KTM as a brand has been instrumental in bringing our nation close to performance packed bikes with track oriented performance on tap , While the brand in its initial phase received a singular monopoly in its segment when it came to utter sport bikes. Now the segment has several sport bike contenders from other brands which makes the competition tough. But the Austrian brand seems to be all ready for the competition though as its has been replacing its predecessors with newer models, and one of the earliest addition to the club is the new RC 390. The locally produced Austrian track machine is all ready for sales, after a long awaited remodeling that was probably delayed due to chip shortage.
KTM RC 390 now receives a single-piece headlamp, outlines by integrated LED DRLs and turn indicators on side protrusions , a larger front windscreen and a more voluptuous fuel tank. Other styling updates include completely redone bodywork, new graphics, sleek rear view mirrors and a two-piece front fender. A broader front fairing has been designed keeping the aerodynamic quotient in mind, with the new design the bike would run through air much more smoothly, the revised side panels also have been designed to maximize cooling as well as curtain air trapping issues. The RC 390 has also received a split style seat as well as a necessary for every RC a pretentious up-swept exhaust muffler.
Changes to the Handle Bars? New Sub frame
Changes To the To ease the riding position the handle bars have been raised 15mm higher in stick setting , however the sitting position on the bike is still very much aggressive. RC 390 gets a fortified trellis frame for better handing and poise during fast corners, RC 390 now gets a new bolt-on rear subframe for better on-road dynamics. Suspension setup comprises USD forks at front and a mono-shock unit at the rear with a braced alloy swing arm. The entire setup is adjustable. Braking duties will be handled by 320mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes aided by a dual-channel ABS sourced from Bosch.
Powering the new RC 390 is a familiar 373.27cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled petrol engine that pumps out 43 bhp at a peak torque of 37Nm at 7,000rpm. The motor is linked to a 6-speed gearbox via a slip and assist clutch. Talking about the feature the bikes comes packed with a digital TFT instrument display , bluetooth based connectivity features via KTM my ride app traction control and a cornering abs for better timings across the curves.
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