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KTM RC 390

KTM RC 390 is a sports bike available at a price range of Rs. 3,16,024 - Rs. 3,16,070 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 3 colours. It is powered by a 373 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement373 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight172 kg

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KTM RC 390 Price

VariantPriceSpecifications

RC 390 Standard

 3,16,024Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

RC 390 GP Edition

 3,16,070Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

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KTM RC 390 Summary

RC 390 key highlights

Engine Capacity 373 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 172 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.7 litres
Seat Height 824 mm
Max Power 42.9 bhp

About RC 390

KTM RC 390 is a sports bike available at a starting price of Rs. 3,16,024 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 3 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 3,16,070. The KTM RC 390 is powered by 373cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 42.9 bhp and a torque of 37 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, KTM RC 390 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This RC 390 bike weighs 172 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 13.7 liters.

The 2022 KTM RC390 has been launched in the Indian market to rival the likes of the TVS Apache RR 310 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The mechanical specifications retain the BS6-compliant, 373cc state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection. The 2022 model gets a 40 per cent bigger airbox and new engine mapping that are aimed to increase torque and overall rideability. The power and torque output is rated at 42.9bhp and 35Nm, respectively.

The styling changes to the 2022 model include the addition of a single-pod LED headlight, revised bodywork, 13.7-litre fuel tank, and updated seat design. The updated feature list comprises full-LED lighting, Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster, traction control system, lean-sensitive ABS, and quick-shifter as standard. The motorcycle will be offered in two colours – KTM Factory Racing Blue and KTM Orange.

Do note that unlike the international model, the India-spec KTM RC390 misses adjustable front suspension. Thus, the shock absorption tasks on the 2022 KTM RC390 are handled by WP-sourced upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear mono-shock. The anchoring power comes from a 320mm disc at the front and a 280mm rotor at the back.
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KTM RC 390 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Best in class performance
    • Loaded with top-spec features
    • Handles extremely well
  • Could be Better

    • Heating issues in traffic
    • Committed riding position
    • Not comfortable for longer rides

BikeWale's Take

The KTM RC390 is an entry-level performance motorcycle that features a full fairing, good riding dynamics, superb performance and good safety features, all available at a very affordable sticker price. Plus, it is quite affordable to maintain this motorcycle.

KTM RC 390 Review

The KTM RC 390 has carved a niche for itself for being the most performance-focused supersport in its segment. Over the years, it received a few feature additions along with the model year updates, but nothing significant. That, however, has changed with the introduction of the new-generation 2022 RC 390. So, how does it perform in the real-world, and should you consider buying it? We tell you that and more in this road test review.

Introduction

KTM RC 390 Left Rear Three Quarter

Why to buy it? 

- Performance-packed motor

- Excellent handling

- Feature loaded

Why to avoid it?

- Aggressive riding position

- Significantly expensive now

Tall saddle height

The KTM RC 390 has carved a niche for itself by being the most performance-focused supersport in its segment. Over the years, it has received a few feature additions along with the model year updates, but nothing significant. That, however, has changed with the introduction of the new-generation 2022 RC 390. So, how does it perform in real world conditions, and should you consider buying it? We tell you that and more in this road test review.

Styling & Quality

KTM RC 390 Right Front Three Quarter

KTM has given a significant overhaul to the RC 390, complete with an updated design, revised chassis, and reworked mechanicals. The design is inspired by KTM’s MotoGP machine, and that’s a good thing. There’s a good mass upfront, and the layered fairing adds to the visual appeal. KTM claims the new design offers better aerodynamics. And it works, with the windscreen helping in deflecting wind over your helmet.

KTM RC 390 Silencer/Muffler

Then, the exhaust canister gets a mesh pattern near its tip, which gives that unmistakable MotoGP feels to the bike. What I’d have liked though, is more visual bulk around the tail section, which looks a bit too slender for my liking. I also liked the KTM Factory Racing Blue paint scheme. It is tastefully done, and the paint quality in itself is quite good.

KTM RC 390 Left Rear Three Quarter

As for the build quality, it is good for the most part. The quality of plastics is good too, if not excellent, and everything is well put together. Even the switchgear feels premium and offers a tactile feel. The only grouse I have are the inconsistent panel gaps where the fairing merges with the fuel tank.

