ABS unit and instead gets a single-channel ABS setup.