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EICMA 2013: 2014 KTM RC390, RC200 and RC125 Officially Revealed
Small in size but not in performance
Full details about the new RC390 leaked last month, but today at the 2013 EICMA show, KTM officially revealed details about the fully-faired sportbike along with its smaller siblings the RC200 and RC125.
Of course, all three models are based on previously revealed naked Duke models, so much of the information was expected anyway. The engines are the same as on the naked models, with the same performance figures. For the RC390, which we expect to land in North America, KTM claims an output of 43 hp at 9500rpm and 26 ft-lb. at 7250 rpm. The RC200 claims 25 hp at 10000 rpm and 13 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm while the RC125 is said to offer 15 hp at 9500 rpm and 9 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm.
According to KTM, the RC390 claims a ready-to-race weight (but without fuel) of 324 pounds. The RC200 is even lighter, claiming 303 pounds while the RC125 is lighter still, with a claimed weight of 298 pounds.
All three RC models feature styling inspired from KTM’s RC250 Grand Prix racer which has dominated the Moto3 World Championship, winning 26 out of 33 races over two seasons. The street-legal RC models add mirrors and dual headlights, but otherwise they’re near replicas of the race bike.
The chassis consists of a lightweight steel trellis frame like the Duke models, but with a different geometry to suit a more aggressive riding style. A steeper steering head, shorter wheelbase and less trail make the RC models more agile than their corresponding naked Dukes.
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The suspension is also different from the Duke line, with the 43mm upside-down WP forks offering less travel and sportier tuning. KTM-owned WP Suspension also provides the rear monoshock.
The RC models are also equipped with Brembo brakes, with radial-mount four-piston calipers gripping a 300mm disc up front and a single piston caliper with 230mm disc at the rear.
Other features include a multi-function display, full-sized Metzeler tires, 2.6-gallon fuel tanks and disengageable Bosch 9MB ABS.