KTM Malaysia CKD has finally put up a break to the anticipations of the biking enthusiasts in Malaysia , by pulling the wraps off it’s two much-awaited faired supersport bikes, the RC200 and RC390. Based on their respective Duke siblings, the Duke 200 and the Duke 390, the RC200 and RC390 have been launched at impressive introductory price tags.
The RC200 has been launched at RM16,888 and the RC390 at RM27,500 (base bike price). Both the bikes will now be available with authorised KTM dealer’s showroom by early October 2014 alongside the Duke 200, Duke 390, Duke 690R taking the tally of KTM Malaysia CKD bikes available in Malaysia to five models.
Both the RC200 and RC390 bring along sharp design lines and aggressively styled body panels with them, which definitely mean the business of providing oodles of thrills to the rider, who wants to step up into the world of supersport motorcycling.
Other delicious components which grace up the equipment list of both the RC200 and RC390 are dual projector headlamps at front, clear lens turn indicators mounted on the rear view mirror at front, aluminium swingarm, clip-on adjustable handlebars, under belly exhausts, backlit switchgear, orange-painted alloy wheels, fully digital instrument console with plethora of information on board, LED tail lamps and forged disc brakes at both the ends. The RC390 also gets ABS as standard, which the RC200 doesn’t.
The real difference between both the bikes become apparent when the factors zero down to the powermills under that flexible trellis frame. To start with, the less aggressive RC200 gets a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.2cc mill from the Duke 200, which puts out meaty 25 PS of power and 19.2 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the more maniac RC390 gets a Duke 390-sourced 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid cooled, 373.2cc engine, which churns out 43.5 PS of power and 35 Nm of torque. Both the engines on the bikes are mated to the 6-speed gearbox, but with taller gearing as compared to the Dukes. Such massive amount of power on both the bikes with the linear delivery and instantaneous acceleration make them a hoot to ride. Also to mention is the front WP forks for the RC390 and the RC200 are 25mm shorter than those on the Dukes, this makes the RC handles better in tight twisty corners. We hope to get the feel of the RC for a full review.