KTM takes super sport DNA to the street with RC 390

DRAWING inspiration from the highest levels of two-wheeled motor sport, and inspired by the KTM RC16 MotoGP racer, the learner approved RC 390 is the brand’s latest high-performance super sport machine.

The KTM RC 390 features an all-new chassis, dramatically improved ergonomics and electronics upgrades, and two Grand Prix inspired colourways per model. The bodywork, subframe and overall shape are specifically tailored for improved aerodynamics.

Rider comfort has also been a focus through improved wind and weather protection, developed using computational fluid dynamics, resulting in better heat management, using a combination of inner and outer body panels to direct airflow away from the rider.

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In addition, the bodywork panels have been re-engineered to be easily removable, which not only allows for faster servicing, but also saves time in the pits at the track. This also helped with the development of a narrower knee area for improved body contact.

The rear body work is also dramatically shaved down to add to the overall visual impact of the silhouette, but has also been designed to provide improved pillion comfort with thicker seat foam.

For 2022, the new 13.7-litre tank design has taken its inspiration directly from Grand Prix machines, providing improved rider weight balance and distribution as well as overall riding range.

New lightweight wheels and changes to the overall frame stiffness offer greatly improved feel and compliance when being pushed to the limits – both on the road and track.

The KTM RC 390 also features completely new suspension with 43mm WP APEX split functionality open cartridge forks, allowing riders a wide range of adjustability, with 30 clicks for compression on the left fork and 30 clicks for rebound on the right fork.

2022 KTM RC 390
2022 KTM RC 390

This ensures ultimate comfort on the way to the track, then delivering high end damping performance when lining up on the grid. An adjustable WP APEX shock absorber takes control at the rear, offering five clicks on rebound on preload adjustability.

The KTM RC 390 also makes use of 110/70-17 rubber on the front, which is complemented by a beefy 150/60-17 tire on the rear, that not only improves overall grip and handling performance, but also provides a sportier look.

Stopping power hasn’t been neglected either, with a generously specced braking system to cope with higher top speeds. The package is further supported by the state-of-the-art, SUPERMOTO ABS package as standard.

The 2022 KTM RC 390 boasts a 373cc single cylinder four-stroke engine, a slipper clutch, cornering ABS, a new lean-angle sensor with cornering MTC with 3D sensors, and a close ratio 6-speed gearbox with short lever travel and light spring action.

Quickshifter+ allows riders to work the gearbox, both for up and downshifts, without the need to pull the clutch lever. This results in quicker shift times, a more precise and smoother ride.

The KTM RC 390 is fitted with new TFT colour displays with all the important data available at glance. The screen also automatically adapts its brightness to ambient light, making it easier to see when it starts getting dark, or when riding through a tunnel.

This also allows for the fitment of KTM MY RIDE, which connects to the rider’s smartphone, giving access to music and incoming calls via the switchgear.

Due to land at local KTM dealers from March 2022, now is the time to contact your local stockist about the learner approved RC 390.

2022 KTM RC 390
2022 KTM RC 390
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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