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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
124.8 cm³ (7.616 cu in)
54 mm (2.13 in)
54.5 mm (2.146 in)
6 gear, claw shifted
Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
WP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front
300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear
335 mm (13.19 in)
Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs - diameter Front
260 mm (10.24 in)
Brake discs - diameter Rear
220 mm (8.66 in)
5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle
1,471±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.)
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."