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KTM RC 990 sportbike spied testing for the first time

– Seems to share a lot of components with the 890 Duke

– Official unveil expected to take place by late 2023

KTM was recently spied testing what looks like the all-new RC 990 sportbike. Although it shares a bunch of components with the existing 890 Duke, the displacement will reportedly be increased, as will be the case with the Duke in the near future.

© Provided by Bikewale KTM actionVisually, the motorcycle seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from KTM’s RC 8C track bike that was limited to just 100 units all of which were sold out within five minutes last year. There’s a curvy front end with a small opening at the centre for a projector headlamp. The fairing design looks somewhat like KTM’s RC16 MotoGP motorcycle. Having said that, it’s difficult to decipher its styling at the moment since the body panels are far from being production-ready.

KTM action© Provided by Bikewale KTM actionThe RC 990’s chassis resembles that of the 890 Duke. Although the engine also appears to have been taken from the naked bike, certain elements such as the engine casing, swingarm, and exhaust setup look unique to the RC. The motorcycle reportedly underwent testing alongside the Ducati Panigale V2, which is primarily used as a performance benchmark. Also, the RC 990 test mule seemed to have Brembo Stylema brake calipers with cooling ducts and WP Apex forks up front.

Based on the degree of development with the RC 990, KTM is unlikely to release the bike before the end of 2023. Interestingly, we could see the new 990 Duke introduced before the RC.

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