KTM RC 125 First Ride Review
A little over 7 months in the pipeline, and despite that extortionate price tag – the KTM 125 Duke has been very well admired in the Indian market. Contrary to its displacement namesake, the 125 Duke isn’t your everyday commuter. After all, the trellis frame, upside-down forks, rear monoshock and fatter tyres aren’t something you see on a typical 125cc bike. Now, if you consider that level of equipment in a 125cc bike, the exorbitant price seems quite justified.
Well, it was about time KTM also introduced the fully-faired sibling of the 125 Duke. And, the KTM RC 125 is born. It carries forward the same mechanicals, but now, with a full fairing attached to it. And yes, it priced at Rs. 1.47lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) making it the most expensive 125cc bike in the country. So, is the price justifiable? Here’s a quick overview of your answers from our KTM RC 125 review.
As far as design is concerned, the RC 125 borrows its design cues from the elder RC 200 and RC 390. The black beak with twin projector headlamps makes a return, the fairing is exactly similar, and to an untrained eye, the KTM RC 125 is not very distinguishable from its elder siblings. The only noticeable difference lies in the new graphics and the RC 125 insignia on the fairing. Apart from that, the RC 125 boasts a large windscreen, clip-on handlebar, edgy fuel tank, and an integrated pillion seat. While this design is almost five years old, KTM has managed to spruce up some life by adding new glossy graphics and orange wheels to the baby RC.
At the heart, the KTM RC 125 – as the name suggests – borrows its motor from the 125 Duke. The 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled mill is capable of churning out 14.3bhp and 12Nm of torque. While the power figures are identical to its 125cc sibling, the power is more or less compared to other 160cc offerings in the country.
Right from the get-go, the throttle response is modest at the bottom-end and low-range of the rev cycle. It’s only when you rev the motor past 7,000rpm when it begins to feel zealous, and certainly carries the zeal over 10,000rpm redline. That said, in our RC 125 review we admired the performance from the baby RC – it’s simply amazing. It manages to hit the 90km/h mark in no time, although you will need a long stretch to reach the 122km/h mark. The engine is paired to a six-speed transmission. The gearbox is slick and you can easily pick up the bike in its top cog at about 40-45km/h mark.
Out on the track, the RC 125 feels supremely capable on the smooth tarmac. Just like the 125 Duke, the RC 125 boasts a trellis frame, upside-down forks and a rear monoshock. Since the riding posture is too committed, it adds surplus weight to the front, further ensuring a great feel from the front-end and confidence while tackling corners. Speaking of weight, the RC 125 isn’t very light in the first place. But as soon as you start riding, you realise the heft is very well balanced and it doesn’t feel like a bike that weighs north of a hundred and fifty kilos.
Now, for the moment of truth, I must add that the KTM RC 125 is an expensive offering. After all, it is the most expensive 125cc bike in the country. Sure, it gets a race-ready package and some exquisite equipment, but so does the Yamaha R15 – which is around 8,000 bucks cheaper than the baby RC. So, is it worth the penny? Yes, at least to some sort.