The brand new KTM 125 DUKE and KTM 390 DUKE have been unleashed on the street with the promise of delivering riding enjoyment that punches way above their respective displacements. Available now in KTM dealers across Europe, these two machines have received front-to-back enhancements for 2017 to keep them at the top.
Instantly noticeable and impossible to ignore is the updated styling; incredibly aping the performance powerhouse – KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. Onlookers are immediately greeted by the KTM 125 DUKE and KTM 390 DUKE’s distinctive new LED headlight, flanked by more aggressive, sharper bodywork with a seat unit that exposes more of the sportier geometry chassis and new bolt-on subframe.
The ergonomics of these lightweight fighters is also altered, with a more authoritative riding position that simultaneously doesn’t sacrificing comfort and is backed up by a revised rider and passenger seats. DUKE pilots will also benefit from a 2.4 liter larger fuel tank; this not only creates better leg contact and feel with the machines, but the 13.4 liter capacity will take ambitious riders further than ever.
Boasting top level chassis and braking components, the completely new WP Suspension front and back further adds to the ‘next level’ potential of the two DUKEs. For bikes that will be used in such diverse ways around the world, the open-cartridge fork and separate piston technology damper help give riders of all types and ability the comfort for commuting and confidence in the corners.
The two DUKEs can also claim to be the first bikes in their respective segments to boast multifunction TFT displays. Much more than a mere gadget, its versatile configuration options and advanced rider interface take rider information to the next stage. For the modern, urban commuting environment, the optional KTM MY RIDE package uses Bluetooth connectivity to provide smartphone integration for the hands-free calling acceptance and audio player functionality seamlessly integrated into the TFT display and conveniently operated via the menu switch on the handlebar.
Professional stuntrider, Rok Bagoroš, has performed around the world on the previous generation KTM 125 DUKE and 390 DUKE since they were launched. After riding both new bikes at the international press event, he said: “For performance and looks wise, these new bikes are once again on another level,” the 27-year old Slovenian explained. “I was expecting a small update but these are brand-new bikes – it’s like nothing compared to the previous bikes. I love the sharp edges and how it looks like the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE. But also, the suspension, brakes and power delivery is big a step up.”