KTM RC 390The wait for the adrenaline-pumping KTM motorcycles RC 200 and RC 390 is finally over. On September 9, 2014, performance bike manufacturer KTM will finally launch the highly anticipated RC 200 and RC 390 in Pune. Both the bikes can be considered as major launches by the Austrian bike maker, in conjunction with its Indian partner Bajaj.KTM has realised that there is a tremendous market for fared sports bikes in India, and thereby the company decided to launch both the RC 200 and the RC 390 together. For the launch, KTM will go live with its official Indian YouTube Channel. So in order to witness the launch, make sure you tune in tomorrow at 11:45 am.About the KTM bikesKTM RC 200/390 are fully fared versions of their corresponding Duke versions. Though both bikes are mechanically similar, they are built for different purposes. In comparison to the Dukes, the RC’s chassis has been tweaked and its body has a more head strong positioning. Twin projector headlamps with day time running LEDs have been fitted on both the KTM RC 200 and RC 390. By fitting a plastic cover above the main visor, KTM has made both bikes as aerodynamic as possible.External features of RC 390 and 200 – Clip-on handlebars – Split seats – Orange frame- 10 spoke orange alloy wheelsColour differences and weightFor a keen eye, the RC 200 and RC 390 are well differentiated, but to many, they might seem very similar. The RC 200 has black fairing with white and orange decals, while the RC 390 is seen having white fairing with black and orange decals.The RC 390’s tuning is tweaked to make the bike accelerate better to counter extra weight. While the Duke 200 weighs 125 kg dry, RC 200 has a weight of 137.5 kg dry. Similarly the Duke 390 weighs 139 kg dry, as compared to 147 kg of the RC 390. advertisementMechanical differencesA taller gearing and more aerodynamic riding position in comparison to the Dukes gives the RC versions higher top speed. Not only these, but RC 390 has a shorter wheelbase (Duke: 1,36715 mm vs RC: 1,34015 mm), greater ground clearance ( 170 mm vs 178.5 mm), greater seat height (800 mm vs 820 mm) as well as smaller fuel tank capacity (11 L vs 10 L) than the Duke.Engines and transmissionKTM RC 200 is fitted with a single cylinder, 4-stroke, 199.5cc engine that produces a maximum power of 25 bhp and a peak torque of 19.2 Nm. The KTM RC 390 comes with a bigger, 4-stroke, single-cylinder 373.2cc engine with a power output of 42.5 bhp and maximum torque comes in at 35 Nm. This bike gets a 6-speed manual transmission.