The India-spec version of the 2019 KTM RC 125 fully faired compact displacement motorcycle has already been spotted in public recently, confirming its launch. KTM has been making the RC 125 in India for global consumption for years now but the company deemed it to be too expensive for the domestic market. However, the immense success of the Duke 125 has changed things.
The RC125 will launch towards the third week of June, with deliveries set to commence in July. Ahead of that KTM India has now released the first ever teaser video of the bike. Going by the Duke 125’s pricing (Rs 1.3 lakhs, ex-showroom), the fully faired variant is estimated to be priced at Rs 1.4 lakhs, ex-showroom.
The teaser reveals that the India-specific KTM RC125 will ditch the international version’s side exhaust canister in favour of underbelly exhaust. The motorcycle will also be equipped with mandatory ensembles like fairing mounted front license plate, and saree guard. Watch the teaser video below, which confirms the presence of a new orange shade, seen for the first time on board the RC 125.
Powering the KTM RC 125 in India will be the same 125 cc single cylinder FI liquid cooled DOHC engine from Duke 125. This engine delivers 14.5 PS of power and 12 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6 speed transmission, has single disc brake on each end. ABS is standard, but only single channel. Dual channel ABS is not on offer, even as option. At the rear, ABS ring is present, but it is for the RLP or rear-lift protection system.
The RC125 would serve as an excellent tool for budding riders to learn and hone their skills before graduating to more powerful motorcycles. The Duke 125 didn’t waste any time to become the best selling KTM in the country and we expect the RC125 to provide further boost to the brand’s sales.
The success of compact displacement premium motorcycles is expected to encourage other European brands to give this segment a shot. Aprilia is reportedly gearing up to introduce RS125 and Tuono 125 in India to take on the RC 125 and Duke 125 respectively. For now, the RC 125 will have the Yamaha R15 V3 as target, which is also priced in the Rs 1.4 lakh range, and registers over 7k units monthly sales.