Federal police won’t reveal the identity of those subject to the investigationThe Australian federal police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.The AFP issued a statement saying: “In June 2018, the Australian federal police (AFP) received a referral to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.” Continue reading... [...]
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KTM has just launched the 125 Duke in India at an introductory price of Rs 1,18,163. Taking into consideration that the 125 Duke has no direct rivals, we’ve compared it to two bikes in the same price bracket – the Yamaha R15 S (Rs 1,16,746) and the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABS (Rs 1,10,805). The new 125 Duke is the most affordable KTM bike to go on sale in India and, unlike the international-spec model, the Indian version is based on the KTM 200 Duke. The Yamaha R15 has been at the forefront of the sub-150cc, performance inclined market ever since its launch. We’ve added the Apache RTR 200 4V to the mix as its ABS variant’s pricing falls in the same category. While we are yet to ride the KTM 125 Duke, this spec comparison will give you an idea on how these motorcycles stack up, on paper.
The KTM 125 Duke is powered by a 124.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine that produces 14.5hp at 9,250rpm and 12Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. The Yamaha R15 S, on the other hand, uses a slightly larger single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 149cc engine that makes 16.6hp at 8,500rpm and 15Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. The Apache RTR 200 is the clear winner here, seeing as it is powered by a 197.75cc single-pot motor churning out 20.5hp at 8,500rpm and 18.1Nm at 7,000rpm (for the carburettor variant). The 125 Duke has more sophisticated Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) engine compared to the SOHC motors in the R15 and RTR 200 4V. The powerplant on the Duke and R15 are mated to a 6-speed transmission, while a 5-speed gearbox does duty on the TVS.
PowertrainKTM 125 DukeTVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABSYamaha R15 SEngine124.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled197.7cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled149cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooledPower14.5hp at 9250rpm20.5hp at 8500rpm 16.6hp at 8500rpmTorque12Nm at 8000rpm18.1Nm at 7000rpm 15Nm at 7500rpmTransmission 6-speed5-speed6-speed
The 125cc motor of the India-spec 125 Duke sits on the same trellis frame as the 200 Duke that is currently on sale here. It’s the only bike in this comparison to feature an inverted fork, while a monoshock unit is common to all the three. The Yamaha R15 uses its signature ‘Deltabox’ perimeter frame and a telescopic fork. The KTM 125 Duke, despite its lack of bodywork, weighs in at 148kg, while the R15 S is the lightest at 134kg. The Apache is the heaviest of the lot at 149kg, but considering the extra power on tap, it has the highest power-to-weight ratio. The Apache also gets a unique split double cradle frame, with the engine acting as a stressed member.
The 125 Duke is the first motorcycle in its class to get ABS, however, it’s a single-channel unit. It gets a 300mm disc in the front and a 230mm disc in the rear. The Yamaha gets its stopping power from 267mm and 220mm discs at the front and rear, respectively. The R15, however, does not come equipped with ABS even as an option. TVS offers a dual-channel ABS as an option on the carburettor variant of the RTR 200 only. Braking hardware on the TVS consists of a 270mm disc in the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. The tyres on the KTM 125 Duke are the widest with 110/70-17 front and 150/60-17 rear rubber. The R15 S gets thinner 90/80-17 front and 130/70-17 rear tyres, while the Apache is shod with 90/90-17 front and 130/70-17 rear tyres.
Dimensions KTM 125 Duke TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABSYamaha R15 SWheelbase1366mm1353mm1345mmWeight148kg149kg134kgSeat height818mm800mm800mmFuel tank capacity10.2 litres12 litres12 litresGround clearance175mm180mm160mmFront suspensionUSD forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkRear suspensionMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockFront brake300mm disc270mm disc267mm discRear brake230mm disc240mm disc220mm disc
Styling and features
The KTM 125 Duke for the Indian market gets its styling cues from the 200 Duke, unlike the European-spec bike that is heavily influenced by the current 390 Duke. It also loses out on the large full-colour TFT dash and WP Suspension, in an effort to price it more competitively. The KTM and TVS offerings feature an all-digital dash, while the Yamaha employs a semi-digital instrument cluster. The RTR 200 4V is the only bike here to get a slipper clutch.
The KTM is a modern sport-naked that has an engaging, yet not too aggressive riding position. It features sharp and aggressive lines complemented by bright new colour schemes. The Apache RTR 200 4V is also a naked motorcycle that has been designed keeping track performance in mind. Although that may be true, it has the least demanding ergonomics of the three, being slightly more relaxed than the Duke. The Yamaha R15 S shares its styling with the now discontinued Version 2.0, but, despite the age, the bike still looks sharp. The Yamaha offering has the sportiest riding position with clip-on bars and mildly rear-set footpegs.
Summing it up
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Besides its use on the Ertiga, the Heartect platform underpins a number of Maruti Suzuki cars like the Swift, Baleno and Ignis. The new platform helps the new Ertiga shed about 10-20kg (depending on the variant) compared to the older MPV, yet is claimed to be sturdier. It also helps increase the car’s dimensions, making it 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller. While the wheelbase is the same as the older MPV, the increase in overall size has liberated more room inside, especially in the third row.
Unlike the previous Ertiga, the new model gets safety equipment such as dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix child seat mounts, speed sensitive door locks, a speed warning system and rear parking sensors as standard across the range. Higher-spec trims add safety features like height adjustable seat belts in the front. The top-spec gets a rear parking camera and the automatic versions come with ESP and a hill-hold function.
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The concept car had dimensions of 5,014mm length, 1,986mm width, 1,605mm height and a wheelbase of 2,974mm. The production version of the SUV is expected to have marginally more conservative dimensions and would use the LNGA platform, which is essentially Lexus’ version of Toyota’s TNGA platform.
The production-spec SUV is expected to carry over the 3.5-litre V6 layout from the 'LS' flagship sedan which produces 424hp. There is also a possibility of a hybrid variant in the works, fitted with dual electric motors.
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