The 2022 KTM RC 390 spotted on test looks production-ready
The 2022 model year KTM RC 390 has been spotted yet again ahead of its launch, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
This camouflaged development mule was seen in Pune by MotorBeamer Santosh Balgude Patil who could not resist but take a few pictures of the bike.
Upfront, the new generation RC 390 gets a new flyscreen setup that wraps around the headlight (borrowed from the Duke 390), while new indicators flank the unit.
Although not as sharp-looking as the current generation RC 390, the new setup should help KTM keep costs down. The front fender looks to have been reshaped as well.
The side profile of the 2022 KTM RC 390 spotted on test reveals the design of the new fairing that has more slots and channels than before. It should work well to move hot air away from the rider.
Much has been spoken about the revised ergonomics, but, it must be said that the new generation RCs will be a bit more comfortable to ride over long distances. The larger fuel tank should provide a better range too.
Painted in KTM Orange, the new subframe also holds a small pillion seat and grab handles. It must be seen if KTM offers a pillion seat cover in the ‘powerparts’ so as to enable owners to tidy up that section. The development mule also had a new side-mounted exhaust canister and a tyre hugger.
Thus far, it is known that the motorcycle will be offered in 2 colour schemes – Orange (with Black stickers and blacked cycle parts) and Black (with Orange-coloured wheels and subframe).
Sporting new alloy wheels and a larger front disc, the 2022 KTM RC 390 will be powered by the Duke 390’s 373cc single-cylinder motor that is good for 43 BHP and 37 Nm of torque. The gearbox will be a 6-speed unit with a slipper clutch and quickshifter.