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KTM RC390

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    KTM RC390

    Looks kinda like a 1980s superhero bike (ala robocop, streethawk, etc.)



    http://www.ktm.com/supersport/rc-390...l#.VBApmWRdWQs

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    Re: KTM RC390

    All I can say is it better be as fast as a Ninjette. Otherwise, DOA.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    I thought this was old news? The only question left was would it make it to the US?

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    Re: KTM RC390

    doesn't look like it would crash very well

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    doesn't look like it would crash very well
    How do you make a determination on crash worthiness?

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    How do you make a determination on crash worthiness?
    Looks like it would crash very well to me. Light weight and a stout frame. No silly wings on the gas tank. Bombs away!

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    Re: KTM RC390

    It's the base for spec racing in Germany already. This will wipe the floor with the CBR250 and Ninja 300. Steel frames crash better than aluminum, not to mention the Moto3 folks finding out twin-spar alloy frames don't like the heavy vibes from a thumper motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    How do you make a determination on crash worthiness?
    the exhaust hanger and the subframe just doesnt look very it would handle a couple flips in the grass. could be wrong, but that's my first impression at the photo.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    The trellis subframe is like a bridge. You could give an elephant a ride on the back!

    I'd put a high pipe on it, but that long steel hanger could be straightened many times.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by scottieducati View Post
    It's the base for spec racing in Germany already. This will wipe the floor with the CBR250 and Ninja 300.
    I'll believe that when I see it. Singles always struggle next to multis of similar displacement.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Should be LRRS 300 Class legal too as the rules state up to 390cc. just have to have it added to the list of approved bikes

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I'll believe that when I see it. Singles always struggle next to multis of similar displacement.
    This one has 44 HP and purportedly has an unexpectedly nice top end. The difference is really in the chassis though, you get much, much better running gear on the KTM.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by scottieducati View Post
    This one has 44 HP and purportedly has an unexpectedly nice top end. The difference is really in the chassis though, you get much, much better running gear on the KTM.
    Same motor/tune as the Duke 390, touch heavier than the Duke, and the Duke is about dead even with a Ninjette 300 in a drag race. Vids already showing up online.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    The trellis subframe is like a bridge. You could give an elephant a ride on the back!

    I'd put a high pipe on it, but that long steel hanger could be straightened many times.
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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    The trellis subframe is like a bridge. You could give an elephant a ride on the back!
    From an engineering point of view, a truss..or trellis is very strong as far as holding weight, but at the same time is very weak when exposed to shock force ex, a crash

    I'll say the same thing about this new KTM as I said in the thread last year when the first pics surfaced, the headlights make me want to puke. Such a good looking bike, such an ugly face to look at. Does KTM and BMW use the same design team?

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    From an engineering point of view, a truss..or trellis is very strong as far as holding weight, but at the same time is very weak when exposed to shock force ex, a crash
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    Interesting, please elaborate. I could see a truss having issues with transverse impact, but so would a spar oriented vertically like most motorcycle frames...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxer72 View Post
    Interesting, please elaborate. I could see a truss having issues with transverse impact, but so would a spar oriented vertically like most motorcycle frames...
    I have no idea what he said but since he said "transverse impact" I have to agree with him.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    i still kind of want one.

    they are coming to the US though in recent articles.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    It doesn't have Pirellis. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Saw this little guy last night. I'm gonna go look at it today and see if I can get it.
    Ktm 390 vs yzf125r
    KTM RC390-image-jpg

    I don't know why it's upside. Can't seem to fix it.

    By the way, I'm living in london now so I don't have to for it to come to the US.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    Seems like a great bike but from the reviews I've read it seems as though the front suspension is not adjustable but it has a cheap price tag so that's forgiven. Here's a good vid of the RC390 losing the front end at Modena.

    http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/09/10...st-ride-video/

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    It looks much better in track trim I must say.


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    All the reviews rave about it. Blowing my mind the more I read the more buying it seems plausible. Goddamn it.

    Wonder how long the aftermarket segment will take to start pumping out parts.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    If it's anything like it's big brother the market will be slow and very pricey.

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    Re: KTM RC390

    I did manage to beat on this thing a little yesterday as the bike shopping continues. Not something I was looking for but it was handed to me so I said whatever. I can see where a 390 motor in this chassis would be a fun city bike. It would suck for cruising though. KTM RC390-image-jpg

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