KTM has changed the two-wheeler game in India quite a lot. The Duke 200 being so powerful, yet being reasonably priced has provoked other players in the game to come out with aggressive products. Bajaj too brought out the all new Pulsar 200 NS, with hint of technology from its partner, KTM.
The recently launched KTM Duke 390 has also changed the Indian motorcycling scenario quite a bit. It produces 43 bhp of power, yet is priced below 2 lakh. The KTM products available in India come with liquid cooled engine, and given the attraction that Indians have towards fully faired bikes, launching a bike with full fairing and racy looks should be a no-brainer, and it seems we’re not the only ones who think that way because KTM has revealed three new RC models at the 71st edition of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy.
The new bikes which were launched are RC390, 200 and 125. RC 390 and RC 200 will definitely make it to the Indian stores, but the RC 125 is undoubtedly reserved for the European markets. The new RC line up for 2014 is based on the Duke models that are already available. The Duke and RC models will be sharing a lot of parts, with few exceptions. The RC bikes are fully-faired motorcycles and are configured for track riding, whereas the Duke series is more suitable for ruling the streets. The RC gets dual headlights and a sharp front nose, fairing-mounted rear view mirrors, and a LED tail-light which is in-line with the sharp design features of the bike.
When compared to Duke, the RC gets a narrower and flatter tank. These new bikes will also be using the same single cylinder engine units available on the Duke series, so the RC390 will be generating a good 43bhp, while the RC200 will churn out a handsome 25bhp and RC125 will be making about 15bhp. These RC models will also use the trellis frame from the Duke, however, the geometry of the chassis have supposedly been reworked on. It will have a steeper steering head and lesser trail, which results in a shorter wheelbase. The bikes will feature the same 43mm upside-down forks by WP and monoshock, however the suspension travel has been adjusted or rather reduced to give much more stiffer suspension setup, bringing more stability to the bike around the corner.
These new bikes will be produced and exported from India, so there’s no doubt about it making to the Indian market, but the question is when? The RC 390 and RC 200 will have a sporty riding position, thanks to the clip on handlebars. The riding position will be sportier than any other motorcycles produced in India, including the Yamaha R15, Honda CBR 250R and the TVS Apache. It is said that ABS will be standard across all the variants.
KTM-Bajaj is known to price its products reasonably, and we’re sure they will take the Indian motorcycling scenario by a storm with the launch of all new KTM RC 390 and RC 200. It is speculated that KTM RC390 will be launched here in the first half of 2014, so our fingers are crossed. Are yours? Share your thoughts using the comment form below.
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