KTM brings in the fully-faired version of the Duke 125, the RC 125. The new motorcycle shares its underpinnings with the naked version but gets a slippery bodywork and projector headlamps among other updates.
KTM India has added a new motorcycle to its range in India. It’s billed as the RC 125, and no prizes for guessing, it’s the fully-faired version of the Duke 125 that’s already on sale in the country for quite a while. The RC 125, however, is priced at Rs 1.47 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), which means it commands a premium of Rs 17,000 over its naked sibling.
The RC 125 now becomes the entry-ticket into KTM’s Supersports range, as it slots below the RC 200 and RC 390 models in the company’s India line-up. As for its internals, it shares its mechanicals with the Duke 125, meaning there’s a liquid-cooled 125cc single-cylinder engine on duty here. The engine develops 14.5bhp and 12Nm of torque, and it’s paired to a six-speed gearbox.
The cycle parts on the RC 125 are identical to the Duke 125 as well. You get the same 43mm upside down front forks, a monoshock at the back, 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes, and single-channel ABS. The RC 125 also gets twin projector headlamps as against the halogen setup of the Duke 125. Other than that, it has a smaller 9.5 litres tank and, at 154.2kg, it weighs a little more than its naked brethren.
The KTM RC 125 will lock horns with the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 in the Indian market. The Yamaha is considerably cheaper though – by around Rs 8,000 – and it also features a bigger and more powerful motor. The KTM, on the other hand, is expected to be an even sportier ride than the Yamaha. We will try to get our hands on it soon, so, stay tuned for the first ride review of the baby RC.