• Aug 25, 2010
KTM 125cc teaser – Click above to watch video after the jump

The poor little 125cc bikes of the universe rarely get the love of their larger-displacement siblings. Typically banished to the rider education programs of the world, the one-and-a-quarters are quickly forgotten in favor of bikes with more serious muscle. But 125's have their advantages. For one thing, they're typically a fraction of the cost of larger bikes, and since that tiny engine weighs next to nothing, they're also incredibly flingable contraptions. So when KTM showed off a pair of four-stroke 125cc concepts at last year's EICMA show in Milan, our curiosity was sufficiently piqued.

Now KTM has dropped a teaser video showing development of the production model. The Austrian manufacturer hasn't said word one about whether the bike will be available on American shores once it drops, though we've got our fingers crossed. The wrench-spinning montage of bike-building awesomeness after the jump has only made us nervously eye our checking account in anticipation. We could think of plenty worse ways to get to and from the office than a fuel-sipping moto with plenty of spunk to boot. Hit the jump to have a look for yourself.

[Source: Asphalt & Rubber]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      These things will be awesome if we get them in the us. there is nothing as fun as flinging a little 125 around the track. I will buy this for sure, it can go next to my gsxr.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, I'm dumb I always thought KTM was australian, not austrian...just like red bull.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool.. But they REALLY need to work on their dealer support
      • 4 Years Ago
      KTMs rule. I love mine. 125s are nice for most everyday riding around town too
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 boobs!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that flash was supposed to symbolize the "naked bike" classification of the new 125.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Small displacement bikes are SO underrated. You can't compare the flingability of a lightweight bike to anything else. Just like small, lightweight cars, there's a tactile visceral fun in these.

      Personally, I'd love to see a burgeoning 400cc class of bikes that wasn't just for "beginners" or women.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul, I agree. I used to ride big displacement sport bikes, but I have never had more fun than on my Suzook DRZ 400SM. I do miss the outright speed sometimes, but if I keep to craggly,hilly,curvy roads the Suzook is better than any sportbike.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wish that this would come to the US - won't lie and claim "I'll buy it" - since I am not in the market for a motorcycle now. I still have regrets about selling my Suzuki GSF-400 "Bandit" - easy to ride, could rev to 14k, but with a tall 6th gear could loaf along at freeway speeds and get over 50 mpg. There are so many really neat 125 - 250 - 400 bikes out there for the world market, the US gets hung up on "gotta be 600+". Could that be since a motorcycle's power/weight ratio depends a lot on the rider? Thanks for posting this Autoblog - even if it only makes me jealous (of overseas markets) and wistful (for the bike I sold ten years ago).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note to Autoblog: I know you're primarily a car/truck blog, but this is inexcusable. 125cc bikes are not "typically banished to the rider education programs of the world".

      That is only in the US (maybe Canada?) and, as far as I recall, there is only one 125cc bike used in the US that is commonly used for such purposes -- the Kawasaki Eliminator.

      In most other countries of the world, a 125cc motorcycle is just that -- a motorcycle; a legitimate form of transportation. It's naive to suggest that people in other countries don't take them seriously just because we here in the US tend not to.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have serious doubts that this comes to our shores, if for no other reason than because I want it.

      I have an Aprilia SL750, but LOVE 125s, and there are some awesome 125s out there but we get none of them, save the Aprilia RC.

      CBR125, GSX-R125, YZF R125, Derby, Megelli. Considering KTM is more of a performance/track focused brand, perhaps they could pull off bringing a "track only" 125cc, but I won't get my hopes up.

      A lot of ppl say "I'd buy one if we got it", but I mean it with absolute sincerity. I've actually considered gray-market-importing the others. If we got this, they'd have my money, guaranteed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come across to Canada, dealers have been selling NEW CBR125R for as little as 2500$, brand new..
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as you've got no highway or 55mph+ road travel in your journeys, a 125 or 250cc motorcycle can be a real hoot... glad to see a company giving some love to the low-displacement bike market. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        My 250cc bike (Super Sherpa) is just fine on the freeway as well -- what was your comment about again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with WebmasterP, My Ninja 250R is a great bike, and totally fine on the freeway. I don't cruise at 90 though, but at 70mph at 8k on the tach, it's just fine. of course it's buzzier, but its a 250. i expect it, and the motor is fine. I love it, and it's fast enough for my commute, and a fun bike to throw around. really happy with my bike so far. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just because a 250 CAN go 90, doesn't mean it should. My ninja 250 hits 5k at around 45mph in 6th and the tach just climbs from there. Yes, you can go 90, but who wants to sit on a bike thats buzzing along at 11k? Not me.

        That said, a 125 would probably do just as well as my 250 for my 6 mile commute on 45mph streets. Plus its probably the only ktm that i could manage to straddle and still touch the ground.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even with a 250cc "buzzing" on the highway, all you hear is the wind unless you have an aftermarket exhaust. I do alot of road trips, days long riding at 120 KMH (max speed 160-170) on the ninja 250R, these bikes can takes it, 16 000 KM later, not a single mechanical problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm, my Ninja 250R has no problem at all passing people doing 75 on the freeway. I've gotten it to 90 with little effort.
      • 4 Years Ago
      125s would be welcome as long as they are easily altered for the taller people. The rider courses have 125s as their primary training bikes, and they are far too compact for someone my size. I had to locate a course that offered 250s and 500s just to get a long enough layout to get my legs inboard.

      This model looks intriguing, but the rider looked to be Tom Cruise-sized. So unless the pegs could be pushed backwards, anyone over 6' need not apply.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A bike like this (125cc) is probably aimed at the Euro learner market and their tiered licenses. Something a little bigger with an engine based off their 250 or 350 moto-x bikes would be an easier sell in the US. I might go for one as a city bike. That said, it probably wouldn't sell too well. Small displacement bikes don't really sell well in the US, but they usually go on to have a small cult following and hold their value really well in the secondary market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In most countries of the European Union, youngsters are allowed to aquire their 125cc motorcycle licence with 16 years of age, while car licences can only be aquired with 18 years of age.

      The 125cc market focusses on youngsters who want to "bridge" their 2 year non-mobility gap - if motorcycle manufacturers want more commited customers, this is the first point to start: inject them with the KTM / motorcycle virus while they are teenagers and still in high school.

      I was always more interested in cars, until I got my 125cc licence (in Germany) when I was 16. Those two years from 16 to 18 were undoubtedly the best of my life. I had a back then two year old KTM LC2. I can't phrase in words how much fun and excitement those 125cc days got me - I could cry tears. I put on 31000km in just these 2 years, and that wasn't any different with my mates. By the time I rebuild the engine later, when I had enough money, the bike had 85000km on the odometer. Fortunately I never sold my little baby - she's still in my garage. I don't care much about my dirt bikes these days, they come and go - but she was different, she was the first and the idealistic value on her can't be represented by dollars. It's the remembrance to those days which puts a big smile on my face everytime I get on a bike nowadays. Thanks to the 125cc market.

      brisc
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ive got a CBR 150 at home, recently moved to another country and bought a R6. At times I do miss my little bullet proof red rocket. Its also so flickable compared to the 600 its crazy.
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