Based on an all-new platform, the 2022 KTM RC125 is likely to raise the bar for the 125cc segment. KTM’s new entry-level supersport will give a tough time to the Yamaha YZF-R125 and the Aprilia RS125 in the international market.
The specifications of the upcoming 2022 KTM RC125 have surfaced on the internet giving us an idea of how much of an extensive upgrade the Austrian motorcycle maker’s entry-level supersport will be.
The next generation of the RC series will be based on an all-new platform. The new platform now spawns a new chassis that gets a bolt-on split sub-frame. The leaked specifications confirm that the new chassis is lighter by 1.5kg. KTM engineers haven’t stopped there. The cycle parts and other components have been lightened as well. The supersport will be equipped with lightweight footpegs. A hollow axle design has been incorporated to shave off weight, along with new axle clamps.
The front and the rear alloy wheels now save 3.4 kg (combined), courtesy, fewer – five – spoke wheel design and open hubs. This in turn will translate to less rotating unsprung mass resulting in a more accurate turn-in.
The brakes have been upgraded too. The RC125 now gets a 320mm rotor in the front with a four-pot Bybre calliper. The new brake setup in the front and the rear have helped KTM shave off 960gms off the motorcycle.
The 2022 KTM RC125 uses the same 125cc engine as before, but this time the mill is likely to fire using new internals. The liquid cooling mechanism has gone under thorough revision to keep the engine temperature in check. The power output is the same as before, 14.7 bhp, but this time with a lighter setup, the KTM RC125 is likely to be a more engaging and aggressive motorcycle to ride.
Moreover, the suspension unit in the front has been replaced with open cartridge up-side down forks. The clip-on handlebar setup offers 10mm of adjustability to suit the rider’s comfort spot. The rider’s triangle has been altered too and KTM will offer newly design, wet-weather resistant seats with the new motorcycle.
The new KTM RC125 has a new dashboard too. A 5-inch TFT screen that offers smartphone connectivity via the ‘KTM MY RIDE’ application.
Bear in mind that the above-mentioned specifications and features could be exclusive to the international spec model mostly sold in the European and the American markets. The India spec model is likely to miss out on most of the gadgets to keep the price in check. The launch of the new-gen KTM RC series is expected by the end of this year.