In the month of July, the Duke 125 sold almost double the units compared to the MT-15.

KTM Duke 125 Test Review
The KTM brand has a huge fan following in India

The KTM Duke 125 has managed to outsell the Yamaha MT-15 for the third consecutive month. In July 2019, 2786 units were raked in by former while the latter rested at 1400 units. This may not come as a surprise to many keeping in mind the fan following behind the KTM brand. The Japanese maker has priced the MT-15 at a premium of about Rs. 6000/- over the Duke 125.

The KTM Duke 125 has seen two price hikes since its launch and is now priced at Rs. 1.30 lakh. Compared to that, the MT-15 is priced at Rs. 1.36 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Pricing is only half the story told. There are some other key differences in the features offered by both the motorcycles. Starting with the Duke, it comes with premium features like LED taillights and inverted front forks. The MT-15 on the other hand not only comes with higher peak power and torque but also benefits from the Yamaha’s praised Deltabox frame. It also comes with a LED headlight and a variable valve actuator. Both of these bikes come with adjustable monoshock at the back, disc brakes on both wheels and a single-channel ABS. It is to be noted that India made MT-15 misses out on upside-down front forks.

Lying inside the Duke 125 is a 124.71cc single-cylinder engine which develops 14.5 PS of peak power at 9250 RPM and 12 Nm of maximum torque at 8000 RPM. In comparison, Yamaha has given its offering a 155cc single-cylinder engine which manages to generate 19.3 PS at 10,000 RPM and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8500 RPM. Both the engines are liquid-cooled and use fuel injection while being paired to a 6-speed gearbox. MT-15 also have assists and slipper clutch. Where both engines differ is that the Duke 125 has a DOHC engine while the MT-15 uses a SOHC with variable valve actuator.

KTM Duke 125 Sales

– The Duke 125 outsold the MT-15 for the third consecutive month
– The MT-15 costs Rs. 6000/- more than the Duke 125
– The MT-15 offers more power and torque over the Duke 125 with a higher capacity engine

Yamaha MT-15 Test Ride Review
The Yamaha MT-15 is just the better performer in front of the pint-sized engined Duke 125

Update – MotorBeam reader Sathish Narayan has brought to our notice via the comments section that the sales of the KTM Duke 125 and RC 125 have been reported combined in which case the combined sales of the Yamaha MT-15 and R15 are far higher at 6576 units.