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2014 KTM RC390 Cup

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KTM has revealed its all new 2014 RC390. The motorcycle is taking design cues straight from the RC8 and was developed as a GP racing model for the Moto3 World Championship.

The bike weighs only 130 kg and is built around a 373.2 cc, 4-stroke, EFI, DOHC engine which cranks out a maximum power of 38 hp. It is fed by a 9.5 liters fuel tank and is mounted on a powder coated, tubular steel trellis frame.

The motorcycle is fitted with a set of high quality suspensions signed by WP Suspension. They include a front WP-USD Ø 43 mm fork and a rear WP-Monoshock.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a performance-oriented four piston caliper braking system which uses 300 mm discs up front and 230 discs out back.

For the moment KTM didn’t reveal the price of its new RC390, but given the excellent pricing of the new D390 we can expect to a decent number.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM RC390.

Press release

KTM RC390 Cup

KTM and ADAC presented the KTM RC390 Cup machine for the new “ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM”, being introduced at the 2013 MotoGP of Germany at the Sachsenring. For the coming year, the RC390 is to be the new machinery for the Brand Cup for up-and-coming young racers.

By introducing the motorcycle that will be used for the 2014 “ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM”, KTM takes another important step in extending its activities on asphalt. Following the successful entry into the Moto3 World Championship – KTM brought the World Championship title to Austria in the premiere year – and 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. In typical fashion, there is a direct connection to motorsports. The “ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM” will see the RC390 Cup in action for the first time worldwide as the exclusive motorcycle used in this Brand Cup competition.

Naturally it is not difficult for the sports motorcycle manufacturer from Mattighofen, Austria, to make the connection between racing and series production. In short: as always, KTM once again underlines that it is always “READY TO RACE” in every aspect by presenting the RC390 Cup at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer: ”We developed a pure GP racing machine for the Moto3 World Championship. In contrast, the RC390 Cup is based on a series model project. Both of these two projects were given the highest priority because the development of lower displacement, high quality street bikes are among our core activities. 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.”

The KTM CEO adds: “Since 1993, ADAC has achieved a great deal with excellent work with up-and-coming riders in the Junior Cup. The promotion and support of young talent is also a very important aspect for KTM. We are happy to put a lot of energy into this because we actively engage in the promotion of young riders both in offroad sports and on asphalt. We are honestly thrilled that we will be able to support the ADAC Junior Cup as the KTM 390 Cup with all KTM bikes. Also because with ADAC we have a committed, reliable and strong partner in which everyone involved is a professional.”

Ideal for young racers: KTM RC390 Cup

KTM RC390 Cup

The primary development objective of the fully faired RC390 Cup bike was to enable affordable junior racing with the best possible sporting potential.

To achieve this, the Cup RC bike has a strong and reliable heart of the most modern kind. 375cc displacement, four valve technology, liquid cooled, two oil pumps, electronic Dellorto fuel injection – these are the core features of the single cylinder, four stroke engine that is set to release around 38 horse power in the Cup bike and, which incidentally will be very fuel efficient even at full throttle.

As well as having more than adequate performance for junior racers, the RC specifications portfolio also ensures the best possible ride-ability, reliability and service-friendly features. The primary intention of the Brand Trophy competition is to discover and promote talent among young riders.

To suit the aerodynamically refined fairing, the RC390 Cup comes with a high quality chassis together with the typical KTM tubular steel trellis frame. The lightweight, mesh robot-welded tubular steel combines precise handling with perfect stability at every speed. The robust construction is another plus in the event that the bike makes contact with the ground. It also provides easy access for maintenance.

High quality suspension elements, developed together with WP Suspension as well as a performance-oriented four piston caliper braking system completes the youngster’s racing machine. Especially practical for sporting activities are the numerous PowerParts directly developed by KTM and the special accessories that will ensure both a professional and economical activity in the Brand Cup competition.

Top modern, safe, efficient and fast: the RC390 Cup plus the strong cooperation with ADAC hits the spot when it comes to what KTM envisages for motorsports for the younger generation.

Specifications

KTM RC390 Cup
Engine typesingle cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement373.2 cc
Power Cup versionapprox 38 hp
Fuel SystemBosch EFI (throttle valve 46 mm)
Control4 V / DOHC
Engine LubricationWet sump system
Cooling systemliquid
Clutchmechanical multi-disc clutch in oil bath
Engine managementBosch EMS
FrameSteel tube frame, powder coated
Front suspensionWP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspensionWP-Monoshock
Brake system frontFour-piston brake caliper, radially symmetric sealed-off rim brake, brake disc Ø 300 mm
Rear brakeSingle-piston brake caliper, floating caliper brake, brake disc Ø 230 mm
Wheels front / rearCast aluminum wheels 3.00 x 17 “, 4.00 x 17″ Front / rear tires 110/70 ZR 17, 150/60 ZR 17
SilencerAkrapovic titanium silencer with regulated catalytic converter Steering head angle 66.5 °
Wheelbase1340 + / -15 mm
Seat Height850 mm (33.5 inches)
Fuel tank capacityabout 9.5 liters (2.5 gallons)
Weightabout 130 kg (286 lb.)

Verdict

The Junior Cup, race oriented KTM RC90 is based on the KTM 390 Duke and technically is a preview of a completely new small displacement street bike.

As far as power is concerned, its 37.5 hp developed by the 373.2cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, is far from being impressive given the 40 hp delivered by its rival, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 (in street version). The good part is its 130 Kg curb weight which makes it significantly lighter than its rival, so when it comes to performances there should be a pretty tight fight between these two gladiators.

In the end the street version of the KTM RC90 should be able to keep its head up against the best competitors in its segment as it comes with top spec components; is reliable to the core and should have a killing price strategy.




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