KTM RC 390: The best sports motorcycle in the half-litre segment

KTM is one of the motorcycle makers to have introduced the common masses to sporty and powerful bikes at lesser price tags. The Yamaha R3 and the Kawasaki Ninja were the sportiest bike in the sub-400 cc segment and were considered to be the epitome of power and performance.

However, the moment the KTM RC 390 came into the picture, things started to change. The motorcycle has the biggest displacement among all the peers and the most amount of power as well. These, combined with the least price tag, made way for the bike to be the best selling bike among the competitors.

The KTM RC 390 price starts from under Rs. 2.5 lakhs and offers exceptional features. Want to know more about them? Go on.

Designed to kill

Without a hint of doubt, the KTM RC 390 is the best-designed motorcycle in the segment. The factors contributing to this is the super lightweight trellis frame, the highly aerodynamic design and the above par features.

The twin projector headlamps up front make for a very devel-ish appeal. The fully-faired design is very aerodynamic and razor-sharp. However, despite being huge, it is the lightest motorcycle in the class, which contributes to a better power-to-weight ratio.

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Step back and you will love the way the pillion seat is designed. It looks like a cowl rather than a seat but isn’t soft. However, it isn’t practical either and long rides might be painful.

Barring these, it also has the thickest tyres in the segment at 110 mm for the front and 150 mm for the rear (both Kawasaki and Yamaha have 110 mm and 140 mm apiece). Hence, the road grip (especially with Metzeler tyres) is superb.

Powered to thrill

The best thing about the KTM RC 390 is its power and the way it produces it. The Yamaha R3 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 have a two-cylinder setup while making 41 bhp and 39 bhp respectively. However, the RC 390 manages 44 bhp of peak power and 36 Nm of maximum torque with just a single-cylinder engine.

The high amount of torque amounts for a great low-end punch where you see it tearing apart its competitors in a quarter-mile drag race.

Plus, it has the biggest brakes in the segment with 320 mm and 230 mm discs at the front and rear respectively. Hence, the stopping power is the best, but not without the dual channel cornering ABS.

Final words

KTM does justify its tagline of “Ready to race” with powerful motorcycles at the least expensive prices. In the case of the RC 390, it is the most feature-rich motorcycle among the competitors (the Kawasaki Ninja is an almost primitive motorcycle), besides being the most powerful as well. And the moment when all of these is offered at the most affordable price tag, you know that you have the perfect buy sorted.

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