Yes, that’s right. The Yamaha MT-15 V2 has a better engine displacement and performance than the Austrian bike, the KTM Duke 125. Therefore, the KTM Duke 125 is more expensive than its Japanese counterpart. And yet, the Duke 125 is among the bestselling KTM bikes in the country.
Moreover, their specifications and features are also more or less the same. Once you begin reading this article, you will know which bike makes more sense.
In addition, there are differences in the shape and size of these two bikes. And they cater to different buyers as well. So, let’s begin weighing these two street bikes and see how they stack up against each other. Let’s read on.
Under Their Chassis
As mentioned during the introduction, the Yamaha MT-15 V2 performs better than the KTM Duke 125. Under the MT-15 V2’s chassis, it boasts a 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 18.1 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 14.1 Nm of peak torque at 7500 rpm. That’s a pretty impressive performance for a 155cc bike. Moreover, other Yamaha bikes in the country are powerful in their respective segments.
You may know the suffix “125” on the KTM Duke suggests that this bike has a 125cc engine. Technically, it has a 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that can churn out 14.3 bhp at 9250 rpm and 12 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm.
Furthermore, both bikes get a six-speed manual transmission. In terms of the gearbox, both bikes have a wet multiplate clutch. Aside from that, the BS6 compliances of these bikes get an improved fuel supply system with fuel-injected technology.
In terms of fuel efficiency, both bikes won’t pinch your pockets. Yes, you read that right. The KTM Duke 125’s mileage is around 41 km/l, while the Yamaha MT-15 V2’s is nearly 49 km/l. These figures are as per customers’ feedback on the autoX website. It is also worth mentioning that real-world mileage can vary with local traffic conditions and an individual’s driving style. Considering the Duke 125’s price, the Austrian bikemaker should have made the bike more competitive.
As mentioned earlier, both bikes are more or less the same in terms of features. The Austrian bikemaker could have provided more offerings, considering the Duke 125’s price. The KTM 125 Duke offers a digital instrument cluster, LED DRLs with auto-headlights, a digital fuel gauge, a low fuel indicator, a low oil indicator, etc. Further features include a pillion seat with a footrest and grabrails, a low battery indicator, a shift light, a killswitch, and a digital clock, to name a few. Further, this bike gets a pass light as well.
However, the KTM 125 Duke lacks front LED lights, unlike the Yamaha MT-15. Despite having a higher price than the Japanese bike, this Austrian bike gets a halogen light at the front and an LED light at the rear. On the contrary, the customer will receive features and performance at the Yamaha MT-15 price, which is on the lower side. The Japanese bike manufacturer has provided an all-LED light setup on the MT-15. And the presence of LED lights makes a vehicle look more sophisticated and premium.
Furthermore, these two bikes have an electric start system.
There is one feature that sets apart the Yamaha MT 15 V2 from the KTM Duke 125: the mobile connectivity feature. This feature is enabled once the owner installs the Yamaha Connect application on a smartphone. This app is available on both the Play Store and the App Store. Moreover, that application offers many benefits, such as live location, last parked location, current speed, low fuel indicator, low battery indicator, low engine oil indicator, etc. This feature is helpful as you can access the bike’s data from your smartphone anywhere and anytime. If you are away from home and your bike isn’t moving for days, the vehicle becomes prone to problems. Keeping that in mind, the mobile connectivity feature comes into play, and that can save thousands of rupees.
Suspension Setups and Brakes
For starters, let’s talk about the suspension arrangement on the second iteration of the Yamaha MT-15. The front part of the bike boasts an inverted telescopic fork, which further puts less pressure on the front wheel, making the bike easy to manoeuvre. At the rear, there is a linked-type monocross suspension that makes the bike more comfortable to ride. Moreover, it can absorb the bumps like a not-so-new job. But at the same time, the suspension setup is slightly stiff, due to which the bike offers stability at high speeds. Having said that, it won’t make you afraid of doing high-speed cornering.
On the contrary, KTM bikes have also gained fame for offering good rideability and handling. The KTM Duke 125 also gets a WP-sourced USD (upside-down) front suspension for better handling and stability. Then there is a ten-step adjustable monoshock at the rear.
This setup will do a good job as well. As for the brakes, both bikes get a dual-disc arrangement as standard. However, they both miss out on dual-channel ABS as an option.
Prices and Variants
The Austrian bike manufacturer sells the KTM 125 Duke in only one variant: the STD. It has an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.78 lakh.
In parallel, the MT-15 has only two variants: STD and Moto GP Edition. The MT-15’s price starts at Rs 1.65 lakh for the base model, the STD, and goes up to Rs 1.66 lakh for the top-range model, the MotoGP Edition. All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of December 2022. These prices are subject to change without prior notice to the customer.
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