"The basis of the Production Racer is not much different to our Grand Prix motorcycle," states KTM's head of customer racing support, Wolfgang Felber, before going on to detail the differences between the bike you see here and the bike the factory races. "The GP bike is only adapted to suit the current Moto3 regulations, for example it runs with the regulation Dell’Orto electronics unit, has a maximum of 14,000 revolutions and has an Akrapovic exhaust system that allows 115 dB. OZ magnesium wheels, a factory braking system with dual brake disks from Brembo in the front and WP Suspension elements all save weight – but basically these are also components that can all be fitted to the RC 250 R Production Racer!"
That's right, for just $54,000 you can buy the bike you see here.
We first showed you the KTM Moto3 racer a year ago and told you they planned on selling a production racer version back in July, but this is the first time we've seen these (incredibly sexy) images and learned full specs.
Where KTM's factory machine is Moto3-specific, the KTM RC 250 R is meant to be more generally applicable to any class that allows four-stroke 250s. Its 249.5cc single has dropped its rev-ceiling from 14,000 to 13,500, reducing power to 49.6bhp. Dry weight is just 181lbs. You could pick this thing up and load it into a pickup all by yourself.
Yielding the tiny, beautiful bike you see here is a combination of knowledge that's surely unique to KTM. The factory credits its old 125GP program for the aerodynamics, ergonomics and geometry know-how, MotoGP racing for the engine technology (specifically in the cylinder head and throttle body), its RC8 R superbike racing program for the trellis frame and electronics development and its long history in motocross racing for the engine's lubrication system, transmission, clutch and valve gear.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer is keen to highlight the connection between this bike, KTM's racing program and the company's push into small-displacement street bikes, saying, "All of KTM’s knowhow come together in the Moto3 Grand Prix motorcycle and it represents the technology from offroad and that which has already been proven in road racing. Internally there was a knowhow transfer between R, motor sport and production development...The KTM involvement in motorcycle racing at the highest level reinforces the brand positioning in the street bike segment and is an advertising medium for our latest range of smaller displacement street bikes!"
And here's full specs:
TECHNICAL DATA OF THE KTM RC 250 R (Production Racer 2013)
Motor: Single cylinder, 4-stroke motor, DOHC
Displacement: 249.5 ccm
Bore/Hub: 81/48.5 mm
Performance: min. 37 kW at 13.000 revs/min
Max. Torque: 28 Nm at 11.000 revs/min
Compression ratio: 14,5:1
Starter/Battery: External starter / 12 V 0.8 Ah
Transmission: Cassette transmission, 6 gears, 3 options
Mixture preparation: Oval throttle body, 2 injection jets, Ø 50 equivalent
Cooling: Water cooler + oil-water heat exchanger
Generator: 12 V / 70 W
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump, 1 pressure and 2 suction pumps
Primary drive: Straight toothed: 2 transmission options
Valve drive: chain driven, intermediate wheel, radial arranged valves and DLC coated rocker arms
Clutch: Multiple disk clutch in oil bath
Motor management/ignition: GET by Athena ECU, GET by Athena Software MAYA EVO, adjustable motor brake/traction control/launch control/fuel mapping/ignition mapping/pit lane limiter, automatic switch, Interface for data recording
Frame: Steel tubular frame, steering head and adjustable swing arm pivot
Subframe: one piece Wethje carbon subframe
Swing arm: Upside down formed, welded aluminum
Handlebar: Full aluminum clamps, exchangeable handlebar
Front suspension: WP RCMA 3548 fork Ø35 mm, adjustable spring preload suspension, compression and rebound damping adjustable over 20 levels
Rear suspension: WP BAVP 4618 shock absorber, adjustable length, hydraulic preload adjuster, High-/Low-Speed- compression damping and rebound damping over 20 levels
Triple clamp: cast aluminum, adjustable, 28/30 mm offset
Front brakes: Brembo single disk braking system 290 mm, radial brake caliper and radial hand brake cylinder
Rear brakes: Braking-brake disks 190 mm, Formula radial brake caliper and formula brake cylinder
Front/rear wheels: OZ forged aluminum 2.5 x 17’’ / 3.5 x 17’’
Tires front and rear: Dunlop 95/75-R17 / 115/75-R17 Moto3 M Slick
Chain: 415 chain, rear sprocket 16 - 18T, rear sprocket 34 - 42T
Silencer: Akrapovic Full Titanium System with silencer 107 dB (open), additional dB killer 100/103 dB
Steering head angle: ± 1° with optional steering head insets
Steering head position: ± 6 mm with optional steering head insets
Wheel base: 1210 mm ± 35 mm
Ride height: adjustable ± 6 mm
Seat height: 760 mm, adjustable ± 6 mm
Tank capacity: approx. 10.5 l
Weight without fuel: approx. 82 kg
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