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Spotted! 2019 KTM RC 125 testing in India

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

KTM India is most likely to work on its race competition model of the 125cc class. After successfully selling the KTM Duke 125, the naked street going model, KTM India is most likely preparing to launch the sporty & fully faired KTM RC 125 for the Indian market.

KTM is already selling this popular model internationally and it is marketed as compact entry level racer for everyday use. It meets all the requirements necessary for the A1 license and thus is popular among the new riders who wish start and learn motorcycle riding worldwide.

Powering the KTM RC 125 is the single-cylinder, 124.7cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor producing 14.5 PS of power @ 9250 RPM and 12 Nm torque @ 8000 RPM coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The suspension is a 43mm upside down WP unit on the front and a progressive adjustable mono-shock with preload on the rear. KTM RC 125 features a 300mm front disc with radial mounted 4 piston caliper and 230mm disc with a single pot on the rear wheel. Most of its hardware is likely to be shared from the KTM Duke 125, but may get a dual-channel ABS as observed in the Yamaha R15 V3 which might be the ideal competitor.

The most noticeable difference from the international KTM RC-125 is the exhaust being under-body as opposed to the side slung exhaust on the international models, signifying continuation of parts sharing from the Duke-125. The Indian model is most likely to get different graphics, although some elements have been taken in from the international model.

The KTM RC 125 is likely to weigh similar to the KTM RC 200 with a kerb weight of  around 140 kgs. If launched in India the KTM RC 125 is likely to be priced around INR 1.4 lakh ex-showroom. The KTM Duke 125 now costs INR 1.25 lakh ex-showroom.

KTM India manufactures and exports most of the sub 400cc motorbikes in its stable but the RC 125 is currently not for sale in India yet, but things might be taking a turn for good as it was spied being tested on the road most likely for the Indian masses, and is expected to be launched soon.

The KTM RC 125 is likely to rival the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200.

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