KTM RC 200 Review: Much More Versatile And Usable Now
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KTM RC 200 Review: Much More Versatile And Usable Now

Reviews by Team Drivio | Mar 11, 2024

Like the RC 390, even the RC 200’s design will polarise many people 

  • The RC 200’s 199.5cc engine makes a solid 25PS and 19.5Nm
  • That makes the RC 200 the most powerful 200cc bike in India
  • It’s also one of the few bikes in its class to get radial tyres 

The KTM RC 200 has consistently posed as a formidable contender against India's beloved sports bike, the Yamaha R15 V4. However, true to KTM's characteristic style, the RC 200 proved to be quite challenging to handle for many riders, particularly those new to the scene. Yet, KTM has implemented modifications to enhance its accessibility for inexperienced riders. The question remains: Have these changes proven effective? Let's delve into our review to uncover the answer.

KTM RC 200: Design 

The most prominent change lies in the striking new design philosophy. The updated RC boasts a considerably larger visage, showcasing KTM's signature flair with a distinctive and somewhat unconventional design.

Compared to its predecessor, the new RC adopts a more upright stance, featuring a larger front section and a taller, rounded windscreen. According to KTM, these alterations contribute to improved aerodynamics, and our firsthand experience confirms commendable wind protection. In-person, the bike appears more cohesive than depicted in images. While the front end may lack the sharpness and aggression of its predecessor, it undeniably commands attention, exuding even greater presence. 

KTM RC 200: Engine

SpecificationsKTM RC 200
Engine199.5cc liquid-cooled engine
Maximum Power25PS
Maximum Torque19.5Nm
Transmission6-speed

The engine remains the cornerstone of this bike, with the 199.5cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder retaining the same specifications as the current BS6 RC 200, with no alterations to the 25hp/19.2Nm power and torque figures. However, the new RC benefits from a 40 percent larger airbox, a modification KTM claims results in improved throttle response and a more robust torque curve.

One notable enhancement likely to have a tangible impact in real-world scenarios is the upgraded heat management system. The new RCs feature a larger curved radiator, expected to contribute to more efficient heat dissipation, thereby aiding in maintaining optimal operating temperatures.

KTM RC 200: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsKTM RC 200
Front suspensionInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshock
Front tyre110/70-R17
Rear tyre150/60-R17
Front brakeDisc
Rear brakeDisc
ABSDual-channel

The RC series introduces a new frame featuring a bolt-on subframe. While the main frame remains largely unchanged, resulting in no alterations to the steering geometry or wheelbase, a notable upgrade for customers is the increased fuel capacity. The fuel tank now accommodates 13.7 litres, a significant enhancement over the previous RC's modest 9.5 litres.

Despite the additional weight from the increased fuel capacity, the RC 200 maintains its previous weight of 160kg. This feat is achieved through KTM's efforts to reduce unsprung weight by over three kilograms. Areas such as the rear chain sprocket, the new front brake disc, and the wheels have undergone weight-saving measures. Moreover, KTM assures us that the new wheels are not only lighter but also stronger than their predecessors.

In terms of suspension, the 43mm USD fork now boasts 10mm more travel, while the rear suspension remains unchanged. Adjustability options for the RC 200 suspension are limited to rear preload adjustment, although there's hope that future iterations, such as the India-spec RC 390, will offer additional adjustability features.

KTM RC 200: Dimensions

DimensionsKTM RC 200
Ground clearance158mm
Kerb weight151kg
Fuel tank capacity13.7-litres
Seat height824mm

Regardless of your stance on the design, you're likely to appreciate KTM's enhancements to the riding position. While the footpeg position remains unchanged, the clip-on bars are now positioned slightly higher. Although the difference from the previous model may not be drastic, it's noticeable and adds comfort during extended rides. For riders seeking a more committed riding stance akin to the previous iteration, the clip-ons can be lowered by 14.5mm, albeit requiring the use of spacers available at KTM service centres.

A significant improvement lies in the seats. Despite KTM maintaining the same 835mm seat height, the seats are now flatter, better cushioned, and considerably more comfortable than before. Additionally, they feature stylish covers that exude a premium feel and offer excellent grip. KTM has also slimmed down the section where the seat meets the fuel tank, although riders below 5'7" may still find themselves on tiptoes when straddling the bike.

KTM RC 200: Price

The KTM RC 200 is priced at a solid Rs 2,17,696 (ex-showroom Delhi). While it is not stupidly expensive, it is definitely a lot of money for a bike that is a 200cc one at the end of the day. 

Verdict 

In summary, the updates to the new RC 200 will undoubtedly please enthusiasts, especially considering that the bike is priced comparably to its predecessor. While it may not boast enhanced sportiness compared to the outgoing model, it retains its inherent fun factor while introducing additional features, comfort, and usability – a welcomed evolution. It's worth noting that this introductory pricing is subject to change in the near future, so prospective buyers should keep that in mind.