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KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?


While most trade-offs aren't too significant, we really wish KTM hadn't skimped on safety

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KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?

All around the world, the KTM RC 125 has been a perfect learner’s tool for supersport buyers. Until a few weeks back, the small Austrian supersport was not on sale in India as it was deemed too pricey. However, KTM India saw the success the 125 Duke has garnered and hence decided to give the RC 125 a try in India as well. Having said that, there are noticeable differences between the motorcycle sold in India and the one sold abroad.

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KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?

Underbelly Exhaust
To meet Euro IV emission norms, the RC 125 needed a revised exhaust system. The underbelly unit was just not going to cut it for Europe. Hence, it got a side-slung exhaust, much like the RC 390. For India, the underbelly exhaust was capable of meeting the current BS4 norms. And we have to say, the RC 125 looks wholesome with the underbelly exhaust and we’re glad it was retained for India.

KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?

Different Dimensions
The KTM RC 125 that you can buy in India weighs 154kg. That is 19kg heavier than the European-spec model. To pass Indian homologation laws, the motorcycle needed additional kit like saree guard, grab handle and a tyre hugger, which is not needed for Europe. However, the difference of 19kg is just too much.

Plus, the seat height of the Indian model is 835mm, 15mm taller than its European counterpart. KTM has not divulged why there has been such a massive difference in seat height. And even after cracking our heads, we too cannot think figure out why there is such a big difference.

Also, while there is just 157mm of clearance for the Indian buyer, you get an extra 21mm of clearance abroad, thanks to the side-slung exhaust.

KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?

Vibrant Orange Colour For India
KTMs and the colour orange go hand-in-hand. Both RC 125s get an orange colour option. We cannot help but be a bit biased towards the Indian option which goes well with the black decals. The white decals on the international RC 125 do subdue the wow factor by a small amount.

KTM RC 125: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?

Only Single-channel ABS
Both motorcycles get Bosch ABS units. But while we have to make do with a single-channel ABS option, European buyers have the added safety net of a dual-channel system. If KTM did offer the dual-channel unit, it would drive up the costs. Hence, there has been a bit of cost cutting measure on KTM’s part. Interestingly, the Yamaha R15 V3 offers dual-channel ABS and is Rs 7000 more affordable than the RC 125.

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