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KTM RC 125 [2020]

KTM RC 125 [2020] is a sports bike with the last known price range of Rs. 1,48,553 - Rs. 1,80,425 in India. It had 2 variants and 2 colours. It and was powered by a 124.7 cc BS-IV engine with a user reported mileage of 40 kmpl. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement124.7 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported40 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,80,425

KTM RC 125 [2020] is now discontinued in India.

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KTM RC 125 [2020] Summary

RC 125 [2020] key highlights

Engine Capacity 124.7 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 40 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 9.5 litres
Seat Height 835 mm
Max Power 14.3 bhp

About RC 125 [2020]

KTM followed the success of the 125 Duke with its faired sibling, the RC 125 in India. The motorcycle gets the same aggressive styling as the other RC models including the projector headlamps accompanied by LED DRLs, turn indicators and tail lamp. It also gets the same step-seat design along with the fully-digital instrument console.

The KTM RC 125 is available in two colour options – Orange with White and Dark Galvano. The motorcycle uses a 124cc, single-cylinder, BS6-compliant engine. This motor produces 14.3bhp and 12Nm and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The RC 125 continues to ride on inverted forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Meanwhile, braking is taken care of by a 300mm front disc with a Bybre radial caliper and a 230mm rear disc along with a single-piston Bybre caliper. The system is assisted by single-channel ABS.

In terms of competition, the KTM RC 125 goes head-on against the Yamaha R15 V3 as they both are closely priced.
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KTM RC 125 [2020] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Has a refined and potent 124cc engine
    • Offers good handling
    • Excellent braking setup
  • Could be Better

    • Riding position is too aggressive for city riding
    • Is pricey
    • Could get better features

BikeWale's Take

The KTM RC 125 makes the RC brand more accessible and is aimed at novice riders wanting a fully-faired motorcycle. The bike gets top-spec suspension and braking setup along with a refined engine. And while the bike gets a commited riding position that is good for the race track, it can be uncomfortable to ride in the city.

KTM RC 125 [2020] Review

KTM introduced the 125 Duke in India late last year and it was evident that its fully-faired, ‘Race Competition’ variant would follow soon. Well, here it is then, the KTM RC 125 in flesh. And while it was being manufactured in India for a while, the company initially decided to limit its sales only to the international markets. So why is the RC 125 here now? To figure out an answer to that question, we rode the RC 125 around KTM’s testing track because, after all, an ‘RC’ belongs on the race track, isn’t it?

Introduction

KTM introduced the 125 Duke in India late last year and it was evident that its fully-faired, ‘Race Competition’ variant would follow soon. Well, here it is then, the KTM RC 125 in flesh. And while it was being manufactured in India for a while, the company initially decided to limit its sales only to the international markets. So why is the RC 125 here now? To figure out an answer to that question, we rode the RC 125 around KTM’s testing track because, after all, an ‘RC’ belongs on the race track, isn’t it?

The Visuals

The most prominent aspect of the RC 125 in terms of looks is that it has RC written all over it (quite literally). The motorcycle is an exact replica of its siblings, the RC 200 and RC 390 in terms of design and size, to say the least. The sharply-styled full-fairing with LED DRLs and twin projectors up front are unique to the Austrian manufacturer’s fully-faired motorcycles.

And just like the bikes it imitates, the RC 125 sports an exposed sub-frame with a split-seat setup to complete its aggressive appearance. It also gets the odd-looking grab-rail that sticks out like a sore thumb. Visually, the two things that set it apart are the blacked-out frame and dual-tone colour schemes which, for the first time, aren’t similar to the product KTM sells internationally. 

The Package

Even though it is the smallest and most affordable RC, KTM hasn’t cut down on the quality or features that the RC 125 offers. Components like the tubular steel trellis frame, switchgear, clip-on handlebars, mirrors and the MRF Revz tyres come straight from the RC 200’s parts bin. The orange-backlit digital instrument cluster, although now long in the tooth, has been picked up from the bigger RCs too.

The RC 125 even gets the top-spec inverted forks from WP and a ByBre braking setup. However, to keep costs in check, the motorcycle misses out on a dual-channel ABS and makes do with a single-channel unit instead. 

The Ride

Crank up the RC 125 and you are welcomed with a muffled version of the distinctive KTM exhaust note. The 124cc, liquid-cooled engine isn’t as much of a hooligan as the other KTMs and feels completely out of place on a racetrack. It churns out a humble 14bhp which struggles to push the bike to its top speed of 120kmph. The initial acceleration isn’t exhilarating either. Nevertheless, it gets a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox and a crisp throttle response to compensate for the power output. 

