Austrian two-wheeler and sports car manufacturer KTM has launched the KTM RC 125 motorcycle in India at an ex-showroom price of INR1.47 lakh. The new vehicle’s design is borrowed from the KTM RC 16 which represents the brand in MotoGP competitions. The RC 125 is a fully faired bike mounted on a steel trellis frame. KTM has joined hands with Bajaj Auto to market the bike in India.
Speaking at the launch, Bajaj Auto vice-president Sumeet Narang, said that KTM bikes are built for a winning performance. It’s not different from the RC 125 which lends a true KTM sports bike experience to the rider. The MotoGP genes from the RC 16, he said, have been retained in the RC 125.
The KTM RC 125 is hauled by a 124cc motor which outputs 14.3bhp and 12Nm peak torque. The single-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed gear system. The bike is supported by WP upside down forks and a triple clamp handlebar. The vehicle’s braking duties are handled by 300mm and 200mm disc brakes at the front and back respectively. The RC 125, like its elder sibling KTM 125 Duke, gets single channel Bosch antilock braking system (ABS) and a rear-left mitigation (RLM) system as standard.
Other features of the KTM RC 125 include twin projector headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs) and a fully digital instrument console. The motorcycle weighs 154.2kg and offers a 157mm ground clearance. The RC 125’s design is similar to the KTM RC 390 and the manufacturer has lent an edgy look to make the vehicle look appealing to sports biking enthusiasts. The RC 125 is about INR17,000 more expensive compared to the 125 Duke but at the same time is much cheaper than the KTM RC 200.
The KTM RC 125, at its price point, will be a rival of the Yamaha R15 V3.0 bike in India.