KTM RC 390 Side Fairing

Ergonomics & Comfort

KTM RC 390 Left Side View

The new RC 390 gets a split-type chassis, with a raked bolt-on sub-frame. So, swinging a leg over takes some effort. Then, at 824mm, the seat height is on the taller side for anyone below 5ft 8in, and I had to tip-toe the motorcycle. Once seated, the rider’s triangle, although not as committed as the older model, is still aggressive and you will have to crouch a bit to reach the handlebars. Speaking of which, the clip-on bars are height adjustable and can be lowered by 10mm, when you wish to tuck in and go full send on a race track.

KTM RC 390 Bike Seat

As for the seats, the rider seat is longer, wider, and well-cushioned, and offers enough space to move around. Even after a couple of hours of riding, my bottom didn’t hurt, which speaks volumes about its comfort. The rear seat, although well-padded, is slightly narrow and placed quite high, so the pillion riders won’t be too comfortable spending a lot of time on the saddle. That said, pushing the bike around in parking or in tight spaces is not an issue, thanks to its 172kg kerb weight.

KTM RC 390 Right Side View

Another thing that impressed us about the new RC 390 is its ride quality. It isn’t overly stiff or jarring anymore, especially over road joints and undulations. Sure, the suspension has a firm edge to it, but it doesn’t crash into potholes. However, you will feel the suspension sending mild jolts over large square-edged potholes, and the rear kicks you off the bike over rumblers and tall speed breakers.

Performance & Handling

KTM RC 390 Engine From Right

The 2022 RC 390 now gets a 40 per cent larger airbox and a new engine mapping for better torque delivery. The 373cc liquid-cooled motor continues to make 42.9bhp of maximum power, but the torque has been bumped by 1Nm to 37Nm. And the engine is suspended on a stiffer and lighter (1.5kg) chassis, which offers better rigidity as KTM claims.

KTM RC 390 Left Rear Three Quarter

The engine feels refined for the most part, but there’s a mechanical clatter, which gives it some character. You will feel some vibration on the tank at a standstill and even over 7,000rpm, but nothing that will put you off. Straight off the line, the motor builds a healthy pace and there’s a linear build-up of power all the way towards its 10,000rpm redline. However, there’s no sudden burst of power anywhere in the rev-band, which is what tells you about it not being the hooligan it once was. Now that’s not a bad thing at all, as you’d never feel the engine being sluggish or out of breath. Moreover, the engine heat management is commendable, courtesy of the two fans that work overtime to keep the motor cool. Even after hooning the motorcycle to its redline, and ambling around in city traffic, the temperature gauge never went past the halfway mark.

KTM RC 390 Right Rear Three Quarter

There's dollops of torque available past the 3,000rpm mark, and the engine comes into its own after 6,000rpm. The improved mid-range allows you to run a gear higher, and you wouldn’t have to downshift to complete an overtake on the highway. The new engine mapping has also improved its tractability. You can putter around at 50kmph in sixth gear, without any shudder, and even in stop-go traffic, you can easily ride in second gear at as low as 15kmph.

KTM RC 390 Gear Shift Lever

The six-speed gearbox is slick-shifting and the slip and assist clutch is light to operate. Even the updated quickshifter works well for the most part anywhere over 3,000rpm. While I didn’t face any issues with the clutchless downshifts, the upshifts did misbehave in the higher revs around the redline.

KTM RC 390 Right Front Three Quarter

Coming to the handling characteristics, the chassis continues to be ever so communicative and instils a sense of confidence around twisties. Switching sides is like second nature for the bike, and you can do it with utmost precision, and with the slightest of inputs. It feels almost telepathic to tip it into corners and holding the desired line isn’t an issue at all. This is majorly contributed by the weight saving achieved by reducing the unsprung mass from the chassis, wheels, and brakes.

KTM RC 390 Front Disc Brake

For the record, the new bionic alloy wheels are 3.4kg lighter, while the disc brakes are 1kg lighter, and the chassis now weighs 1.5kg lesser.

