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KTM India Confirms Launch Of Two Faired Bikes In 2014

Faired KTM Duke 390

We all knew it’s coming but now KTM has confirmed its plans to launch not one but two RC bikes in India next year. The Austrian automaker will officially unveil the RC 200 and RC 390 at the upcoming ECIMA motorcycle show in Milan in November 2013. The launch of these bikes will happen next year, the first time when KTM will launch two products in India in the same year. Last year KTM launched the Duke 200 while this year, the Duke 390 was launched. Both bikes will form the basis of the upcoming RC bikes.

So why is KTM going from naked motorcycles to full faired machines, when the company is known for its Duke series of bikes which have no weight and best in class power to weight ratio. After having sold 8000 units of the Duke 200 in India last year, KTM has managed to understand the mentality and desire of Indian bikers. Most people give full faired bikes more weight-age, even putting performance and handling as less important parameters. All this has made KTM put the development of RC bikes on top of their list.

“Bajaj-KTM will launch two variants of the RC brand of faired racing bikes in the calendar year 2014 under the sub-500 cc category,” Amit Nandi, Head, KTM India, said on the sidelines of the Duke 390 launch in Kolkata.

So what can we expect from the upcoming RC series of motorcycles? They will be priced around Rs. 35,000/- more than their naked counterparts, which manes the RC 390 will be priced around Rs. 2.4 lakhs on-road, Mumbai. The RC bikes will feature a full fairing, aerodynamic headlight and clip-on handle bars. The seating position will be slightly aggressive compared to the rather upright position on the Duke 200 and Duke 390.

Under the skin, everything remains the same, so you get a Trellis frame, 150 section rear tyre, WP suspension, etc. The engine will be the same as well, so in the case of the RC 390, the 373.2cc engine from the Duke 390 will power it. KTM recently unveiled the racing version of the RC 390 which has been detuned to 38 HP to fit racing regulations. Expect the same amount of riding hooliganism from KTM’s upcoming RC series of pocket-rockets.

KTM Duke RC 390

2014 KTM RC390

KTM RC 390

KTM Duke RC 390 Rear

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  • Veeru July 19, 2013, 12:18 am

    Does that mean there is a fully faired 250cc Pulsar as well? Honda, Yamaha & Suzuki.. run for your drawing boards to come up with some products that can compete with Bajaj-KTM juggernaut.

    • Faisal Khan August 4, 2013, 12:51 am

      Veeru, full faired Pulsar 390 is around the corner.

  • mathews July 19, 2013, 10:42 am

    november is the date that bajaj too unveil its 375…so does it mean all are planned to unveil at the same time?

  • k.p July 19, 2013, 1:39 pm

    any news of new pulsar sub 200 c.c?

  • Pravin July 19, 2013, 2:24 pm

    So even KTM now understands the need for a proper faired bike rather than bare bodied Dukes.. Good for them..

  • Rachit July 19, 2013, 4:49 pm

    first go and ride the bare bodied Duke then comment plz.

  • Ben July 19, 2013, 5:21 pm

    there is some significant thing in this article. ktm has been escaping the criticism for it’s lesser top speed values in it’s Duke range of motorcycles due to their less weight and naked stance. but that is not the case with full faired bikes. so the rc series will clearly strip out the real capabilities of ktm. so the performance offered by the rc bikes will say whether ktm can rub shoulders with the japs or it’s just a dirt bike manufacturer.

    • Faisal Khan July 22, 2013, 12:41 am

      Ben, nice point Ben, yes we should not forget full faired bikes have better aeros at high speeds.

      • Himasnhu October 27, 2013, 6:59 pm

        Ktm duke and RC Models have one main difference that duke has short gears and rc will offers longs gears that means that beauty got higher top speed like R15 &cbr250
        simply clave

  • karikor July 19, 2013, 6:33 pm

    KTM predominantly leads the Moto GP 250cc Moto 3 so there is no doubt or question on their traclk capabilities atleast for smaller engines.

  • Ben July 19, 2013, 8:34 pm

    @karikor. to my knowledge I have never seen ktm winning any of the moto3 title. it is repeatedly shared by aprilia and Honda. also when it comes to liter class bikes, the 3 most prestigious races are motogp, ama pro racing and world super bike championship. Yamaha and Honda will always share the title in moto gp, Yamaha and Suzuki share the title in Bob pro racing and Kawasaki and Honda always share the title in world super bike championship.

  • karikor July 19, 2013, 10:10 pm

    @Ben- please check . I am sure you will see that at this years current riders standings for Moto 3, the top five riders are ktm guys.

  • saikishan July 28, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I have already booked the Ktm 390 ,wanted to know can the naked version modified to the RC 390 if the answer is yes how would it cost .
    Faisal please help

  • somansh chawla August 10, 2013, 11:37 pm

    Its not shure that u can modified it into full faired n if u do so it will be more than 25 k.. I am also going to book 390 duke but now confused what to do.???

    • Faisal Khan August 11, 2013, 1:10 am

      Get the 390, you won’t regret it.

  • ajay kumar August 15, 2013, 10:42 pm

    any one can sit back

  • shubham September 26, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I am going to buy honda cbr 250r . should I wait for rc 250? Because I think rc is better than cbr 250r.

    • Faisal Khan September 27, 2013, 12:42 am

      Shubham, yes wait for it or better still, get RC390.

  • JG420 October 22, 2013, 6:45 pm

    Hi….Is there a new Avenger in the works? The old one just looks stale now…I’m out to buy a new bike soon and all the cruiser options look like shit and I cant yet just shell out 5L+ for a harley! Any help! PLEASE HELP.

  • abhinav December 8, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Can u mention the exact on road price of rc 250… in confuse b/w cbr 250 and rc 250

  • raj January 30, 2014, 2:15 am

    hello Faisal,
    just wanted to knw if the RC390 can be used as a good tourer? I love the sharp styling cues of this little beast but very much confused about the comfort while i am on road.
    Would really appreciate your help.

    • Faisal Khan January 30, 2014, 2:35 am

      RC will be less comfortable than Duke.

  • Koushik February 28, 2014, 1:40 am

    What about the engine heat cooking rider’s legs(an issue seen in duke 390)….will it be solved by that fairing..?I am asking it because the fairing is not that big like the Japanese bike makers…..

  • md anish June 10, 2014, 11:27 am

    I want to buy a new bike I also hve a ninja 250 can the rc 390 will be able to compete with ninja 250 bcoz it a dual cylinder bike which one is best still ride the ninja or buy the rc 390


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