KTM has launched the new RC125 in India, based on the same engine from Duke 125. It continues with the same aggressive styling with a front fairing.
KTM and Bajaj have been in partnership for a long time now. The former now manufactures entry-level motorcycles for India as well as for the global markets, from Bajaj’s Pune plant. In turn, Bajaj also uses the engines from KTM.
Till last year, KTM produced two entry-level motorcycles in India, but did not sell here. In November 2018, Duke 125 was launched as the most affordable monster. It is priced at Rs 1.30 Lakhs, seeing a price hike of Rs 12,000 over 4-5 months.
Now, KTM has launched the new RC125 in India. It looks identical to the RC200 and uses the same engine and chassis. So, here are more things to know about the newly launched sportsbike.
1. Prices And Competition
The RC125 has been launched for Rs 1.47 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). It is costlier than Duke 125 by Rs 17,000. When we put it against Yamaha R15 V3 and Bajaj Pulsar RS200, it is costlier by Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,000 respectively.
2. Bookings And Deliveries
The bookings for new KTM RC125 have commenced across all dealerships. The token amount has been fixed for Rs 5,000. The deliveries are scheduled to commence by the end of this month or first week of July, depending on the cities.
3. Engine Specs
RC125 uses a 125cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine, that produces 14.5 BHP and 12 NM of peak torque. The power figures are better than many regular 150cc motorcycles and liquid-cooling is a segment first.
The motor comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine tuning is a bit different from Duke 125.
4. Suspension and Brakes
For suspension, KTM RC125 gets WP upside-down forks at the front and a WP monoshock at the back. The setup is too premium for its segment and no one in its price range also gets the same setup.
Braking is handled by a 300mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the back. The bike also comes with a single-channel ABS and RLP (Rear Lift Off Protection) at the back.
5. Colour Options
RC125 is available in two colour options. It gets a new Orange/Black Moto GP derived colour and the other one is the same White/Orange/Black colour option.