The introduction of KTM’s 125 Duke at the upcoming EIMCA show in Milan, Italy, might also represent a new entry-level motorcycle for the Canadian market. Their first street-legal 125 cc machine, the 125 Duke is also the latest model in the Austrian firm’s steadily growing street-bike range. KTM describes the motorcycle and its striking appearance (which was a product of KTM’s partner Kiska Design) as a “machine for tomorrow’s motorcycle fan that offers tingling performance”.
While we’re just hoping that “tingling performance” isn’t a German expression for vibration, the 125 Duke is powered by a four valve, single-cylinder head with two overhead camshafts. The water cooled, fuel injected engine is wrapped in a light-weight latticed tubular steel frame and is said to produce 11 kW (15 hp). Typical of KTM, the components fitted to the diminutive flyer don’t cut any corners; full WP Suspension and radial-mount four-piston Brembo callipers are not items usually found on a budget beginner bike.
Even though the 125 Duke has as of yet to arrive in any showroom, KTM have already unveiled two concept models based on its design. The Naked Racer with its stinger exhaust has the potential to be a track-ready tool while the Stunt Version should appeal to the budding acrobatic artist.
Scheduled for a spring 2011 release in Europe, the fate of the little orange bike in Canada is still being deliberated. Anyone interested in swaying KTM’s decision process in the hope of the 125 Duke appearing on our shores should visit their local KTM dealer and let their desires be known.