Posted: 05 Nov 2013
Following the launch of a concept bike at EICMA in 2012, KTM has once again used the biggest European motorcycle exhibition to announce major news.
It today unveiled three new smaller capacity motorcycles to reignite the passion for sport bikes in the lower and middle displacement categories, presented the final production version of the concept bike they showcased last year – the 1290 Super Duke R – and launched an upgraded version of the 1190 Adventure with new Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC).
RC 125, RC 200 and RC 390
The brand new models RC 125, RC 200 and RC 390 are a contemporary interpretation of ultra-lightweight, fully faired race replicas. KTM believes that there is a huge demand for affordable, high quality sport bikes in the lower displacement category. The new RC machines have been created to meet this demand.
The street legal sport bikes benefit from KTM’s racing experience as Moto3 World Champions. They describe the new machines as looking as if they had escaped straight from the MotoGP pit lane. The prime development directive included cutting edge features
and aggressive performance while at the same time distinguishing themselves with the best possible rideability, great reliability,reasonable pricing and easy maintenance.
The result is three fully faired racers, only identifiable as a street-legal bike by its cool dual headlights and rear view mirrors with integral indicators.
With the new RC models, KTM aims to provide a re-interpretation of what actually constitutes a fully-fledged super sport bike, irrespective of displacement. They are powered by the same powerful and reliable DOHC singles as the Duke models 125, 200 and 390.
All three models deliver a superior power-to-weight ratio, agility and extreme banking clearance as well as top quality high tech components.
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. 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. Even the tyres offer true, full size racing dimensions at 110/70ZR17 front and 150/60ZR17 rear.
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.
1290 Super Duke R
Staying with the performance theme, KTM also presented the final production 1290 Super Duke R, which keeps all the promises made by the prototype at last year’s EICMA. At 180hp and 189kg of weight, the new Super Duke promises to realise a power-to-weight ratio previously reserved for uncompromising supersport bikes. It also carries a host of the latest electronic assistance systems, from the multi-staged ABS to the multi-staged, lean angle sensitive traction control.
1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R
A year after lauching the new Adventure generation, KTM claims that its new chassis technology on the Adventure models put them far ahead of the rest of the world in terms of riding dynamics and safety.
The Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) developed in close cooperation with Bosch, offers an ABS that stays fully functional even when cornering. It controls the antilock system and traction control while taking real-time dive and yaw angles into account, thereby enabling optimum braking and acceleration while leaned over, to the fullest extent that the dynamic physical limits allow.