The all-new KTM Duke 125 will feature a range of cosmetic and mechanical updates – launch expected in 2023
As you may recall, KTM had launched the current generation Duke range in 2017, starting with 390 Duke. In the years that followed, the platform was used for other single-cylinder Dukes such as 200 Duke, 250 Duke and 125 Duke. As revealed in spyshots, KTM is currently working on an all-new KTM Duke range. Some major changes can be expected, including an offset-type monoshock rear suspension.
New KTM Duke 125 MY2023 – Spied
2023 KTM Duke 125 test mule appears to have borrowed some of the new design features from the existing range of twin-cylinder Dukes. This makes the fuel tank appear larger and tank extensions look much sharper. Some updates, like the five-spoke alloy design, seem to be inspired by the new KTM RC390.
Another notable difference is the use of dual LED headlights. It should be noted that the entire range of single-cylinder Dukes of the current generation, including 125 Dukes sold in international markets, are equipped with LED lighting.
New versions of KTM Duke spotted during road testing appear to be the new 125 Duke. They provide vital clues as to what the entire single-cylinder Duke range might look like in its new format. Manufacturers often use the same platform for multiple products, as it reduces development costs and simplifies the availability of spare parts.
Images show KTM testing a range of new components including body and chassis. One of the most significant changes can be seen in the trellis frame, which now has an increased number of crossbars. This is expected to make for a robust and stiffer setup. Another notable difference can be seen in the subframe, which appears longer than the current version.
New KTM Duke 125 MY2023 Updates
A closer look reveals that the mounting points for the engine have been changed. Even the engine cases don’t look the same as the current Duke 125. Motorrad Online claims the engine has been updated. It is expected to deliver more power and torque. Fuel economy is also likely to improve. We may have to wait a little longer to get more clarity on the exact power and torque of the 2023 KTM 125 Duke.
At the rear, the swingarm looks brand new with a grid-like structure. It also has a strengthening arm. Another major change is the offset monoshock that could replace the existing mid-mount units on current generation Dukes. However, as the test mules appear to be in an early testing stage, not all changes will reach the production stage.
The all-new KTM Duke range could debut at EICMA in November 2022 later this year. These will launch in India shortly after, likely in February 2023. With the updates, new KTM Dukes are expected to launch at a higher price point.