The latest two-wheeler to join KTM’s Indian lineup is the RC 125, which is also the most affordable fully faired motorcycle by the company. Sharing almost all its components apart from the fairing with the Duke 125, the RC 125 is the more performance-focused version of its naked street twin. As with the other bikes from the Austrian manufacturer’s stable, it is built using high-quality materials without any compromise in terms of performance. That, however, has resulted in a steep asking price of Rs. 1.47 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. making it the most expensive 125 cc bikes on sale in India. The video below by Dino’s Vault shows a track-ride of the bike along with the rider’s view on the bike’s performance.
At the price point it is positioned at, the RC 125 does not have any natural rivals but the Yamaha R15 V3 comes closest as a competitor. Do know that the R15 V3 is both cheap and much more powerful than this fully faired bike from KTM. But KTM has not made any compromises on the bike in terms of built quality and performance as the bike features similar build as its bigger siblings like the RC200 and the RC390. Going by what the rider in this video says about the bike, it has the same sharp handling confidence inspiring riding stance for which the RC series is known for.
The rider further goes on to add that the engine refinement and tuning on the RC 125 is better than the Duke 125. A bit of help in the performance department is the result of the full cowling the RC 125 comes with as it provides it with better aerodynamics, something that is important when doing high-speeds. Ktm has also provided new paint shades with the RC 125, which are black and orange shade along with a white and black shade option. There is no doubt in the fact that the bike looks ravishing and is a spectacular performance oriented package overall. It comes with upside-down front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber along with disc brakes on both ends.
Talking about its engine, it is powered by the same, 125cc, liquid cooled four stroke engine that is used by the Duke 125. This engine features a four-valve head, twin overhead camshafts and fuel injection as standard. As for the power output, the engine churns out 14.3 Bhp of peak power at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch comes standard and so is the single channel ABS. The Yamaha R15 V3, in contrast, churns out 19 Bhp of power and 14 Nm of torque from its 155 cc liquid cooled engine. Also, the R15 comes with dual-channel ABS while the RC 125 gets to do with a single channel unit.