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.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
43.5PS @ 9,000rpm
35N.m @ 7,000rpm
FOUR VALVE CYLINDER
RIDE BY WIRE
THREE CHAMBER SILENCER
CLIP ON HANDLEBARS
TWO PART SEAT
RACE READY FOOTPEGS
TFT COLOR DISPLAY
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Start Type||Electric only|
|Brakes (F)||Disc 320mm|
|Brakes (R)||Disc 230mm|
|Front Suspension||WP upside-down Ø 43mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP Monoshock|
|Length x Width x Height||2145mm*760mm*830mm|
|Fuel Capacity||10 L|
|Electrical System||12 volt - DC|
|Head Lamp||Projector Head Lamp|
|Engine Type||Liquid Cooled, Single Cylinder, 4-Valve, DOHC|
|Power||43.5PS @ 9,000rpm|
|Torque||35N.m @ 7,000rpm|
|Air Filter Type||Viscous Paper Filter|
|Bore x Stroke||89mm x 60mm|
|Fuel Supply||Electronic Fuel Injection|
KTM RC 390 Videos
KTM RC 390 TEST RIDE & REVIEW
REFRESHING & STYLISH
This one comes in a single colour variant and that too is simply good enough. The revised decals design is really refreshing and brings aggressiveness into the equation. The front and the rear section is the most noticeable area in the motorcycle for uniqueness. The paint is UV resistant now with three colours orange, yellow and black used in a fair and proportional manner.
The side slung exhaust on the KTM RC 390 is the major visual change here with the revised fairing underbelly. The exposing of step trellis frame and monoshock section area is a nice move and company want to show them what is out there inside. The RC 390 badge on the side profile is really sporty one. So the overall design is dedicated to true race track riders and this is made possible by a lot of customer feedback. The build quality of the overall machine is top notch, premium and there are no issues whatsoever with KTM RC 390.
CLEAN & POWERFUL PERFORMANCE
This 373cc liquid cooled, four valve, DOHC mill pumps out 43.5PS of power at 9,000rpm and also spits out 35Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. The power delivery is almost clean throughout the entire rev range but in the lower rpm motorcycle needs to tame well. So all novice riders out there be very careful and needs to get used to that. After the 2500rpm mark, engine smoothens out and the power surge is explosive with a thick layer of torque along with it. The refinement is top notch with some small amount of vibrations here and there in the rev range which is not an issue at all.
In order to meet the Euro-IV emission norms, KTM has made significant changes in the engine and the overall system and the end result is weight gain of 7kgs. The ride-by-wire throttle system offers crisp and precise response throughout the entire rev range. The gear ratios are slightly on the taller side and so low-speed riding with higher gears is not recommended. The PASC anti-hopping slipper clutch is smooth and precise with a light actuation brings in extra comfort while downshifting and avoids sudden jolt of the rear section of the motorcycle. The mileage stands around 21-26km/l in cities and added 5kms/l in the highways.
NIMBLE & PRECISE
The KTM RC 390 uses a state of the art steel fabricated step trellis frame, which is very lightweight, rigid and offers superior strength. The front section features new 43mm upside-down WP open cartridge forks and WP monoshock with separate gas and oil chambers for enhancing cooling is used at the rear. The ride quality is still stiff but attacks corners with tons of confidence and precision. The Wide tank knee recesses provide adequate and good grip for thighs. Seats offer more cushion and are wider too for both pillion and rider. Hence long hauls are much comfortable now.
The superior handling along with stiffer setup makes the front section of the motorcycle very nimble and precise which is really good for the tracks. The Metzeler tubeless tyres do a fantabulous task of providing superior communication between tarmac and the rider. The Brakes offered on RC 390 is from the Brembo subsidiary-Bybre with front containing the 320mm disc with four-pot brake calliper while 230mm disc brake with one-pot brake calliper at the rear. Bite and feedback from the brakes are tremendous along with the addition of Bosch 9MB twin-channel ABS.
Four-valve, DOHC liquid-cooled engine, Switchable dual channel ABS, TFT colour display, Ride by wire throttle, WP suspension system, Inverted forks, Step trellis frame, LED headlights with DRL, Bybre brakes, Slipper clutch, Clip-on handlebars, Aerodynamic windshield, Race ready footpegs, Integrated blinkers, Thin tail and Metzeler Tyres are the features offered by.
KTM RC 390 VERDICT
The KTM RC 390 is the most affordable entry-level sports motorcycle available in the Indian market today by all means. There were some issues in the previous model but this time they have ironed out those very well. Though the cost has increased slightly still it is the recommended model for those who are on a tight budget.
- Fantabulous suspension system
- Explosive performance
- Value for money
- Slipper clutch
- Ride by wire throttle
- TFT color display
- Sharp handling traits
- Tough for novice riders to ride
- Higher kerb weight
- Very slight vibrations from engine
- Heat issues in standby mode