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KTM’s RC125 will delight young riders


WHEN you’re new to motorcycling and whether you’reyoung or old, the last thing you want is something ugly to ride around on. That’s why so many entry-level bikes are so stylish today. The new KTM RC125 is certainly a handsome steed and appears perfect for those riders younger than 18 who need a bike, 125cc and under.

Many will remember the successful introduction of the 125 Duke, in 2011. The RC is the fairer version of the Duke, which provides a new sporting dimension to the small bike. It isn’t as similar to the Duke as you may think; the RC has been developed with a different rider in mind. It retains the 11kW four-stroke motor, but gets sportier, with a sharper steering head angle, combined with a shorter trail and wheelbase.

In terms of design, the RC makes use of twin headlights with projector lamps, while the running, rear, brake, licence plate and indicator lights all use compact, energy-saving LEDs. The front indicators are integrated into the mirror housings, while the tail and brake light are housed in the rear of the seat.

The bike is designed to accommodate a variety of riders in terms of size and weight. This is intended to provide maximum comfort. The chassis helps in this regard too, while stopping power is achieved, thanks to a ByBre system developed in conjunction with Brembo which features a single, radially-mounted four-piston caliper on the 300mm front disc, backed up by a single-piston caliper on the rear 230mm disc. The RC125 also receives the sophisticated Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS system, which can be turned off.

There’s a digital LCD dashboard with rider information, which includes fuel gauge, service interval information and journey statistics, such as fuel economy and average speed. There’s also an adjustable shift light,which indicates when the rider should switch gears when accelerating.

Production and delivery of the KTM RC125 is said to begin in September.

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