2017 KTM RC 390 Review
Bike Tested: 2017 KTM RC 390; Road Test No. 796; Test Location: Chakan
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 2.69 lakhs
The KTM RC 390 is the best sports bike you can buy which has a great VFM quotient
Full-faired bikes have a huge fan following but a sports bike in reach of the common man has all been a dream in India for a long time. But when KTM launched the RC 200 and RC 390 in the sub-continent in 2014, it immediately created a new breed of riders, those who wait till the weekend to hit the track or the closest valley road to get their kneedown. KTM has now updated the RC 390 for 2017 and it gets a slew of changes to keep the model relevant till the next generation is launched in February 2018, we sample the Race Competition bike on Bajaj Auto’s Chakan test track.
Styling – The KTM RC 390 has always had a love-it or hate-it design, some find the front-end design to be outlandish while others dwell in the evil looks of the flagship KTM machine for India. Not much has changed though and the most obvious difference is the new colour scheme which does look better in person. The new paint job is UV resistant and that itself is enough to identify the updated RC 390 from the old one but the side mounted exhaust is an instant giveaway.