KTM has been working on the new generation of RC motorcycles for quite some time now. There will be a new RC390, RC200 and an RC125. It is expected that the manufacturer will be launching the RC390 first in the market. The manufacturer made the website for the RC390 live but it was soon taken down. However, Instagram user @yadu_kanakkaparambil was able to take a couple of pictures of RC390. So, here are the first clear images of the upcoming 2022 RC 390.
We can see that the sharp design for which RC is known is now gone. The paint job has been finished in blue and black and it does look quite nice. The front fairing is all new and comes with a carbon fibre finish. The headlamp unit is also new and it should be an LED unit now.
There are also two slim lights that surround the fairing. These are expected to be the LED Daytime Running Lamp. They should also double up as turn indicators. The windscreen is also now taller which should provide better protection to the rider from the wind blast.
The seats were a thing that the riders complained about the RC range. It seems that the manufacturer has fixed it. IN the pictures, we can see a new two-piece seat design that looks better padded. They are also quite flat and the rider should have some space to move around. The rear seat is quite high, but that was expected from the RC. Overall, the design of the motorcycle is very similar to the one that we saw in the first spy shots.
There are also new slim alloy wheels. The new design might help KTM in saving some weight. The alloy wheels are wrapped in Continental ContiRoad sport touring tyres. These are the same tyres that KTM is using on the 890 Duke. It is not yet known if these tyres will make their way to India. So, it is possible that KTM uses the existing Metzeler M5s tires.
Other things that come into notice is a new rear subframe and handlebars. The rear subframe is now a bolt-on unit. So, in case of an accident, if the rear subframe gets damaged, the owner can buy a new subframe and get it bolted on. Then there are the clip-on handlebars that are placed slightly higher than the current ones. This should take weight from the wrists of the rider and make the seating position more comfortable.
In terms of engines, the mechanicals is expected to stay the same. What KTM would be working on is the cooling system and exhaust. It should now come with two radiator fans which should help in keeping the engine temperature and heat in check. Then there is the new exhaust system which is clearly visible in the images. There is also a new mesh design on the exhaust’s exit. It is not yet known whether the new exhaust will be offered in India or not.
Other additions that are expected to be made to the RC390 are a quick-shifter which the current Adventure 390 gets. There would also be a TFT screen that will be borrowed from the current Duke 390. It would come with Bluetooth and will show various information to the rider. The front suspension could also get adjustability options. All this equipment will increase the price of the upcoming RC390.