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.