Wednesday, November 06, 2013

2014 KTM RC390, RC200, RC125 unveiled at the EICMA

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The 2014 KTM RC390. Notice has duly been served to the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR300R. The little KTM is rocking...!

KTM have unveiled their new trio of small-bore sportsbikes, the RC390, RC200 and RC125, at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. With their presence in Moto3 and the ADAC Junior Cup series, it’s only natural for KTM to develop small-capacity sportsbikes – not just for Europe, but also for emerging markets in Asia and elsewhere. “The prime development directive for the new RC range was to build appealing, top quality sport motorbikes that radiate ample excitement with their racing concept and design, their cutting edge features and their aggressive performance, while at the same time distinguishing themselves with the best possible rideability, reliability, reasonable pricing and easy maintenance,” says a press note from KTM, describing the three new mini-sportsbikes.

The 2014 KTM RC390, RC200 and RC125 are all powered by liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder engines and the bikes’ steel tube trellis frames have been optimized for street/track use – the geometry is different from the chassis used on the 390/200/125 Duke series. Differences include a steeper steering head, less trail, shorter wheelbase and a more aggressive suspension setup (firmer spring rates, reduced travel). The bikes are fitted with high-end components like a 43mm USD fork from WP, Brembo brakes, ABS and 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 110/70 (front) and 150/60 (rear) tyres.

The compact exhaust system on the KTM RC390, RC200 and RC125 is positioned beneath the engine, close to the bikes’ centre of gravity, for mass centralization and better handling. The bikes’ racing bodywork, narrow, flat tank and clip-ons mounted below the upper triple clamp provide the requisite fully-commited track riding stance, and ergonomics that are suited to a proper sportsbike. The bikes’ aerodynamic fairing reduces wind pressure from the rider’s chest and arms, lowers helmet turbulence in a sporty riding position and ensures maximum top speed.





2014 KTM RC390: Tech Specs
Engine: Water-cooled, 4-stroke, 373cc, DOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder
Power: 43bhp
Transmission: 6-speed, wet, multi-disc clutch
Chassis: Steel tube trellis-type
Suspension: WP USD fork, WP monoshock
Brakes: Single 300mm disc with 4-piston caliper (front), single 230mm disc with single-piston caliper (rear)
Fuel tank capacity: 10 litres
Dry weight: 147kg

2014 KTM RC200: Tech Specs
Engine: Water-cooled, 4-stroke, 199cc, DOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder
Power: 25bhp
Transmission: 6-speed, wet, multi-disc clutch
Chassis: Steel tube trellis-type
Suspension: WP USD fork, WP monoshock
Brakes: Single 300mm disc with 4-piston caliper (front), single 230mm disc with single-piston caliper (rear)
Fuel tank capacity: 10 litres
Dry weight: 138 kg

2014 KTM RC125: Tech Specs
Engine: Water-cooled, 4-stroke, 124cc, DOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder
Power: 15bhp
Transmission: 6-speed, wet, multi-disc clutch
Chassis: Steel tube trellis-type
Suspension: WP USD fork, WP monoshock
Brakes: Single 300mm disc with 4-piston caliper (front), single 230mm disc with single-piston caliper (rear)
Fuel tank capacity: 10 litres
Dry weight: 135kg

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