You can get more muscle at this same price tag or even a lesser price in this comparison – KTM Duke vs rivals
KTM has just launched its most affordable offering an Indian market, the 125 Duke. Priced at Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom), the bike aims to lure the young generation buyers who want to get a high-performance bike at an affordable pricing. But, there remains a question. Does the KTM 125 Duke worth buying? Yes, exactly the point as there are a couple of more exciting and powerful bikes available within the same price slab or even at a lesser price. Doubtful? Well, go through the article where we compare the KTM Duke vs rivals.
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke is designed in line with the bigger sibling 200 Duke. Powered by a 124.7cc single-cylinder, a liquid-cooled engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of churning out 14 bhp of peak power at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The bike gets an ABS (single-channel), which is first the 125cc segment in Indian market. The bike can run at a top speed of 120 kmph.
Price: Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Yamaha FZ25 is a high-performance bike and it comes with an appealing design. Priced at Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom), the bike is powered by a 249cc engine paired with a 5-speed transmission. The engine churns out 20.3 bhp of power at 8,000 rpm and 20 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. Clearly, the bike is more powerful than KTM 125 Duke and it doesn’t cost you much higher than the KTM model.
Price: Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Yamaha R15S is still on sale and you can get that at Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike comes with the typical sports bike look and if we check the specifications, the Yamaha R15S pumps out 16 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm from the 149cc liquid-cooled engine onboard. So, you have another option at lesser pricing that kicks out more power than the KTM 125 Duke.
Price: Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar NS200
Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is one of the most aggressive and sporty offerings in the highly popular bike range. The homegrown brand sells this bike at a price tag of Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, there is an ABS variant that sells at Rs 1.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike churns out impressive 23.2 bhp of power at 9,500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The bike clearly puts out more power than KTM 125 Duke and even than Yamaha FZ25 as well.
Price: Rs 1.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Royal Enfield Bullet 350
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the one bike that comes with an unbeatable retro appeal and many Indian customers are amused by that. Priced at Rs 1.16 lakh, the TwinSpark variant of the motorcycle is the biggest in terms of engine displacement in this list. The 346cc engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and kicks out 19.8 bhp of peak power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
Price: Rs 1.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
What we think:
We are not in any position to dictate you about your choice, but can definitely expand your thought process. If KTM is the brand you desire, then definitely the KTM 125 Duke could be the bike you should opt for. But, our point is if you can own a better bike at similar pricing or even a lesser price, then why not think twice before spending your hard earned money. The other bikes in the list are better equipped, delivers better power and torque. And all of that at a similar pricing.