The KTM RC 125 launched last week at an introductory price of Rs 1.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and now, dealerships across the country have started to receive the first lot of bikes, with deliveries having begun at a select few showrooms.
Dealers we spoke with have told us that the waiting period is less than a week, if a booking were to be made now. The RC’s naked counterpart – the 125 Duke – had launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.18 lakh and within a span of a few months, its price had increased to Rs 1.30 lakh. The RC 125’s price is likely to see a rise too when the introductory period ends, but whether it will be this steep is not clear at the moment.
The RC 125 uses the same mechanicals as the 125 Duke. The 124.7cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled motor produces 14.5hp and 12Nm of torque. Both bikes also use the same suspension and braking hardware. The India-spec RC 125 features two unique colour schemes – orange\black and orange/white. It also features an underbelly exhaust, unlike the international model that gets a side-mounted unit. Other changes include a rear tyre hugger, along with the mandatory saree guard.
At Rs 1.47 lakh, the RC 125 is a substantial Rs 43,000 cheaper than its bigger sibling, the RC 200, but Rs 8,000 more expensive than the more-powerful Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200. We’re riding the KTM RC 125 later this week, so stay tuned for a full review.