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MAD Studio's KTM RC390 "Martini"

October 2017,

This months Customer bike of the month is the KTM RC390 in Martini race colours build by Damian White and Tran Hoang Chuong from MAD Studio in Dien Phien Vhu, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

They used plenty of TYGA-Performance products and the results are getting our thumbs up, here's the full build story:

text and photos courtesy of:  MAD Studio Vietnam  

The KTM RC390 is a great platform to work with. Used in anger the engine can be as buzzy as an 80’s two stroke but the OEM set up smothers this potential in a blanket of comfort.

So we stripped this off and got to work.

The priority was handling. OEM suspension was ditched in favour of the race-bred set up from JRI. New cartridges for the forks and a remote reservoir out back firm the chassis up beautifully and make it far more composed when being thrown into corners.

Looking for performance the exhaust system was an obvious target. OEM is pitiful. Bolt on side exhausts tend to look ungainly but the gentlemen at TYGA produce a gorgeous underseat system that not only matches the lines of the bike but are absolutely raucous. That had to be paired with a heavily modified airbox and a Power Commander V.  Acceleration was deemed to be a higher priority than top speed so the sprockets were exchanged with -1 up front and +2 out back.

Once new set up was recalibrated the responsiveness of the fiesty 390 is impressive.

The split personality of the project demanded a sharper set of bodywork. The rear subframe was modified and the TYGA catalogue was raided again for the Cup race kit giving more aggressive lines than OEM. A liberal sprinking of carbon fibre panels plays to the race vibe and gives a visual contrast to the white elements in the frame and swingarm.

Road use requires lighting so custom rear LED strips were fabricated, a set of running lights from a Yamaha R1 installed up front and a set of Denali LED spots recessed under the shark nose. More quality metal work from TYGA was ordered up in the form of yokes, rear sets and levers and with a test tube substituted for the rear master cylinder the set up was almost complete.

The visit to the Festival of Speed was the inspiration for the artwork on the project RC390. The Martini Racing livery is looks like speed even when nothing is moving. So we adapted it for the panels of the KTM, leaving some elements of the carbon fibre exposed for extra racing pedigree.

Now we have a barking MAD track tool that is equally happy banging up and down the gears around town.

TYGA-Performance products used

TYGA full underseat exhaust system

CF Exhaust guard left and right

Top Triple clamp

Clip Ons (Silver)

Rearsets Street

Mono Seat cup style fibre glass

Belly pan fibre glass

Front mudguard carbon fibre

Rear hugger carbon fibre

Upper cowling CF

Carbon side cowling Left A

Carbon side cowling left B

Carbon side cowling right A

Carbon side cowling right B

CF Front sprocket cover

Carbon Kevlar case guards

Brake and clutch lever set (andonised black)

 

Set, Exhaust Pipe, Race System, KTM RC390, 2014-2016, Stainless Moto Maggot

Set, Exhaust Pipe, Race System, KTM RC390, 2014-2016, Stainless Moto Maggot

Set, Pipe, Race System, RC390, Stainless Moto Maggot This race system has been specifically developed for the KTM…

Model
EXPS-0062
Quantity
6
Front Fender, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Front Fender, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

This lightweight carbon front fender replaces the plastic item, reduces unsprung weight and is an easy installation.…

Model
BPCF-7131
Quantity
13
Rear Hugger Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Rear Hugger Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Rear Hugger Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC390 This rear hugger replaces the nasty plastic item, adds class to your ride…

Model
BPCH-7131A
Quantity
5
Upper Cowling, Race (Carbon),  KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Upper Cowling, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Upper Cowling, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125/200/390 This lightweight carbon upper cowling replaces both the heavy and brittle clear front cowling and…

Model
BPCU-7131
Quantity
8
Side Cowling A, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

Side Cowling A, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

Side Cowling A, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390 This lightweight carbon side cowling replaces the heavier stock plastic…

Model
BPCX-7231L
Quantity
7
Side Cowling A, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling A, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling A, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390 This lightweight carbon side cowling replaces the heavier stock plastic…

Model
BPCX-7231R
Quantity
8
Side Cowling B, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling B, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling B, Left, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390 This lightweight carbon side cowling replaces the heavier stock plastic…

Model
BPCX-7331L
Quantity
6
Side Cowling B, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling B, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Side Cowling B, Right, Race (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390 This lightweight carbon side cowling replaces the heavier stock plastic…

Model
BPCX-7331R
Quantity
7
Sprocket Cover, (Carbon), KTM250/390 Duke/RC250 RC390

Sprocket Cover, (Carbon), KTM250/390 Duke/RC250 RC390

Sprocket Cover, (Carbon), KTM390 Duke/ RC390 This lightweight carbon sprocket cover weighs less than the stock one and adds style to…

Model
BPCC-7131
Quantity
6
Engine Covers, (Carbon), Pair, KTM RC390

Engine Covers, (Carbon), Pair, KTM RC390

Engine Covers, (Carbon), Pair, KTM RC390 This engine protective cover set is made from lightweight carbon with an abrasion resistant inner…

Model
BPCC-7331
Quantity
8
Exhaust Guard, Left, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent

Exhaust Guard, Left, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent

Exhaust Guard, Left, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent Carbon Exhaust guard for the TYGA serpent exhaust systems. This product is used to…

Model
BPCC-0021L
Quantity
9
Exhaust Guard, Right, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent

Exhaust Guard, Right, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent

Exhaust Guard, Left, Carbon, KTM RC390 Serpent Carbon Exhaust guard for the TYGA serpent exhaust systems. This product is used…

Model
BPCC-0021R
Quantity
7
Belly Pan, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC250 and RC390

Belly Pan, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC250 and RC390

Belly Pan, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC390 This lightweight belly pan is modelled on the KTM…

Model
BPFL-7231
Quantity
100+
Seat Cowling, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

Seat Cowling, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

Seat Cowling, Race, (GRP), Cup Style, KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390 This lightweight seat cowling is modelled on the KTM RC390…

Model
BPFT-7131
Quantity
100+
Racing Step Kit (Street), (Adjustable), KTM RC250 and RC390

Racing Step Kit (Street), (Adjustable), KTM RC250 and RC390

STAA-0024 ( Street) Designed in-house by TYGA Performance using the latest CAD/CAM software, these CNC machine-made step kits…

Model
STAA-0024
Quantity
14
Top Triple Clamp Set, CNC Black, KTM RC Series

Top Triple Clamp Set, CNC Black, KTM RC Series

Top Triple Clamp Set, CNC Black, KTM RC Series

Model
TYLY-1073
Quantity
46
Brake Lever CNC, TYGA, Adjustable, Flip-Up Type

Brake Lever CNC, TYGA, Adjustable, Flip-Up Type

CNC machined from solid billet, these flip up type levers are made to a very high standard and are adjustable…

Model
LEVB-7003
Quantity
31
Clutch Lever CNC, TYGA, Adjustable, Flip-Up Type

Clutch Lever CNC, TYGA, Adjustable, Flip-Up Type

CNC machined from solid billet, these flip up type levers are made to a very high standard and are adjustable…

Model
LEVC-7003
Quantity
31
Handlebar Set, Racing, Silver, KTM RC Series

Handlebar Set, Racing, Silver, KTM RC Series

Handlebar Set, Racing, Silver, KTM RC Series. This handlebar set is designed to be used with our triple clamp…

Model
TYLY-0131
Quantity
10
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