Cover Yamaha XSR 125 VS KTM 125 Duke

There is an increasing demand for small-size neo-retro motorcycles. 

Yamaha has expanded its XSR line-up by launching a new 125 cc version. 

For now, the XSR 125 cc line-up is available in the European market. The XSR brand has good popularity in India as well. 


Observing the displacement and purpose, it is pretty similar to the KTM 125 Duke of India. 

For a better understanding, we have compared the specifications and features of both the motorcycle models:


In terms of style, the two bikes are opposite. The XSR comes with round headlights.

A single-module console and a drop-shaped fuel tank reminiscent of the good old days. 

At the same time, the 125 Duke is more aggressive and modern than ever. 

The entire KTM case comes dominated by a distinctive ultra-modern design style, which has further enhanced bold colour choices.

However, it is worth noting that even XSR comes with bold colour options such as yellow and red.

Cover-Yamaha XSr125


XSR125 has one LED headlight and one LED taillight, but the turn signal is expected. 

The combination meter is a circular negative LCD with negative information. 

125 Duke gets considerable improvement: even the turn signal lights are LEDs. 

The headlights and taillights are the same, and the regular LCD screen displays more data.


Although the architecture and internal components of the engine are very different, there is not much difference in their levels. 

The XSR is driven by a liquid-cooled 124 cm3 VVA motor with an output power of 14.7 hp. 

The speed is 10,000 rpm, and the power is 11.5 Nm when the maximum torque is 8000 rpm.

Duke’s power is 14.3 hp. Power and 12 Nm torque. Both motorcycles have a six-speed gearbox. 

But XSR’s advantage over Duke is the heavyweight. Its weight is 140 kg (kerb), which is 19 kg lighter than the latter.

Cycle Parts

The basis of the 125 Duke is a split steel trellis, the same as its old cousin (up to 390 Duke). 

At the same time, XSR125 comes based on the Deltabox framework borrowed from MT125 and R125. 

17-inch wheels, inverted forks, single shock, and disc brakes at both ends. 

However, the KTM 125 Duke has a larger fuel tank at 13.5 litres, 2.5 litres more than the XSR.

The KTM 125 Duke has a larger fuel tank with a capacity of 13.5 litre, which is 2.5 litres more than the fuel tank of XSR.


Both motorcycles are pretty expensive for a 125cc bike. The price of KTM 125 Duke is Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom), while Yamaha XSR125 is Euros 4,499 euros (approximately Rs 4.01 lakh).




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