On the saddle, the RC 125 feels like a big motorcycle thanks to the unchanged dimensions. The clip-on handlebars and rear set pegs is a perfect recipe for aggressive riding ergonomics and on the track, the RC 125 surely makes its bigger siblings proud in terms of handling and its willingness to tip into corners. Moreover, the MRF Revz tyres provided decent grip on the track and the braking setup which has been borrowed from the RC200 offers excellent bite and feel. And even after pushing the bike to its limit for about half an hour, the brakes showed no sign of fade whatsoever.

Conclusion

The RC 125 exists to make the ‘RC’ brand more accessible (it costs Rs 37,000 lesser than the RC 200) while also completing KTM’s sub-400cc portfolio in India. But then again, the Rs 1.47 lakh introductory price tag of the ‘most affordable RC’ is what plays it down. For the first time in a long time, a KTM doesn’t seem like it is value for money. In comparison, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 might miss out on inverted forks but offers a much powerful and better spec engine, a fresh-looking white-backlit instrument display and dual-channel ABS, all for Rs 8,000 lesser at Rs 1.39 lakhs.

So who is the motorcycle targeted at? The RC 125 is perfect for novice riders wanting a fully-faired motorcycle. Its lack of immediate power makes it friendly and forgiving and the full fairing just adds to its appeal. It also comes equipped with an incredible braking setup and has good handling ability although, with slightly more power, the KTM RC 125 would have certainly been an exciting motorcycle to ride. 

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KTM RC 125 [2020] mileage

As reported by RC 125 [2020] owners, the real mileage of KTM RC 125 [2020] is 40 kmpl.

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RC 125 [2020] Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 14.5 bhp @ 9,250 rpm

    Max Torque 12 Nm @ 8,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 125 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 58 mm

    Stroke 47.2 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.8:1

    Ignition Digital Ignition

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 9.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 1.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 380 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 40 kmpl

    Top Speed These are estimated figures --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Switchable ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/60 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 230 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 Piston Radial Fixed, Rear- Single-piston floating calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 110/70 R17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 29 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 29 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 29 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 32 psi

    Front Suspension WP APEX 43

    Rear Suspension WP APEX Monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight --

    Overall Length 1,977 mm

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,341 mm

    Ground Clearance 178.5 mm

    Seat Height 820 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Steel trellis frame, powder coated

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) 30000

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12 V 8 AH VRLA

Headlight TypeProjector Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED tail lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresLCD Instrument Cluster

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KTM RC 125 [2020] User Reviews

4.5 426 ratings 63 reviews
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    Reliability

  • 4

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  • 4

    Comfort

  • 4

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  • 4

    Value for Money

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    Maintenance cost

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  •  5RC 125 review 4 months ago by Sachin, Solapur

    The components used on the rc125 are the same ones used on its bigger siblings. The suspension and the braking setup remains the same as the bigger RC200. This includes a wp 43mm usd fork at the front and a mono-shock unit at the rear. Braking duties are taken care of b

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      150 kmpl

  •  5Please in your purchase atleast 1 time 5 months ago by Manpreet Singh, Lucknow

    Very amazing for boys specially on this bike I m looking very cool many of them said on this I am looking smart from this bike. I have my own fame and this bike is very light weight and its price is reasonable any middle class person buy this for his son or for his own

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    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      140 kmpl

  •  1Cycle is better then this. 6 months ago by Anurag Poddutoori

    Waste of money. To many problems with the bike. Examples:-Digital meter failure, Engine bore failure for 2-3 minutes. Old bike and over all rating for this bike is 0/100. Only one suggestion. Don't buy this and dont waste your money. Even if you are interested think twi

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

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  •  5Best looking bike 7 months ago by Josael Hembrom, Dumka

    Best look premium quality component bike Sporty look totally i love it best looking bike. This bike is unbeatable

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

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    • Got mileage of

      50 kmpl

  •  4good product 9 months ago by Vinoji

    1.buying experience good 2.riding experience is so aggressive 3.looks are so gorgeous and sharp look, but performance is low but 125cc so it's ok 4.the bike's service is due for so long at 7,500 km and maintenance cost are cheapest. 5.pros: bike has good looks, lower ma

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      48 kmpl

  •  4Ktm rc 125 9 months ago by Hari Hara Sudhan, Thoothukudi

    Showroom experience is good. Feels very confident when riding .Aggressive and amazing looks and best braking system. Maintenance is moderate for my friends bike. But consider buying rc 200 than 125 not much difference in price but great improvement than this if you love

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