- Sep 10, 2010
KTM Duke 125cc not fit for U.S. consumption [w/video]
KTM Duke 125 – Click above to enlarge
KTM has somewhat unequal helpings of good and bad news for riders salivating over the thought of the company's new 125cc creation. The marketing gurus have finally settled on a name for the contraption, and despite some fears that the Austrian bike-maker would slather the out-played "Avatar" name all over the new commuter, "Duke" – which has been used a number of times already by the Austrian company – was chosen as a fitting moniker. We couldn't be happier. Of course, that elation was short lived when we heard that the company has absolutely zero intention of selling the flingable little bike on our shores.
We understand the reasoning behind the move. It's not like 125cc street bikes sell like hotcakes over here. With a dearth of dense city centers and miles upon miles of open highway between most domiciles and their respective work places, American buyers tend to clamor for a little more displacement. That's fine, KTM. Build us a Duke 250cc and we'll call all things square. In the meantime, our cousins across the pond can look forward to hooning the rubber off of the newest Austrian starting in March of 2011. Our envy knows no bounds. Hit the jump for yet another video of the bike's development.
[Source: Asphalt & Rubber]