About KTM :
KTM AG (the former KTM Sportmotorcycle AG) is an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer owned by KTM Industries AG and Bajaj Auto. It was formed in 1992 but traces its foundation to as early as 1934. Today, KTM AG is the parent company of the KTM Group.
KTM is known for its off-road motorcycles (Enduro, Motocross, and Supermoto). Since the late 1990s, it has expanded into street motorcycle production and developing sports cars – namely the X-Bow. In 2015, KTM sold almost as many street motorcycles as off-road bikes. Production of the KTM sports car X-BOW started in 2007.
KTM RC 390 Overview
KTM RC 390 that gets all the goodies like – ride-by-wire tech, slipper clutch and a larger 320 mm front disc brake for improved stopping power. The bike also gets ECU-based acceleration, which has improved the throttle response as well. In fact, the new RC 390 gets a side-mounted exhaust unlike the underbelly exhaust of the previous model. According to KTM officials, the new aluminum exhaust muffler has been added to meet the stringent Euro 4 emission norms in 2016 and the same has been brought to India in 2017.
KTM RC 390 Launched at Rs 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). KTM RC 390 is a fully faired sports bike based on the Duke 390 naked motorcycle. The flagship model features slightly modified chassis resulting in improved ride quality. The RC 390 is built around a steel trellis frame, similar to the one in the Duke version and the front wheels get 43mm inverted forks while the rear gets a monoshock that is directly linked to the alloy swingarm. Powering RC 390 is a single-cylinder 373.2cc engine which manages to churn out 44PS and 35Nm of torque. On the safety front, the company offers ABS as part of standard equipment. Besides, the bike also gets slipper clutch, new exhaust that abides by Euro IV emission norms, automatic headlamp, new MRF tyres, new rear view mirrors, adjustable clutch and brake levers etc among various others.
Made in India 2017 KTM RC 390 Launched in the USA for $5,499
2017 KTM RC 390 was recently launched in the US for $5499 (INR 3.54 lakhs Approx). Apart from the price difference, every other feature remains the same as the Indian spec model launched back in January 2017. The shade even stays same for both the countries.
The higher price in America is due to the import tax by US authorities, seen in the same way in India with bikes that follow SKD (semi knocked down), CKD (completely knocked down) and CBU (completely built unit). India is the manufacturing hub for KTM Duke and RC Series motorcycles (125, 200, 250, 390).
They even have the 2017 KTM Duke 390 on sale in the USA for $5299 (INR 3.40 lakhs Approx). Indian market currently benefits from the local production as RC 390 costs INR 2,34,300 and Duke 390 costs INR 2,29,500 in the country. 2017 RC 390 is powered by a refined, BS4 version of the familiar 373.2 cc motor, producing 43.5 PS at 9000 rpm and 36 Nm at 7000 rpm.
The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox that gets slipper clutch for stress-free aggressive downshifts. Apart from fuel injection and water cooling, RC 390 comes with ride by wire for the best ever throttle response. 2017 variant got more bulk on its body through the side exhaust, making the motorcycle good for 170 kg of wet weight and just 9.5 liters of fuel carrying capacity.
The seating position favors track riding as the aerodynamic machine can sprint from 0-100 kmph in around 5.7 seconds. The claimed top speed is about 179 kmph while 2017 version gets the new UV resistant paint for safe ground level parking. Being a single cylinder motorcycle, 2017 KTM RC390 has no direct rival except twin cylinder options like Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 300.
KTM RC 390 Looks
Built around the steel trellis frame, RC 390 is a fully faired version of its naked sibling, Duke 390. Alterations are made to the chassis offering improve ride quality. The bike without a doubt is one of the best looking options in its segment featuring an orange colored frame that reinforces its sporty character. In front, it gets twin projector headlamps, daytime running lights and a windshield. The angular shaped ORVMs come with integrated turn indicators and there is no seat for pillion, but KTM has further cushioned the rider seat.
KTM RC 390 Engine Specifications and Transmission
No. Of Gears6
ClutchPASC™ anti-hopping clutch mechanically operated
KTM RC 390 Specifications
Engine Cc373.2 cc
No Of Cylinder1
Max Power44 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Max Torque36 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Valves Per Cylinder4
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection System
Cooling SystemLiquid Cooled
Starting mechanism self Start
Power is drawn from a 373.2cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine good for maximum power of 42bhp at 9000rpmm and top torque of 35Nm at 7000rpm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission.
KTM RC 390 Features
- Telescopic Fork
- 100% Digital LCD Display
- Pillion Ride Seat
- Integrated Blinkers As A Special Feature The RC
- Thin Tail Fitting Perfectly Into The Pure Racing Look
- A Brand New Steel Fuel Tank With 9.5L Capacity
- 17 Inch Orange Wheels
- Triple Clamps Are Eye-Catchers & Together With The Clip On Handlebars
- Brand New Twin Headlight
- Handlebars & Switches Contributes To A Sporty & Aggressive Riding Position
- tachometer digital
- Gear Indicator
- Fuel Warning Indicator
- Fuel Gauge
- Low Oil Indicator
- Low Battery Indicator
- Pillion Seat
- Pillion Grabrail
- Engine Kill Switch
- Tripmeter TypeDigital
- Tripmeter Count
- Pass Light
The fully faired middleweight sports bike gets a host of features including a fuel injected engine, new paint scheme, full fairing, orange painted frame, cushioned seat, engine cowl, LED tail lamp, projector headlamp, telescopic front forks, monoshock rear absorbers, large fuel tank, digital speedometer and tachometer, digital trip meter, ABS etc.
Braking and Handling
Stopping power is derived from 300mm and 230mm disc units placed in front and rear respectively. Anti-Lock-Braking system adds further dint to the braking force.
KTM RC 390 Wheels and Tyres
Wheel and Tyres
Wheel Size17 inches
Wheel TypeAlloy Wheels
Front Tyre110/70 X 17
Rear Tyre150/60 X 17
Tyres measuring 110/70 and 150/60 are fixed in front and rear axle respectively. Both the tyres get 17-inch alloy rims.
KTM RC 390 Competition
The model fields against rivals such as Honda CBR 250R, Mahindra Mojo, DSK Benelli TNT 25 and DSK Benelli TNT 300.
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