With the new MT-125, Yamaha for the naked sports segment of the eighth-litre attacking directly the European benchmark in this field for three years: the DUKE. Japan vs. Europe, two ways of understanding the bike.

Yamaha MT-125 Vs KTM 125 DUKE

The bikes of carnet B-A1 with 15 hp limit special interest are charging for brands in recent years. If you need capacity and you like to “move” the left foot forward-looking, there are also “chicha”. In addition to the sport, true replica of 600 cc models, the most practical is the naked offer: posture, manageability, versatility, low consumption and fun you will conquer.

Not to mention the economic and calm Hyosung GT125 and Daelim Roadwin 125 FI with 5-speed gearbox and air cooling, current references of the naked streetfighter category are the KTM 125 DUKE, and new Yamaha MT-125. Both represent the steps of access to their respective families(6 models DUKE & 5 MT) and also keep a lot of similarities: the same full weight (138 kg), inverted forks (43 and 41 mm respectively), single disc front, radial mount caliper, exhaust under the tail, digital instrumentation, around 11 liters tank, rims lightened with sticks in “And”, accessorization possibility…

Minimalist design aside, highlighting the striking double air intake to the air-box of the Yamaha, the rocker chassis (both steel) is the most personal of each: A trellis swingarm with an original exterior reinforcing straps for KTM and a double beam with asymmetrical piece for Yamaha. Another striking detail is the absence of ABS in the MT-125, when the Austrian does include it. Both use 17-inch wheels but KTM tires are wider: 110/80 front and 150/60 rear by 100/80 and 130/70 of the MT-125.

One of the critical data is always in the purchase price. If the KTM 125 DUKE costs €3,891, Yamaha MT-125 amounts to €4,299. Recall that the DUKE small production in India by the company Bajaj, while the MT-125 is built in France. On the other hand, if KTM also has a DUKE 200, nor it is unreasonable thinking in a Yamaha MT-250 in the future, since we’ve known the YZF-R250 be fabricated for Indonesia…

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