Updated KTM RC390 Ready For Release

KTM has updated its RC390 and is ready to release the bike into Europe and Asia.

The changes to the bike are reportedly based on feedback from riders and to make the bike Euro4 emissions compliant. The most obvious change externally is the new exhaust system.

Rather than exit the bike just under the belly pan, the exhaust now extends out to the right side of the bike.

That has enabled KTM to trim down the width of the belly pan and give the bike a little more ground clearance. It also required a change in the pillion foot pegs.

Internally, the engine now has a ride-by-wire throttle that KTM claims makes the bike more responsive and efficient.

A slipper clutch has also been added to reduce the rear wheel chatter that some riders have been experiencing under hard down shifting. The slipper clutch can be purchased separately as well, and retrofitted to previous models of the RC390.

The engine’s power output has remained the same and the overall dry weight of the bike is still 147kg.

The size of the front brake disc has been increased by 20mm to 320mm.

Other more minor changes have been the inclusion of adjustable clutch and brake levers, larger mirrors to improve view and additional padding in the seat.

The bike is being produced in India by Bajaj Auto which owns a 14.5% stake in KTM’s parent company.

There has been no definite arrival date announced for Australia as yet.

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