KTM RC390 India spy shot. A graphic Duke in time for Auto Expo 2014?

KTM‘s three fully faired sports bikes – RC125, RC200 and RC390 are based on the 125 Duke, 200 Duke and 390 Duke respectively. KTM RC125 and KTM RC200 were unveiled at Milan’s two wheeler expo (EICMA) back in November. KTM RC390 also made its entry. All 3 bikes share styling elements while they are differentiated by striking colors and innovative graphic designs.

KTM Duke RC390 will offer 43 bhp, and 35 Nm max torque, and is heavier than the 390. The KTM RC390 will be built by Bajaj Auto, at Chakan, Pune. and will be availble at price just above Duke 390. Duke 390 created quite a ripple in the superbike segment here thanks to it’s unmatched price tag of Rs 1.8 lakh at the time of launch.

KTM Duke RC390

As is KTM’s modus operandi here, the bike produced at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant will be exported too. KTM will first bring a RC to India by 2014. KTM RC200 and RC390 are expected to be shown at the Auto Expo 2014 this week.

Under the supersport category on KTM India’s website, it says RC 125 Not available in India, RC 200 Coming soon to India, RC 390 Coming soon to India, and 1190 RC8 R EU Not available in India. Here’s a short description of the RC390 as told by KTM. “A sports bike in its purest form. Reduced to the essentials. Agile, fast, suitable for A2 driving licence and extremely sporty. Whether it be on country roads or the racetrack, the Moto3 genes are perceptible in every manoeuvre and convey pure race feeling. The handling – simply spectacular. The performance – incredible. The power – awesome.”

KTM RC390 TECHNICAL DETAILS
ENGINE
Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 15:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
CHASSIS
Frame Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel front 125 mm
Suspension travel rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs – diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” X?Ring
Steering head angle 66.5°
Wheel base 1,340±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 178.5 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 820 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 10 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
dry weight 147 kg