Few entry-level motorbikes are as adept for aspiring track riders as KTM's RC line of sportbikes. The KTM RC, which is offered in three trim levels across several markets—125, 200, and 390—was created expressly to bring the aggressive ergonomics of a supersport to the street. It had undergone a number of changes since its first release in 2013, and now, ten years later, the small-displacement supersport lineup is better than ever before.
For the 2022 model year, the sportbike received its most significant modification since its introduction from KTM in 2013. The RC 390 introduced elements often seen on 1,000cc supersports to the table, making race-derived tech accessible to amateurs. These innovations included all-new bodywork, new wheels, and adjustments to the engine and electronics. The RC series of sportbikes is getting modest tweaks for the 2023 model year to give greater performance for those wishing to get the most out of this powerful yet approachable sportbike. Having said that, KTM makes all of its adjustments for a reason—no matter how major or minute.
The new KTM RC 125, 200, and 390 will have smoked windscreens for 2023 as opposed to the clear windshield featured on the model from the previous year. The bike's redesigned look divided a lot of people because it detracted from the previous generation's clean and athletic appearance with its bulbous front end and single headlamp. However, the new smoked windscreen, which was formerly available only on the GP Edition, is now standard for all models.
The 373cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder KTM engine continues to be used in the current generation RC 390, which is particularly outstanding. With the addition of the cutting-edge tech package, which includes superior WP Suspension components, switchable ABS, and several riding modes, you can have an accessible sportbike that is just as much fun to ride on the track as it is on winding canyon roads.
In the local market, KTM’s race-inspired supersport is available in two versions—the beginner-friendly RC 200, with KTM’s 199cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single cylinder engine cranking out 25 horsepower. Those looking for a more powerful machine can opt for the RC 390, with KTM’s tried and tested 373cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. In their current trim levels, the KTM RC 200 retails for P198,000. Meanwhile the RC 390 carries a retail price of P335,000.