2012 KTM 125 EXC

Enduro bikes are incredibly versatile, offering an impressive mix of ultra-easy handling, minimal weight, and low costs. That’s why when you’re looking for an ideal enduro to compete in E1 class racing, the KTM 125 EXC is a certainl fit for your budget.

The 125 EXC boasts many qualities that enduro riders want on their bikes. The 125 EXC’s new bodywork comes with a slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, making for an ideal ergonomic set-up and allowing for better overall handling. Meanwhile, the longer rear fender protects the rider and the redesigned kickstarter makes it easier to start the engine. A completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness.

The 125 EXC also boasts of a free-revving and lively 125cc two-stroke engine, considered the most powerful of its type in the market today. On top of that, the 125 EXC’s completely revamped chassis comes with a new frame, ensuring that the lightest and most flexible enduro on the market retains the kind of characteristics that have made it into a true favorite.

The redesigned airbox on the 125 EXC and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor ensure better charging with fresh gas, resulting in even freer revving and more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine. Likewise, the 125 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 125 EXC’s playful handling and precision.

Find out more about the KTM 125 EXC after the jump.

Engine

KTM 125 EXC

The redesigned airbox on the 125 EXC and the flow-optimised intake flange between the airbox and the carburettor now ensure even better charging with fresh gas. This results in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine.

New Frame

KTM 125 EXC

The completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterised by even greater lateral stiffness. It is also even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the playful handling and comfort of the 125 EXC have been further optimised.

New Swingarm, New PDS and New Setting

KTM 125 EXC

The 125 EXC’s new, lighter, cast aluminium swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally, in order to load the swing arms more evenly. The new, 7 mm (0.28 in) longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping, and a new setting is installed more flatly, so providing even more progression.

Bodywork

KTM 125 EXC

The 125 EXC’s new bodywork with the very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, perfects the bike’s ergonomics, making handling even simpler and more precise. The longer rear fender protects the rider and the redesigned kickstarter makes it easier to start the engine.

Specifications

KTM 125 EXC
Design1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
Displacement124.8 cm³ (7.616 cu in)
Bore54 mm (2.13 in)
Stroke54.5 mm (2.146 in)
Starting aidKickstarter
Transmission6 gear, claw shifted
Primary gear23:73
Final drive14:50 (13:50)
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition system, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
FrameCentral tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
ForksWP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
Shock absorberWP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear335 mm (13.19 in)
Brake systemDisc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs - diameter Front260 mm (10.24 in)
Brake discs - diameter Rear220 mm (8.66 in)
Chain5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle63.5°
Wheel base1,471±10 mm (57.91±0.39 in)
Ground clearance (unloaded)355 mm (13.98 in)
Seat height (unloaded)960 mm (37.8 in)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.9.5 l (2.51 US gal)
Unleaded premium fuel, mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)
Weight without fuel approx.95 kg (209 lb.)

Quotes

Ready Bike----"It’s easier to start the KTM125 with the exception of a short kick start lever that’s not much of a disaster. A soft kick should be sufficient enough to ignite the 125 that nods as if it’s been taken all day long for a long, pitchy ride or a dusty off-road map. Noticeable is the fact that there’s plenty of power available once the engine is pretty warm. Keeping aside the thought that it isn’t a bigger displacement bike, there’s actually no need to get excited when it comes to revving hard or clutch slipping as the bike moves along pretty well with the easiest of clutch releases."


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