The ultimate A2 licence weapon
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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.
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.
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
32 kW (43 hp)
6 speed, claw shifted
Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
WP Suspension Up Side Down
Suspension travel front
Suspension travel rear
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
Brake discs - diameter Rear
5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
10 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
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