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KTM unveils RC125, RC200 and RC390

First official pictures and details of KTM's new lightweight sports bike family

KTM HAS officially unveiled its new family of Duke-derived sports bikes, the RC125, RC200 and RC390.

All three machines have the same steel-trellis chassis and share their single-cylinder engine with the Duke of the same capacity.

The 390 is 373cc and makes 44hp with 25.8lbft of torque. Weighing 147kg dry, it should be suitable for A2 licence holders, who face a 48hp power cap as well as a power-to-weight ratio limit.

The 200 makes a claimed 26hp with 14.3lbft of torque, and weighs 137.5kg. The 125 makes 15hp, 8.8lbft and weighs 135kg.

ABS is standard on the RC125 and RC390, and available on the RC200. On the 390, the system can be disengaged.

Details and images of the new models were first leaked several days ago, ahead of the official unveiling at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today.

A release from KTM says: 'With the new RC models, KTM not only launches a new motorcycle concept for young sport riders and the young-at-heart, but also a re-interpretation of what actually constitutes a fully-fledged super sport bike, irrespective of displacement. All three models deliver a superior power-to-weight ratio, peerless agility and extreme banking clearance, and all three are distinguished by top quality high tech components. They are powered by the same highly developed, powerful and reliable DOHC singles as the Duke models 125, 200 and 390. However, similarities end at the frame. Combining precise handling with perfect stability at any speed, the ultra-lightweight geodesic of robot welded steel sections may remind some of the Duke models. However, the extremely rigid trellis frame has a significantly different geometry in order to do justice to the demands on ergonomics and riding dynamics of a true racer. A steeper steering head, less trail and a shorter wheelbase make the RC models even more agile and truly track worthy. Compared to the Duke models, less suspension travel and a more aggressive suspension set-up underscore these virtues. At 43 mm, the amply sized WP Suspension USD front forks have the same tube diameter as those of the KTM Superbike 1190 RC8 R – this is genuine racing equipment, ensuring maximum stability and precision. Developed in cooperation with Brembo, the braking system includes a 300mm front brake disc as well as standard ABS for the RC 125 and RC 390 – an equipment level unparalleled in this segment for maximum safety. Even the tires offer true, full size racing dimensions at 110/70ZR17 front and 150/60ZR17 rear.'