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New baby KTM RCs hit SA


WE KNOW that with ever-increasing transport costs, small motorcycles make sense and the Austrian brand KTM has seen the gap in the market and expanded its small-bike presence. Targeted at young or novice riders the KTM RC 125 and RC 390 have both been introduced into the local market.

RC 125

The little RC 125 joins its naked sibling, the 125 Duke, in the entry-level segment. It’s a super sport-style machine with styling that’s sure to make the young and young-at-heart salivate at the prospect of cruising around on one.

Its front twin projector lights for example, have been made as small as possible to maintain that competition look, while the rear brake, licence plate and indicator lights all use compact, energy-saving LEDs. The front indicators are also integrated into the mirror housings, while the tail and brake light are housed in the rear of the seat.

The RC 125 has been specially developed for a sportier ride. Its 11kW four-stroke single cylinder engine remains but the familiar steel trellis frame utilised by the Duke has been replaced with an all-new item with a more sporty geometry.

The RC benefits from the powerful braking system, ByBre, developed in conjunction with Brembo while the sophisticated Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS system comes as standard, too.

On board and tucked beneath the screen, riders can choose from a large selection of what information to display on the digital LCD dashboard, including: Selected gear, fuel gauge, service interval information and journey statistics, such as fuel economy and average speed.

The all new KTM RC125 retails for R48 999.

RC 390

The top-of-the range is aimed at providing riders with a sporty machine that’s not too difficult to own and operate.

The RC 390 follows on the success of the 390 Duke naked machines with which it shares its powerplant. Like its RC 125 sibling, the RC 390 ditches the Duke’s steel trellis frame for a more sporty geometry, steeper steering head, shorter trail and shorter wheelbase.

The WP suspension has less travel and is firmer with more aggressive damping characteristics. Powering the RC 390 is the 375cc short-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve motor with 32kW/35Nm, thanks to electronic fuel injection. Couple this with its 147kg weight and you have a decent small sports bike.

Developed together with Brembo, the braking system includes a four-piston radially mounted caliper biting down hard on a 300mm front disc backed up by Bosch ABS as standard.

Available from mid November onwards, the KTM RC 390 retails for R62 999 including VAT.

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