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MoreBikes spoke to Diego Arioli – KTM Product Manager – about the new KTM RC390

“In the last 12 months with the Duke family we sold 30,000 units, so now we’ve added the RC390 and 125 we’ll sell considerably more singles than that next year. The RC has just as much potential as the Duke.

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“With the RC we are targeting the youngest customers, especially riders in Europe who have just got an A2 licence and are dreaming about a super-sports bike. But also people who have stopped riding, maybe after an accident, and want to restart after a few years. The RC390 is a good bike to find your confidence again. And when you consider its competitors it’s the best option before you get to a 600cc class bike.

“We considered developing an RC690, too, but it’s not in the plan. When you consider the price of the 690 Duke, then add a premium for the fully faired model, you reach a price that would mean an RC690 couldn’t compete against 600cc four-cylinder bikes. There would be niche demand from single cylinder fans but not enough to justify developing a brand new model.”

Read the full review of the KTM RC390 here

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Tony Carter