• 2017 KTM RC 200

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The orange pocket rocket gets a spa treatement

The Austrian Orange launched the RC editions of the Duke series in 2014 and gave it full fairings and a different riding dynamics to their Duke counterparts. It handled much sharper and gave the rider better confidence due to the more sporty riding position than the upright in the Duke.

For 2017, KTM updated their RC range, both the 390 and the 200, giving them an edge from the other contenders in the segment. While the 390 received better visual cues and better mechanical equipment, the RC 200, however, was updated with only new liveries and a paint job.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    199.5 cc
  • Top Speed:
    87 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 172000
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.3/10
"KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium. Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update for 2017"

STYLING

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Since the beginning of time for this RC, it was attested an outcast because of its unusual styling and odd engine displacement. But we all know how that story ended. With KTM managing to create a niche that never existed in the market and stealing all the limelight away from the 250cc and the 300s’, they gave us a lighter and more powerful hooligan.

KTM’s Moto3 gig led to the designing of the Rc 390 and the RC 200 which was all done up at the HQ in Mattighofen, Austria. But for our joy, it is all built in India by Bajaj and the built quality is up to standards. The KTM RC 200 has always remained to be one wild looking motorcycle, which is a kind of love-it-or-hate-it kind of package and is a bit too extreme for a section of people.

KTM has decided to retain the design of the previous generation motorcycle, with changes pertaining only to the paint job and brand stickers. For 2017, this RC gets all white paint job with orange hues on the bodywork while the tank remains black. The update gets a new UV resistant paint scheme and livery that looks more mature than the outgoing one. The fairings get new rubber mounts to eliminate vibrations and the orange trellis frame now extends all the way up to the rear seat.

At the front, the RC 200 comes with the same wild looking aggressive front fairing which incorporates dual projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs below them. The fairing also comes fitted with a windshield optimised to provide great wind protection for the driver’s chest and arms. However, the rear view mirrors get a new wider design, which is much more ergonomic than before. They continue to come integrated with the turn indicators like in the previous model.

The footrests and pedals have been completely redesigned and give the RC not only a super sports look but also allow higher slopes to be able to master even better curves. The RC 200 continues to sport the orange Trellis frame and alloy wheels, side fairing, fuel tank and the rear side body panels as the previous model. The new model, unlike its elder counterpart 390, does not ditch the underbelly exhaust for a more conventional side mounted exhaust pipe. Things still sound as reverberating as before.

The slender tailpiece, vertical LED tail lamp as well as extended long rear mudguard continue to grace the rear profile of the RC 200. The KTM engineers have managed to churn up their wands and have integrated the PVC pillion seat into the bodywork lines. With this, the bike resembles a single-seater but the soft foam can actually function as a pillion seat. Very cool.

The all-digital instrument panel has a few subtle changes with respect to indicator positions but still includes the engaged gear, fuel gauge and service reminder information. Also, the RPM alert indicator gives the rider precise gear shift opportunity.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 Honda CBR 250 R Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Length 2032mm 2032mm 1999mm
Width 720mm 720mm 765mm
Height 1127mm 1127mm 1114mm
Wheelbase 1340mm 1369mm 1355mm
Seat height 820mm 790mm 785mm
Wet weight 146kg 163kg 165kg

POWERTRAIN

The mechanical front is where you see all crackers bursting. The RC 200 was always known for its absolutely mad performance and power delivery, and thankfully, there is no change on this front.

The motor still produces 24 bhp @ 9500 and 19 Nm of torque @ 8000 rpm from its 199.5cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine. The engine still is matched with the same 6-speed gearbox as before, with short ratios to make the bottom end as well as top-end performance much more thrilling. The forged piston, Nikasil-cylinder-coating, balancer shaft and forced feed lubrication all give in for that 24 barking horses.

There is an Evaporative Emission Control System ‘EVAP’ system that prevents fuel evaporation, a new Bosch fuel pump and a new CAN BUS system from the Moto3 WSBK with love. The motorcycle still features an underbelly exhaust unit which we all love listening to. The engine is yet to meet the Euro IV and BS IV standards.

"The mechanical front is where you see all crackers bursting"

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 Honda CBR 250 R Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Capacity cc 199.5 249.6 296
Bore/ Stroke mm 72/49 76/55 72/49
Output 24 bhp @ 9500 rpm 26 Bhp @ 8500 rpm 24.5 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Torque 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm 29 Nm @ 7000 rpm 19 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves, triple spark
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

Getting to the juicy part of the motorcycle, this bike is meant for getting your knees rub against the tarmac. The main trellis frame remains the same while the front tucks in for that sharper steering angle of 660. The higher centre of gravity allows the rider to go from an upright riding to a ‘leant over kissing the apex’ in a jiffy.

