KTM RC 125

INTRODUCTION

When KTM 125 Duke was launched, everyone almost was 100% sure about the launch of faired variant. And now KTM RC 125 has become a reality and budget conscious Indian customers can gain access to premium Austrian brand now. So KTM India has really played out a nice marketing and sales tactic here in India and let us see how it fares and how much it is going to be successful.

Ratings

  • 85%

    Performance

  • 95%

    Features

  • 95%

    Handling

  • 85%

    Comfort

  • 95%

    Build Quality

  • 90%

    Styling

  • 90%

    Value for Money

  • 90%

    Total

Price

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Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices

GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

124.7cc

MILEAGE

35-45km/l

POWER

14.5PS @ 9,250rpm

TORQUE

12N.m @ 8,000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

9.5 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

MONO SHOCK

KERB WEIGHT

154.2Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

UNPARALLELED LEGACY

2

READY TO RACE

3

STEEL TRELLIS FRAME

4

AERODYNAMIC PROTECTION

5

ON ROAD DOMINATION

6

LIQUID COOLED

7

BREMBO BRAKES

8

230mm REAR DISC BRAKE

9

COMPACT RACER

10

SINGLE CHANNEL ABS

11

ADVANCED CONTROL

12

STOPPING POWER

Full Specifications

City 35-40km/l
Highway 40-45km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachnometer Digital
Tripmeter Digital
Fuel Gauge Yes
Pass Switch Yes
Anti Theft Alarm No
Fuel Warning Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric Start
Clock Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator No
ABS Single Channel
Type Trellis Frame
Front Suspension Inverted Telescopic Fork, 43mm
Rear Suspension Mono-Shock - 10 steps(Adjuster Slots)
Engine Type Single Cylinder,4Valve, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, Fuel Injection
Displacement 124.7cc
Power 14.5PS @ 9250rpm
Torque 12N.m @ 8,000rpm
Bore x Stroke 58mm x 47.2mm
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection
Clutch Wet, Multiplate
Gearbox 6 Speed Constant Mesh
Valve Per Cylinder 4
Wheelbase 1341mm
Ground Clearance 157mm
Length x Width x height 1977mm x 688mm x 835mm
Kerb Weight 135Kg
Fuel Capacity 10liters
BRAKES & TYRES
Tyres (F) 95/75 R17"
Tyres (R) 115/75 R17"
Brakes (F) 300mm, Disc, 4-Piston Radial Fixed Calliper
Brakes (R) 230mm, Disc, Single-piston Floating calliper, brake disc
ABS BOSCH Two Channel
Electrical System 12Volt
Battery 12V, 6Ah VRLA
Head Lamp Headlight TypeMulti-Reflector Type

KTM RC 125 VIDEOS

KTM RC 125 TEST RIDE & REVIEW

SIMILAR TO KTM RC 200

The front section of the motorcycle consists of twin headlights, transparent windshield along with fairing creates fierce racing looks. This one looks a lot similar to the RC 200 with only difference being the color pattern. Two colours orange and black is the most prominent one with some white portions here and there. The omission of side slung exhaust is a welcome move and in design wise this makes it overall cleaner.

The exposing of step trellis frame and monoshock section area is a nice move and company want to show them what is out there inside. The KTM RC 125 badge on the side profile is really sporty one. So the overall design is dedicated to true race track riders and this is made possible by a lot of customer feedback. The build quality of the overall machine is top notch, premium and there are no issues whatsoever with KTM RC 125.

TOP END HEAVY PERFORMANCE

The 125cc single cylinder, 4-valve, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Fuel injected engine churns out 14.5PS at 9,250rpm and 12Nm of torque at 8,000rpm which is exactly same as the 125 Duke. The power is delivered in such a way that it is top heavy instead of bottom heavy. In the low and mid rev range, power is purely linear in nature and after crossing mid rpm mark power becomes thick and fierce. But never underestimate by the word linear that is mentioned earlier. It is due to the presence of lot of components and the end result is higher kerb weight. But this is intentional from KTM so as to make this motorcycle comfortable for inexperienced riders.

The refinement from the engine is very superb and there are no vibrations whatsoever from the handlebars and footpegs. Engine doesnot take that much time to cross the triple digit 100km/h mark. The feedback from the clutch is perfectly weighted, light and simple to operate. The KTM RC 125 comes mated with a 6-speed gearbox with claw shifting mechanism providing precise and accurate gearshifts. The gear ratios are on the shorter side and so the rider has the option to go pass through gears in a quick manner.

AGGRESSIVE ERGONOMICS

The KTM RC 125 uses a tubular trellis frame, which is very lightweight, rigid and offers great strength. The front section features WP upside-down forks and linkage-free mono shock suspension is used at the rear which is also from the experts WP. The ride quality is slightly stiff and does the job decently in undulated and worst Indian roads and superbly in circuit tracks. While on crowded cities, astute manoeuvring and decent kerb weight make matters ease but needs to get used to large fairing.

The riding posture is really super committed which means excellent for the race track and physically demanding for other ride conditions. The racing handlebar is light and gives the rider an ample amount of feedback. The Brakes offered on RC 125 is from the Brembo subsidiary-Bybre with front containing the 300mm disc with two-pot brake calliper while 230mm disc brake with one-pot brake calliper at the rear. Bite and feedback from the brakes are good enough along with the addition of Bosch single-channel ABS.

STUFFED WITH FEATURES

Four-valve, DOHC liquid-cooled engine, Single channel ABS, Multi-information display with real-time mileage indicator, Underbelly exhaust, WP suspension system, Inverted forks, Trellis frame, Bybre brakes and MRF Revz Tyres are the features offered by.

KTM RC 125 VERDICT

The faired version of 125cc is a wonderful entry to the KTM India lineup because you will get access to KTM motorcycle at very cheaper rate. This one is built specially for inexperienced riders in mind. Also there are lot of features included and this will open up new segment in 125cc category. We think KTM should have gone more aggressive with the pricing and while compared to competitors KTM RC 125 is bit more premium. No other issues whatsover.

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