If you’ve handiest these days turned 18 and are freshly licensed, you couldn’t have timed entering this global higher. Not that you can have had a say in it besides, but never thoughts. I say this due to the fact the 18-year-old of nowadays has such splendid alternatives to choose from as their first motorbike. From the crop of 150s and even low-price 200s to a new breed of low-displacement, excessive-cognizance machines including the KTM a hundred twenty-five Duke and, of course, the Yamaha R15 V3. Having tasted success (, through its personal admission) within the 125cc phase, KTM now believes what the world actually desires is a faired model of the 125 Duke which is – no prizes for guessing – the RC 125 you notice right here.
Nice of KTM to position an ear to the road but the size is, it’s priced at a no longer-so-tempting Rs 1.Forty seven lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Just to arrange things for the gain of attitude, the KTM a hundred twenty-five Duke, which takes place to be precisely as powerful and 13kg lighter is Rs 17,000 less expensive and, speaking of faired bikes, the R15 V3, which offers 5PS more remains Rs eight,000 cheaper than the RC. When you don’t forget that buying a motorbike in this league includes limitless rounds of arguments with your dad and mom, foot stomping and threatening to skip meals (the ultimate one typically does the trick), the RC a hundred twenty-five is on shaky ground with that type of asking charge. And then there’s the huge query that overshadows even your ability to shop for it – is the RC 125 certainly a ‘Ready to Race’ motorcycle?
That’s a tall order for something powered by a 124.7cc, 14.5PS unmarried-cylinder motor. Sure, it’s gas-injected and liquid-cooled and has 4 valves at its disposal, but with a 154kg dry weight, those numbers have a steep incline to ascend. Viewed towards this backdrop, the 12Nm of height torque that kicks in at 8000rpm or maybe the 6-velocity transmission appears insufficient to clearly assist the RC a hundred twenty-five shine. What became KTM questioning, then? Tell you what. In the last six months by myself, KTM India sold almost as many one hundred twenty-five Dukes because it did all of its other bikes put together. That’s 14,000 125s by using the way, and it’s no marvel KTM is tempted to play every other 125cc card.
The formulation is exactly as within the different Duke/RC pairings; the powertrain is identical and the mechanicals is precise as on the respective bigger machines. This means that the RC a hundred twenty-five gets the identical level of equipment (very high, that is) which includes the 43mm upside-down fork, a ten-step adjustable monoshock, that energetic trellis frame (painted orange, of path), alloys inside the identical hue, a 300mm disc up front, a 220mm disc at the rear (with a single-channel ABS) and, like on all different KTMs except the 390s, a one hundred ten/70 R17 the front tyre and a 150/60 R17 rear tyre courtesy of MRF. That’s a few severe bits of the package you get in your (equally extreme) cash, which definitely tightens the RC 125’s case.
It’s how this system-rich package translates to the riding experience that honestly underlines the significance of getting a strong basis. You see, the RC 125 has the dedication of a man with a point to prove every single time it is going around a corner. Here, the aggressive using stance turns into a precision tool in supporting your awareness for your lines. All of its additives and the more complete in their sum come collectively to offer you with a cornering bundle that’s very pleasant. Turn-in isn’t as razor sharp as on the R15 – the RC surely looks like a motorbike designed for larger-displacement cars – but what it lacks in phrases of the Yamaha’s enthusiastic agility, it makes up for through being poised and confidence inspiring. If only I’d had a system like this to hone my riding capabilities on after I was 18!
Around the Bajaj/KTM test music at Chakan on the outskirts of Pune, the RC one hundred twenty-five flows from nook to corner with a degree of maturity that’s really a primary for a 125 and not even below the maximum competitive of inputs does it do anything untoward. That can be the song to your dad and mom ears, at the very least. The single-channel ABS also secures the tough-driving experience further, even though the lack of rear ABS nevertheless lets you have a touch bit of a laugh – we didn’t inform you that, okay?
It’s what occurs when the road straightens out that demands easing off superlative phrases. With the form of output figures, the RC one hundred twenty-five boasts, that it isn’t an extremely good performer shouldn’t come as information, however, the RC suffers greater than the Duke in this regard. Foreseeing what its overall performance will translate to inside the real international (full of interruptions and site visitors bottlenecks not like on this flowing check music), the RC is underwhelming in terms of acceleration. While it keeps the crispness and strength of the bigger KTMs, in terms of outright punch, the RC 125 is sort of a censored model of an RC two hundred. I think KTM could do nicely to sell it with a PG18 sticker, due to the fact your parents will honestly love the sound of a motorcycle that struggles to get beyond 120kmph on maximum generous straights.
It’s no longer an entire slouch either – with the proper gears and revs, you may get it up to 90 kmph or so without attempt – but it simply isn’t a motorcycle you’re going to revel in out on the toll road. An R15 V3 is a far higher guess in that placing. However, the flip facet is the gasoline-performance you may expect from it. With the 125 Duke returning 47kmpl (metropolis) and forty eight kmpl (highway), it wouldn’t be a ways-fetched to expect similar numbers from the RC one hundred twenty-five, deliver or take a minor distinction due to its heavier weight but also its greater green aerodynamics. This means you may keep most of your pocket cash for things apart from petrol – we didn’t inform you that either, k?