Exhaust: The most noticeable change in the new RC 390 is the missing underbelly exhaust that has been replaced by a side-mounted aluminum exhaust. The underbelly exhaust on the old RC 390 was a 50-50 many people liked it because it sounded raw and pure, some didn’t like it because they felt it was irritating over the run. I am personally a fan of the old exhaust. KTM have brought in the new exhaust to meet up with the strict Euro IV norms.
Graphics: The new KTM RC 390 has got new bright graphics on it in comparison to the outgoing model. The new graphics look fascinating and have a nice glow to it, making the motorcycle feel more shiny and bright. The orange on the paint scheme is given more importance. The 390 badging on the front fairing looks bigger and more legible.
Engine: The engine on the new RC is almost similar to the current model, the new RC 390 now comes with the Euro IV compliant. The bike draws the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine that powers the ongoing model. The fuel injected system churns out a maximum power output of 43.5bhp at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 36Nm at 7,000 RPM. The RC 390 is one of the most powerful bikes in its segment. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. The RC 390 receives the Slipper clutch as seen on the current Duke 390, preventing wheel lockups even under very aggressive downshifts.
Braking and Ergonomics: A major update the new RC has is that it gets a 320mm disc for the front wheel and the same 230mm disc for the rear wheel. The motorcycle is featured by Bosch 9M dual channel ABS system to prevent locking of the wheels. The seat cushioning is increased by 12mm to increase rider comfort. The new RC390 gets adjustable brake and clutch levers, enabling the rider to adjust them according to his comfort. The motorcycle gets a 10L tank capacity with a 1.5L reserve capacity. The riding position is retained as seen on the outgoing RC390. The new RC390 weighs in at a 147kg Dry weight, which is heavier than the current model. The front suspension is an Upside Down 43mm with a suspension travel of 125mm. The rear side is featured by the mono shock suspension with a 150mm travel. The rear view mirrors also see an increase in size to provide a better view.
Features: The new RC390 gets the "Ride By Wire" technology as seen on the outgoing Duke 390, the ride by wire eliminates the need for a throttle cable. The technology ensures a crisp throttle response with a seamless power delivery. The company has also introduced CAN(controller area network) seen on cars, that helps in eliminating the need for a lot of wires.
We are eagerly waiting to lay our hands on our bike to offer the readers a detailed review of the new RC 390 2017. Stay tuned on BikesIndia.
By: Rishath Suresh