Here is good news for the KTM RC bike-lovers. If the recent reports on the cyber space are to be believed, the RC range of motorcycles in India is likely to come equipped with slipper clutch soon.
A report of TeamBHP via Bike Wale claims that Austrian bike-maker KTM is planning to introduce slipper clutch for its RC bikes in the country. In India, KTM retails two RC models, RC 390 and RC 200.
So what is slipper clutch? It is used to control the rear wheel of a bike from locking up during downshifts, which can result in rear wheel locking. This will help the bike to stay stable under heavy braking.
The slipper clutch is available currently on the bikes like Yamaha R1, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki Ninja 300 in India. There have also been rumours that Kawasaki Z250 is also getting ready to join the list. If RC motorcycles get slipper clutch, the cost of the bike is likely to see a slight increase. However, there is no official word from KTM yet, regarding the slipper clutch technology for RC bikes in India.
KTM RC 390 and RC 200, at a Glance
Launched on 9 September, the duo KTM RC 390 and RC 200 have been earning tremendous response from the bike lovers in the country. Under the hood, KTM RC 390 packs 375cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which can churn out a power of 43bhp and a torque of 35nm, whereas the KTM RC 200 packs 200cc, single-cylinder engine that can pump out 24bhp and 19nm. For both the bikes, the transmission comes from 6-speed gearbox.
The duo, the fully-faired versions of KTM's successful Duke 390 and Duke 200 gets features like inverted telescopic front suspension, mono suspension at the rear, dual LED daytime running lights and spilt seats.
Currently, RC 390 has been priced at ₹2.05 lakh and the RC 200 is retailed with a price tag of ₹1.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).