KTM RC390 Confirmed for 2013 EICMA Debut

04/19/2013 @ 6:45 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


News that KTM would be making a full-fairing version of its small-discplacement single-cylinder KTM 390 Duke street-naked is nothing new, and is something that we have reported ad nauseum. News that Stefan Pierer has confirmed that bike’s release isn’t new either, but for the first time the Austrian CEO has given us a concrete date on when we will see the now-called KTM RC390 in the flesh, and that date is the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

Talking Sir Alan Cathcart with Cycle News, Pierer explains that three flavors of the full-fairing machine will come from Mattighofen, in the 125cc, 200cc, and 390cc varieties. As reported earlier, the new RC bikes will feature styling very similar to KTM’s Moto3 race bike, the KTM RC250GP, and will be manufactured in Bajaj’s Chakan factory in India.

Basically the Duke platform, redressed to suit the sport bike aesthetic, the KTM RC125, KTM RC200, and KTM RC390 are just part of the Austrian company’s small-displacement strategy. So reiterating something we already knew, KTM also plans on adapting its baby Dukes for a enduro/adventure line, which will also come in the three displacement choices.

What is new is the idea that KTM could develop more small-displacement models between the 200cc and 390cc models, though we very much doubt that these bikes would enter in the American and European markets, and are almost surely designed to compete in the Indian and Southeast Asian motorcycle markets, which thrive on these displacement categories.

Taking over from BMW Motorrad as the largest European motorcycle manufacturer by volume, KTM is a tour de force right now in Europe, and the company is looking once again to make meaningful moves into the on-road category, as well as penetrating markets in developing regions.

With the acquisition of Husqvarna by Stefan Pierer’s own Pierer Industrie AG, KTM has some interesting vertical and horizontal growth strategies in place. Chewy.

Source: Cycle News

  • BBQdog

    …. not on the American and European markets …..

    WTF ??? Would order one today if i could !

  • Damo

    Would love a 390, plated, supermoto.

  • JeCo

    @BBQdog I believe they indicate that any new CC models that are created between the 200 and 390cc spectrum will not be brought here. While we will probably see both of those, the US does not have a huge push for such a variety in the small CC market.

    Im really interested in the 390 but pending reviews of build/material quality coming out of India.

  • BBQdog

    I had a test ride on the Duke 200 and the build quality is very OK. The Honda CBR 250 R and the Kawa Ninja 250 are also coming from these regions and there is really nothing wrong with both build quality and used materials. Don’t worry about that. And the handling of the 200 is fantastic !!

  • KTM have to bring a stylish smaller capacity sports bike to Europe! There are so many people waiting for bikes like these. The CBR250, ninja 300 have the performance vs economy balance people want but just don’t look good enough. Something styled like a YZF R125 but with a bit more horsepower will sell ridiculously well. Like BBQdog I’d buy one now if I could!