Say Hi to the 2014 KTM RC390

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KTM has finally surfaced officially its small-displacement racing-minded machine, the RC390, a sporty two-wheeler based on the 390 Duke platform and which was a bike countless riders around the world have been expecting for more than half a year. A2 license holders will rejoice, as it looks like the 2014 KTM RC390 is about the closes they will get to the limit of their license regulations, making this machine a very desirable one.
The 2014 RC390 was engineered to offer the best compromise between all-day rideability and on-track performance, with parts derived from KTM’s racing program and bigger, meaner bikes, and it looks like no corners have been cut. Power comes from a 4-stroke liquid-cooled, injected 373.2cc single, which can produce 32kW, which makes for 43 horsepower. Transmission uses a 6-speedmanual gearbox, with a final chain drive. Everything sits in a tubular trellis frame with an 1,340mm (52.7") wheelbase and an 820mm (32.3") seat height. The seat also comes with a pillion position which can be covered for racing purposes.

ABS is standard for the single-disc brakes, 300mm in the front and 230mm in the rear, with a radial Brembo caliper for the former. WP suspensions take care of both ends, with an upside-down fork and a preload adjustable monoshock in the rear, sporting 125mm (4.9") and 150mm (5.9") of travel, forks and monoshock, respectively.

The swingarm sports the same design as that of the 390 Duke, and clip-on bars are part of the package. The front cowl sports dual headlights, with turn signals integrated into the mirrors. The “nose” of the bike can be covered with a special racing windshield version, providing better aerodynamics. The dash is all-digital, with gear indicator, fuel level and service reminder added to the usual readings.

The tank was also completely redesigned for the 2014 KTM RC390, and it can hold 10 liters (2.65 US gal) of fuel which should provide a decent range for the bike, especially in highway use. The dry weight is 147kg (324 lb). KTM did not say when will the 2014 RC390 reach the dealerships, and neither have the Austrians said anything about the price. Stay tuned.

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