The RC 125 is KTM’s new small capacity fully-faired motorcycle for the European market. It does not look any different from the RC 200 and RC 390, albeit few changes to body colours and paint scheme, but will carry an incredible sticker price making it lucrative to young buyers.
Of course, the new model is based on the Duke 125 that is already on sale in Europe. The engine is same as well, with a displacement of 125cc pumping 15bhp @ 9,500rpm and 12Nm @ 8,000rpm. At 135kg, the RC 125 is really light bike, but gets braking power from the 300mm disc with four-piston caliper setup at front and 230mm disc at the rear. Again the ABS is a standard fitment due to European regulations.
The RC 125 derives styling from the RC250 Grand Prix racer which has been dominating the Moto3 World Championship. There are a few additions like headlights and rearview mirrors, but the basically it is a replica of the track machine. The RC 125 is designed to be more agile than the naked Duke – it has a steeper steering head, shorter wheelbase, less trail and different 43mm inverted forks offering lesser travel.
The RC 125 will be built in India for exports, just like its sibling the Duke 125. However, we hope KTM opts for a different strategy and launches the bike in India – it might not have the same displacement as that of the R15, but will certainly be an equally potent track bike if not better. As for the pricing, we think a sub Rs 1.5 lakh tag will be a steal, but more details of KTM’s India plans should be out around 2014 Auto Expo.
Check out the official video of the KTM RC125