KTM dealerships have begun deliveries of the new RC 125 sportbike across India. The entry-level sportbike was officially launched in India on 19th June. The ex-showroom price of the fully-faired motorcycle is INR 1.47 lakh.
KTM RC 125 was launched last week and now many dealers have started delivering it to customers. It competes with Yamaha’s YZF-R15 V3.0 which is priced at INR 1.40 lakh (ex-showroom).Well, if we see in terms of pricing and performance, Yamaha R15 has an edge over the KTM sportbike. The KTM RC 125 has a muscular look with beefy upside-down telescopic front forks from WP and has an aluminum swing arm. For the rear, the bike comes equipped with a 10-step adjustable monoshock. Mechanically, the bike shares its engine with the KTM 125 Duke.
For braking, it uses disc brakes at both ends with a single-channel ABS and Rear-Lift Off protection (RLP). At the back, you get RLP which is a less effective alternative to ABS and basically prevents the lifting of the rear wheel in case of sudden brakes. Some highlights of the motorcycle include clip-on handlebars, dual projector headlamps, split seats, fully digital instrument console and the usual snazzy paint job options.
KTM RC 125 sportbike has a 124.7cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with fuel injection which comes mated with a 6-speed transmission. The engine is good enough to produce 14.5 HP of maximum power at 9,250 rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. For braking performance, the bike comes equipped with front and rear disc brakes plus the bike also features a single-channel ABS unit.
Displacement – 124.7cc
Single Cylinder Engine
Cooling Type – Liquid-Cooled
Max. Power – 14.5 HP @ 9250 rpm
Max. Torque – 12 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Gearbox – 6-Speed
Fuel System – Fuel Injection
Top Speed – 120 kmph (Approx.)
Front Brake – 300mm Single Disc
Rear Brake – 230mm Single Disc
1-Channel Anti-Lock Braking System
Front Suspension – USD Forks
Rear Suspension – Monoshock
Approx. Length – 1977 mm
Approx. Width – 688 mm
Approx. Height – 1098 mm
Ground Clearance – 157 mm
Seat Height – 835 mm
Wheelbase – 1341 mm
Kerb Weight – 154.2 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity – 9.5 litres
Front Tyre – 110/70-R17
Rear Tyre – 150/60-R17
Chassis/Frame – Trellis Frame
KTM RC125 goes against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and Yamaha R15 V3. Both of them are much more powerful than the KTM, but the very near pricing range puts them in a stiff competition.
The R15 V3 goes for Rs. 1.41 Lakhs and the RS200 goes for Rs. 1.39 Lakhs (prices ex-showroom). The power figures are lesser than its competition, but being the lightest in the segment, it has good acceleration figures.