The 2014 KTM RC390 has been a long-time coming, as news of the bike has been in circulation since a leaked slide at the KTM North American dealer meeting hit the internet over two years ago. Built off of the KTM 390 Duke street bike, KTM said the RC390 would have “Moto3 inspired” bodywork when it debuted.
We got our first glimpse of the machine earlier this year, when KTM took the covers off the KTM RC390 race bike, a cup-series machine based off the still unreleased street machine. Well now the wait is over, as we have our first glimpse of the new KTM RC390, thanks to a leak on the KTM Canada website.
The differences between the street and track machines are minimal, though we have to say that the underslung exhaust makes a tremendous improvement over the race bike’s traditional side-slung piece. Like on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM is really popping its frame designs, and exposing the trellis technique even for the rear subframe (actually, the RC390 chassis is one singular trellis frame, unlike the The Beast).
Power is 43hp, while weight without fuel is 147kg (324 lbs). This means the 2014 KTM RC390 is right at the limit of Europe’s A2 tiered-license scheme, though we think American buyers will just like a light and fun attractive sport bike to zip around on. Now we just have to wait and see what the price tag will look like.
Some horrible photos and technical details are below.
2014 KTM RC390 Technical Specificaitons:
|Design||1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled|
|Performance||32 kW (43 hp)|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Transmission||6 speed, claw shifted|
|Engine lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps|
|Primary gear ratio||30:80|
|Secondary gear ratio||15:45|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment|
|Frame||Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated|
|Shock absorber||WP Monoshock|
|Suspension travel front||125 mm|
|Suspension travel rear||150 mm|
|Brake system Front||Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper|
|Brake system Rear||Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs|
|Brake discs Front||300 mm|
|Brake discs Rear||230 mm|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring|
|Steering head angle||66.5°|
|Wheel base||1,340±15 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||178.5 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||820 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||10 l|
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
|Weight without fuel approx.||147 kg|