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TYGA KTM RC390

November 2015 

 

The KTM RC390 when it was revealed to the World last year was met with much excitement and anticipation. Unlike most of the previous small capacity sports bikes released this millennium, the KTM promised to be a worthy successor to the great 250 and 400 sports bikes of the 1990s. And so it was without hesitation that TYGA Performance bought a brand new example in April this year to use for development and showcasing our products.

You can see from the photos, the bike is quite a bit different from the 100% stock bike we started with. Much has changed, more development to be done. For much of the last few months, this particular bike has had something or other pulled off it and rarely seen with its clothes on. Recently, it was to be displayed in a motorcycle show and in a rare moment of cleanliness and togetherness, we took the opportunity to take these photos, and showcase what's available so far.

The most obvious difference from the stock bike and the TYGA one is the bodywork. The belly pan and the seat cowling are closely based on the KTM Cup race bodywork but with a TYGA tweak here and there to make it neater and easier to install. The version shown here is in carbon fiber, though GRP is also available for a more modest price. The upper fairing we moved away from the somewhat strange  and fragile transparent cup version, and designed our own to give the bike a more aggressive and practical front. We have plans at some stage to make a version with lights and mirrors but for now this is strictly a race use only component.

As well as the race panels in carbon, we also reproduced some stock shaped parts in carbon too. The inner sides, the hugger, the tank cover and the battery box are all carbon, as is the front fender though, just to be different the bike here is shown with the Duke version. Tyga offers the stock RC390 front fender in carbon too. The two outer sides are in GRP and painted to add contrast to the carbon on the rest of the bodywork. While continuing on the carbon theme, we made the front sprocket cover in carbon too.

Note that the sides are not compatible with the stock plastic parts and need to be installed as a set of outer and inner sides. All the other panels can be added piecemeal, and mixed with stock plastic including the belly pan which can be installed with the KTM street exhaust.

The other most obvious change with this bike, is the serpentine twin Moto Maggot Tyga exhaust system. This is purely prototype at this stage but it does have a certain presence and definitely has plenty of noise. The system is made in hand-welded spring mounted stainless sections and hugs the underside of the seat cowling, before curling up the sides of the subframe to dramatic effect. We didn't weigh it, but the stock system is infinitely heavier and a lot more agricultural looking in comparison. The Moto Maggots are hand-rolled and hand-welded to give a raw race finish. No polishing allowed!

As well as all the cosmetic and exhaust enhancements, the suspension has been sorted too. At the front end, we have a pair of TYGA Performance ride height adjusters installed to give the bike better stance under heavy braking. The stock set up is prone to dive somewhat. At the rear end, there is a full-on prototype Ohlins race shock. Tyga and Ohlins have been working closely on the RC390 and one benefit of the relationship is we get to test their latest tackle on our project bikes. Needless to say the shock gives excellent ride and feedback especially on the track which is where this bike is designed to be.

A TYGA project bike wouldn't be complete these days without fitting one of our TYGA Performance lightweight rear sprockets. We were spoiled for choice, with options ranging from 39 teeth through to 48 but settled with stock for now until the bike is properly dialed in. Finally, and last but not least (for the time being anyway), we have installed a set of our multi adjustable TYGA Performance rear sets. Although suitable for the track with race shift possible, we have configured these for the street in mind too. They not only retain a street shift but we chose the version which allows for side stand installation too. A race only type which does away with the now redundant side stand mount is available for those who are hard track focused.

Well, that's it for the time being but please take a look here from time to time because already we have one or two more products to test out and install on this fun little bike.

 

As KTM says: ' Ready to Race' and we couldn't agree more.


