March 23, 2015

New Sports Bike in town | KTM RC 390

08:30 Posted by DurgaSwaroop , , No comments
  If you are a Motor Bike enthusiast, then you most likely would have heard about the Austrian manufacturer KTM. You might have even heard about the Duke 390 which was released a couple of years ago. A new Sports bike is coming up in the same lineup. So, here is the everything you need to know about the all new supersport bike from KTM, the RC 390.

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KTM has announced the launch of it’s new bike which is the sport version of the already famous Duke 390 from its 390 series and is ready to set the road on fire.
It has all those techie stuffs similar to the Duke 390. You get the same 1 cylinder,4-stroke water-cooled 373.2 cc engine delivering 43Hp with a top speed of 169 kph (105 mph). If you think about it, its actually like the younger brother of Duke 390 with a few more improvements.
The important things you should know
  • 1-cylinder 4-stroke water-cooled engine
  • 373.2 cc displacement
  • 43HP Engine
  • 6 speed claw shifted transmission
  • Mechanically operated Wet multi-disc clutch
  • Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
  • WP Suspension Up Side Down Fork
  • WP Monoshock shock absorber
  • Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper (Front)
  • Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs (Rear)
The RC 390 also has the naked frame design as that of the Duke 390. Most of the things looks the same, doesn't it? Let's see the new things in RC 390 compared to Duke.

The RC 390 has a steeper steering head-angle for swift handling and sharper turns. Now, this is where the Duke 390 evolves into a super-sport bike. The RC 390 has 66.5° steering head angle as compared to a steering head angle of 65° that of the Duke 390.
Again the distinction comes with the aerodynamic fairing of the RC 390 which is the primary feature of any sports bike.The Wheel base of RC 390 is reduced to 1340mm from 1367mm that of the Duke 390 for better handling. The RC 390 has a larger ground clearance of 178.5mm than that of Duke 390 which is 170mm. The seat position is also elevated so that the rider can lean forward so as to increase the aerodynamicity. This gives the rider an aggressive feel while riding. Also, the suspensions are more stiffer than the Duke 390.
The fuel-tank capacity of the RC 390 is reduced to 10Liters as compared to 11Liters of Duke 390.
The RC 390 was launched last year in the month of September at a price of Rs 2.05 lakhs and don't be  surprised if you see one on streets right about now!


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Image credits: "2015 KTM RC390 right" by Dennis Bratland - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -


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