KTM RC125 Side

KTM is preparing to launch the fully faired versions of the Duke family which includes the RC125, RC200 and RC390. The sports oriented bikes will be unveiled at the upcoming Milan Motorcycle Show on 5th November. KTM had previously released a race version of the fully-fared RC390 for the ADAC Junior Cup and was expected to launch the road-going RC390 soon after, which will break cover next month. Considering the fact that the trios are identical in most aspects apart from the engine and paint job, full fairing treatment for all the three bikes was a relatively easy task for the Austrian manufacturer.

In terms of design and styling, the KTM RC series will have different tanks and bodywork retaining the same engine capacity, frame, brakes, swingarm and forks as the Dukes. For a sportier riding position, the RCs will get clip-on handlebars and rear set footpegs. Just like the Dukes, the RC series will look identical to each other in terms of styling. The body weight of the RC series will also be more or less the same, which is 127 kgs for the RC125, 129.5 kgs for the RC200 and 139 kgs for the RC390 (all weights mentioned are dry sans liquids).

The KTM RC125 will produce 15 BHP, the KTM RC200 will churn out 25 BHP, whereas the KTM RC390 will produce 43 BHP of peak power. KTM is expected to introduce a slightly restricted version of the RC390 for A2 licence holders. It will make 41.5 BHP to comply with the A2 power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.26 BHP per kg. The new offerings will be manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan, Maharashtra. Supermoto versions of the Duke family is also expected to be introduced but not until 2015. They will have more ground clearance and higher suspension travel.

KTM RC200 Side

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