For 2011, KTM is offering a road-legal 125 for the first time – the 125 Duke. The new model will go on sale in the spring 2011, and while KTM has yet to announce an official price, they did promise that it would be affordable. They also predicted that this may just be your "first fast love."
Like no other brand, KTM represents a highly enjoyable riding experience, generated by concepts that always have put a strong focus on the dynamism of each model: light weight by omitting all non-essential parts; precision, achieved by modern designs and the use of only the best quality components; power thanks to strong, lightweight sports engines second to none; a unique style resulting from bold looks and an unmistakable design philosophy.
These very same capabilities and features form the foundation of the 125 Duke. Building on them, and led by the very same engineers that have brought superior sports bikes like the Duke and Superduke to the tarmac, the KTM design center has now developed the future 125 cc benchmark.
The name KTM and model name Duke simply don’t go well together without the ‘690’ deduction from cylinder capacity so in 2009, the middleweight streetfighter carries on being present in the Austrian manufacturer’s lineup and stands for the same qualities as it did in the past – all-around maneuverability, performance and, of course, good looks. The news here is that we recently grabbed the opportunity to test ride the bike and we simply can’t get over it.
KTM’s Super Duke model range is first and foremost a good representation of what the Austrian brand understands through the word ‘Streetfighter’, but also the stripped down interpretation of the RC8 models . That’s how they end up delivering the 2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R and the simple model following the same recipe as in the case of the Superbike models and, implicit, expecting approximately the same results.
KTM makes a great new addition to the 2008 lineup. By its name, 690 Duke, the bike is best characterized with the help of its engine which sets the record as the most powerful single-cylinder to ever see the streets (65 HP). Additional equipment is also great and the overall bike doesn’t look like a disappointment either.