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The covers have come off the KTM 990 RC R, which is set for a 2025 launch and is about as close to a racebike for the street as you can get…

The track-focused but road-legal KTM 990 RC R is set to roll off the Mattighofen Production line in early 2025… and it will be homologated for street use. KTM claims the racer for the street will deliver “unrivalled performance while embracing the practical demands of the road”.

The prototype version of the 990 RC R will make appearances as a wildcard entry in non-point scoring outings across select European Supersport series.

KTM has been filming a multi-part behind-the-scenes documentary about the R&D journey of the 990 RC R and its entry into the Supersport sector. You can watch the first episode now at THIS LINK.

KTM 990 RC R

KTM says the 990 RC R has been years in the making and has been developed through a wealth of data garnered by the company’s successful involvement in GP racing, including in MotoGP. The bike represents the natural evolution of the current KTM RC line-up, yet its sporting potential allows for a straightforward conversion into a KTM 990 RC R TRACK edition, which will debut in the second quarter of 2025.

The street homologated KTM 990 RC R boasts a 57 kg EURO5+ ready LC8c, that makes a claimed 94kW (128hp)  and 103Nm at 10,500 rpm. The bike’s steel frame has been engineered for dynamic performance, with increased weight bias towards the front end. It features a dedicated steering head angle of 25 degrees and offset for enhanced steering responsiveness. It has a die-cast aluminium subframe.

According to KTM, “Ergonomics are key to the KTM 990 RC R’s behaviour. Lengthy experimentation primed the six contact points on the tank for a better connection, leaning and ‘tucking in’ to ensure comfort but also support for knees, arms, and lower pressure on the hands. A new fuel tank has been shaped as a main component of the ergo. Adjustable footrests play a part, as well as the fully adjustable WP APEX Open Cartridge Suspension, light weight cast aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin tyres.”

MotoGP-style wind-tunnel-developed aero wings provide stability for braking and cornering.

KTM says that minimal modifications are required for the transition to the KTM 990 RC R TRACK edition; the mods strip away road-legal essentials, incorporate protective components, and add racing bodywork and a full exhaust system.

“The KTM 990 RC R is a groundbreaking innovation for those who live for the thrill of cornering,” says Riaan Neveling, Head of KTM Global Marketing. “It’s for those who lean close to the road, almost brushing their knees, and then push the limits, dragging elbow to the tarmac on the racetrack. This bike offers power and prestige without the exorbitant price tag. At last, we can unveil our KTM 990 RC R and introduce a truly exceptional motorcycle to dealerships in early 2025, fulfilling the anticipation of countless riders and race enthusiasts.

“Our Duke Range and other Street products have garnered a loyal following for their distinct character; we believe the KTM 990 RC R will quickly attain cult status because it excels at the two things it was designed for so remarkably well. Success will be evident on the track, but the unparalleled experience for customers on the road will truly set it apart.”