2014 KTM RC 390

Say hello to a proper little race-rep. KTM’s RC 390 churns out 44bhp from its 373cc mono-pot, weighs in at 147kg and, all importantly, looks like a proper mini-superbike. The trellis frame is supported by decent-spec WP suspension (43mm USD fork, for starters) and there’s disengageable ABS, so you can skid in front of all the fitties. Little trinkets like Brembo brakes and sticky, well-sized Metzeler rubber also distance the RC from just another learner.

Kings of the singles, KTM has worked some magic into the lump with a four-valve cylinder head, complete with DLC-coated components and other internal trickery. And the motor weighs just 36kg. In a class of budget sportsbike wannabes, the KTM (knowing KTM) will be the real deal. And we can’t wait to see 30 teenagers racing these in the ADAC Junior Cup in 2014. Price TBA…


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