The Duke 200 was the first bike to be introduced by Austrian manufacturer KTM in India. The Duke found a lot of buyers thanks to its aggressive pricing and now KTM has launched a fully-faired version of the bike, i.e. the RC 200. The RC 200 features identical specifications to the Duke 200 and yet it looks different and comes with a few changes. It is pinned against the Honda CBR250R and Yamaha R15 so just like always, we at MotorBeam are ready with a quick spec comparo!
The KTM RC 200 looks aggressive and sporty. The bike has already won the hearts of many thanks to its looks. It comes with a full-fairing just like its rivals. The design carries some funky elements but nothing is too over-the-top. The Honda CBR250R looks good too but honestly the bike is dated now. Honda also sells the Repsol edition CBR250R which comes with an eye-grabbing paint job. The Yamaha R15 V2 looks very good but then again this bike lacks on the performance front compared to the other bikes.
The R15 comes with the least engine cubic capacity while the RC 200 sits between the R15 and CBR. In terms of power and torque both, the RC 200 is only marginally lower than the CBR250R while the R15 is much behind. The CBR features the longest wheelbase here. There is a small amount of difference in the seat heights of all these bikes. The CBR is also the heaviest and the R15 is the lightest.
In terms of pricing, the R15 is cheaper comparatively but it is also the least powerful product. The CBR250R and the RC 200 are priced in close proximity of each other but the CBR250R also gets the option of ABS. While the R15 is the best looking product of the three, the RC 200 is more of a track machine while the CBR250R is the most comfortable bike here. Honda will soon be replacing the CBR250R in India with the CBR300R.
KTM RC 200 vs Honda CBR250R vs Yamaha R15 – Specs Comparo