KTM RC 250 modified into a neo-retro Cafe Racer
Austrian two-wheeler maker KTM has in its Indian portfolio three single-cylinder BS6 model lines: Duke, RC, and Adventure. The selection begins in the 125cc sports category with the KTM 125 Duke and goes up to 390 Adventure in the 300-400cc sports tourer or dual-sport class.
There are two variants in the KTM RC line made: 200 and 390. In the meantime, the KTM RC 250 is not available on the Indian market, despite being assembled at the Chakan export manufacturing facility at Bajaj Auto.
In the future, KTM India may consider its launch, particularly since the 390 Adventure is soon getting a trimmed-down ‘250’ sibling. Ever since Honda Motorcycle India discontinued its CBR250R, there has been no convincing alternative in the 250cc faired-sports segment.
Minority Design Motorcycle (MCM), based in Indonesia, converted a KTM RC 250 into a neo-retro café racer. MCM has certainly chosen a demanding design approach in the project led by Jonathan Evan. Normally one does not find a fabricated motorcycle tailored to a cafe racer, let alone a fine example. The motorcycle is part of a customer in eastern Indonesia.
Proper consideration has been paid to modifying the donor motorcycle’s geometric looks without any risk of end design abruptness. The RC 250 is wearing a customized steel-sheet fuel tank with the same power to make that happen.
Key highlights include single-seat configuration, wasp tail cowl with built-in brake lamp; halo’ LED headlamp + visor, custom clip-on handlebars, single-pod instrument panel, Bridgestone Battlax tires, Scorpion muffler stainless steel exhaust pipes and more. To cover some of the electrical components concealed by the stock fairing, additional bodywork had to be mounted. The new clip-on substantially changed their original triangular rider, as MCM had to set the footpegs back further.
MCM did not make any major changes to the power plant. The 248.8cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine churns out 30.57bhp @ 8,000rpm and 27.4Nm @ 6,500rpm, in Indian-spec BS6 configuration. It is connected into a slipper clutch to a 6-speed transmission.