The NEW KTM on the block

This power packed beginners bike just received an update, but is it any better than its predecessor ?

For what it’s worth, let me start out by saying that this bike is brilliant. In fact it was always brilliant and probably the best motorcycle of this category and price bracket. Although now better than ever, it makes me a little sad..

The new model sports slightly harder compound tyres which are bound to last a little longer than the previous models' sticky tyres.

The new model sports slightly harder compound tyres which are bound to last a little longer than the previous models' sticky tyres.

So to state some of the changes made to this years model, there’s the colour scheme for starters, which I think makes the bike look a little more upmarket than the previous model. Then there are a few improvements like better seat padding for a more comfy ride and a larger 320 mm disc in the front as opposed to the 300 mm on the previous model. It also boasts of adjustable clutch and brake levers for the convenience of the rider. The main improvements however come in the form of a new engine with a balance shaft for reduced vibrations, a new EURO IV compliant exhaust and Ride-by-wire technology for a smoother, more responsive throttle.


All these changes mean that the new model is now a little more bearable on longer rides as the riders’ overall comfort seems to have been the main area of improvement . The Ride-by-wire tech now ensures that the bike won’t feel as jerky and eager on throttle application and the bigger brakes promise the braking capability that the RC has always lacked.

The new colour scheme makes the 2017 RC390 immediately stand out from its predecessor .

The new colour scheme makes the 2017 RC390 immediately stand out from its predecessor .

You might, at this point be wondering what I was going on about when I said that it makes me a little sad but the truth of the matter is that the RC 390 was never really a practical motorbike. The low hung clip-ons and the vibrations always made sure that your back felt numb after getting off after a small distance. The jerky throttle always gave you the feeling of eagerness and made you turn it even more. But this really is what made the RC a spectacular bike and gave it a character of its own. Twisting the throttle always put a smile on my face and the numb back always left me with a lasting impression of the bike I’d just had a go on.


That being said, the RC is still as good a bike as it will ever be and it now seems to be a little more practical than its predecessor. No other bike comes close to it’s astounding performance in this price bracket. As always, Ready To Race.

Picture Credits @ Overdrive.com, @ Indianautosblog, @moto-mader.ch

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