If the KTM RC series bikes were not enough value for money already, this could probably round it off well. Reports now suggest that KTM could offer a slipper clutch on the RC200 and RC390 in the near future.
The only competitor in the segment to offer this technology is the Kawasaki Ninja 300, but then, the pricing is bound to get bumped up. once equipped with the slipper clutch, riders can downshift without having to worry about their rear wheel locking or losing traction.
The RC200 is powered by a 199.5cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder motor producing 25 PS of power @ 10,000 RPM and 19.2 Nm of torque @ 8,000 RPM. Engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and gets liquid cooling and a Bosch EFI. The bike weighs 147.5 kg without fuel. The RC200 is shod with MRF tyres with a 150mm section at the back and a 110mm section at the front. The RC200 does not get ABS.
The RC390 is powered by a 373.27cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid cooled motor producing 43.5 PS of power @ 9,000 RPM and 35 Nm of torque @ 7,000 RPM. Engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and gets a Bosch EFI. The bike weighs 159.5 kg without fuel. The RC390 is shod with the super grippy Metzeler Sportec tyres with a 150mm section at the rear and a 110mm section at the front. The RC390 gets ABS as standard, which can be turned off.
So, what would you prefer. The KTM RC200 & RC390 at the same prices without the slipper clutch? Or a bump in pricing with the new tech? Leave your comments below.
Source – Powerdrift