MotoGP-inspired styling, chassis and electronics updates for KTM’s small-bore sportsbike range
KTM takes its small-capacity sportsbike range seriously. The RC390 and RC125 both use top-notch single-cylinder engines, bolted into aggressively-styled, fine-handling sportsbike chassis, that work great on track and road.
And for 2022, the Matighofen outfit has given both the 390 and 125 (plus the 200 in non-UK markets) a hefty makeover. Most obvious is the all-new bodywork, which is inspired by the company’s RC16 MotoGP race machine. Every panel is re-designed, with larger overall size that gives a big bike feel while improving aerodynamics.
There are also two new colourways including a sweet blue/orange scheme. The fuel tank is now larger too at 13.7 litres, for longer range between fillups. The LED headlight is all-new, mirrors are more aerodynamic and there’s a new rider and pillion seat.
The chassis has been optimised all round too, with an overall weight saving of 3.4kg from new wheels, just under 1kg from the new ByBre brakes, and the steel trellis frame is 1.5kg lighter. There’s new suspension too, from KTM’s WP APEX brand, with a preload/rebound adustable rear monoshock and fully adjustable USD front fork on the 390, and an open-cartridge fork on the RC125.
On the engine front, there’s more torque thanks to a new airbox design and revised fuel injection mapping. And you also get a class-topping suite of electronic rider aids including Supermoto ABS, cornering ABS and traction control, plus optional quickshifter – all accessed via a new LCD TFT colour dashboard.
The new generation KTM RC range will be available in dealers March 2022 – prices still to be confirmed.