TOKYO (majriox news) Some are calling it one of the coolest 125cc motorcycles ever made for the road. KTM’s 125 Duke is already attracting a lot of attention in Japan. It arrived April 18 and will go on sale July 1 for about 450,000 yen ($5,000), including tax.
The Austrian manufacturer, known for its sports bikes that combine style with powerful engines, is targeting the 125 Duke for the younger generation and entry-level riders, according to Matt Naguchi, spokesman for KTM in Tokyo.
This bike will provide less experienced Japanese riders with the opportunity to enjoy the road, Naguchi said. He added that in many places throughout the world, such as European countries, riders can get a motorcycle license as early as 14 or 16 years of age.
“We want to give young riders a fun riding experience that our bigger bikes are known for,” he said. “It’s one of the best 125cc bikes ever made for the road.”
On paper, the specs looks conventional: a liquid-cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke with a four-valve dual overhead cam engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. This is a tried and true configuration, which fulfill the reliability and performance concerns that are foremost in a buyer’s mind when purchasing imported machinery.
In person, the bike is astounding: my jaw dropped and my heart raced as I schemed of ways to raise the 450,000 yen necessary to be one of the first to own one. From front to back, the components are exceptional; 43mm WP upside-down forks, a triangulated steel space frame, a webbed swing arm, and ten-spoke wheels. It has all the design heritage of a 990 Duke, scaled down into an aggressive orange and black 125.
The KTM Duke 125 is in a class by itself. No other manufacturer has entered the 125cc markets with this much commitment. This is a bold move for KTM as it is a niche bike, ideal for the streets of Tokyo and bikers of all ages who are wild at heart.
It is a special machine that will quickly leave the dealer showroom.