KTM Duke 125 Review

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#31 Post by GazzyG » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:22 am

Sounds like you're having a good time on the bike!

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#32 Post by Ryder35 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:05 pm

Thanks for the tip. Sorry to sound dense but what do you mean by "one side"? My visor is one piece, all I did in the end was have it open about an inch, seemed to help!

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#33 Post by bullet5 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:38 pm

Most lids have a ratchet system which the visor connects to on either side of the helmet. Normally you can put just one side up a notch, and leave the other side on the 'closed' setting. :wink:
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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#34 Post by Legatron » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:44 pm

350 miles on the duke now. really started to loosen up a bit; gear changes are easier, clutch is moother and of course im riding better than i was which helps!

another foible(?) is that it doesn't like hills when th efuel light it on!! must be the pickup position in th etank but its died on me going up a hill :(

I had to get off and push on the bike with the front brake on (to try and level the bike off a bit) just to get the thing started and revving. I will feed that back to the dealers/ktm.

However, even after just 300 odd miles, my bike riding friends are right.....I want a bigger engined bike! lol
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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#35 Post by Ryder35 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:05 pm

Good to see it is loosening up. About 150 miles on mine now and things are getting easier. Fuelt light cane on yesterday so went straigfht to the filling station after what you said. Can't believe this is a design fault, surely would have been spotted in testing. Also.... hills in suffolk! (I lived in Norfolk for a long time so know the myth is not totally true ;) )

Can't wait to get it run in so I can at least keep up with the HGVs on the A27 uphill!

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#36 Post by Legatron » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:33 pm

hit the dizzy heights of 63 mph today lol

i have also noticed that you can get different rear sprockets now to help out with top end or accell. of course they are orange! The standard black on is 45T i think.

if you ride mainly on A roads then smaller cog might be of use.

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#37 Post by Ryder35 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:48 am

So have you run it in yet or just getting bored with 7.5k revs? :wink:

As for sprockets. You can have more acceleration but less top speed in any gear or the other way round is that the way it works?

My current problem, which may go away once run in, is bogging down up hills.

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#38 Post by Legatron » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:31 pm

the 63 was nudging 8k rpm...'Very' down hill with a tail wind lol. (Brantham Hill if anyone knows it) I certainly was holding back on the throttle.

I've done 495 miles.

yeah..your understanding of the gearing matches mine.
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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#39 Post by Ryder35 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:34 pm

Cool I have to admit I caved today and tried to see if there really was a limiter at 62. Got to 65 before I betided I ought to back off. Mind you at is indicated and may not match the ecu regulator.

320 miles on the clock now. Checked chain tension today and it ws way too loose. Tightened it up and the bike is much smoother off the throttle

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#40 Post by Legatron » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:58 pm

best check the tension then!

oh and I almost sh1t myself when i checked the oil earlier and it was showing empty!!!...but i realised i was checking it when the bike was on the sidestand. My neighbour held the bike up and the level was fine..


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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#41 Post by Ryder35 » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:07 pm

Lol me too with the oil level. Really wish it had a centre stand

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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#42 Post by Legatron » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:14 pm

Duke-of-Suffolk wrote:
Ryder35 wrote: One interesting thing to be aware of... The bikes are ecu limited to 100kph from the factory to meet EU regs but there is a new map coming in the next few days
interesting...dealers didnt say anything about that. BUT you wont get near 100kph for the first 640 miles as the running in limits you to about 45/50mph anyway.

i've just got though my first tank at 160 miles which is about 75 mpg...low revs and engine not worn in so thats not too bad imho
im now getting in excess of 115 mpg after the first service and with sensible riding ( not liek a granny just sensible)

I have seen as high as 135 mpg but not sustained for a whole tank. 90 mpg if i ride it like an eager teenager :)
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Re: KTM Duke 125 Review

#43 Post by ride-ireland » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:07 am

Would love to hear about the Duke 390 if anyone has any review or info on them?

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