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KTM RC 390 Is Full Faired Duke 390

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KTM RC 390

The most awaited motorcycle of 2014 has finally been showcased in the form of a racing spec bike. Yes, the RC 390 covers have been lifted for the 2014 ADAC Junior Cup, which is powered by KTM. The bike was showcased at the Moto GP event in Germany at the Sachsen ring circuit. KTM says that the production version will roll out in 2014 and give the masses an affordable, quality sport bike for lower displacement motorcycles.

At first glance, the KTM RC 390 does not look awe-inspiring. The nose down, tail up has been achieved. The new tank, the visible clip-ons are here for racetrack handling and feedback. Yet again, the motorcycle has been put on diet and it is all visible. The super thin seats, the vanished tailpiece, an aluminum/titanium Akraprovic exhaust have been adopted. Headlights have disappeared. All the parts which are shown the bin have given a whopping reduction of 9 kgs to the already super light dry weight of the Duke 390.

Rear set adjustable foot pegs are part of the new ergonomic package on the KTM EC 390. The tall windscreen, fairing panels and the huge engine belly fairing are here for reducing drag. Seat height has been increased by 50 mm. Fuel tank capacity has been reduced by 1.5-litres. The steering head angle has been increased by 1.5-degrees in the process. ABS has been omitted, this is what the pictures tell us.

On the specification side, it is very clear that the engine has been de-tuned to produce 38 BHP. We assume that this move is part of racing regulations and not to forget, fewer than 40 horsepower bikes have a special place in European markets. Hardware comes from the naked Duke 390 that is on sale in India. Radial brakes, Metzeler tyres, USD front suspension and rear monoshock by WP will be tuned for maximum attack and feedback.

However, coming to the platform which Bajaj-KTM has kept in mind. The motorcycles were made to set fire to the racetrack and roads which shows how versatile the platform is. Recently, we had a short stint on the Duke 390 (full review coming soon) and were very impressed. We are holding our horses for testing the new Duke. On the other hand, this shows the magnitude of what a successful partnership and more important “platforms” can do wonders for a company. The three naked motorcycles which came out of the Chakan plant are all ready to get fairings slapped on to them with minor changes to the ECU and gearing. They are all ready to burn the racetrack.

Expect RC series of Dukes (200 and 390) to come to Indian shores after the financial year ends. Pricing? With the track record speaking for itself, expect Bajaj Auto to give enthusiasts mouth watering prices. These full faired KTM RC bikes are bound to create fury in the Indian motorcycling market and give nightmares to competitors who in fact have the legacy of creating racing motorcycles but are pretending to sleep.

KTM RC 390 India

KTM Duke RC 390

KTM Duke RC 390 Rear

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  • rahul

    Good Article Mohit. Reminds me of the way Duke stunt-bike concept transformed into the road bike of today…
    I’d like to add a few points more. The bike does not have the proportions of RC8 even though,
    1) the concept borrows fairing design from rc8…
    2) the tank design is a straight lift from rc8…
    3) the fairing incorporates an air dam (near the riders knee) similar to the rc8.
    4) the seat height has been increased on the concept bike (foot-peg – clip-on – seat combo giving the race bike an aggressive riding stance), but i believe on the production spec, we’ll see rider-seat height return to duke 390 levels (thus making way for a slightly relaxed driving posture)
    IMO – that will make the bike more proportionate and 2 tone colors (like RC8) instead of the “brand name” camouflaging will make the bike look better
    5) Akrapovic to be ditched (or available as an option)
    Again lets hope the low-pricing strategy is retained by Bajaj :)

    • Mohit Soni

      Rahul, the specifications were mentioned because these minor changes (expect for the huge weight reduction) is going to be carried forward to the RC390 all we can expect here is the design and minor specification changes to be carried forward to the production version

      whatever you have specified are bound to be ditched as there are bound to be differences between production and racing bike after all ;)

  • karikor

    KTM at its best again.

  • rahul

    somehow, i don’t think the design is going to change much from this (except the back part, foot peg position and lights) .. but then that’s just me… :)

  • Saurabh

    Well looking at the bike i think it will be priced above Duke390 if i am right, but this bike’s USP is that its full faired… But i think if an idea of RC200 is much better than RC390, as far as current scenario of indian bike market is consent… Their is no possibility that RC390 will be priced below Duke390… So first KTm look to Rc200…

  • jkrib

    in some other articles i read that the rc 390 wont be released in europe, only the 125 and 200. do you think thats right ?!

    • Jkrib, RC 125, 200 and 390 are coming but not confirmed where what will go. RC 200 and RC 390 are almost confirmed for India.

    • jkrib

      mhhh…we should wait until november, when they will show us the bikes :o

    • Jkrib, bingo, its at the 2013 ECIMA.

  • hari

    will it have a bike seat.

    • Yes Hari it will.

    • Salman

      Faisal, I wanna buy RC 390 only if it has pillion rider seat, because it looks only one can sit in this machine. Can you clarify plz?

    • It has a pillion seat which looks like a cowl but is a seat.

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