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KTM India will launch the RC series on September 9.
Marketed under the brand’s ‘Supersport’ category, the RC 200 and RC 390 will mark the arrival of the first fully-faired sportsbikes and will surely whip up a storm in the compact performance sports segment.
Essentially a Duke in racing avatar, the RC continues with top-notch cycle parts like the trellis frame, 300mm front and 230mm rear disc, and WP suspension, but also adds a full fairing, a new 10-litre fuel tank, projector headlamp setup, lower clip-on handlebars and revised foot-peg positions to further aid the rider in exploiting the most of the machine on track, as well as on the road of course. The rear seat is present, but at first glance, it appears to be a cowl. The RC 200 and RC 390, though identical in mechanicals and parts, will sport completely different graphics on the fairing, easily distinguishing one from the other.
The RC 200 will pack the 199.5cc four-valve single-cylinder motor with 25.5 PS at 10,000 RPM and 19.50 Nm at 8,000 RPM. It will weigh in at just 137.5 kg dry! The RC 200 is expected to have ABS as standard, so the price will be in the region of Rs 1.80 lakh (on road, Pune). We are yet to confirm if ABS is optional.
The RC 390 brings the larger 373.2cc four-valve single-cylinder motor with 43.5 PS at 9,000 RPM with 35 Nm coming in at 7,000 RPM. The 390 will weigh just 147 kg dry. With standard ABS, the RC 390 should retail for about Rs 2.30 lakh.
We will have to wait for the day of the launch in a few weeks time to find out exactly how much they will cost. However, rest assured that the bikes and their KTM Power Parts, including the Akrapovic exhaust system, are ready for launch and you won’t have to wait for too long to lay your hands on them!
Story: Jim Gorde
TVS Motors have launched the Scooty Zest 110 variomatic scooter. Aimed at young girls in the 18-25 age group, the Zest represents an expansion of the Scooty brand since it will co-exist with the entry-level Pep+ as well as the Streak.
The styling of the Scooty Zest is an evolution of the Pep+ and boasts of features like LED tail-lamps, rear brake locker, a front pocket, multiple hooks and the ‘econometer’ indicator.
It gets the 109.7cc CVTi engine also seen in the Wego and Jupiter and produces 8.02 PS at 7,500 RPM and 8.7 Nm of torque at 5,500 RPM. Tank capacity is five litres and TVS have claimed a fuel efficiency of 62 km/l. The seat height is 760mm, it has telescopic front forks and tubeless tyres.
The Scooty Zest 110 is available in five metallic colours and has been priced at Rs 42,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Story: Piyush Sonsale