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2017 KTM RC390
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2017 KTM RC390
2017 KTM RC390

2017 KTM RC390
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2017 KTM RC390
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2017 KTM RC390
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2017 KTM RC390 Review

2017 KTM RC390 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Racing Genes...

A sports bike in its purest form. Reduced to the essentials. Agile, fast, suitable for A2 driving license and extremely sporty. Whether you are on country roads or the racetrack, the Moto3 genes are perceptible in every manoeuvre and convey pure race feeling. The handling – simply spectacular. The performance – incredible. The power – awesome.



2017 KTM RC390 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Pure performance for the street.



 

2017 KTM RC390 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Solid technology


Frame
Visually similar to the lightweight and approved Duke steel trellis frame, the orange painted frame has been modified to better fit the supersport ergonomics and dynamics. The increase of the steering head angle to 66,5 degrees results in a shorter trail, shorter wheelbase and increased ground clearance. All these modifications release the complete racing potential of the RC and guarantee quick, agile and playful handling.


Swingarm
The light alloy swingarm with directly linked WP shock absorber excels by providing extreme torsional stiffness and outstanding tracking stability.


Telescopic fork
The KTM RC 390 high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension has the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R – in other words: real racing equipment that guarantees highest levels of stability and precision.


Instrument
The 100% digital LCD display has everything you could expect from a state of the art KTM motorcycle, including engaged gear, fuel gauge and service reminder information. Just like supersport racing machines an RPM alert indicates when is the best moment for shifting up.

 

Racing DNA


Engine
The state-of-the-art, liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 375ccm engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection, already equipped in the Duke 390 provides outstanding power and thanks to the balancer shaft, delivers the highest level of smoothness. Because of the KTM-typical compact design with stacked transmission shafts the engine has an unbelievable low weight of 36kg. Combine that with technical details like a forged piston, Nikasil-cylinder-coating and forced feed lubrication with power-promoting body-evacuation and you get an engine which provides a remarkable 44hp. The engine is equipped with an electric starter powered by a 12V/8Ah battery.


Slipper clutch
Saves power, helps in slides: The new slipper clutch not only opens when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also closes with the force of the clutch springs when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating – and gives the wheel just that bit of braking for a controlled rear wheel slide. The latter allows the clutch to be pulled and controlled with the little finger – which saves energy when riding.


Ride-by-wire
The guarantee for smooth throttle response, not just no throttle control cable: The RC 390´s ride-by-wire system ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque. It also electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into throttle valve positions perfectly suited to the riding conditions. The DBW system is fully compliant with the strict DIN 26262 safety standard from the automobile sector.


Triple clamps
The forged aluminum triple clamps are eye-catchers and together with the clip on handlebars guarantee a pure supersport racing feeling.


Brakes
KTM in cooperation with Brembo developed a powerful, excellent to dose brake-system which allows the rider to be always in full control of the RC. A four piston radially bolted caliper in combination with a bigger single brake disk (320mm diameter) in the front and a single piston floating caliper with a single brake disk (230mm diameter) for the rear wheel guarantee excellent breaking reaction even in the sportiest manner of riding.


Pillion ride seat
In order to make no compromises in terms of supersport look the KTM engineers integrated the pillion seat into the bodywork lines so that it looks like a real racing bike tail, but ensuring excellent comfort for the passenger.

 

Outstanding style


Bodywork
The brand new bodywork, footrests and pedals not only provide a unique supersport look but also help the RC to master extreme cornering by allowing a greater leaning angle.


Headlight
The twin headlight opens a new direction for KTM style and perfectly matches with the racing supersport look of RC.


Integrated blinkers
As a special feature, the RC incorporates blinkers into the mirror structure, which not only look sporty but also contribute to the perfect aerodynamics.


Thin tail
Fitting perfectly into the pure racing look, the number plate holder rounds KTM’s high performance bike off.

 

Safety


Standard ABS
ABS is equipped as standard on every RC 390, ensuring maximum safe on any road condition. When taking the RC to the racetrack ABS is of course disengageable.


Wheels
Equally lightweight as stable, the 17in orange painted cast light alloy wheels are fitted with grippy Metzeler tyres - 110 mm wide at the front and an impressive 150 mm at the rear. The tyres impress with tremendous grip in both wet and dry conditions, as well as providing supreme durability.


A2 license
With a power/weight ratio of 0,2kW/kg RC390 is right at the limit of the new A2 driver´s license, making the new KTM RC390 the sportiest option for A2 riders.


