The 2016 KTM RC 390 Cup racebike (shown) will retail for $9,999 and come with over 40 KTM PowerParts, including an Akrapovic exhaust, fully adjustable WP Racing suspension, CNC-machined rear sets, and more.
KTM has released more details on its RC 390 Cup racebikes and the 2016 RC Cup race program, which will run in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Racing Series for the second year in a row and is open to kids ages 14 to 22. Same as last year, there’s no shortage of perks, too. The most important detail is that bikes must be purchased from a participating KTM dealership and will cost $9,999. Far from stock, the Cup bikes will come with 40-plus KTM PowerParts, including a fully adjustable WP Racing fork, fully adjustable WP Racing shock, Akrapovic exhaust, race screen and belly pan, CNC-machined rear sets, CNC-machined foldable levers, and more. Signing yourself up for the Cup program and plopping down the money gets you more than just a bike though, with racers who participate in the MotoAmerica Championship and buy a bike before March 31, 2016, also receiving a 10×10 EZ-Up from Synchrony Financial, an exclusive sponsorship package from Motion Pro and Motorex, as well as a 40-percent discount on a semi-customizable GiMoto one-piece leather racing suit—all things that add up for the family that’s trying to go racing on ever-constricting budgets. Additionally, as a bonus to kids who participate in the MotoAmerica Championship (and probably as a means for helping those kids develop as racers), KTM will also pay for the riders to race up to five select regional races on their RC Cup bike. There are even more benefits during MotoAmerica race weekends, with KTM’s partner, HMC Racing, promising to bring its semi-truck to each race so that the racers have a relaxing hospitality area to hang out in. Racing is stressful business, after all. KTM HMC technicians will also provide technical assistance, plus conduct a motorcycle safety check on motorcycles prior to the race and have parts available for purchase should something happen over the course of the race weekend. All of this sounds great, with the only downside being that it still costs money for the rider and parent/crew to get themselves and the bike to the track. To help offset some of the costs, KTM is paying a contingency for first through fifth place, with the first place finisher getting $500, second place $400, third place $300, fourth place $200, and fifth place $100. There are two races per race weekend, and KTM will have the same payout structure for each race. RC Cup racebikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis with limited availability, and be available for pre-order until March 31. To request a KTM RC Cup racebike, a rider will need to provide a copy of their AMA Road Racing Superstock Limited license or license application. For more information on license eligibility, you can visit the AMA’s official website, here (http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/RoadRacing/RoadRacingLicense.aspx). See you at the racetrack, kids?
This article, KTM Announces 2016 RC Cup Racebike Details and Talks Program Benefits All available to racers ages 14 to 22 with an AMA Road Racing Superstock Limited license., first appeared on Cycle World.