The faired version of the naked KTM 390 Duke, KTM RC 390 is the most affordable proper sports motorcycle offered in India. KTM has undergone through detailed feedback from customers and as a result incorporated changes and tweaks into the model. So how does RC 390 fares overall? Time to dig deep.
The KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 42.9 bhp and a torque of 35 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, KTM RC 390 comes up with an anti-locking braking system.
The bike gets a cosmetic update as part of the 2020 update. While it retains the aggressive design and bodywork of the previous model which incorporates the distinctive LED-projector headlamps upfront, the RC 390 is now adorned in a new color scheme.
The fully-faired motorcycle is available in two colors – Black with white and Metallic Silver. While the streetfighter 390 Duke is updated with a bi-directional quick shifter, the new RC 390 misses out on that feature. Besides prepping it up for the BS6 norms, KTM has retained the power output from the 373cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. It continues to put out 43bhp of power and 37Nm of torque. Suspension and braking hardware also remain the same as the previous model.
In terms of competition, the KTM RC390 goes up against the TVS Apache RR 310, Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 400.
The 390 Duke has always been quite a feature-rich motorcycle. In 2017, when the bike got a major overhaul, KTM styled it just like the larger 1290 Super Duke R. The KTM 390 Duke also got an LED lighting system, a color TFT-screen with smartphone Bluetooth connectivity, ride-by-wire, and switchable ABS, including Supermoto mode. Now in the BS6 era, the 390 Duke also gets a bi-directional quick-shifter and turn-by-turn navigation, which justifies the extra asking price for the motorcycle.
There are no changes when it comes to the mechanicals on the BS6 version of the 390 Duke. It still runs the same sharp steel split-trellis frame as earlier with a 41mm open-cartridge USD fork and preload-adjustable monoshock handling suspension duties. The KTM 390 Duke has always been a strong stopper thanks to the ByBre four-piston radial caliper acting on a large 320mm rotor. At the rear, there is a smaller 230mm disc with a single-piston floating caliper. Grippy Metzeler rubber comes shod on 17-inch alloy rims.
KTM RC 390 VERDICT
Best in segment performance
Brakes are excellent
Very good handling
Hard and uncomfortable seat
Commited riding stance
Heating issue in traffic
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