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Light, Simple, Cheap And Fast: The Holy Grail Of Sport Motorcycles?

“The new KTM RC390, which will be available for sale in 2014 will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class,” says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. The race bike you see here previews that new, street-legal sport bike. Just to make things crystal clear: the bike you see in photos here is the KTM RC390 Cup. It’s a race bike for a new spec series for junior racers.

But, in unveiling this racing model in Germany this weekend, KTM is stating that a production model similar to it will be going on sale next year. That production bike will be called the KTM RC390. KTM states that the new RC390 will be, “…the completion of the DUKE range of naked bikes with the 125, 200 and 390 displacement models, there will now also be a fully faired sports bike available for sale.” Light, Simple, Cheap And Fast: The Holy Grail Of Sport Motorcycles?

While this is the first time we’ve seen the bike, it’s not the first time Pierer has talked about it. Back in April, he gave an interview to Cycle News in which he said, “We started out with the Duke naked bikes, but KTM is developing another family of motorcycles based on the same platform that will be full fairing sport motorcycles with clip-on handlebars. The RC125, 200 and 390 will be launched at the EICMA Milan show in November will look a little similar to our World Champion Moto3 Grand Prix racer, which gives a good marketing linkage to that.” “These will essentially be the same platform as the Dukes,” Pierer continued in that interview, “but with different styling — the look is completely different, and I think Gerald Kiska and his designers have done a great job.” Now we get to see that design, at least as it stands sans headlights, license plate and all that fun road legality stuff. Light, Simple, Cheap And Fast: The Holy Grail Of Sport Motorcycles?

ooking at the RC390 Cup next to the KTM 390 Duke it’s based on, we see the same motor, brakes, swingarm, suspension and main chassis. The most noticeable differences are the trellis subframe and larger, side-mount exhaust canister. Well that and the edgy new plastic, obviously. Getting excited? We are too. While there’s now plenty of affordable, sporty motorcycles on the market, none are what you’d consider a true sportsbike. Something light and sharp that could adequately follow in the footsteps of the old Aprilia RS250 or FZR400R. While signs are that the RC390 will be affordable, it should also be more of an outright, focussed sport bike and less of a budget all-rounder like Honda’s CBR250R and CBR500R.

Where the 390 Duke weighs 306lbs (wet) and makes 43bhp, this RC390 Cup shears that weight to just 286lbs, but also cuts power to 38bhp. The reason for that power change is unclear, but is likely some sort of racing class regulation. We’d expect the production bike to maintain the Duke’s power and be around the same weight. Light, Simple, Cheap And Fast: The Holy Grail Of Sport Motorcycles?SEXPAND American availability and price? Both are fingers crossed for now. While the 390 Duke will be entering the American market in 2014, no price has yet been announced. In Europe, it retails for around 5,000 Euro depending on the market. That’s slightly cheaper than the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
 

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If I were a teenager flipping burgers I would beg, borrow and steal to get that bike. The sad thing is that most young guys these days are wasting away their lives in front of screens 'gaming' in their parents' basement instead of doing something productive to make money and get out in the real world. IMO if video games didn't exist the sport-bike sales would double. It's about time a company produced a fine bike like this complete with reasonable price.
 

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if it was for sale now, I'd go put 3 grand down on it at the end of the month and have it paid for before the snow flies.
 

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Am I the only one that came into the thread expecting pictures of a turbo diesel sportbike?
 

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fuck I wish.

Honestly though, with current smog laws, a TD bike will never happen.

much less all the issues with a diesel itself. engine weight, engine balancing, power pulses, low rpm range. . .
 
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Those top two pictures are of a bad azz bike, the third is blah..

I'd buy the fully faired version.
 
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fuck I wish.

Honestly though, with current smog laws, a TD bike will never happen.

much less all the issues with a diesel itself. engine weight, engine balancing, power pulses, low rpm range. . .
Just for clarification here, were you referring to diesel engines here? ..Because the technology exists today and is damn-near mainstream in some OEMs to have a zero-emission diesel engine. The other issues you stated are absolutely legit though, so carry on.
 

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Just for clarification here, were you referring to diesel engines here? ..Because the technology exists today and is damn-near mainstream in some OEMs to have a zero-emission diesel engine. The other issues you stated are absolutely legit though, so carry on.
yes, the tech exists.

in the form of choking the engine off so badly that a duramax/cummins/powerstroke now gets about 8mpg with a small camper trailer behind it.
an egr delete, dpf/def delete, cat delete, and better air intake can double that.

the equipment required to make a TD engine meet emissions standards these days is nuts, and is not gonna fit onto a bike. chrissakes, to do anything on a modern diesel pickup you have to lift the cab off, that's how full they all are.
 
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