The RC390 Cup racebike is the machine on which the RC390 streetbike - a fully faired entry-level sportsbike - will be based. Younger riders will love it!
Austrian bike manufacturer, KTM (which is now 40% owned by Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj Auto) recently unveiled the new RC390 Cup racebike, which will be raced in the upcoming ADAC Junior Cup series. KTM have also confirmed that the 2014 RC390 streetbike – a fully faired entry-level sportsbike that will take on the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300R, Honda CBR250R and Yamaha YZF250R next year – will be based on the Cup racer.
KTM, which has already been very successful in Moto3, wants to add more entry-level sportsbikes to its line-up and the RC390 is an important step in that direction. “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,” says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.
Apart from the addition of street-spec bits - headlamp, turn-indicators, taillamp and a dual-seat unit - we expect the RC390 streetbike to look exactly like the Cup racebike you see here, which is just brilliant. In fact, we wonder how the Japanese plan to take on this new KTM. At one time in the distant past, the Japs did know how to make the best 400cc sportsbikes in the world (see here, here and here), but do they still remember? Would they still be willing to go all out and produce something that can take on the Austrian contender in the entry-level sportsbike segment?
2014 KTM RC390 Tech Specs:
Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, 373cc
Chassis: Tubular steel trellis frame
Suspension: 43mm WP USD fork, WP monoshock
Brakes: Single 300mm disc with 4-piston caliper (front), single 230mm disc (rear)
Wheels and Tyres: 17-inch cast aluminium wheels, 110/70 (front) and 150/60 (rear) tyres
Exhaust: Akrapovic titanium silencer
Fuel tank capacity: 9.5 litres