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The KTM RC 390 is the best single-cylinder track bike currently

Verdict – The 2017 KTM RC 390 gets changes in several areas which make it an even more desirable package, for just a Rs. 12,000/- price increase. While KTM has improved on some shortcomings like the mirrors, brakes and throttle, other areas like heating, stiff ride and lack of comfort have been completely ignored. Like we have said earlier, we shall say it again, KTM bikes aren’t for everyone and the RC is even more limited in usability for a majority of Indian riders, unless of course, you are a corner craver.

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The 2017 RC 390 or the 2017 Duke 390? We choose the latter

What’s Cool

* Excellent performance, improved refinement and sounds better now
* Track focussed riding position, adjustable levers are functional
* Minor improvements make the RC 390 a better package
* One of the most value for money performance bikes in India

What’s Not So Cool

* Still doesn’t sound like it should
* Heating issue hasn’t been resolved
* Tyres now have a lower rating in the interest of costs
* Nearing the end of lifecycle, second generation RC 390 is less than a year away