2017 KTM RC Cup Race Bike Revealed

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The ‘Cup’ Specification of RC 390 includes 40 + power parts to make the bike race-worthy.

Priced at US $9,999 (approximately INR 6.75 Lakhs), this race-ready 2017 KTM RC Cup bike is for those young racers between 14-22 years who aspire to participate in the spec-class KTM RC Cup 390 race program, organised in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Racing Series in USA.

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KTM’s motorsport division has slapped over 40 race-focused powerparts and other track-specific enhancements to the road-going RC 390 platform to refine its performance in racing. Unnecessary weight-bearing elements are removed, so that a single-minded race machine and corner destroyer is at the racers’ hands. What you get is an ultimate race machine with 38 hp power and WP Performance suspension, which is also less heavy at 137 kgs as against 160 kgs of the regular RC 390.

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The ‘Cup’ Specification of RC 390 includes 40 + power parts to make the bike race-worthy.

Up front, the bike features a fully adjustable racing forks, while a mono shock with high/low speed compression and rebound damping rear suspension holds the rear wheel, both from WP Performance systems. The 17-inch wheels house bigger 320mm brake disc for better braking dynamics. Race-friendly body elements like Akrapovic exhaust, ‘racing bubble’ windshield, tail fairing and a belly pan, along with CNC-machined foldable levers and race solo seat are available as well. The engine compartment is totally sealed with fiberglass flaring as no modifications is allowed at the same in RC cup.

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The KTM RC Cup bike is not street legal

However, this competition-spec bike is not street-legal in US. One can enjoy this ultimate machine only in a racing circuit. The RC Cup bike is also available in select European markets for participation in regional racing championships.

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