KTM RC 200: The best entry-level sports bike in India

Without a hint of doubt, the KTM RC 200 is the best sports bikes in the 200cc segment. It is mainly designed to attract the youth as well as the passionate riders and manages to grab a lot of attention with its premium features a race-track based styling. It is the perfect example of what a KTM bike looks and feels like, being among the top sports bike manufacturers in the world.

The bike has a very stable suspension setup that suits the leaning at the corners. The aerodynamic design and the advanced windshield give the rider the much-needed convenience at high speeds. The disc brakes are pretty big and offer amazing stopping power.

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Design

The KTM RC 200 looks like a baby supersport bike for its design. The twin projector headlights at the front offer quite a good visibility in dark, though both of them do not operate at the same time. It is equipped with a fully-digital display taken from the Duke 200. Moreover, there is an RPM alert too.

The clip-on handlebars are very very forward set, while the foot pegs are rear set. This setup makes for a very sporty and committed riding position. Though this feels great on short riding bursts, long rides can be very painful.

Engine and Transmission

The KTM RC 200 is equipped with a single cylinder, 199.5 cc, liquid cooled engine, which is the most powerful in its class. It doles out a maximum of 25 bhp power at 10,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 19.2 Nm at 8,000 rpm. It comes mated to a six-speed transmission.

Fuel Consumption

The KTM RC 200 comes with an average mileage of around 35 kmpl, which might even get slightly lower based on the riding style. This can be the result of the outright acceleration and the pure sporty feel of the throttle. However, on the highways, you can expect around 40 kmpl mileage, thanks to the aerodynamic design.

It comes with a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres, while another 1.5 litres get to the reserve.

Braking and Suspension

The KTM RC 200 comes with disc brakes on both the wheels. However, it is to be seen that the disc rotors are the biggest in the segment. On the front wheel, the 300 mm rotor a four-piston radial calliper, while the rear wheel 230 mm unit has a single-piston floating calliper.

Speaking of the suspensions, the bike rides on 43 mm WP upside-down unit at the front, while the rear has a monoshock unit.

Verdict

The KTM RC 200 price starts from around Rs. 1.75 lakhs (exclusive showroom) and falls under the premium bike range. It competes primarily against the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, which is another powerful machine, but will much less sportiness on the aesthetics.