KTM motorcycles took the Indian market by a storm when they were launched first. They offered a stupendous performance at a very appealing price. While the Duke range did get a new generation, the more track-focused range of RC motorcycles was left behind. However, the new generation of RC390 has just been spied that too without camouflage. The motorcycle was spotted in Chakan, Pune. The motorcycle does not boast any badging and is painted in gloss black colour just like the manufacturers do for their test mules. The only camouflage that you can see is under the seat and the rear cowl.
The new design is less aggressive and pointy than the current one. However, it still comes with a full fairing. From the previous spy shots that surfaced on the internet, we know that the RC200 will get an underbelly exhaust, whereas the motorcycle in this spy shot has a side-mounted exhaust, confirming this one is an RC390. Gone are the dual projector halogen headlamps that are on the current generation RC390. It now comes with a much bigger sort of hexagonal headlamp that should be powered by LED. The design does resemble the headlamp that we have seen on the previous generation Duke 250.
The rear sub-frame of the RC390 also seems to be different as it integrates with the pillion seat much sooner, but the rear sub-frame is still painted in Orange. This also provides a much tidier tail experience when you look at the motorcycle from the side. At the front, there are upside-down forks and at the rear, you get a mono-shock. The alloy wheels are new and have a much slimmer five spokes than the current one. The front alloy has been coloured in gloss black while the rear one is painted in KTM’s orange. The front disc brake also has a new design which should help in cooling the disc more effectively. There is a new larger windscreen that should provide some protection to the rider from the windblast.
The rear view mirrors are mounted on the windscreen for better visibility. However, this means that they will not move when you turn your handlebar. The side exhaust is also new and seems like it will have a circular design. At the rear, the design is still very aggressive and now you get a proper pillion seat with grab rails. There are slim LED turn indicators with an LED tail lamp. The design of the fuel tank and the riding triangle of the rider has also been changed slightly. It is now more touring friendly and not so aggressive. The riding dynamics have been eased out which means that the RC will now be more of an all-rounder whereas till now it was a proper track weapon. The new riding ergonomics should also help in making the seating more comfortable.
We don’t expect any changes to be made to the 390’s powertrain. So, the 373 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled petrol engine will be making 44 bhp of max power along with a peak torque output of 35 Nm. It comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. We also think that the RC390 will come with a quickshifter because the current Duke 390 also gets a quickshifter. KTM is also working on a new generation of RC200 and RC125. The new RC range of motorcycles should get launched sometime this year.