KTM working on new generation 125 Duke and 250 Duke
KTM is working on the new generation RC 390 which is expected to be launched in India this year. However, the Austrian brand is now working on the new generation variants of some Duke bikes. According to media reports, KTM is currently working on new-gen 125 Duke and 250 Duke. It is worth noting that both these motorcycles received a handful of cosmetic and design changes last year when the brand made the transition to the BS6 emission norms. These changes included new liveries and more modern styling. However, the new generation bikes will be significantly different from their predecessors, as we could gauge by some spy shots that surfaced on the interweb.
At the outset, the KTM 125 Duke will use a different trellis frame than the predecessor; the mainframe gets additional cross beams for more structural strength while the sub-frame looks longer than before. The entry-level KTM motorcycle is also expected to get a new swingarm. And of course, the bike will receive a plethora of design changes like a redesigned headlamp, redesigned fuel tank and new side panels.
The new KTM 250 Duke, reportedly, will bid adieu to steel trellis frame for a new composite frame (something that we have already seen with the new 1290 Super Duke). Other design changes observed on the new KTM 250 Duke spy shot include a new subframe and side-mounted rear shock.
KTM will not be making any changes to the bikes’ powerplant considering that they were upgraded last year to meet BS6 emission norms. So, the 125 Duke will be using a 125 cc liquid-cooled, engine that makes 14 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The 250 Duke, on the other hand, will draw power from a 248.8 cc liquid-cooled unit making 31 bhp with a peak torque of 24 Nm. Both the bikes will be available with a six-speed transmission.