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KTM RC 390, RC 200 Mid 2014 Launch!



Bajaj just unveiled the Pulsar SS 400 and CS 400. The excitement around both bikes has been stupendous, but a lot of eyes are on another brand because of this. Sharing technology aside Bajaj and KTM will always have counterparts with each other. News is now coming in that KTM will be launching both the RC 200 and RC 390, sometime in the middle of 2014. The launch will first take place on a global level and then be followed by the India launch shortly after. Who knows maybe the global launch will happen in India!

KTM RC 390

The KTM RC 390

The RC series have been desperately awaited by bikers and KTM itself. Particularly in India, there is a strong inclination towards fully faired motorcycles. The Duke 390 and 200 have been selling well, but KTM could stand to gain a lot more if they have the RC series. The Dukes are minimalist, making them a lot lighter and ideal motorcycles for supermoto and stunt riding especially with the Metzeler tyres. However, the general want for more beef on the bike will drive KTM to launch the RC series in India, by or before the end of the calendar year.

2014 KTM RC 390

2014 KTM RC 390 Race Spec Front

When asked about the space between the 390 and the big motorcycle, Stefan Pierer, president and CEO of KTM, revealed that KTM has a 500cc and 800cc parallel twin nearly ready to go which are likely to be put into production in the next three years or so. This platform is also jointly being worked on with Bajaj and is likely to be manufactured at Bajaj’s plant in Chakan in which the Duke 200 and 390 are already being produced. The biggest thing to watch out for will be the price of the RC series. As both bikes are fully faired they will be more expensive. Both the RC 200 and RC 390 could cost around Rs 25000 more than their Duke counterparts.

New KTM RC 125 2014

The new KTM RC 125 may not make it to India at first

Recent spy shots of the RC testing emerged which confirms that KTM will be launching the bikes in India very soon. A possible issue of the RC may be the underbelly of the engine. The base plate of the crank-case is also faired, so bad roads may prove to a task of treading lightly for bikers. The Duke’s engine also revs hard and heats up a lot, so with the full fairing riders may feel the heat even more so.

Pulsar SS 400 Yellow

The RC 390 will share technology and yet compete with the Bajaj Pulsar SS 400

KTM may consider bringing Husqvarna and the 690 Duke here as well, but they will be a CBU’s as the volumes won’t warrant local production.

ktm rc spied

The KTM RC spied, possibly the RC 390

Via: OD

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  1. Mathew

    February 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Come on KTM / Bajaj… launch the RC versions by April before the other options hit the market! Patience is not one of Indian virtues! Have been waiting for since a very very loooong time…!

  2. Milo

    February 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Just waiting for bike like this one..

  3. Deybobrota Das

    February 24, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Plz cum soon KTM RC 200 in India we are waiting for you .

  4. Josh

    March 7, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Can’t wait to see the Launch of KTM RC 200 in india thought of buying it please inform when is it going to launch exactly

  5. navy

    March 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    plz plz plz launch ktm in india as soon as possible. m waiting eagerly <3 u ktm

  6. ajin

    April 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I am waiting for rc 200

  7. Mukesh

    April 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Is Duke rc 200 is single seated?

  8. sohaib

    April 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    plzz realised as soon as posssible in tamilnadu and i want it atleast below 1.5

  9. ashu

    May 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    waiting for the launch of Rc 200
    plz make it soon!!

  10. tushu

    January 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    waiting for rc 390 ill pay 2.5l for rc 390..cnt wait

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