Postscript February 2017

Since we published out KTM project bike on our website back in November 2015 we launched quite a few new products for the KTM RC390

Production version of the full race  exhaust system  with 2 versions of silencers 

A Full Carbon Rear Hugger/Chain Guard/SwingArm Cover Assembly

Liscense plate holder / Tailtidy

Top Triple Clamp and Handle Bar set

 

Brake and Clutch Levers

Axle Sliders and Wheelspacer kits

 

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
Set, Exhaust Pipe, Race System, KTM RC390, 2014-2016, Stainless Oval/Carbon End Cap

Set, Exhaust Pipe, Race System, KTM RC390, 2014-2016, Stainless Oval/Carbon End Cap

Set, Pipe, Race System, RC390, Stainless Oval/Carbon End Cap. This race system has been specifically developed for the…

Model
EXPS-0061
Quantity
7
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/Chain Guard Assembly (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Rear Hugger/Chain Guard Assembly (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Rear Hugger/Chain Guard Assembly (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC390 This rear hugger/chain guard  assembly replaces the nasty plastic items, adds class…

Model
BPCH-7131
Quantity
5
Front Fender, (Carbon), KTM125, 200, 250 and 390 Duke

Front Fender, (Carbon), KTM125, 200, 250 and 390 Duke

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

Model
BPCF-7031
Quantity
6
Belly Pan, Race, (Carbon), Cup Style, KTM RC250 and RC390

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

Belly Pan, Race, (Carbon), Cup Style,KTM RC250 and RC390 This lightweight belly pan is modelled on the…

Model
BPCL-7231
Quantity
4
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 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
Battery Box Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Battery Box Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Battery Box Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC390 This component replaces the nasty plastic item, adds class to your ride and…

Model
BPCX-7431B
Quantity
3
Tank Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Tank Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

Tank Cover, (Carbon), KTM RC125, RC200, RC390 This component replaces the nasty plastic item, adds class to your ride and is…

Model
BPCX-7431A
Quantity
1
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
Seat Cowling, Race, (Carbon), Cup Style, KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

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

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

Model
BPCT-7131
Quantity
4
Side Cowling A, Left, Race (GRP), KTM RC125, RC200. RC250, RC390

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

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

Model
BPFX-7231L
Quantity
6
Side Cowling A, Right, Race (GRP), KTM RC125, RC200, RC250, RC390

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

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

Model
BPFX-7231R
Quantity
7
Seat Pad, KTM RC Cup, Assy.

Seat Pad, KTM RC Cup, Assy.

EVA foam race seat pad provides a maximum amount of feedback from the bike and minimum comfort! Underside of seat has…

Model
BPSP-0007
Quantity
46
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
Rear Stand Bobbins, Silver, Assy.

Rear Stand Bobbins, Silver, Assy.

Rear Stand Bobbins, Silver, Assy. This item is suitable for any motorcycle with M10 bolt holes for rear stand bobbins…

Model
TYLY-0209
Quantity
39
Front Fork Ride Height Adjusters, Pair, KTM RC390

Front Fork Ride Height Adjusters, Pair, KTM RC390

Front Fork Ride Height Adjusters, Pair, KTM RC390 Designed and manufactured in house from top grade aluminium. These ride height adjusters replace…

Model
TYLY-0120
Quantity
76
Screen Clear, TYGA Style KTM Fairing, Kit

Screen Clear, TYGA Style KTM Fairing, Kit

Screen Clear, TYGA Style KTM Fairing, Kit. For use with TYGA Style KTM RC race upper fairings BPFU-7131 and BPCU-7131 Screen fasteners…

Model
SCRE-0163
Quantity
15
Sprocket, Rear 45T, Aluminium, (Gold), KTM Duke/RC 125/200/250/390

Sprocket, Rear 45T, Aluminium, (Gold), KTM Duke/RC 125/200/250/390

Upgrade your bike with TYGA Sprockets. You are ordering the 6 hole pattern. TYSR-0114. Please check your bike to make sure…

Model
TYSR-0114-45T
Quantity
19
Tyre Warmers, Lightweight Sports

Tyre Warmers, Lightweight Sports

All new TYGA Tyre warmers are specifically designed to meet the needs of every racer and track day rider. …

Model
TWDS-0005
Quantity
13
TYGA Bike Dust Cover, Black/Orange

TYGA Bike Dust Cover, Black/Orange

TYGA Bike Dust Cover, Black/Orange This cover is handmade from 100% breathable polyester and ideal for an indoor dust cover.…

Model
TMER-0049
Quantity
15
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