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KTM RC125 vs Yamaha R15 V3 in a classic drag race: Who wins?

KTM launched its most affordable fully faired bike in the form of the RC125 last month in India. Priced at Rs. 1.47 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, it is one of the most expensive 125 cc bikes out there in the market. However, KTM has not cut any corners with the bike and it gets almost the same components as its bigger siblings like the RC200 and RC390, except of course the engine. For long, the Yamaha R15 V3 has been the reigning king of the performance-oriented bike segment under Rs. 1.5 lakh price mark. So while the RC125 is clearly short on displacement than the R15, what remains to be seen is how it holds up to the R15 in terms of real-world performance. For the same, the video below by Ayush Verma pits both these bikes against each other in a classic drag race.

Now the result of this drag race is quite obvious but the only reason for checking it out is that how the RC125 performs when compared to the Yamaha R15 V3 since both the bikes have an almost same price tag. The R15 V3 not only has a more powerful engine but it also uses superior engine technology which makes it such a powerful yet nimble motorcycle. Talking about the drag race, a total of two rounds were held between the two bikes and as expected, the Yamaha R15 V3 triumphs both of them.

In the first round, both the bikes have a good launch but the R15 V3 soon leaves the RC125 behind in the dust. At the end of the race, the distance between both the bikes is huge. The riders switch the bikes for the second round and the result is the same this time too, only with the distance between the two bikes grew even bigger at the end of the race. However, this doesn’t mean that the RC125 is not a good motorcycle. The only thing that is ‘no-so-good’ about the KTM RC125 is its price tag but it is as good a track tool as any of its bigger brother, only slower.

R15 Vs Rc125

Coming to the specifications, The KTM RC125 is powered by the same, 125cc, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine that is used by the Duke 125. This short stroke motor gets a four-valve head, twin overhead camshafts and fuel injection as standard. Talking about its 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 as standard. The bike has a kerb weight of 135 kg and so comes a single-channel ABS too

The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0, on the other hand, gets powered by a bigger 155 cc engine that puts out 18.7 Bhp of power at 10,000 RPM along with 15 Nm of torque at 8,500 RPM. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox and gets a slipper clutch as well. It comes equipped with a dual-channel ABS, VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) and the bike has a weight of 139 kg.