The much awaited sports bike from KTM – the RC200 and RC390 – have been launched at a mouth-watering price of Rs 1.6lakhs and Rs 2.05lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The RC prefix means that these are the fully faired versions of their naked siblings. This also means that they are 8kgs heavier owing to the addition of a fairing.
The twin bikes get projector headlamps and LED tail lights. Colour schemes are different though – RC200 gets an all-black theme whereas the RC390 gets the black and white paint layout. The instrument panel is nothing new and is lifted straight off the naked KTMs, which is not a bad thing, as it is a comprehensive setup with all the required information easily accessible.
The RC200 is powered by a four-stroke, single cylinder, water cooled engine producing 25bhp and 19.6Nm of torque, while the RC390 gets the same engine with displacement bumped up to 373cc thus developing 43bhp and 35.28Nm of twisting force. Transmission duties on both the bikes are handled by a 6-speed manual unit. Stopping power on the twins is provided by disc brakes at either ends having the same dimensions of 300mm at the front and 230mm at the rear.
These faired twins have better handling and cornering abilities which have been made possible by a revised chassis, tighter steering angle and a shorter wheelbase. The rubber of choice is MRF for RC200 and Metzelers for the RC390.
KTM has launched these sport bikes at a very competitive pricing and we should be seeing a lot of them on the streets soon enough. These bikes will slug it out with the Yamaha R15, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR250R and the Suzuki Inazuma for a greater piece of the Indian pie.