Here you go KTM fanatics. You have one more visitor to upload more joy of leisure drive. This time, it's not a usual visitor, but a fully-faired entry level sports bike. Yup, I'm talking about the RC 390. The Austrian sports bike manufacturer, KTM unveiled its much noted and the cheapest full-faired sports motorbike, the RC 390 in a collaboration with ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club). ADAC is the largest automobile club in Germany and Europe with more than 18 million members. The all new machine will be raced in the upcoming ADAC Junior Cup series.
Along with the unveil of the racing version of the RC 390, KTM had announced that a production variant of the bike would be launched by 2014. The bike will be launched almost in all markets where KTM has dealerships including the biggest motorcycle market, India. The production machine will be equipped with almost all the features seen in its rivals, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR 250R, Hyosung GT250R, and the upcoming Yamaha YZF250R.
As we expected the RC 390 shared a lot with the Duke 390. We might even feel that the RC 390 is a faired version of the Duke 390. However, the racing edition looks pretty aggressive. Still, we need to wait to make the first glance at the production version of it.
The RC 390 comes with a 373.2cc, Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve engine, which is capable to deliver a peak torque of 38 Hp. It is coupled with the Bosch EFI (throttle valve 46 mm) fuel system.
The bike has been crafted in powder coated Steel tube frame. While a WP-USD Ø 43 mm suspension does the front, a WP-Monoshock cares the comfy of rear. A Four-piston brake caliper, radially symmetric sealed-off rim brake Ø 300 mm disc at front and a single-piston brake caliper, floating caliper brake, brake disc Ø 230 mm at rear handle for perfect braking. Having a 9.5 liters fuel tank, the bike weighs only 130 kgs.
"We developed a pure GP racing machine for the Moto3 World Championship. In contrast, the RC 390 Cup is based on a series model project. Both of these two projects were given the highest priority because the development of lower displacement, high quality street bikes are among our core activities. The new KTM RC 390, which will be available for sale in 2014 will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class," commented Mr. Stefan Pierer, CEO at KTM.
"Since 1993, ADAC has achieved a great deal with excellent work with up-and-coming riders in the Junior Cup. The promotion and support of young talent is also a very important aspect for KTM. We are happy to put a lot of energy into this because we actively engage in the promotion of young riders both in offroad sports and on asphalt. We are honestly thrilled that we will be able to support the ADAC Junior Cup as the KTM 390 Cup with all KTM bikes. Also because with ADAC we have a committed, reliable and strong partner in which everyone involved is a professional," added Mr. Pierer.
The RC 390 will stand up for KTM in the ADAC Junior Cup series.
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