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First look KTM’s RC range: Inspired by the track, ready for the street

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The wheels of the new KTM RC 390 are 3.4 kilos lighter than that of the outgoing model

The wheels of the new KTM RC 390 are 3.4 kilos lighter than that of the outgoing model

Like its 390 big brother, the RC 125 gets race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes

Like its 390 big brother, the RC 125 gets race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes

KTM's RC 390 gets loads of goodies, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC

KTM's RC 390 gets loads of goodies, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC

ST 501 HELMET 3PW200003050X; RAPID 1 PCS SUIT 3PW21000600X; RADICAL GLOVES 3PW20000720X; S-MX 6 V2 BOOTS 3PW20V0082XX; AKRAPOVIČ "SLIP-ON LINE" 94305999000; FOOTBRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90113930144; BRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90813903000; FACTORY IGNITION COVER PLUG 77230902144; REAR SPROCKET 9051095104504; CLUTCH LEVER 90502931144; BRAKE LEVER 93013950044; BRAKE LEVER PROTECTION 61713931044C1A; REAR SPROCKET 9051095104504;

ST 501 HELMET 3PW200003050X; RAPID 1 PCS SUIT 3PW21000600X; RADICAL GLOVES 3PW20000720X; S-MX 6 V2 BOOTS 3PW20V0082XX; AKRAPOVIČ "SLIP-ON LINE" 94305999000; FOOTBRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90113930144; BRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90813903000; FACTORY IGNITION COVER PLUG 77230902144; REAR SPROCKET 9051095104504; CLUTCH LEVER 90502931144; BRAKE LEVER 93013950044; BRAKE LEVER PROTECTION 61713931044C1A; REAR SPROCKET 9051095104504;

ST 501 HELMET 3PW200003050X; RAPID 1 PCS SUIT 3PW21000600X; RADICAL GLOVES 3PW20000720X; S-MX 6 V2 BOOTS 3PW20V0082XX; AKRAPOVIČ "SLIP-ON LINE" 94305999000; FOOTBRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90113930144; BRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90813903000; CLUTCH LEVER 90502931144; BRAKE LEVER 93013950044; HANDLEBAR ENDS 93002904144; IGNITION COVER PROTECTION 93012966044; CLUTCH COVER PROTECTION 93512967044; FACTORY FOOTPEG SYSTEM 90803937144

ST 501 HELMET 3PW200003050X; RAPID 1 PCS SUIT 3PW21000600X; RADICAL GLOVES 3PW20000720X; S-MX 6 V2 BOOTS 3PW20V0082XX; AKRAPOVIČ "SLIP-ON LINE" 94305999000; FOOTBRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90113930144; BRAKE CYLINDER COVER 90813903000; CLUTCH LEVER 90502931144; BRAKE LEVER 93013950044; HANDLEBAR ENDS 93002904144; IGNITION COVER PROTECTION 93012966044; CLUTCH COVER PROTECTION 93512967044; FACTORY FOOTPEG SYSTEM 90803937144

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The wheels of the new KTM RC 390 are 3.4 kilos lighter than that of the outgoing model

If you like the RC range from Austrian motorcycle giant KTM, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the all-new 2022 KTM RC 125 and RC 390 machines will be ready to roll in the new year.

The bikes now boast a cool new grand prix-inspired design. While these are obviously fresh, they manage to be so without leaving any of the company’s heritage behind. What is new on both bikes a a race-derived chassis, as well as a suite of high-end electronics that have previously been unseen in small displacement supersport machines.

Almost every panel has been redesigned, with race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes. The size of the bikes in the range have been increased. This gives them a better road presence as well as optimising aerodynamics to work more effectively at higher speeds.

Thanks to a new set of inner and outer body panels, airflow is directed away from the rider and even provides better weather protection. Not something that we’d associate with a 390cc or 125cc sportsbike.

On the tank, the indent for the riders knees is roomy and deep enough to both reduce drag and make moving about on the bike a whole lot easier. This is done, quite cleverly, in spite of the fuel tank being even bigger than on the previous model.

The new bike has been developed with a focus on saving weight. The vast majority of these savings have been made behind the bikes bodywork.

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Like its 390 big brother, the RC 125 gets race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes

Like its 390 big brother, the RC 125 gets race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes

Like its 390 big brother, the RC 125 gets race-inspired lines and two new colour schemes

The new wheels on the 390 are a staggering 3.4 kilos lighter, while the new brake system is almost a full kilo less than the old model. Even the frame of the bigger of the two has been watching the calories with the new unit being a healthy 1.5 kilos lighter that before.

Suspension on the bigger sibling has received quite the upgrade. The front end now features adjustable open cartridge WP APEX upside-down front forks. This set up is the real thing offering 30 clicks of compression adjustment on the left, and 30 clicks for rebound on the right. Down the back the same company supply the rear shock absorber which offers both pre-load adjustment as well as five clicks rebound settings.

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KTM's RC 390 gets loads of goodies, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC

KTM's RC 390 gets loads of goodies, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC

KTM's RC 390 gets loads of goodies, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC

Power is supplied by a EURO5 state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine, on both the 125 and 390 This comes with twin overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection. A new airbox design delivers more torque while the new engine mapping increases the overall rideability of the machine.

The electronics feature all the toys we’d associate with bigger bikes, including supermoto ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC, and even an optional Quickshifter+. Once again, to have this stuff available on a road-going 390cc machine never mind a 125 is staggering! A TFT screen is, of course, standard.

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The new generation KTM RC range will be available from M50 Honda in March 2022. While prices have yet to be confirmed the 390 is currently €6,450 while the 125 is €5,350. Call any of the sales team on 01438199 to express your interest.

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