The rumors of KTM updating its RC/Duke series of motorcycles in the sub-continent with slipper clutch have been doing the rounds for a while now. And if these latest updates from xBhp Forum are to be believed, the KTM Duke 390 might have already been loaded with a hydraulic slipper clutch (at least for test purposes). Moreover, the front upside down suspension also receives extra protection in the form of plastic cladding to thwart mud and muck flying off the tyres of vehicle in lead.
The Duke and the RC series share various components. So it is highly possible that the RC series will benefit from slipper clutch. Slipper clutch mechanism allows the clutch to slip under backwards pressure thus stopping the rear wheel to lock up under engine compression (engine braking). The slipper clutch will be beneficial to the track focused RC Series, giving riders the confidence of aggressive down-shifting while a hydraulic setup will allow for easier operation, relieving the palms from excessive strain, especially during long rides.
The addition of hydraulic slipper clutch may lead to an increase in production cost, which may eventually reflect in the final prices of the product, but the benefits should be worth the extra money. The prime competitor for the Duke/RC series, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 already comes with a slipper clutch while the Z250 is scheduled to receive the same from 2015 onwards.
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