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2014 KTM RC 390

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There was much hype surrounding the KTM RC series bikes. KTM launched the studio pictures of the RX 125, 200 and 390 on the internet and they finally revealed the whole RC range at the 2013 EICMA auto show which was held in the city of Milan. The RC series bikes are built to provide maximum riding pleasure to the customer and also led them experience the thrill of riding a race track inspired machine on road.

Today we are bringing you an exclusive review of the RC 390 which will make its way in India sometime next year, and the fun part is that is that it will be locally assembled in India, so KTM will definitely price those motorcycles aggressively in here. The RC 390 though share many things with the standard Duke 390 which too was recently launched in our Indian market and we also gave you an exclusive review of that motorcycle, but KTM claims that although the RC 390 shares the same frame with Duke 390 still they are way too different in their nature and handling.

The RC 390 is powered by a single cylinder 4 stroke water cooled engine and it generates an impressive amount of power to blow your mind away plus to give you a thrill of experiencing a premium sports bike. KTM has added many new features in this motorcycle to woo their customers. You will find out everything in detail in this review.

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STYLING

KTM RC 390

KTM has made this motorcycle keeping the racing DNA intact. The RC 390 has everything that a true sportsbike should posses and it is reflected quite clearly in its styling also, So without wasting any more time let’s get straight to its styling details.

We can clearly notice that the RC 390 received a full body fairing unlike the Duke series. The front of the motorcycle looks sharp and aerodynamic and has duel headlamps followed by a windshield which will deflect winds that will helps in lowering helmet turbulence of the rider while they will be riding in a sporty riding position. The multifunctional cockpit and the digital instrument cluster not only informs the rider about a multitude of parameters, but also displays the average fuel consumption and remaining range of the Motorcycle, the clip on handlebars too helps in easy maneuvering of the motorcycle. The muscular looking fuel tank helps in giving it a sporty appeal, the sportiness of the motorcycle is kept alive further by the split sporty seats which will definitely give the rider a comfortable seating position but as far as the Pillion seat is concerned we are not too sure about their comfort factor because they are placed quite high and there is also no grab rail at the rear which might cause a big problem for them especially when we think about Indian road condition.

Another interesting styling highlight of the motorcycle is that you won’t notice the exhaust pipe located at the rear of the motorcycle or even underneath the seat that is because the three-chambered silencer is placed just beneath the engine close to the bike’s center of gravity.

Designer legend Gerald Kiska has added a sport flavor all over the motorcycle while maintaining its strict racing DNA. The RC 390 also looks very funky and new which will definitely attract the young sport bikes lovers. Lastly the attractive and colorful graphics definitely increases the appeal of the motorcycle.

ENGINE DETAILS

KTM RC 390

The KTM RC 390 uses a single cylinder 4 stroke water cooled engine to power the 390. The engine generates an impressive amount of power to add the thrill of a powerful motorcycle, it has a displacement of 373 cc and generates 43 hp of maximum power and it is mated to a 6 speed, claw shifted transmission which is really helpful in keeping the motorcycle in right powerband.

The engine details have been provided below:

Design1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement373.2 cm³
Bore89 mm
Stroke60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aidElectric starter
Transmission6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubricationForced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio30:80
Secondary gear ratio15:45
Cooling systemLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition systemContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

RIDE AND HANDLING

KTM RC 390

The details of the chassis have been provided below:

FrameTubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
ForkWP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorberWP Monoshock
Suspension travel front125 mm
Suspension travel rear150 mm
Brake system FrontDisc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system RearDisc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs - diameter Front300 mm
Brake discs - diameter Rear230 mm
Chain5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle66.5°
Wheel base1,340±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)178.5 mm
Seat height (unloaded)820 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx.10 l
Weight without fuel approx147 kg

PRICING

It is still not sure what will be the exact pricing of this motorcycle but we can assure that KTM will price this motorcycle very aggressively because of the high level of localization. It can be expected that KTM will price the RC 390, forty to fifty thousand more than the Duke 390.

Presently the Duke 390 is priced at Rs. 1.88 lakh (Ex showroom Delhi)

VERDICT

KTM RC 390

The KTM RC 390 will definitely be an important launch in the Indian market next year, it has everything that a sports bike lover wants from their motorcycle the engine also generates enough power to blow you mind away. It will definitely give the other motorcycles a tough competition.

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