Features & Technology

KTM RC 390 Front Fairing

Coming to the features, the new KTM RC 390 comes loaded with equipment to its gills. We are talking about full-TFT colour instrumentation complete with Bluetooth connectivity for music and telephone controls, full-LED lighting, adjustable brake and clutch levers, and more.

KTM RC 390 TFT / Instrument Cluster

And then, there’s a full suite of electronics rider aids for added safety which includes a motorcycle traction control (MTC) system, a bi-directional quickshifter+, lean-sensitive cornering ABS, and switchable dual-channel ABS with Supermoto mode.

KTM RC 390 Clutch Lever Adjuster

Further, you can use the toggle switch on the handlebar to tweak the various settings like switching off the traction control or changing the ABS intervention between Road and Supermoto settings.

Fuel Efficiency

KTM RC 390 Left Side View

On our test route, which includes a mix of city traffic and moderately open stretches, the RC 390 returned a fuel economy of 26.6kmpl, which isn’t bad for a 43bhp performance-focused machine. And coupled with a fuel tank capacity of 13.5-litres, the 2022 KTM RC 390 offers a tank range of over 350km on a full tank. This should also make for a decent tourer, if you want to.

Should you buy it?

KTM RC 390 Left Front Three Quarter

All said and done, the 2022 KTM RC 390 is an extremely fun motorcycle to buy. Sure, the engine isn’t as hooligan as before, but it packs enough and more performance to keep the enthusiasts happy. Moreover, the engine is refined and offers better tractability in urban confines.

KTM RC 390 Left Front Three Quarter

Furthermore, the addition of new features like the colour TFT instrumentation, traction control system and quickshifter+ has made it an even better package overall. If anything, we wish KTM had offered adjustable front suspension at least as an option, and stickier W-rated tyres. Not to mention, at Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the RC 390 is substantially more expensive than the TVS Apache RR310, and KTM could have priced it more competitively. That said, experts will appreciate how communicative the new RC 390 is, while novice riders will enjoy its forgiving nature.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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KTM RC 390 mileage

As per ARAI, the average of RC 390 is 29 kmpl.

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RC 390 Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 42.9 bhp

    Max Torque 37 Nm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 373 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 89 mm

    Stroke 60 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 12.6:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet, Multplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13.7 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 1.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 397.3 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 29 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 170 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/60 - 17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 280 mm

    Calliper Type Front - 4 Piston, Rear - Single Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 110/70 - 17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 29 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 29 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 29 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 30 psi

    Front Suspension WP APEX USD forks

    Rear Suspension WP APEX adjustable monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 172 kg

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,355 mm

    Ground Clearance 158 mm

    Seat Height 824 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type Steel trellis frame, powder coated

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) 30000

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12V/8Ah

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresQuickshifter +

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KTM RC 390 User Reviews

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    Visual Appeal

  • 3

    Reliability

  • 3

    Comfort

  • 3

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Value for Money

  •  5My ride experience 4 weeks ago by Harik Jaj, New Delhi

    The ktm 390 duke offers superb value for money and offers a perfect blend of performance, handling, and affordability. Yes, it's not a "new" motorcycle, if you're looking at all-new models on this list. But there's a very good reason why the ktm 390 duke holds a positio

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    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      29 kmpl

  •  4Ultimate track machine 2 months ago by Gourab Chakraborty, Kolkata

    One of the best performance bikes in this segment.Ready to race with a really high speed of 200km/hr. I have driven it for a year now. Very good looking and high performance. The new front glass cuts air helping in speedy rides. Can be used as a commutable bike as well

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      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

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FAQs about KTM RC 390

  • Q: What is the on-road price of KTM RC 390 in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of KTM RC 390 in Delhi is Rs. 3,63,298. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better KTM RC 390 or Kawasaki Ninja 300?

    A: KTM RC 390 is priced at Rs. 3,16,024, has a 373 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 172 kg, whereas, the price of Kawasaki Ninja 300 is Rs. 3,40,000 with a 296 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 179 kg. You can compare KTM RC 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of KTM RC 390?

    A: KTM RC 390 is available in 3 colours which are Orange, Factory Racing Blue and GP Edition. You can check all the colour images of KTM RC 390.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of KTM RC 390?

    A: KTM RC 390 is a Sports bike that weighs 172 kg, has a 373 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 13.7 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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