Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Specification Comparison

In this specification comparison article, we put the newly launched Yamaha MT-15 naked performance bike vs KTM Duke 125, the baby Duke.

Yamaha MT-15 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 1.36 Lakhs (ex-showroom). It is a naked streetfighter based on the fully faired R15 V3.

Yamaha R15 V3 was the most affordable performance bike till now, until came the KTM Duke 125. Now, the baby Duke is the most affordable performance oriented. But, Duke is a naked bike and R15 is a pure sports bike.

So, now, as the MT-15 comes into play, it fit as a perfect competitor for Duke 125. Both are naked bikes with performance on their mind.

Also Read: KTM Duke 125 vs Yamaha R15 V3: Specification Comparison

So, let’s put Yamaha MT-15 against KTM Duke 125 to know which one is a better choice.

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Price

Yamaha MT-15KTM Duke 125
Price (ex-showroom)Rs 1.36 LakhsRs 1.18 Lakhs

MT-15 is priced in a similar range of R15 V3, at around Rs 1.36 Lakhs. The Duke is priced at Rs 1.18 Lakhs, making it a cheaper option.

Difference between both the bikes is of Rs 18000. But you get a bigger and more refined engine.

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Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Engine Specifications

Yamaha MT-15KTM Duke 125
Engine155cc liquid-cooled VVA124.6cc liquid-cooled
Power19.3 BHP14.5 BHP
Torque14.8 Nm12 Nm

MT-15 gets the 155cc liquid-cooled SOHC engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system. The engine produces 19.3 BHPand 14.8 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slip and clutch assist.

Duke 125 gets a smaller 124.6cc liquid-cooled engine that produces 14.5 BHP and 12 Nm of peak torque. Duke also gets a 6-speed gearbox.

Obviously, MT-15 will deliver higher power figures. A regular 150cc motorcycle would deliver power figures nearing to Duke 125. But the VVA system swoops in to deliver more power.

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Mileage Expectations

Yamaha MT-15KTM Duke 125
Fuel Tank Capacity10 Litres10.2 Litres
Mileage (claimed)50 kmpl48 kmpl
Riding Range (as per claimed mileage)500 kms500 kms
Top-Speed131 km/hr110 km/hr

We expect MT-15 to deliver the same mileage as that of R15 V3, up to 50 kmpl on an average. With a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres, we can expect a riding range of around 500 kms. We expect the top speed to touch 131 km/hr.

Duke 125 gets a slightly bigger fuel tank of 10.2 Litres. With the estimated mileage of 48 kmpl, the riding range of this bike should also be nearing 500 kms. The top speed achievable on Duke is 110 km/hr.

KTM Duke 125

Also Read: KTM Duke 125 Price, Specifications, Features and Colours

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Features

The feature list of Yamaha motorcycle will be the same as that of R15 V3. So, here are some features that you can expect onboard:

  1. Fully Digital Instrument Cluster
  2. Dual-channel ABS
  3. LED headlamps
  4. LED tail light
  5. Slip and Assist Clutch
  6. Split Seats

Duke 125 does not lag behind in terms of features. Following is the feature list of the Duke:

  1. TFT Digital Display
  2. Halogen Headlight
  3. ABS
  4. Liquid Cooled engine
  5. LED Taillamps
  6. Split Seats
  7. Front and Rear Disc Brakes

If compared properly, there are only 2 major differences. R15 has an edge over here with dual-channel ABS and LED headlamps.

Also Read: KTM Duke 250 Price, Top Speed, Mileage, Specifications And Features

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Dimensions

Yamaha MT-15KTM Duke 125
Ground Clearance155mm175mm
Weight133 kgs148 kgs
Seat Height810mm818mm

MT-15 is 1965mm long, 800mm wide and 1065mm tall. The ground clearance stands at 155mm and wheelbase at 1335mm. It weights 133 kgs in total, which is comparatively a lot lesser. The seat height remains slightly tall at 810mm.

Duke 125 is 1993mm long, 789mm wide and 1083mm tall. It gets a ground clearance of 175mm and a wheelbase of 1330mm. Duke 125 is heavier than R15 at 148 kgs. Moreover, its seat height is even taller at 818mm.

Yamaha MT-15

Also Read: Yamaha R15 V3 Review – An affordable everyday sportsbike

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Suspension and Brakes

Yamaha MT-15KTM Duke 125
Telescopic ForksUSD Forks
Rear SuspensionRear Mono ShockRear Mono Shock
BrakesFront and Rear Disc with Single ABSFront Disc and Rear Disc with Single-ABS

MT-15 Thailand-Spec gets gold anodized USD Forks at the front. However, the Indian version gets telescopic forks at the front and a rear mono shock at the back. For braking purposes, it uses Front and Rear Disc brake with Single-channel ABS.

Duke 125 gets Upside-Down forks at the front and a rear mono shock at the back, just like Duke 200. It gets front and rear disc brakes with a single-channel ABS for braking. Here, it misses out on the rear ABS and gets Rear Lift-Off Protection instead.

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Design

Talking about the design, MT-15 looks a lot like the elder MT motorcycles. The typical aggressive and muscular styling paired with sharp creased body will attract a lot of people.

On the other hand, Duke 125 still follows the teenage dream with loud decals, funky graphics and the orange alloy wheels. It does not mean that Duke 125 looks boring. Duke 125 certainly is amongst the most styling motorcycles under Rs 1.5 Lakhs.

Summarizing, MT-15 looks a bit mature which will attract the millennial as well as a mature buyer. Duke 125 will find more buyers in the youth, probably under the age of 25.

KTM 125 Duke ABS

Also Read: KTM RC 200 Price, Colours, Top Speed, Mileage And Specifications

Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 – Verdict

Going by the engine specifications and the price speculations, we believe MT-15 will give a tough competition to Duke 125. The pricing range is not that different and so are the power figures.

The feature list is also similar, with Duke missing out LED lights and rear ABS. However, Duke still gets a advantage over MT-15 because of its trademark exhaust note. That’s what a lot of people are mad about.