KTM RC390 leaked in full

The ultimate A2 licence weapon

Posted: 25 October 2013
by Visordown News

UPDATE: KTM RC125 and RC200 pictures revealed

PICTURES and information about KTM’s RC390 single-cylinder sports bike have leaked from the Canadian KTM website ahead of the bike’s launch at the EICMA show in Milan in early November.

You can read the full details below, but the key facts include the bike’s 43bhp peak power and the 147kg weight, which according to KTM puts it right on the 0.2kW-per-kg power-to-weight limit for the new A2 licence class.

It also looks absolutely jaw-dropping…

The full details are as follows:


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.


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.


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.


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


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


The two-part seat offers first class supersport ergonomics with perfect support for rider and pillion. With a seat height of 820mm it enables the rider to have a secure stance whilst also being high enough for sporty use and real big-bike feeling.


A brand new steel fuel tank with 9,5l 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 impressive efficiency even when ridden hard for a considerable distance.


Brand new clip on handlebars and switches contribe to a sporty and aggressive riding position combined with advanced control.


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.


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.


The compact underbelly, three-chamber silencer is positioned close to the bike's overall centre of gravity. This aids the centralisation of mass and prevents accidental contact with the rider's and passenger's legs.


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.


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


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.


As a special feature the RC incorporates blinkers into mirrors structure, which not just looks very sporty but also contributes to the perfect aerodynamics.


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


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/6Ah battery.


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


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.


KTM developed in cooperation with Brembo a powerful and easy to control brake-system which allows the rider to be always in control of the RC. A four piston radially bolted caliper in combination with a single brake disk (300mm diameter) in the front and a single piston floating caliper with a single brake disk (230mm diameter) for the rear wheel guarantee excellent braking response even under the most extreme conditions.




1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled


373.2 cm³


89 mm


60 mm


32 kW (43 hp)

Starting aid

Electric starter


6 speed, claw shifted

Engine lubrication

Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps

Primary gear ratio


Secondary gear ratio


Cooling system

Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump


Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated

Ignition system

Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment



Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated


WP Suspension Up Side Down

Shock absorber

WP Monoshock

Suspension travel front

125 mm

Suspension travel rear

150 mm

Brake system Front

Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper

Brake system Rear

Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs

Brake discs - diameter Front

300 mm

Brake discs - diameter Rear

230 mm


5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring

Steering head angle


Wheel base

1,340±15 mm

Ground clearance (unloaded)

178.5 mm

Seat height (unloaded)

820 mm

Total fuel tank capacity approx.

10 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)

Weight without fuel approx.

147 kg

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Looks great could be a winner,Now if it had the 690 engine !

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:44

Would totally buy this if it was a 690!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:24

Hit the nail on the head for the A2 license, looks to be the best in class!

Maybe they'll look into the next power class when they see how popular this model is going to be!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:44

That does look lovely. I really hope that KTM have sorted out the Indian factory that's making them, it would be a shame for the dire quality issues that have plagued the Duke 125 to wreck their brand.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:06

No news on tyre width/profile/size???

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:50

I've been really eagerly anticipating this coming out - and goodness me, that's a lovely looking bike if ever I saw one. I was really hoping they wouldn't go for a cyclops headlight unit, I think that would've been my only excuse not to buy one....does anyone know how well the Duke 390's fair in wet weather? Anyone from colder climes got a wet season under their belt on one yet?

I think i'm most impressed with that swing arm - look at it! It's a cracker especially on a small engined machine likely to come in at around the £5-5.5k price point. Looks pretty Gucci for such a tiny bike.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:48

What's the build quality going to be like though? I've seen horror vids of kids on their 125 Dukes that are falling to bits after 6 months.
If KTM keep that up their reputation will be on the floor.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:58

In order to be in the 0.2kw per KG A2 limit this bike must be 160kg if the bike has 32KW of power. So I would take that 147kg number as a dry weight. Regardless, it's still a very light bike.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:47

@Rogerborg If I am not wrong, the Bajaj plant in India only churns out the 200 and 390, and not the 125.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 00:10

Any word on this being released in the U.S. yet?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 03:16

Given the power/weight restrictions of an A2 machine, why is this one better than any other that also hits the limit of the restrictions ? Isn't this just a Duke 390 with extra plastic and clip-ons ?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 09:08

Great idea! It is more or less the same power/weight factor than a a Ybrakamasha Rd 350, but with better chassis, brakes and suspension than Rd and that was tons of fun ( i had one).It will be ideal for twist roads andmountain roads and for track days in small size circuits. It is not necessary 100hp to have fun. If they mantain the price of the 390 they will sell loads! Brands want to sell, not to have bikes that everybody likes but nobody can buy...I hope that there will be a 690 version too...

