KTM RC 390 Review
Faired Verision of 390 DukeWednesday, October 30, 2013
KTM Sportmotorcycle AG is a world renowned Austrian company that manufactures bicycle, motorcycle and moped. The company was founded by famous engineer Hans Trunkenpolz in 1934 as a metal workshop named Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. The company started manufacturing motorcycles by 1954 and since then has earned a lot of awards and given the world a lot of big names. It has its current headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria. The company started a joint venture in Indian market with Indian two-wheeler company Bajaj Auto in November 2007.
Recently, images has been leaked from KTM's Canadian website of a new Sports bike, KTM RC390, which will be unveiled globally at EICMA, Milan in November 2013. It will be available in the Indian market by Feb-March 2014. The bike looks like a perfect blend of stunning looks, power-packed performance and balanced power to weight ratio that puts it in the A2 category. A2 category is for medium-sized bikes that targets the buyers of 19-23 years age group. The bike will be manufactured at Bajaj's plant in Chakan near Pune.
KTM RC390 has many striking features that makes it a formidable competitor which includes its stylish body panels from tank to tail, sharp fairing, new clip on handlebar and switches for a weight forward and aggressive riding position and superior control, inward moved footrests for a comfortable riding experience, advanced designed windshield with aerodynamic front, two-part seat with superior ergonomics, new steel fuel tank developed with respect to the bike's style and design, 17-inch orange painted cast alloy light wheels with Metzeler tyres (110mm front and 150mm rear) for superior grip and durability, Bosch ABS-equipped, a compact 3-chamber silencer which favours the overall center of gravity of bike, thin tail with stylish number plate holder, a light alloy swing-arm, mirrors with integrated blinkers, sporty new twin headlights, new aluminium-forged triple clamps, pillion seat nicely integrated into the bodywork lines, new footrests, bodywork and pedals, flaming orange frame sections and lots of other jaw-dropping minute details. It also has a powder-coated, steel made tubular space frame.
KTM RC390 has a powerful 373.2cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled, Forced Oil Engine lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps, mechanically operated Wet Multi-disk clutch, Electronic Fuel Injection with Digital Ignition Timing Adjustment, twin OHC based engine with a maximum power of 43 bhp and has a claw-shifted 6-speed transmission. The suspension system consists of a WP Upside Down Telescopic forks with 125mm travel at front and a WP Monoshock Absorbers with 150mm travel at rear. It also has a 4-piston, radially bolted calliper with single disk brake of diameter 300mm at front and a single-piston, floating calliper with single disk brake of diameter 230mm at rear for superior braking response.
KTM RC390 has a fully digital LCD instrument console with information like fuel gauge, engaged gear and service reminder along with an RPM alert which tells the best moment for shifting up. It has a wheelbase of 1325mm or 1355mm, a ground clearance of 178.5mm, seat height of 820mm, power/weight ratio of 0.2KW/Kg, weight of 147 kgs, steering head angle of 66.5degrees, a 12V/6Ah battery Electric Starter and a fuel tank capacity of 10L with a reserve of 1.5L. KTM RC390 will be the first RC-series mini-sports bike to be available in Indian market. It will be available in the combination of Black and White shades with Orange graphics. The expected ex-showroom, Delhi price for this superfluous bike is INR 2.20 lakhs which may vary.