KTM RC 200 Review
The entry level sport bike, KTM RC 200 is a diamond on the crown at the performance edge of 200 cc segment. The features and the technology used to build the RC 200 is completely a new deal from the manufacturer, KTM. The bike looks spectacular and performs like the experience never had before.
The body design and the arrangement are almost same, compared to the KTM RC 390, which differs by its engine capacity with extra power and torque stuffed. The RC 200 performs great of its 200 cc capacity, which is really an eye popper at all aspects.
Design and outlook
The KTM RC 200 is totally made of factors, that gains the attention of the entire world to admire the crispy design. Though, the KTM RC 200 is a fully faired motorcycle, the powerful and rigid trellis frame exposed sidewise is an outstanding design. Especially, the orange colour frame is a hot volcano treat. The dual projector lamp and the trendy fender in the front resemble an eagle with orange stripes on its wings. The blinker integrated rear view mirror is keenly designed, that feels easy to use it and have clear rear vision.
Notice the seat arrangement of the RC 200, the art of KTM excels on the seats provided with attractive carves. However, touring becomes uncomfortable for some riders on the seating position provided. The 10 spoke alloy wheel of the RC 200 serves the purpose, but may have looked even better.
The carbon black colour is dedicated only to the RC 200 to be under the badge of 200 cc, while the white colour is devoted to the RC 390. The RC 200 overall is a fun racing bike for every day racing experience, with the same genes inherited from its top end motorcycles.
Kerb weight and dimensions of KTM RC 200
The dimension of the RC 200 is collectively comfortable for the rider to get into action, while the pillion rider can manage compared to the Duke 200. The overall length of 1978 mm, Width 688 mm and Height of 1098 mm with a Seat Height 834 mm together is a keen measurement.
Building the RC 200 with extra mm in length can make the tour more enjoyable and accommodating the well-built person fairly. The 157 mm ground clearance and wheelbase of 1340 improves the riding quality and manoeuvre in the city traffic. The fuel tank capacity of the RC 200 is 9.5 litres (Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.5 litres) with a mileage of 25-30 kmpl as per our standards.
The 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 4-stroke engine of the KTM RC 200 produces about 25 Bhp @ 10,000 rpm of maximum power and 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm of peak torque, mated with 6-speed gear box. The induction and exhaust gases of the engine are managed by double OverHead Cam (DOHC) with 4-valve and fuel injection system assistance. The balance shaft provided to the racing angel RC 200 delivers a smooth and refined engine functioning. The regulated catalytic converter of the fuel injection monitors the engine’s need and supplies the fuel accordingly, while returning with an improved fuel economy.
RC 200 – Top speed and Performance
The racing angel reaches 0-60 kmph in 3.30 secs and 0-100 kmph in just 9.20 secs. The RC 200 is faster than the pulsar RS200 and Apache RTR 200 4v on achieving the speed marks. The top speed achieved is 138 kmph with no worries about the vibrations at this level.
Under belly exhaust and kerb weight
The three chambered under belly exhaust is absolutely fit for the motorcycle with a package of awesome look and least pollution emission. On the other hand, the modern underbelly exhaust helps centre of gravity of the RC 200 (Dry Weight 129.5 kg & Wet Weight 136 kg). The unique engine beats of the RC 200 is actually borrowed from the AK47 variety weapon for those who love it, but sounds like an empty box filled with some stuffs for some who hate it.
The digital console of the KTM RC 200 is a perfect design and the display frame has rooms for speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge and racing lap timing. In addition to these features, the RC 200 also has provision for engine temperature bar graph, average speed and mileage indicator, side stand indicator, Gear Shift Light, low oil and low battery complaints.
The alloy wheels of the RC 200 are interesting to the scenario having ten thick spokes emerging to balance the kerb weight equally. The upside down telescopic forks (white performance Suspension 4357) in the front and the rear single mono Alloy pin jointed swing arm (white performance Suspension 4618 EM). The suspensions set up looks interesting with the new, short racing front mud fender and the rear lifted.
The wide front and rear tyres of 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17, respectively gives you the powerful traction on both city and highway rides, never matters about the climatic conditions.
Unconditionally, the brakes of the RC 200 are reliable and responsive to help the rider be safe any time. Interestingly, the front disk of KTM RC 200 is placed on the left side than the right, where most of the motorbikes have. The quadric pot caliper of 300 mm front and single pot caliper of 230 mm rear floating disk brakes are always at their service.
Colours of RC 200
Presently the well-known black colour is available as the exclusive shade for the KTM RC 200.
Courtesy: Mitterbauer H.