The 390 Duke isn’t the only KTM bike that is coming to us! Today it has emerged that the Austrian bike maker KTM, which is partially owned by Bajaj Auto Ltd, will come up with as many as three fully faired small capacity sportsbikes by the end of 2013.
Very much like the 390 Duke, these upcoming bikes will be unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show. The 2013 edition of EICMA will be held towards the end of this year and would prove to be a good showing ground for the new KTM bikes.
All the three KTM bikes will sport a design that will be closely inspired by that of the KTM Moto3 race bike. The entry level sportsbikes will be squarely aimed at the likes of the CBR250R and the Hyosung GT250R and will be sold under the RC moniker.
This news comes straight from Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM. Stefan revealed this to renowned motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart, who represents CycleNews.
The three new fully faired entry level performance motorcycles will be based on the same platform that underpins the 125cc, 200cc and 390cc variants of the Duke. The engines too are likely to be carried over from the Duke series to the upcoming sportsbikes.
The first of these KTM fully faired sportsbikes would be the KTM RC390, which would be based on the India bound 390 Duke. The bike will make it to international markets in 2014 and will be launched in India within a few months after its Europe launch. The KTM RC200 and RC125 will be launched by April 2014 and we expect that the RC200 will be here by the festive season next year. Easily expect the RC125, just like the 125 Duke, to give us a skip. All the three new sportsbikes will be produced at Bajaj’s Chakan facility and will employ a high level of localization.
This means that the bikes are most likely to be priced ultra competitively. It is being expected that the RC200 and the RC390 will be around INR 25000 dearer than the 200 Duke and the 390 Duke.