• Sep 10, 2010
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]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      WANT and would pay $4000 for easily
      • 4 Years Ago
      125cc is a touch small and would probably prevent this bike from getting on our freeways, but damn it looks hot. I'd pay about 4k for a 350cc thumper version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, a 360cc thumper, like a Duke/2 basically. I'll get one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it a 250 and price it within 300.00 of the current Ninja 250 and KTM would sell every unit shipped here.

      Are these made in Austria or India?
      • 4 Years Ago
      what is the top speed?
      • 4 Years Ago
      KTM has a fantastic 350 currently ripping the motocross dirt. Put that engine in a street chassis boys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks positively awesome.

      I don't know much about bikes, anyone care to explain why it is such small displacement? Is it kind of like the lotus exige or ariel atom of the bike world?

      The KTM site says it makes 15 hp, thats more than an order of magnitude less than the popular liter bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That engine cage looks big enough to shove a 400 into it.... me thinks this will eventually lead to US sales.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the MPG?
      • 4 Years Ago
      500cc thumper, fully adjustable suspension and ill pay 690 duke money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THANK YOU all for proving their point. almost all of you have said, increase the displacement and you'll buy it, which is the reason why they aren't selling it here in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it a 250cc 2-stroke and you got a deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would make my 3 mile, all side-street commute to work a total blast! When it's nice out I take my old Vespa P125 to work but this . . . oh just thinking about it . . . want, so do want.

      Or give us a 250 :)
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