Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM has been dominating the performance segment with its affordable performance motorcycles. The company has launched three BS6 models in the Indian market namely Duke, RC, and Adventure. The faired KTM RC line is available in three trims namely 200, 250, and 390. The RC 200 and 390 are only available in the Indian market. While RC 250 is not available despite being assembled at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan manufacturing facility for exports. The RC 250 is considered a beginner’s bike. Recently, an Indonesian custom bike builder, Minority Custom Motorcycle (MCM) gave a makeover to the RC 250. The sports bike now looks like a neo-retro cafe racer. MCM has done this to give a tribute to a ‘60s cafe racers. The faired motorcycle customized into a cafe racer belongs to someone in Eastern Indonesia.
As for the design, the modification was done with an aim to give the motorcycle RC 250’s signature bright orange trellis frame along with the look of a modern cafe racer. The angular bodywork of KTM RC 250 was completely removed and was replaced with custom-made, cafe styled-components. Upfront, it gets a halo LED headlamp along with a small wind deflector. Its fuel tank has been redesigned. The bike now features a hand-shaped steel sheet fuel tank of the same capacity with smooth curves instead of hard lines, thus giving it a retro look. At the rear, subtle changes have been made. It features a wasp tail-cowl with an integrated brake light. While the custom upholstered seat gives the bike a completely new look.
Apart from this, a set of custom side panels right from the tank have been bolted to the frame in order to cover up the electric wiring of the bike that was exposed due to the removal of KTM bodywork. Other feature highlights include custom clip-on handlebars and single-pod instrument console. The bike rides on Bridgestone Battlax Tyres. Custom stainless exhaust system and Scorpion carbon fiber muffler have also been installed for better performance. As far as the color option is concerned, MCM has opted for KTM’s iconic color palette. Thus the bike gets bright orange pinstriped panels along with an airbrushed effect, giving it a retro look. It also offers a metallic grey base.
Mechanically, no changes have been made to the powertrain. The India-spec model continues to draw power from a BS6 compliant 248.8cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine that delivers 30.57 bhp power and 27.4 Nm torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch.