KTM Delivering Duke 390 & RC 390 With MRF Tyres
Love the Metzeler rubber on the KTM 390s? We have bad news for you.
KTM has started delivering the Duke and the RC 390 with MRF tyres instead of the Metzeler M5s.
The 390s have always had Metzeler M5s and people love them. This is why the only change that we have seen over the years has been the switch from ‘W’ rated tyres to ‘H’ rated ones.
However, the pandemic has made life harder for the Austrian brand. As import limitations are still in place, KTM seems to be struggling to import the German M5s.
In order to keep up with the production demands, KTM has switched to MRF Revz C1 tyres, though. This is the same rubber which we see in the smaller KTM bikes like the RC 200 and the Duke 200.
While the KTM 390s are already at the showrooms for delivery, we feel that this is a little unfair to the consumer. After all, the Metzeler M5 tyres are one of the top USPs of the 390s and an owner definitely likes the fact that they have good rubber backing them.
But since there is no announcement of a price cut for bikes with MRF rubber, this decreases the overall value-for-money factor of the KTM Duke & the RC 390. This doesn’t seem to be a permanent thing, though, and we expect KTM to switch to Metzelers as soon as they get hold of them.
Another bike that uses Metzelers is the KTM Adventure 390. There’s no news about the ADV switching to some other rubber currently, though. However, it will be interesting to see which tyre Bajaj/KTM choose for the ADV 390 if and when they run out of the existing stock of Metzelers.
Lastly, there are some rumours that KTM might decrease the prices of the 390 offerings in the future if they keep on struggling to import the M5s. We hope they implement this soon as this might boost their sales in the upcoming festive season as well.