|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||199cc||Manual||25PS @ 10000RPM||19NM @ 8000RPM||35kmpl|
After the success of KTM RC 390, the brand’s flagship sports bike in our country, KTM launched the sports version of its highest-selling motorcycle, the KTM 200 Duke. The KTM RC200 is focused on youngsters who love sports motorcycle with minimum price margin and aggressive performance. Since the vehicle shares its exterior design with its elder sibling, KTM’s RC 200 also derives its inspiration from the brand’s Moto3 championship bike that competes in the basic level of MotoGP world championship, one of the high level of two-wheeler motorsports in the entire world.
The KTM RC 200 shares its design with its elder sibling the KTM RC 390. This move was taken in order to communize the parts between their motorcycle line-up. The front end gets a sharp and aggressive design with a twin projector lamp that hides inside the sharp fins at the front with one of them serves as high beam and the other acts a low beam as well as Daytime Running Lamp (DRL). The bold visor and stylish rearview mirror complete the front look and the fuel tank is designed as slim as possible to hold the thighs of the rider within the motorcycle. The seat is a split set up with the rider seat has been made flat and hard padded to go through a long time and the rear seat has been infused with the tail section of the vehicle. The pillion seat is a PU foam that offers great comfort for the pillion rider and the grab rail is now placed on the bottom of the back seat. The tail lamp is a long vertical unit that gives an aggressive look from the rear.
Similar to its higher capacity motorcycle from the Austrian brand, The KTM RC 200 also gets a semi-exposed powder-coated trellis frame done with an orange paint job. The bike comes in the white coating as the base colour with impressive decals on the fairing adds a sporty and aggressive look. The alloy wheels are painted in KTM Orange in order to make visually a great appealing motorcycle and it looks super cool and a standalone bike in its segment. The fully digital instrument console in a square shape with orange backlit that displays all the details like revolution counter, speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel level, average fuel consumption etc.
The KTM RC 200 comes with 320mm dia of front disc operated by a double-piston floating calliper and a 230mm dia of the rear disc with a single-piston floating calliper. KTM RC 390 is offered with ABS as standard.
The engine that powers the KTM RC 200 is a single-cylinder motor that powers the naked sibling, the KTM 200 Duke. The liquid-cooled motor develops 25BHP of maximum power at 10000rpm and a peak torque of 19.2Nm at 8000rpm. The power from the engine is transferred through a wet multi-plate clutch that feels very light in its operation to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. The powerplant is designed to produce high performance and torque in the lower rev range and a balanced torque with high performance at the mid-range power which helps much in the city road conditions and on the race tracks.
The gear shifting is smoother and the power delivery in the initial pick up is much quicker than other rivals in its segment. The KTM RC 200 has high low range power concentrated for the city riders who love fast riding in the stop and go signals on the road.
The KTM RC 200 gives 30kmpl of mileage on an average basis taken from both the city rides and highway stretches. The slim and aerodynamically designed fuel tank holds 10 litres of fuel which gives out a range of 300km on a full tank of fuel.
The RC 200 comes with a bigger 43mm Upside Down telescopic forks at the front and the rear is equipped with a monoshock suspension. Both the suspension works great in the city traffic and in highway tours that tackles all the bumps and potholes easily. The ergonomically designed rider seat and the foam-filled pillion seat which is moulded into the tail section offers great comfort through the ride. The leaned-in riding position with the rear set footpegs offers great handling it the corners of the race tracks.
While the big news about the 2017 RC series was the 390, we also got a chance to sample the new 2017 RC200 at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan racetrack alongside its bigger brother. While no mechanical changes have been made to the RC200 for the 2017 version, it does get fresh new graphics along with a few other small changes. The bike continues to be powered by the 199.5 cc liquid-cooled powerplant good for 24.6 bhp and 19 Nm of torque. Let’s go through all the changes on the new RC200 one by one, followed by a quick log of what it felt like around the track, especially after having ridden its more powerful and much improved bigger brother. Our first impression video of the RC390 (we did a Facebook live, hence vertical frame) is provided below for your reference