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New KTM RC 125: Everything you need to Know

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KTM has finally redesigned its entire RC series. Recently, KTM unveiled the new RC 390 and RC 200 and RC 125. The RC 390 & RC 125 received the greatest number of changes compared to their predecessors. The RC 390 has been changed so it is time to talk about the entry-level KTM sport bike. The KTM RC 125 is a high-end bike that has enjoyed popularity in India and other countries due to its powerful engine and excellent hardware. The Austrian brand claims that the bike has undergone significant improvements to improve its performance over its predecessor. The RC 125, just like the RC 390 has a new design that was inspired by the KTM RC 16 MotoGP bikes. The twin-barrel headlamps are gone, and the pentagonal Duke-inspired headlamp with integrated indicators is in.

Although the fascia is not as sharp as it was before, the overall appearance of the bike is aggressive. The rear-end also features a trellis frame and an exposed fairing. And this brings us to the construction of the bike; the new RC 125 is based on a new frame with a bolt-on subframe and this has led to a weight reduction of 1.5 kg. The new RC 125 has lighter alloy wheels, brake rotors, and a lower unsprung weight. According to Austrian brands, this results in a more agile performance.

For a greater range, the fuel tank has been increased to 13.7 litres. Just like the new RC 390 and RC 125, the new RC 125 has clip-on handlebars that adjust in height by 10 mm and have optimally placed footpegs to allow riders to choose the best riding position.

The Euro-spec RC 125 has replaced the LCD console with a TFT instrument cluster. This provides all the necessary readouts and supports mobile phone connectivity for music and telephony. To keep the price increase in check, however, the India-spec model will likely use an LCD panel (borrowed 250 Adventure). KTM will likely drop the LED headlamps in the India-spec model and stick with the traditional halogen lamps to cut costs.

The 124.7 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled unit makes 14.3 bhp, and 12 Nm of torque. It is combined with a six speed gearbox on the new RC 125. However, the company has made some adjustments to the suspension system. The bike still uses WP Apex open cartridge tires with WP Apex monoshock, but the settings are now more sporty. The bike’s braking hardware has been slightly modified. It now uses 320mm front disc brakes and 230mm rear disc brakes, instead of the 300mm front disc brake setup. For aggressive pricing, the India-spec KTM RC 125 model will retain single-channel ABS. However, the Europe-spec KTM RC 125 will have switchable dual channel ABS.

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