The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 rival the KTM RC 125 will become the cheapest RC series motorcycle available in India
When we all are eagerly waiting for the launch of the KTM 390 Adventure in India, a test mule of the KTM RC 125 was spotted testing on the outskirts of the city of Pune recently. KTM launched the Duke 125 in India not so long ago to rival the likes of the Yamaha MT-15.
Now it seems like the Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer is all set to give Yamaha some more hard time by introducing the RC 125 as well to compete with the YZF-R15 V3.0.
Although there are no official words from KTM yet on when exactly are they planning to introduce their fully faired 125cc offering in the country.
However, few reports online suggest that the RC 125 will most probably launch later this year. At present, the RC 200 is the most affordable RC series motorcycle available in the country. If KTM launches the RC 125 in India it will be priced around Rs 1.40-1.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom) making it the cheapest supersport category offering from KTM.
The upcoming motorcycle will share most of its parts with the Duke 125 including the WP upside-down suspension at the front and a 10-step preload adjustable mono-shock absorber at the rear. Expect the RC 125 to also share the same digital instrument cluster and the projector headlamps as well with the RC 200. The RC 125 will also get a single channel ABS for the safety of the rider.
Unfortunately, the Indian spec RC 125 will not get a side exhaust that can be found on the International spec motorcycle. With all these changes plus the orange and white and orange and black colour combination, aluminium swingarm, and the signature KTM exhaust note the RC 125 will definitely be able to attract the attention of the buyers.
The RC 125 will be powered by the same 125cc, single cylinder engine that powers the Duke 125 as well. The unit is capable of producing about 14.5 PS of peak power at 9250 rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 8000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Expect the KTM RC 125 to have a top speed of around 120 km/h mark.