KTM RC 200 is one of the most sought-after bikes by the track-enthusiasts in the Indian market. However, it is not a similar case when it comes to off-roading. KTM RC 200 is not the most ideal bike when it comes to off-roading and here is a perfect example of why you should not do it too.
KTM RC 200 off-roading
The video starts by showing a KTM RC 200 stuck inside an off-road ditch. We do not know how it reached there but the owner must have had a good reason to take the bike to such an area. The video further shows that the rider of the KTM RC 200 is trying to come out of the ditch on his own but is failing to find any grip from the loose surface.
Later, the people standing around the biker tether a rope and try to pull him out of the ditch but the attempt fails. After a few more attempts of pulling out the bike with bare hands, a Bajaj Pulsar 220F comes to rescue. The second end of the rope is tethered to the Pulsar’s rear and then it uses all its power to pull the KTM RC 200 out of the ditch without much problem.
While the KTM RC 200 is adequately powered to come over such challenges on its own, the road-biased tyres offered no grip, which caused the bike to fail on such a surface. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F, on the other hand, was in a better position to get maximum traction and help the KTM to come out of the ditch.
The KTM RC 200 is powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 25 Bhp and 19.2 Nm. It gets a 5-speed transmission. The bike serves as a perfect platform for people who want to start track-riding professionally. However, due to the good looks and a powerful engine, many non-track enthusiasts also choose the bike over its naked sibling, the KTM 200 Duke. The Bajaj Pulsar 220 has remained one of the most popular bikes in the market since its launch. The Pulsar 220F was first launched as a Fuel Injected model and then was launched as a carburetted version. It gets powered by a 220cc engine that generates a maximum power of 21 Bhp and 19 Nm.
There are two things that this video teaches us. No track-biased bike should be taken to extreme off-roading. Track-biased bikes like KTM 200 Duke, KTM 390 Duke come with sticky, soft compound tyres that do no help at all during the off-roading stints. They are much better away from the dirt and on the tarmac where they get maximum grip. Secondly, never go off-roading without a back-up. Off-roading can be fun but can be equally dangerous. Just like the case seen in the video, one can get stuck and without any help, can remain stuck for a long time. Always ensure that you have adequate help whenever going off-the-road. This stands true for both cars and motorcycles.