Yamaha MT-15 Version 2.0 Vs. KTM 125 Duke – Battle Of The Nakeds

This time it is the battle of the nakeds… It is the new MT-15 v2 vs. the 125 Duke to see which ends up at the top…

Today, we are putting two of the direct competitors in the performance naked motorcycle segment – The MT-15 v2 and the KTM 125 Duke. 

Let’s have a look:

  1. Engine – 

It is very clear that the Yamaha MT-15 v2 is more powerful than the KTM 125 Duke as the former has a bigger engine which produces higher performance numbers. 

Interestingly, the difference is not that much. The Yamaha only makes 3.4 HP of power and 1.9 Nm of torque more than the KTM.

KTM has the slight edge on the fuel capacity. The 125 Duke carries 1 L more fuel than the new MT-15 v2. 

In other categories, both the rivals are very similar to each other. 

CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
TypeSingle-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHCSingle-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
Displacement155 cc124.71 cc
Maximum Power18.4 HP @ 10,000 RPM15 HP
Maximum Torque14.1 Nm @ 7,500 RPM12 Nm 
ClutchWet, multi-plate with Assist & Slipper systemWet, multi-disc
Fuel Capacity10 L11 L
  1. The Chassis and Suspension Set-up – 

Both the naked competitors possess performance and sportiness in their DNA. While the MT-15 is the naked version of Yamaha’s supersport machine, the 125 Duke is the smallest sibling of KTM’s monstrous 1290 Super Duke. 

Both the bikes sport their respective company’s best chassis elements which includes the frame and the suspension setup. 

One aspect where the MT-15 has the clear advantage is the ground clearance. The Yamaha rides 15 mm higher than the KTM. 

CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
Frame TypeDeltaboxSteel Trellis Frame
Front SuspensionUSD telescopic forks43 mm WP Apex USD
Front Sus. Travel140 mm
Rear SuspensionLinked-type mono-crossWP Apex – Monoshock
Rear Sus. Travel 162 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm155 mm
  1. The Dimensions – 

In the dimension category, the MT-15 is the clear winner. It has a shorter wheelbase, weighs less and has a shorter seat height compared to the KTM. 

Having a shorter wheelbase combined with lighter weight will definitely give an edge to the MT-15 in terms of handling and agility department. 

A lower seat height will also facilitate a wide range of riders with varied stature. 

CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
Wheelbase1325 mm 1366 mm
Seat Height 810 mm822 mm 
Kerb Weight139 kg141.4 kg (dry)

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  1. The Brakes and Tyres – 

Both the rivals are running on 17” alloys at both the ends. However, the rear tyre of the KTM is wider which will aid the bike in having a superior rear grip and control.

Looking at the braking hardware, the KTM has bigger disc rotors both at the front and the rear. Hence, the KTM will have better braking power and performance than the Yamaha. 

CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
Front Brake282 mm single-disc300 mm single-disc
Rear Brake220 mm single-disc230 mm single-disc
Front Tyre17” – 100/8017” – 110/90
Rear Tyre17” – 140/7017” – 150/80
  1. The Miscellaneous – 

Here the MT-15 v2 has an upper hand over 125 Duke. The feature list of the Yamaha is better equipped than the KTM. 

It gets all-LED lighting, full-digital instrumentation equipped with smartphone Bluetooth connectivity through Y-Connect app. The Ride Connect app provides various smartphone features to the rider along with smartphone notifications. 

Additionally, both the nakeds are lacking the turn-by-turn navigation system. 

CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
Instrumentation DigitalDigital
Mobile ConnectivityY-Connect App with BluetoothNone 
GPS NavigationNoneNone 
Final DriveChainChain
  1. The Price – 
CategoryMT-15 v2125 Duke
PriceRs. 1.59 (ex-sh.)Rs. 1.71 Lakh (ex-sh.)

Overall, we can see from the above comparison that the new Yamaha MT-15 Version 2.0 is a better equipped machine compared to the KTM 125 Duke. 

At nearly Rs. 12,000/- less than the 125 Duke, the MT-15 v2 is a better value for money option in the comparison. 

But, this is just some numbers on the paper. To really understand and specify which of these two is actually better, we have to get our hands on these machines and ride them back-to-back.