KTM RC 390

INTRODUCTION

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.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

373.2cc

MILEAGE

25-30km/l

POWER

43.5PS @ 9,000rpm

TORQUE

35N.m @ 7,000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

10 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

WP MONOSHOCK

KERB WEIGHT

173.2Kg

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SPECIAL FEATURES

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THREE CHAMBER SILENCER
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SLIPPER CLUTCH
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RIDE BY WIRE
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BOSCH TWO CHANNEL ABS
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BREMBO BRAKES
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CLIP ON HANDLEBARS
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TWO PART SEAT
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AERODYNAMIC WINDSHIELD
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RACE READY FOOTPEGS
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INTEGRATED BLINKERS
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ALUMINIUM TRIPLE CLAMPS
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100% LCD DISPLAY

Full Specifications

City 25-30km/l
Highway 30-35km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Digital
Tripmeter Digital
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator No
Start Type Electric only
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Bosch 9.1 MB Two Channel ABS (disengageable)
Tyres (F) 110/70-R17
Tyres (R) 150/60-R17
Brakes (F) Disc 320mm Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
Brakes (R) Disc 230mm Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
Type Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Front Suspension WP APEX 43 (125mm Travel)
Rear Suspension WP APEX - Monoshock (150mm Travel)
Wheelbase 1,340mm
Ground Clearance 178.5mm
Length x Width x Height 1978mm*688mm*1098mm
Seat Height 820mm
Kerb Weight 173.2kg
Fuel Capacity 9.5l
Battery 12V/8Ah
Head Lamp Twin Head Lamp
Brake/Tail Light LED Tail Lamp
Engine Type Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, 4-Valve, DOHC
Displacement 373.2cc
Power 43.5PS @ 9,000rpm
Torque 35N.m @ 7,000rpm
Bore x Stroke 89mm x 60mm
Clutch PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
EMS Bosch EMS with RBW
lubrication Wet Sump

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KTM RC 390 OVERVIEW

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

PROS

  • Best in segment performance
  • Brakes are excellent
  • Very good handling

CONS

  • Hard and uncomfortable seat
  • Commited riding stance
  • Heating issue in traffic

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