KTM RC390 Coming to America – $5,499

11/13/2014 @ 2:21 pm, by Jensen Beeler27 COMMENTS


Good news small-displacement sport bike fans, as KTM North America has finally confirmed the KTM RC390 for the American market. The 375cc four-stroke single-cylinder street bike is good for 44hp, and tips the scales at 325 lbs dry.

On the larger side, displacement-wise, compared to the Honda CBR300R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, and Yamaha YZF-R3, the KTM RC390 also packs a bit more on the price tag. Pricing will be $5,499 MSRP, in the United States.

Our European friends have been enjoying the RC390 across the pond, and finally KTM USA has felt confident enough with the RC390’s sales there to bring the small-displacement machine to North America.

Brands like Honda and Kawasaki have already had great success with their 250cc/300cc machines in the USA, and Suzuki and Yamaha are looking to capitalize on that situation as well.

The 2015 KTM RC390 will come with a trellis frame, WP upside-down 43mm front forks, LED lighting, ABS, lightweight cast aluminum swingarm, and lightweight aluminum wheels.

Source: KTM USA

  • Coreyvwc

    Any thoughts on why KTM chose to design this bike without a removable/replaceable rear subframe? (Like every other modern Sportbike on the market)

    I hate to be harsh, but this thing will be completely f***ed after even just one moderate crash, and I know this because I did the same thing to my old one piece trellis framed Ducati. It Doesn’t bode well for a track oriented machine…

  • Chuck Ludwig

    That’s why the welds are so big and fugly. So when you crash it you can just tig it back together in your shed. ;)

    I was definitely considering getting one of these things for a track machine but I never thought about that detail before. Might consider getting a duke 390 for hooliganing and using my daytona for track as that’s getting long in the tooth anyway.

  • Kin

    If you guys look at the top triple, it is also the clip ons. Good luck replacing that along with your non-removable subframe. Austrian engineering at its finest.

  • While you guys are moaning about subframe and other stuff, this bike is already selling in huge numbers in India and Europe not to mention it’s performing great on the race track in different countries. You should remember that this is an entry level sports bike and what else do you expect out of it.. Ohlins?? Lmao ..Just look at its Japanese rivals. They look so bland compared to Rc and before someone taunts me on the quality front I would say that I’ll take a bit less reliable but more fun bike anyday. To each, his own.

  • coreyvwc

    @Harkamal singh
    Yes you are right it is an entry level bike, which will be crashed over and over and over again at the race track and on the street. Which is even more reason why it needs a removable subframe. It doesn’t need high spec parts, it just needs to be durable and easily amenable to trackside repairs. That is all.

  • John John

    Always some crumbs for Trolls on the internet.
    Great looking bike for learners and advanced for a town twisty thrasher.
    I got an S1000rr, and im going to test ride one. If its fun enough for carving around town, im getting one.
    If you bend your frame, straighten and weld.
    Get over it, and appreciate some freshness in design for once!

  • Mitch

    Those concerns aren’t trolling. Clipons are easily remedied by fitting aftermarkets, but a one piece frame isn’t so much. Since it is steel (I think) it would have to be cut and then re-welded rather than bent back.

  • If you’re really THAT concerned with a 1pc. frame, cut it and weld some tabs on it to use fasteners. I’ll leave mine as is and deal with it when I wad it up. That being said, I’ve crashed my race bike half a dozen times at so far have never had to replace the subframe. Definitely the gamble I’m willing to take.

  • Damo

    With similar power figures and weight, I will take a YZF-R3 all day. I am in the market for a small whip around bike after my wife sold her CBR250R. I miss that stupid little thing.

    (My main ride is a 2013 Hypermotard)

  • BBQdog

    Will be some work to get the 8 kilo’s off against the Duke 390.

  • Tyler

    I am interested in the pricing of the KTM RC390 Cup Racer; apparently, it comes with adjustable suspension and all the parts to turn it into a street bike should one wish to do so. If I went on a diet and dropped 15 lbs, this would make for a fun track bike at my local, technical track.

  • Steve

    KTM – this is nice and I hope it finds a home in the US market. Lots of action in the beginner space nowadays, which bodes well for the future. I am no beginner, and all I want is an RC… 690… my money is waiting for you! Would be relatively cheap to bring to market, have no direct competitors, and be an absolute blast of a playday/trackday tool without being an uber-fast hyperbike. Just.do.it. ;-)

  • Tyler

    RC 690 indeed! Now that would be awesome (and I would not have to lose 15 lbs).
    However, the direct competitors would be the Triumph 675 Daytona and the expected Yamaha 675 R6.

