The KTM RC 125, RC 200 & RC 390 have just been released (officially since they got leaked ages ago) at EICMA today for the first time as well as on the KTM website. Last week we were finishing the bikes off in the Kiska studio before they were picked up and taken down for the show, so I snapped some photos for you of the standard bikes as well as some pimped out with loads of powerparts!
RC = FULL SIZE RACING FORMAT
With the new RC models, KTM not only launches a new motorcycle concept for young sport riders and the young-at-heart, but also a re-interpretation of what actually constitutes a fully-fledged super sport bike, irrespective of displacement. All three models deliver a superior power-to-weight ratio, peerless agility and extreme banking clearance, and all three are distinguished by top quality high tech components. They are powered by the same highly developed, powerful and reliable DOHC singles as the Duke models 125, 200 and 390. However, similarities end at the frame. Combining precise handling with perfect stability at any speed, the ultra-lightweight geodesic of robot welded steel sections may remind some of the Duke models. However, the extremely rigid trellis frame has a significantly different geometry in order to do justice to the demands on ergonomics and riding dynamics of a true racer. A steeper steering head, less trail and a shorter wheelbase make the RC models even more agile and truly track worthy. Compared to the Duke models, less suspension travel and a more aggressive suspension set-up underscore these virtues. At 43 mm, the amply sized WP Suspension USD front forks have the same tube diameter as those of the KTM Superbike 1190 RC8 R – this is genuine racing equipment, ensuring maximum stability and precision. Developed in cooperation with Brembo, the braking system includes a 300mm front brake disc as well as standard ABS for the RC 125 and RC 390 – an equipment level unparalleled in this segment for maximum safety. Even the tires offer true, full size racing dimensions at 110/70ZR17 front and 150/60ZR17 rear.
RC = UNCOMPROMISING RACING SPIRIT
The compact, three-chambered silencer of RC 125, 200 and 390 not only makes for some raucous racing sound but is also positioned beneath the engine close to the bike’s centre of gravity. This design trick contributes to centralise the masses, supporting the incomparable agility of the RC models. The racing bodywork, the narrow, flat tank and the clip-ons mounted below the upper triple clamp give the rider full mobility for commited track riding. The fully equipped multi-functional cockpit not only informs about a multitude of parameters, all the way down to average fuel consumption and remaining range, but also supports riders on the hunt for new personal bests with an adjustable shift light. The aerodynamic fairing removes the wind pressure from chest and arms, lowers helmet turbulence in a sporty riding position and ensures maximum top speed. And at the same time, thanks to the inimitable style of designer legend Gerald Kiska and the sporty graphics, the fairing tells everyone at the first glance that the RC 125, 200 and 390 are genuine super sport bikes.