When Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM unveiled the 125 Duke, a bike built for the young and deep-pocketed, competitor Rieju didn’t take it lying down. The Catalan firm has announced that it is now taking deposits on the bike it thinks will overtake KTM’s in the battle of the supermotos. It has taken its MRT 125 Pro and added all sorts of upgrades that make it a dangerous competitor on the race track. The result is the Pro SM Black Series. Code name: the Duke Killer.
Both bikes are targeted at young users with money to spend: the Duke will go for around $5,600, the Pro SM for $6,000. Both are equipped with a 4 stroke engine. The Rieju is lighter, weighing in at 108 kg to the KTM’s 124. (Neither compares to KTM’s zero-emission electric bike, just 90 kg.) But the differences between the dueling bikes aren’t many, and which one you race comes down to a single question: are you a Duke or a Duke Killer?
Top image: KTM 125