KTM RC390 is here

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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby XRayHound » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:55 pm

YoshiHNS wrote:Watched a MCN review of the bunch minus the R3. They highly criticized the brakes on the KTM. It ended up being the fastest on the track by a margin, but it seems like if the CBR300 had a little more grunt, it would have been the top pick. And it is still a good bit cheaper than the KTM, which is money that can go to the engine enhancements.


I'm interested to see how the R3 stacks up. It seems to be aiming at a higher standard of 250 sports, but not quite as stylishly as the RC390. It may end up being a better performer for cheaper. I love the aesthetic and the superior suspension, but the RC390 makes the same almost-a-deal-breaker mistake Honda did, making the engine a thumper. Don't get me wrong I like single cylinder sport, but this displacement category needs REDLINE.
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby the benz master » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:16 pm

yeah but KTM has a good history of making thumpers and perform well with them... i guess it was logical for them to stay with what they know. Only their biggest bike gets a second cylinder... :lol:
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby Yamahawk » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:54 pm

XRayHound wrote:
YoshiHNS wrote:Watched a MCN review of the bunch minus the R3. They highly criticized the brakes on the KTM. It ended up being the fastest on the track by a margin, but it seems like if the CBR300 had a little more grunt, it would have been the top pick. And it is still a good bit cheaper than the KTM, which is money that can go to the engine enhancements.


I'm interested to see how the R3 stacks up. It seems to be aiming at a higher standard of 250 sports, but not quite as stylishly as the RC390. It may end up being a better performer for cheaper. I love the aesthetic and the superior suspension, but the RC390 makes the same almost-a-deal-breaker mistake Honda did, making the engine a thumper. Don't get me wrong I like single cylinder sport, but this displacement category needs REDLINE.


Another plus, is that It's a YAMAHA lol… I just have a thing for Yamaha's twins…..
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby UK Keith » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:21 am

I'm also looking foward to the R3 arriving at the local Yamaha dealer. I've read online that some folks are worried that it may turn out to be a bit heavier than most folks would like to see but otherwise there appears to be nothing not to like. There also seems to be a little confusion as whether it has a 270 or 180 degree crank. The R25 dyno run on Youtube sounds just like a V-twin, which indicates a 270 degree crank to fit in with Yamaha's 'Crossplane' technology but the R3 promotional material mentions a 180 degree crank for a 'unique sound'. Hardly unique when Kawasaki have been doing it for years and why the big difference between such similar models?
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby YoshiHNS » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:17 pm

I thought the R3 was already out? It was at the Cleveland bike show in January. I think it ended up being the most expensive. It felt like the largest as well. The R3 felt more like the CBR500, where the Ninja and KTM felt smaller. Check the US yamaha site if the UK isn't showing it. Don't think they will be that much different.
Fork/brakes/suspension is like the other ones. The KTM is unique with the USD forks and radial brakes. But it's probably more of an advantage on paper than in real life.
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby spotthedogg » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:25 pm

I think the R3 has 41mm forks... And the price is good in Canada at least
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby YoshiHNS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:15 am

Ninja 300 ABS
$5300
296cc
37mm forks
110/70 – 140/70
290mm rotor
384lbs wet

KTM RC390 ABS
$5500
373cc
43mm USD
??
43bhp
328 lbs dry

Honda CBR300 ABS
$4900
286cc
37mm forks
110/70 – 140/70
296mm
364 lbs wet

Yamaha R3 (no ABS?)
$5000
321cc
41mm fork
110/70 – 140/70
298mm
368 lbs (dry?)
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby spotthedogg » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:49 am

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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby YoshiHNS » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:09 am

Yeah sure, just post up a fancy colored picture one and make me look all bad. :lol:

Very nice. Interesting to see how much of a power difference there is between the thumpers and the twins. The CBR300 seems way underpowered compared to the ninja, if those numbers are close to actual.
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Re: KTM RC390 is here

Postby Yamahawk » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:27 am

Nice specs on the Yamaha R3… it is the modern equivalent of the RD350! Should be a real nice bike on the street and on the track!
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