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 16:21

sorry Yamaha RD 350

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 16:23

I'd rather have the naked version, but it is a nice looking piece of machinery.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 17:17

They're also assembling these in China, at the CFMOTO/WK factory. Bike looks utterly prefect for Asian roads.

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 02:07

Got a source for that, Lewn?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 08:03

If only I was 17 again......... this looks the dogs

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 09:22

You'll need to be 19 to ride it. 17 year olds have to stay on their YZF R125 for 2 years (is wicked fast blud innit).

Incidentally, in what way is being published on a KTM corporate site a "leak"? Tsk, tsk, that's MCN levels of reportage.

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 12:37

I'm not sure that it's the ultimate A2 license weapon. It doesn't have the maximum power that could be had with the license.

The ultimate would be:

35kw (47hp)
160kg dry 175kg wet (0.2kw per kg)

who will build it?

Ktm have got the 0.2 kw per kg right but they have a bike that's 160kg wet with 32kw (43hp)

Is 4hp and 15kg more better than what has been produced? I don't know. Maybe Yamaha will bring a bike that has 35kw and weighs 175kg wet so they can be compared.

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 03:27

Mostly looks really good (apart from the front lights).

My only problem with it is that 99% of people will think its a 125 and the yoofs wll think its 'so cool'. Maybe im the only one who sees a problem with this... :)

I look forward to the adventure/motard version

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 13:27

ultimately lightness is the most important factor for this... power to weight is a limiting factor in straight line acceleration terms, but Braking and cornering are all restricted by weight, so in order to be the game changer you need something that is fantastically light and with usable power at the peak for as much of the rev range as possible..
This looks lovely though.. If it is fantastically tune-able with some suitable upgrades (twin discs on front and beefier shocks etc) I can see this being popular not just with beginners restricted by legal stuffs, but also weekend hero's looking for the ultimate licence friendly twisties tool

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:13

I've been thinking this could be the bike for me for a while, but now I've seen the first pics I don't like its looks. It's so far removed from the moto3 look. Will try and reserve final thoughts until I've seen it in the flesh. Hopefully at the NEC in three weeks.

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 20:33

I was/am so excited by the prospect of a decent spec, lower capacity sportsbike. The looks are a bit of a shame (in the pics) to me and I can't help wonder why the didn't choose to 'cash-in' making a Moto3 clone?

The two real big issues I can see are potential quality problems and the weight. Despite being refered to as a light bike, it is anything but. Although almost all bikes are stupidly heavy, for a low capacity, allegedly light-weight, sportsbike (one that must, therefore use it's weight advantage) this is simply too heavy.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 02:29

I love the look of this 390! I've been on bikes for 34 yrs now (since 16), so bit of an old git, but would still love to own one of these and all the power and handling could be pushed to the limit. But, after owning a 690SM and Duke 990, I won't even look at another KTM with any serious intention of buying.

Why? Their shite dealers for a start (and lack of dealerships, so you don't have much alternative if you later find out your 'KTM dealer' is crap. All smiles and handshakes when you're buying a bike from them, can't give a toss when things go wrong, or you have a warranty issue. Their actual servicing leaves a lot to be desired too, when the bike is still in warranty - overfilled sump, covered in fingerprints when you pick it up, oil spills near the engine fill plug, etc. if you complain, the dealer just cold-shoulders you from that point on, or blames issues on KTM - I.e the people they sell bikes for!!) Nah, no more KTMs for me, no matter how good they look. I've had my fingers (and wallet) well and truly burnt by the orange boys...

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 19:26

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