All-new KTM RC 390 & RC 125 revealed with extensive updates in design & mechanicals

KTM has pulled off the wraps from its next big launches in the entry-level categories of performance-oriented motorcycles, the fully-faired RC 125 and RC 390. The new second-generation KTM RC 390 and RC 125 sport all-new bodywork and a whole host of changes under the skin, making them all new packages.

KTM RC 390

The new KTM RC 390 gets an all-new big LED headlamp flanked by boomerang-shaped housings for the daytime running LEDs and LED turn indicators. The full fairing and fuel tank are redesigned as well, with the motorcycle getting a new split seat setup and rearview mirrors. The tailpiece of the new RC 390 is sharper and bigger than the outgoing model, with a new LED tail lamp taking the proud position in the middle.

Also new on the motorcycle are redesigned 5-spoke alloy wheels, single-piece exhaust and new clip-on handlebars with switchgear shared with the Duke 390. As expected, the new RC390 comes with the full TFT coloured instrument console from the Duke 390, which supports Bluetooth connectivity.

All-new KTM RC 390 & RC 125 revealed with extensive updates in design & mechanicals

Powering the new KTM RC 390 is the same single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 373cc engine, which makes 43 bhp of power and 37 Nm of torque – 1 Nm more than the engine of the outgoing model. The 6-speed gearbox of the motorcycle comes equipped with a slipper clutch as standard, with the option of quick-shifter available as well.

There are major changes to the chassis of the motorcycle as well. The 43mm WP upside-down telescopic forks at the front now get 30-step rebound and compression adjustments with 120mm travel. The rear WP Apex mono-shock now has 150mm of travel and is adjustable as well. The motorcycle now has a 13.5-litre fuel tank, 824mm of seat height, 158mm of ground clearance and 155kg of kerb weight.

All-new KTM RC 390 & RC 125 revealed with extensive updates in design & mechanicals

The braking combination is made up of a 320mm disc at the front and a 230mm disc at the rear, which gets further assisted by dual-channel ABS. Other riding aids made available on the motorcycle are cornering ABS, traction control and lean angle sensor.

All-new KTM RC 390 & RC 125 revealed with extensive updates in design & mechanicals

KTM RC 125 revealed too

The new KTM RC 125 gets the same bodywork as that of the KTM RC 390, and retains bits like full LED lighting all around, height-adjustable clip-on handlebars, split seats, suspension and brake from the bigger sibling.

However, for the Indian market, the KTM RC 125 will miss out on a full TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity, dual-channel ABS, compression and rebound settings for the front suspension and all the other electronic riding aids. Instead, the new RC 125 might get a simple full LCD instrument console from the Adventure 250 and the single-channel ABS like the outgoing RC 125.

While the KTM RC 200 has not been unveiled yet, it is expected to share the bodywork with these new RC models and mechanicals with the Duke 200.

Shantonil Nag

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