The pillion seat is now even more comfortable with 12 mm thicker cushion. The two-part seat offers first class supersport ergonomics with perfect support for rider and pillion. They are wide enough to secure the rider and high enough to give a sporty feel and the big bike feel. A steel fuel tank is contoured to perfectly match the supersport style and provide the rider with a tucked in confident feel.

The clip-on handlebars give in to that sporty and aggressive riding position along with ergonomically placed switches that are also illuminated. The advanced windshield design optimises airflow around the rider’s chest and arms and is also aerodynamically efficient.

Like the overall design language and engine, the rest of the mechanical hardware of the RC 390 too has been lifted off from the previous generation RC 200. At the front, the RC 200 comes fitted with 43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic forks, while at the rear, it comes with a fully adjustable hydraulic mono shock with rear aluminium swingarm, both of which are sourced from WP.

In development with Brembo, KTM has developed a powerful and excellently adjustable brake system. This means that the driver always has his RC fully under control. The pads are now sintered and at the front, the bike gets a larger 300 mm disc instead of the 280 mm previously used and a 230 mm unit at the rear. The ABS is still making a miss and we hope KTM gets it on the next generation of RCs’. Meaty 17” Metzeler tyres sport on the orange alloys.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 KTM RC 200 Honda CBR 250 R Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Suspension / Front 43mm WP upside-down; 125mm travel Telescopic fork Telescopic with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear WP monoshcok; 150 mm travel Spring loaded Monoshock Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister
Brakes / Front 300mm Disc 4-piston radial fixed calliper 296mm petal-type disc with 2-piston hydraulic calliper, ABS 300mm with 2-piston hydraulic calliper, ABS
Brakes / Rear 230 mm Single-piston floating calliper 220mm hydraulic disc with C-ABS 230mm disc with 1-piston hydraulic calliper
Tyres / Front 110/70 R17 110/70 R17 100/80 R17
Tyres / Rear 150/60 R17 140/70 R17 130/70 R17

PRICE

The pricing of this updated RC 200 stands at ₹1.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Deliveries will commence only in February 2017.

For 2017, it flairs a stylish new paint scheme which is predominantly white and orange. The new livery looks stunning compared to the outgoing edition.

"Goes from an upright riding to a ‘leant over kissing the apex’ in a jiffy"

COMPETITION

Like before, the RC 200 will continue to lock its horns with the Honda CBR 250R and Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, which though are higher capacity ones than the RC 200, the power delivery and performance levels match eye to eye.

Honda CBR 250R

When and if it comes into the Indian market, it can be pitted against the Honda CBR250R only for the concept of pricing. The CBR is a matured cruiser sports bike and the RC 200 is more of a mad track guy.

Despite the difference in engine sizes, both are entry level sportbike built for the rider to have a friendly and a racing stigma. One big boost for KTM is mad handling ability, something Honda has no counter for on its modest CBR.

The CBR uses a single cylinder, liquid cooled 250cc engine. It’s a four-stroke, 4valve, DOHC engine which yields out a peak power of 26.15 bhp at 8500 rpm. The modest torque of 22.9 Nm can be achieved at 7000 rpm. This engine is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

The RS200 completely replaced the 220F as the ‘fastest Indian’ and was the flagship model for Bajaj until the Dominar 400. The Pulsars have always been subtle and muscular looking motorcycles, but the RS 200 is adorned with a completely different design language - a hint of which Bajaj already gave with the NS 200 some three years back. The motorcycle, unlike the minimal lines of the erstwhile Pulsars, is full of busy sharp creases and mixture of design cues.

The single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.5cc engine on the RS 200 is the same mill which powers the Pulsar NS 200. Though unlike the carburetted engine of the NS 200, the engine on the RS 200 is fuel injected. The fuel injection along with three spark plugs which the engine comes with ensures optimum fuel combustion as well as an increase in overall performance and fuel efficiency. This fact reflects in the numbers too - the Pulsar RS 200 produces 24.5 bhp, which is around 1 bhp more than the power produced by NS 200. Meanwhile, the maximum torque is rated at 18.6 Nm.

VERDICT

The KTM RC 200, aka pocket-racer, is updated for the second time since its launch in 2014. It was the brand’s first step into the Ready to Race philosophy which by the looks of it, has the concept bang on. A top notch engine that is ready to take the game to the 250ccs’ and possibly has the guts to try beating them at their own game.

Exceptional handling prowess along with industry best suspension and braking units help this RC give the rider an excellent package to hoon around the racetrack or on the streets.

A new generation of RC series is expected to debut at EICMA in Italy later this year. Until then, we have these updates to play with. And we couldn’t feel any less happy.

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    • Fuel tank capacity
    • Pillion ride
    • Lack of ABS

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