KTM RC390: Details, photos leaked

The KTM RC390 splits the difference between the 250 class and the 500 class.
Here's your 2014 KTM RC390, complete with Moto3-inspired bodywork.
Here’s your 2014 KTM RC390, complete with Moto3-inspired bodywork.

For a while now, we’ve known that KTM was introducing the RC390 sport bike this fall, but we weren’t exactly sure what it would look like, or what the specs would be. But, all has been revealed, thanks to the Canadian distributor leaking the details on their site.

The RC390 has plenty of high-spec bits. It's not your daddy's beginner bike.
The RC390 has plenty of high-spec bits. It’s not your daddy’s beginner bike.

The bike is built around the same 373 cc liquid-cooled single that powers the 390 Duke that puts out 43 hp. The motor has two oil pumps and four valves, and it’s mated to a six-speed gearbox with a wet clutch. The bore is Nikasil-lined, and motor has a forged piston. Overall, the motor weighs 36 kg.

The RC390 has high-spec suspension; there’s USD forks (with 125 mm of travel), courtesy of KTM subsidiary WP. WP also provided the rear monoshock (with 150 mm of travel). There’s no word on the adjustability of these components.

There’s a single 300 mm disc up front, with four-pot caliper, and a 230 mm disc in back, with single-piston caliper. The RC390 also has ABS that can be switched off for track use.

Turning our attention to the chassis, there’s a powder-coated steel tube trellis frame and alloy swingarm, with 820 mm seat height and 1340 mm wheelbase (the wheelbase can be adjusted 15 mm). The bike has 17-inch wheels, with a 110-mm front tire and 150-mm rear tire.

The fuel tank has a 10-litre capacity. From what we can gather, KTM recommends you fill that with high-test fuel (95 octane). The bike weighs 147 kg dry.

Like KTM’s other small-capacity bikes, this machine will be made in India for our market. There’s also a made-in-China version en route, but as far as we know, the plan for now is to keep that bike in that country’s market.

The Canadian distributor has yanked the bike off their site again, but full details on the machine will come out at EICMA.


  1. Just FYI, the “95 octane” is 95 RON, not the same octane rating system we use here in Canada. We use MON for our octane ratings. In our fuel rating system that would be premium 91 octane (MON) recommended πŸ™‚

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