Silencer
The KTM RC 390´s completely newly designed exhaust system is a combination of stainless steel underbelly pre muffler and aluminium absorption-type final exhaust, similar to the system of the “BEAST”, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. It combines centralisation of masses, strong and smooth power delivery and excellent emission values, easily complying the new EURO IV homologation.

 

Ergonomics


Seat
The two-part seat offers first class supersport ergonomics with perfect support for rider and pillion. With a seat height of 820mm enables the rider to have a secure stand while also being high enough for sporty use and real big-bike feeling. For MY 2017, rider’s seat will be even more comfortable with 12 mm thicker cushion.


Handlebar
The clip on handlebars and switches contribute to a sporty and aggressive riding position combined with advanced control.


Hand levers
For MY 2017 the clutch and the brake lever are adjustable, to get the pressure points exactly to where the rider wants them.


Fuel tank
A steel fuel tank with 10l capacity (including 1,5l reserve) has been developed for the RC, perfectly matching the supersport style and vehicle design, together with rider ergonomics. Thanks to the economic engine, the RC achieves even in the sportiest manner of riding a considerable range.


Windshield
The advanced design windshield in combination with the aerodynamic optimized motorcycle front ensures incredible wind protection for rider’s chest and arms.

 



 

2017 KTM RC390 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD

Engine
" Design
1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
373.2 cm³
" Bore
89 mm
" Stroke
60 mm
" Power in KW
32 kW
" Starter
Electric starter
" Lubrication
Semi-dry sump
" Transmission
6-speed
" Primary drive
30:80
" Secondary gear ratio
15:45
" Cooling
Liquid cooled
" Clutch
PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
" EMS
Bosch EMS with RBW
Chassis
" Frame design
Steel trellis frame, powder coated
" Front suspension
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
" Rear suspension
WP monoshock
" Suspension travel (front)
125 mm
" Suspension travel (rear)
150 mm
" Front brake
Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
" Rear brake
Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
" Front brake disc diameter
320 mm
" Rear brake disc diameter
230 mm
" ABS
Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS
" Chain
X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4"
" Steering head angle
66.5 °
" Wheelbase
1340 ± 15 mm
" Ground clearance
178.5 mm
" Seat height
820 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
10 l
" dry weight
147 kg





 


 

2017 KTM RC390 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in CDN

Engine
" Design
1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
373.2 cm³
" Bore
89 mm
" Stroke
60 mm
" Power in KW
32 kW
" Starter
Electric starter
" Lubrication
Semi-dry sump
" Transmission
6-speed
" Primary drive
30:80
" Secondary gear ratio
15:45
" Cooling
Liquid cooled
" Clutch
PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
" EMS
Bosch EMS with RBW
Chassis
" Frame design
Steel trellis frame, powder coated
" Front suspension
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
" Rear suspension
WP monoshock
" Suspension travel (front)
125 mm
" Suspension travel (rear)
150 mm
" Front brake
Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
" Rear brake
Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
" Front brake disc diameter
320 mm
" Rear brake disc diameter
230 mm
" ABS
Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS
" Chain
X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4"
" Steering head angle
66.5 °
" Wheelbase
1340 ± 15 mm
" Ground clearance
178.5 mm
" Seat height
820 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
10 l
" dry weight
147 kg




 

2017 KTM RC390 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5099 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
" Design
1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
" Displacement
373.2 cm³
" Bore
89 mm
" Stroke
60 mm
" Power in KW
32 kW
" Starter
Electric starter
" Lubrication
Semi-dry sump
" Transmission
6-speed
" Primary drive
30:80
" Secondary gear ratio
15:45
" Cooling
Liquid cooled
" Clutch
PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
" EMS
Bosch EMS with RBW
Chassis
" Frame design
Steel trellis frame, powder coated
" Front suspension
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
" Rear suspension
WP monoshock
" Suspension travel (front)
125 mm
" Suspension travel (rear)
150 mm
" Front brake
Four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake disc
" Rear brake
Single-piston floating calliper, brake disc
" Front brake disc diameter
320 mm
" Rear brake disc diameter
230 mm
" ABS
Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS
" Chain
X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4"
" Steering head angle
66.5 °
" Wheelbase
1340 ± 15 mm
" Ground clearance
178.5 mm
" Seat height
820 mm
" Tank capacity (approx.)
10 l
" dry weight
147 kg

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