2015 KTM RC390: Fun Size is the Best Size

Sep 09, 2014 View Comments by

2015 KTM RC390: Fun Size is the Best SizeThe latest bike from Austria has all the markings of an excellent handling machine. With a claimed dry weight of only 324 pounds, the RC390 is close in weight to bikes like Honda’s CBR300R, while boasting an engine displacement 89cc greater. Speaking of engines, the RC390 shares its 375cc thumper with the 390 Duke naked bike and the lump makes an impressive 44 horsepower and weighs just 79 pounds. The RC390’s power plant borrows its valve train design straight from KTM’s 1190 RC8 R super bike.

The little KTM also has a chassis and suspension that can make the most out of the engine’s power. The distinctive orange frame is a lightweight steel trellis design that is not shared with the 390 Duke, while stout, 43mm upside down front forks and rear monoshock from KTM’s in-house suspension brand, WP, are much higher spec than the others in its class. A single 300mm front disc is clamped by a radially mounted four-piston caliper, while out back a 230mm disc is squeezed by a floating caliper to bring the lightweight bike to a halt, all under the watchful eye of Bosch ABS. Relatively narrow 110mm front and 150mm rear tires should contribute to stellar handling.

The RC390 isn’t on sale in the U.S. yet, but expect and MSRP around $7,000.



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