  • Steve

    @Tyler – those are indeed similar in terms of displacement, but would in truth be a different class of bike than I’m talking about. The RC690 I’m wanting would be using the current 690 Duke platform, just like the RC390 shares a lot with the 390 Duke. So a thumper, with maybe 70 to 75 HP off the showroom floor. And as such not a direct competitor to the 125HP+ multicylinder Supersports. Could be made quite light and simple, and would be a bundle of joy on a twisty road or track. Closest thing in performance would be something like Suzuki’s SV650, but an RC690 would be a lot lighter with better power to weight ratio. Been wanting one ever since I test rode a 690 Duke; all I could think about was how great that would be in a sportbike layout.

  • sburns2421

    Seeing the MSRP of $5500 lets you realize just how overpriced most of KTMs (as well as many other brands) bikes are.

    Is there really any reason a street-legal single with full bodywork would cost roughly half the big four-stroke dirt bikes from the same manufacturer? Buying a new dirt bike for $10k is nuts…

  • AntiHero

    It’s not even for sale yet and already guys (or maybe girls) are worried about how much it will cost when they crash it. Those who are so worried about replacing a frame on a bike they don’t even own should probably stick to track days in a 2002 Honda Civic Si.

    The rest of us who have been waiting for someone to sell a lightweight pocket rocket here (sorry, there’s no reason why 23hp CBR 250 should weigh 375 lbs), are no doubt thrilled that KTM will be selling the bike on US shores.

  • Colin

    @mitch wrong. steel can be bent back in shape, aluminum can’t. at least not without seriously weakening or snapping it.

  • Craig

    If you want an Asian bike…. Then buy one. This is a ktm. A little bit more expensive but higher quality components with.a focus on the track.
    I love the ktm but wouldn’t throw rocks at someone else’s choice. It probably fits their ability and intended use.
    There’s a reason its the 390 cup series.

    I want one, but do I need it with my nearly perfect street triple R?

  • Piglet2010

    Craig says: “If you want an Asian bike…. Then buy one. This is a ktm.”

    A KTM made in India. And unless things have changed, India is an Asian country.

  • frankie

    A realy nice bike ……looks like a real racer ……. such a shame they ruined it with those UGLY double headlight design…….sigh! I guess nothing is perfect

  • Terrence

    I wen to the motorcycle show in Long Beach and saw the RC390 in person. Looks good, but the $5500 will get you the bare bones basic bike. They also had the RC390 Cup version and listed all of the add on parts. I’m sure when you’re all done, you’ll be closer to a $9000 bike. The main things that I would like which would most likely add a $2,000+ are forks, shock, brakes, reasets, and maybe exhaust. The list of parts needed to convert to cup spec include:
    Racing body work
    racing solo seat
    racing bubble windscreen
    front axle slider
    foldable and adjustable brake lever
    foldable and adjustable clutch lever
    racing brake lever guard
    racing clutch lever guard
    racing 520 chain
    320mm oversized front brake rotor
    racing brake pads
    adjustable rear set with GP shift
    Akrapovic exhaust
    WP 43 mm preload compression and reboud adjustable fork
    WP racing remote reservoir shock with adjustable length, preload, high/low speed compression and rebound
    racing graphics kit

    I’ll have to stick with riding dirt and super moto. The RC390 route will still be out of my budget.

  • Terrence
  • reini

    Expensive? Prize: $5499 in US, €5800 (about $7500) in Austria. Same goes with every ktm bike, even the ones that are produced in Austria. Dealership prizes in Austria are higher than in Germany, even though they are produced in Austria and shipped over the boarder. It´s because of the enourmous taxes, for example “NoVa”, formerly called “Luxussteuer” (tax on luxury things).

  • karikor

    The KTM RC 390 retails for about $3500 US in India. I’m sure even with that pricing, their profit margins for each bike are still pretty good. So KTM are making a killing out of these bikes by manufacturing them in India (quality issues aside) and exporting them abroad.

  • Tim Semeraro

    Yeah you guys are all crazy! for 5500 bucks I just ordered one, and I ride a proper 800 super sport custom that weighs 300 pounds. I’m all about the lightweight and middle weight fighters!

  • c40mark

    Volume on the street bike will be Much higher. Much lower cost adjustable suspension. Less forged parts. The more you can amortize your design and fixed cost and set up given parts for high volume manufacturing the lower the cost. They are probably out sourcing a higher percentage of the content/subsystems etc. as well.

  • Loltrolls

    Lol I’m glad you fealt the need to definitively prove how tiny your wee spud is…lolol

    (My main ride is Damo’s mom)