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KTM RC 390

KTM RC 390 is a sports bike available at a starting price of Rs. 3,12,278 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 2 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

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RC 390 Standard

 3,12,278 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Currently, there is a waiting period of 4 - 6 weeks for this model.

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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. 3,12,278 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 2 colours. 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

From its design and features to chassis and engine, almost everything has been revised with an aim to make it more versatile. In that case, have these changes played their part and made it more desirable?

Introduction

KTM RC 390 action

Why to buy it?

- Brisk acceleration 

- Plethora of features

- Commendable agility 

Why to avoid it?

- Committed riding position 

- Tall seat height 

The KTM RC 390 was first launched in India in 2014 when it garnered a lot of praise for its track-worthy performance and premium components. Then, KTM kept on giving it minor updates like the inclusion of a slipper clutch, a ride-by-wire throttle, new colour options, and a cleaner engine. But then, it started feeling a bit long in the tooth and a comprehensive overhaul was due for a long time. Well, KTM has finally addressed that by launching the 2022 RC 390 in India. 

From its design and features to chassis and engine, almost everything has been revised with an aim to make it more versatile. In that case, have these changes played their part and made it more desirable? That’s what we tried to find out when we rode the new RC 390 around Bajaj’s testing track in Chakan, before we get to sample it in real-world later. 

The Visuals

KTM RC 390 Right Side View

We are familiar with the new design of the motorcycle as it looks identical to the 2022 RC 200 and RC 125, barring the new paint schemes. In its latest avatar, it has done away with the sharpness of its predecessor in favour of a more mature and conservative design. The motorcycle looks bigger and more premium due to a larger front fascia, a two-part fairing, and a bigger fuel tank. Plus, the two new dual-tone colour options make it look quite tasteful. KTM says this design is also more efficient aerodynamically with better wind deflection and air channelling. 

KTM RC 390 Instrument Cluster

The build quality is about average, if not great. The paint quality is good, specifically on the fuel tank which boasts a matte finish. Even the plastic panels feel sturdy and well put together, except for minor uneven panel gaps around the fairing. What doesn’t leave any room for complaint is the quality of switchgear and the tactility of switches. 

The Package

KTM RC 390 Side Fairing

As I said before, almost everything on the RC has been tweaked with the intent to make it more of an all-rounder. Starting with the engine, the 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder mill gets a 40 per cent larger airbox, a new engine mapping, and a torque bump of 1Nm — all of it to achieve better torque distribution and rideability. While the torque output stands at 37Nm now, the power figure is the same at 42.9bhp.

KTM RC 390 Front Wheel

The remapped engine clings on to a revised split-type trellis frame, as opposed to a single-piece unit on its predecessor. KTM claims this setup to be lighter, stiffer, and with better rigidity. You also get new five-spoke alloy wheels which, similar to the chassis, are lighter in weight. The suspension setup continues to comprise WP Apex inverted front forks and rear monoshock, but the travel has been increased, damping characteristics are different, and, besides preload, the rear gets rebound adjustability now. While the disc brakes retain the same diameter – 320mm up front and 230mm at the rear, these too are lighter. As a result, the overall kerb weight stands at 172kg now, which is down by 1kg. 

KTM RC 390 Instrument Cluster

Now, the real party lies on the feature front. KTM has bestowed it with some high-end electronics, which we see in much bigger motorcycles. There's a traction control system, lean-sensitive cornering ABS with two modes, and a bi-directional quick shifter. You can monitor and tweak all these features through the new full-colour TFT display and new switchgear. Notably, the console is the same unit as the 390 Duke which gets Bluetooth connectivity for smartphone pairing, multiple theme options, automatic brightness adjustment, call and message notifications, and shows a plethora of information. Lastly, with a capacity of 13.7-litre, the fuel tank is 4.2-litre bigger than the previous iteration of the RC.

The Ride

KTM RC 390 action

Just like the design, the ergonomics are identical to the RC200. The 824mm seat height is quite tall and if you’re shorter than my 5’11’’ stature, getting onboard could be cumbersome. And once seated, I could almost flat foot, with my heels slightly above the ground. Now, typical of a supersport, the riding position is a bit aggressive, but not as committed as the previous model. You crouch a little to reach the clip-ons with your knees properly folded to get to the pegs. And when you want to go full send, there's ample space to move at the back and tuck in. That said, track junkies will be happy to know that the clip-ons can be lowered by 10mm. As for pushing the bike around, it’s easily doable, courtesy of its 172kg kerb weight. 

KTM RC 390 action

On to the performance now, off the line, the bike charges ahead vigorously and builds up pace cleanly, and with urgency. The motor truly comes alive after 6,000rpm and it keeps accelerating spiritedly until its redline of 10,000rpm. However, unlike the outgoing model, there's no sudden surge of torque anywhere in the rev band and the overall performance is quite linear. Thanks to the improved mid-range grunt, my wrong gear selections around corners were forgiven with a clean pull. Although I couldn't test the top speed, I saw 165kmph on the speedo on the main straight of the track. And that's where the new fairing design truly shone by doing a commendable job of deflecting wind and letting it all pass over my helmet. 

KTM RC 390 action

The clutch is supremely light and accompanying it is a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox which works without any fuss. And so does the quick shifter! While the clutchless downshifts are free of errors, the upshifts misbehaved at times, especially around 8,000-9,000rpm. But for the most part, mainly between 3,000-8,000rpm, even the upshifts were seamless. 

KTM RC 390 action

As for the new chassis, it feels quite communicative and bestows the bike with utmost precision. Tipping into corners is effortless and more progressive than before and holding on to the desired line is equally easy too. Then, it flicks from side to side with minimal steering inputs while not being unnervingly tippy to scare you off. 

KTM RC 390 action

But I was left wanting for better grip from the Metzeler tyres. While they deliver reasonable grip around long sweeping corners, it was around sharp bends and at extreme lean angles that the rubber felt squirmy and didn't inspire a lot of confidence.

KTM RC 390 Left Side View

The new suspension setup, meanwhile, contributes to the cornering efficiency by soaking up mid-corner undulations neatly and not letting the bike unsettle. Even the front dive wasn’t unnerving under hard braking which meant tipping into corners was a smooth affair. Furthermore, every time I braked hard before a corner, there was a lot of stopping power from the front with a sharp bite and reasonable progression. Plus, the brakes didn't fade even after multiple laps around the track. 

Should you buy it?

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The 2022 KTM RC 390 had me smiling ear to ear after the 30 minutes riding session around Bajaj’s test track. It brings along almost all the ingredients to be extremely enjoyable around a track. The chassis is extremely communicative, the brakes have the bite, and the suspension holds up well when you're pushing it. The changes to the engine have surely robbed it of its hooligan character, but it isn’t boring by any stretch. The engine feels smoother, the torque distribution is wider across the rev band, and it’s more manageable. And the availability of a quick shifter only makes it more engaging. However, the seasoned corner-carvers might wince at the lack of grip from the W-rated Metzeler tyres around the edges. 

KTM RC 390 Head Light

With a price tag of Rs 3.14 lakh (ex-showroom), the new RC 390 is not profoundly expensive, considering the overall package it brings to the table. However, a lower price tag would have raised its desirability quotient. Now, to find out how it is to live with in the real world, and tour upon, stay tuned for our detailed road test review. 

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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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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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. 3,61,018. 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. 3,12,278, has a 373 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 172 kg, whereas, the price of Kawasaki Ninja 300 is Rs. 3,37,000 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 2 colours which are Orange and Factory Racing Blue. 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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