The 2022 RC 200 is powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that makes 25.4bhp energy and 19.5Nm peak torque. Whereas the efficiency numbers haven’t modified, KTM has geared up the brand new RC with a much bigger airbox in order that the engine can now breathe extra freely. Even the radiator design is curved for higher warmth dissipation.
The modifications to the engine from the phrase Go deserve consideration. It is now noticeably smoother, extra tractable and fewer frantic. You’ll be able to high round 40-45kph in sixth gear with out engine tantrums, which suggests it is fairly straightforward to potter within the metropolis. Though acceleration is just not considerably improved, energy distribution is extra linear within the rev band. As much as 6,000rpm, the RC 200 stays docile and docile with a candy acceleration, however past that, it pleases you with a fast and nice pull, which makes the bike addicting to its redline. It could additionally do 100-110 kmph with out a lot stress and overtaking can be not a job.
Even the gearbox of the RC is much like that of the KTM with glossy and clean transitions. And that is with a light-weight clutch. Nonetheless, we’ve got seen that the cogs behave erratically after lengthy using classes and shifts generally require some effort. And now that we’re speaking destructive, the presence of vibration is one other disadvantage that you’ll have to take care of. It crawls on the footpegs and handlebars at a pace of 90 kmph and stays put as you go quicker. A small buzzing emanates from its panels as nicely.
One space the place the RC 200 has improved by an enormous margin is when it comes to warmth dissipation. Because of the modified cooling setup, even after being caught in visitors for a number of minutes, I did not really feel any warmth dissipating on my toes.
The dealing with of the RC 200 is hard and sharp as ever. In reality, the brand new mannequin feels extra predictable and composed and evokes a number of confidence pushing it round corners. The steering responds with good accuracy and as soon as tilted, it holds its line with precision, be it taking an extended sweeper or tight hairpins. Whereas the grip from the tires can be commendable for probably the most half, it lacks the required suggestions when pushed to the aspect.
Surprisingly, experience high quality is just not compromised in favor of confidence-inspiring dealing with. From small potholes to potholes, from stones to manhole covers, the motorbike absorbs nearly all the pieces with ease. It is just whenever you go bullish on the massive volatility that the again feels a bit agency.
The RC 200 may have executed higher with brakes although. It does not ship pretty much as good stopping energy as you’d anticipate from such a performance-focused machine. The brake lever has a pleasant preliminary chew, however feels inconsistent and missing in onerous braking. Nonetheless, the rear brake offers sufficient chew and really feel.