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Mon, 22 Jul 2019

5 reasons to ride the KTM RC 125

+ 10 frequently asked questions

1. “Best beginner performance Motorbike”

What is quickly making a name as the best beginner performance motorcycle, the entry level KTM RC 125 Motorcycle is for the Ambitious racer.  

The precision engineered water-cooled engine delivers 15hp (@ 9250rpm) & 12Nm of torque (@ 8000rpm) to the rear wheels which makes it the perfect KTM Daily Motorcycle to weave around through London traffic or if you’re #ReadyToRace, twist your wrist and open up this machine around the racetrack.

2. Every ride turns into preparation for the next race.

The street-legal KTM RC 125 is powered by a Four stroke,  single-cylinder engine with  double overhead camshafts (DOHC) coupled with a lightweight precision crafted exhaust system that meets Euro 4 emissions and ensures power being delivered in style. 

What are the times?

The super sleek 6 speed transmission  helps the nimble KTM Motorcycle reach 0-100km (0-60mph) in an impressive 17.25s  and crosses the ¼ mile at 19.93 s @ 101.91 km (As per Bikedekho) making this little pocket rocket one of the sportiest in the 125cc sector. 

The 33m throttle body and seamless fuel injection system which is co-developed by Bosch ensures efficiency at 2.42 l/100 km whilst still ensuring this strong stroker can leave your competition behind at the flick of your wrist. 

What about the ECU?

The electronics system offers a range of technical features that ensures the highest performance in all conditions that come naturally with the KTM brand.

3. With performance, comes handling.

The agile KTM RC 125 leaves you reassured be it may on the streets or racetrack.  The 66.5 degree steering head angle as found as a feature by the bigger brothers in the KTM stable. The RC 125 actually shares the same high performance potential as the rest of the RC range.

What about stopping power?

In terms of stopping power, KTM worked in conjunction with Brembo to develop a high tech braking system that works in harmony with the ABS that comes standard on all KTM RC 125s which can be used to enhance safety or switch it off completely if you’re #ReadyToRace.

How safe am I?

Switching off ABS allows riders to be in full control of their tar eating machines. The high tech brake system features a four piston, radially bolted caliper and a 300mm brake disc at the front with a single piston floating caliper and a 230mm disc at the rear. This powerful motorcycle delivers high performance braking no matter how maxed out you’re riding.

4. Looks to thrill.

The KTM RC 125’s aggressive styling ensures that performance is matched by appearance. Paint schemes adhere to the KTM brand, offering variants in orange and white. The striking colour contrasts are in keeping with the KTM Motorcycles edgy design, maintaining an exhilarating, eye-turning look.

With style, comes comfort

The KTM RC 125 has a unique big bike feel with movement being possible for both rider and pillion (secondary rider). This is largely thanks to the Supersport seats which offer first class ergonomics. The seat is 820mm which ensures secure positions for riders with still being high enough for the racetrack.

Can you tell me more about those bright wheels?

The eye-catching 17 inch cast alloys are dripping in the KTM orange which brings the brand and bike together. The bike is equipped with a 110 wide wheel at the front and a huge 150mm at the rear wrapped in only the most premium rubber. 

This ensures the rider is glued to the road and will surely impress with outstanding grip in all sorts of riding conditions.

An overview on the suspension? 

The KTM RC 125 high-quality upside-down fork stye from WP suspension has similar parts as The KTM RC8 R, namely the same 43mm outer tube diameter, in essence this means actual racing engineered products that guarantees precision handling & stability that is only spawned from the KTM Stable.

5. Suit your style.

Leave your imprint on your KTM.

Roam the open road and track, modifying your KTM to suit your individuality and personal style with the KTM PowerParts range. The range boasts a wide variety of optional extras for the KTM Supersport range.

Each KTM PowerPart is developed alongside their selected machine, which means peace of mind is preserved and modifying your ride can be done without voiding factory warranty. 

Making use of our internal modifications also means that the oh so important “factory fit” is preserved straight from the dealer which is  a huge plus for all petrolheads, all PowerParts are available upon request via your local KTM Dealer in London.

The sound of Horsepower

Our personal favourite PowerParts range the Akrapovic Performance Exhaust add-on will reignite your KTM, giving it the throaty exhaust note that all Gearheads long for. This system gives you more style, sporty sound and a few extra HPs! The system is a direct bolt on and there’s is no need for software tuning once installed. 

Peace of mind.

Possibly being the most important optional extra we offer, a factory fitted alarm system should be at the top of your list, especially since there are quite a few people that are envious of KTMs. We supply you with the best security the market offers for Motorcycles that has been tried and tested to give you, and us, reassurance.

One of the benefits of installing one is it’s plug & play system, keeping your machine looking  & feeling OEM. However, the alarm system will require an additional mounting kit for installation which will be available on hand at your local UK KTM Dealer. The system comprises of a fail-safe, dual circuit immobilizer which is Thatcham homologated. 


1. Can the KTM RC 125 be ridden on CBT? 

Yes, as long as you are over the age of 17.

2.  Is the KTM RC 125 a good entry level for beginners? 

Yes, this is a perfect entry level to start your riding experience.

3. Can I get fitted luggage for the Supersport range? 

Yes, you can get official KTM luggage from our Shepherd Bush Showroom such as the large rear bag, small rear bag, and inner bag to keep your valuables dry.

4. Can I afford the RC 125? 

Yes, from super cheap finance you can own a KTM 2.9% from £69 a month.

5. Are there more accessories you can add to the RC 125? 

Yes, you can purchase Akrapovic “Slip-on-exhaust” to give the bike more style and less weight, bubble windshield, crash protectors for the clutch and ignition, stickers decals, alarm systems and other parts.

6. Do you offer servicing for the KTM RC 125?

Yes here at Central Bikes we do services for KTM. Yes the first service is due once you've clocked up 620 miles and then annually thereafter. Central Bikes is the only KTM dealership in Central London.

7. Is the RC 125 affordable on the road?

Yes, the bike can travel up to 90mph, and with a tank capacity of 9.5 litres, petrol would be affordable. The road tax is £20 a year.

8.  Is the RC 125 good for commuting and for leisure?

Yes, the bike is fantastic for commuting to and from work. It's also super enjoyable for leisure rides, especially on a nice sunny day.

9. Is the RC 125 easy to handle?

Yes, the bike is quite light, weighing 154kg. It's agile and easy to move around, going through traffic swiftly with great control features.

10. Does the RC 125 have a good braking system?

Absolutely, the RC 125 boasts Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS, which provides powerful emergency stop ability.

Unleash your inner adrenaline today! 

For any and all queries, our team would be happy to answer. Pop in for a chat, or give our friendly team a call on 020 3319 2800