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KTM RC390, RC200 and RC125 unveiled

6th Nov 2013 4:38 pm

KTM showcased the trio of its much awaited small capacity RC models for 2014.

The 71st edition of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, witnessed KTM reveal three of its RC models for 2014, namely the RC390, 200 and 125.

The RC line-up is based on the Duke models with a few notable differences. The RC bikes are fully-faired motorcycles apt for track riding, get dual headlights in sharply styled front noses, fairing-mounted rear view mirrors, and LED tail-lights bring up the chiselled rear sections of the bikes.

In comparison to the Duke series, the RC models get much narrower and flatter fuel tanks. The RC line-up’s engine configurations are identical to the Duke’s, where the RC390 generates maximum power of 43bhp while it is 25bhp for the RC200 and 15bhp for the RC125.

The RC line-up borrows the same trellis frame from its Duke siblings, which has been reworked for more track worthiness. This trellis frame gets reworked geometry, a steeper steering head, lesser trail, all of which results in a shorter wheelbase. The 43mm upside-down forks are made by WP and so is the rear monoshock. KTM has reduced suspension travel, giving these bikes much stiffer setups for the track. These RC models have a sporty riding position and lean its rider into the bike with clip-on handlebars, unlike the Duke series.

For stopping power, this trio share the same brakes, a 300mm disc up front and a single 230mm unit at the rear. The RC models also come with Bosch’s 9MB anti-lock braking system. We expect the RC390 to make its way into the Indian two-wheeler market in the first half of 2014.

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