KTM RC125 – Low capacity dream machine?
As you walk out of the Test Centre, trembling fingers clutching that A1 pass certificate, your thoughts turn to what bike is going to be your weapon of choice. The 125cc market is huge, but there are a few that stand out if you’re looking for a more serious looking machine, particularly if sports bikes are your thing.
This is where the KTM RC125 brings plenty to the table and the Austrian manufacturers motto ’Ready to Race’ is very evident. It’s certainly not the cheapest choice for a sporty 125, but it is a substantial beast, sharing as it does the chassis of the RC390. This gives it the feel of a ‘proper’ bike and it’s not just the size that evokes this emotion.
It’s obvious that KTM designers put all they can into their bikes to live up to the company motto. With the RC125 they decided to hold back on nothing but the 11kw power limit that EU licensing allows. Everything else about this bike screams Race, as you would expect considering the RC in RC125 stands for Racing Competition.
The bright orange steel trellis frame cradles a
On the road is where the ‘little’ KTM stands out against it’s competition. The 6-speed gearbox is slick and the clutch has a light pull despite the wet multi-disc clutch being cable actuated. But it’s the feel of the bike that impresses most, it feels like, well like a proper full-size bike. It’s solid and planted yet nimble and light, eager to turn in and hold its line. It’s not a particularly aggressive riding position, it won’t put off new riders and it won’t make your arms feel like lead after 20 minutes in the saddle. Surprisingly it sounds pretty good for a 125 too, the engineers have obviously spent time trying to pull a sonorous note from the little single. There’s even an option for an Akrapovič end can, assuming you have the desire to stump up another £500. But for those that have the appetite, the KTM Powerparts accessory list runs deep. You will, however, need equally deep pockets if you venture in.
The quality and thought that has gone into the little nipper
One thing that might spoil the party is the styling, it’s unique, it’s angular, it’s very……orange, but it also stands out from the crowd. Compared to its rivals, it is certainly a head turner.
As an overall package, it’s hard to beat. The £4,449 price tag might be a stretch for some new riders, but you won’t find a