After several spy shots and teasers, KTM has finally launched the new RC 200 and at first glance, this baby sports bike looks all-new from the grounds up. Starting from the new full-fairing design and a revised chassis, the 2022 KTM RC 200 is now lighter and looks like the part Ready to Race. However, with the same engine and gearbox is KTM compromising or cutting costs? Lets find out that answer with a detailed review of the spec sheet?
The 2022 KTM RC 200 is built around an ultra-lightweight framework. The trellis frame and a bolt-on subframe are now 1.5 kgs lighter than the previous generation RC. KTM has further shaved off weight with a new 5-spoke aluminum wheel with the front brakes are mounted onto the wheels. All in all, the second-generation KTM RC 200 shaves 3.3 kilos from its previous iteration.
However, the dimensions have remained the same as before. It still measures 1978 mm long, 688 mm wide, and 1098 mm long. The seat height is 820 mm, which feels a bit high, but a tapered fuel tank should be easier to grip in and position your legs. Speaking of which, the biggest positive change has to come with the fuel tank which can now hold 13.7-liters of fuel, compared to the 9.5-liter in the old RC. This aids in better mileage results, and a need for fewer breaks for refueling.
|Seat Height||820 mm|
|Ground Clearance||178.5 mm|
The new design of the fairing has trickled down from the KTM RC 16MotoGP bike. It now gets a LED headlamp unit with DRLs and indicators. The aluminum rearview mirror is now foldable and wider, which allows for a clearer view; and the windscreen is also taller than before. Complimenting this is the slimmer bodywork on the side with a two-part design. It actively sends cooler air to the riders legs, while time deflecting hot air away at the same, and at the same time aided by the new curved radiator. But this is an observation made on the basis of riding the RC 200 on track; real-world effectiveness is yet to be seen.
Furthermore, the second-generation RC 200 is now more suited for daily driving because the clip-on handlebars have been raised by 15 mm that helps achieve a bit upright stance. However, it can be dropped by 10 mm further for your track days, or if you want to commit to its true riding style. The split seat design makes it ergonomically viable, especially for pillion riders who now get aluminum grab rail. The LED taillight is also new, and the minimal design of the rear section exposes the new subframe that gives it a radical aftertaste.
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Perhaps, the only part that has not been changed is the engine. It is the same 199.5 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that was available with the old RC. It produces the same 25.8 Ps and 19.5 Nm of torque. And the 6-speed gearbox remains unchanged as well with the same gear ratios. However, the airbox is now 40% larger, and as per KTM that affects the throttle response and a stronger torque curve. So, you dont have the wring the accelerator all the way up to 10,000 rpm to get access to the maximum power.
As mentioned about its lightweight before, the new KTM RC 200 shaves over three kilos of unsprung weight. The weight is mostly shaved off from the rear chain sprocket and a new 320 mm lighter front disc, combined with the 240 mm at the rear. Suspension duties are handled by WP APEX 43 mm Upside Down fork and its travel length has improved by10 mm, and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear from WP as well. It does come with dual-channel ABS and to make matters more interesting, you also get the Supermoto ABS that switches of the rear ABS to make matters engaging.
|Engine Type||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|Max Power||25.8 PS|
|Max Torque||19.5 Nm|
|Suspension-Front||WP APEX 43|
|Suspension-Rear||WP APEX - Monoshock|
|Front Brake Diameter||320 mm|
|Rear Brake Diameter||230 mm|
New on the 2022 KTM RC 200 is a re-designed LCD dashboard that is from the KTM Adventure 250. It displays the same information as can be found in the ADV. This includes the instant fuel efficiency, gear indicator; shift light, ABS control, speedometer, and tachometer.
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