Is KTM Developing A Track-only RC 890?

The RC 890 could be developed for a one-make racing series

If we look into KTM’s lineup of motorcycles, it’s evident that the brand has more streetfighters than supersport motorcycles. If you omit its MotoGP machine, the RC16, the KTM RC 390 is its largest capacity faired bike in production. However, with these spy shots of a probable RC 890 track-only bike, it seems that KTM wants to expand the RC lineup furthermore.

The test mule seen here has a race-prepped fairing mounted on a tubular-trellis frame with the fuel tank located in place of the pillion seat. Cementing its track-only purpose are the slicks with alloy wheels are anchored by dual-front discs.

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Back in 2016, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer shut down the production of the iconic RC8 and deemed 200PS as too much power for street-legal motorcycles. So, it makes sense to build something around the 889cc motor sourced from the KTM 890 Duke, but a lot more performance-oriented.

In fact, Kramer Motorcycles, a niche German manufacturer of custom race bikes, was slated to build two motorcycles powered by the KTM 790 Duke’s engine, one for track day enthusiasts and the other as a full-blown GP2 race machine. If KTM goes ahead with the development of the test-mules spotted in Austria, would you be interested in the so-called RC 890? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 


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