2013 EICMA: 2014 KTM RC390 — New High-Res Photos

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2014 KTM RC390

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Officially unveiled today, following the complete leak of full details 10 days ago, we can finally see the 2014 KTM RC390 in all its high-res glory. Man, is this little sportbike a looker.

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Using the same steel trellis frame and 373cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder engine as the KTM 390 Duke, the RC390 makes 43 bhp and weighs just 324 lbs (wet, without fuel). Those figures not only mean it complies with the European A2 license tier for new riders, but should make it sharp, responsive and yes, fast.

2014 KTM RC390

High quality suspension will help, of course. The RC390′s 43mm USD forks are the same diameter as those used by the KTM RC8 R superbike and the shock is made by WP. Compare the four-piston radial brake caliper to the single-piston used by the 480 lbs 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750, for instance, to get an idea of how serious a performer this KTM will be. Like that Harley is made in India and will likely cost somewhere between $6,500 and $7,500 when it goes on sale in the U.S. sometime in the near future.

 KTM RC390
2014 KTM RC390

As enthusiasts, this is the most exciting new motorcycle to debut at EICMA this year. It offers real performance for real riders.

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  • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

    I hope KTM will offer variable seat-height options. All the Asian reviews of the 390 Duke that I read complained of cramped ergos.

    • Justin McClintock

      If they’re complaining about cramped ergos in an Asian magazine, imagine how most Americans would feel. I’d probably have to be folded in half to fit on it.

      • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

        Exactly. That’s my issue as well. I’ve got a 36-inch inseam.

    • http://stellarplum.tumblr.com/ Marie Delgado

      I’m quite excited because for once there is something I can actually fit on only having a 29-inch inseam.

  • Generic42

    The “More Photos Page 2″ link isn’t working. The small Pages: 1 2″ at the bottom is however

  • Theodore P Smart

    Do not expect to see it in N. America till 2015… KTM moves slower than Norton does sometimes.

  • Kevin Riedl

    Dude, you’ve called the front brake on the new Street 750 out twice now. The HD website says “Single Caliper” front brake not single piston and if you look at the video it appears to me to be a two or (unlikely) 4 piston just by the shape of the caliper. BTW RC390 looks amazing

    • Mykola

      Dual piston caliper front and back. Bringing up HD here is just more disingenuous axe-grinding.

      I’m admittedly not going to be looking seriously at one, but I hope to see it come out in solid colors. This is looking like a great value for a gnarly bantamweight sportbike.

  • Bruce Steever

    Now let’s see how well this sells in response to the vocal internet folks that have been begging for a lightweight single sportbike for years.

    I’m hoping it rocks both on the street and in the dealership, but something tells me i won’t fit on it (call it a gut feeling…harharhar)

  • Joseph42s

    This looks really good. Ktm is really stepping it up with their bikes.

  • Mark Ryan Sallee

    Wait, is the exhaust dangling off the side, or built into the lower fairing?

    • Justin McClintock

      Yeah, what the heck is going on there. Is that a dual chamber setup or something? Primary under the bike, secondary (and necessary for road use) hanging off the side? What gives?

      • ookla_the_mok

        I’m guessing the one picture with the normal looking exhaust can is an example with an aftermarket add-on – whereas the majority of the pictures show the underbelly exhaust covered by the lower fairing?

        • Justin McClintock

          Good point. That one with the side exhaust looks like it has a racing belly pan, seat, and tail. The other one looks like it just has an undermounted exhaust and a vented fairing to cover it. Mystery solved. Good eye.

  • webbiker

    My sources say the frame is not the same as the Dukes

    “One of the points of conversation ahead of the RC390′s debut was its single-piece trellis frame, which KTM says is much stiffer than the one found on the Duke, and features a more aggressive chassis geometry with a steeper steering head, lesser trail, and shorter wheelbase”

    • Justin McClintock

      The subframe is certainly different on them….although it’s permanently attached on both. So there might be other differences, but they sure do look pretty similar.

      • Mark D

        Wow, that is a tidy little bike. Cool.

      • roma258

        Don’t like the welded on subframe. Will be a PITA for track crashes. Bent subframe, replace the whole thing?

        • Justin McClintock

          I’m not a fan of the welded on subframe either. That said, this isn’t as bad as with some bikes. It’s a steel trellis frame/subframe. So it can be repaired. If it were aluminum, then yeah, trash it and buy a new one.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The only geometry difference is a steeper rake, which yes, has the knock on effect of decreasing the wheelbase etc.

  • Reid

    I didn’t want to get a sportbike, but the price, looks, equipment, weight, etc. of this bike make me wish I hadn’t been so against owning a fully-faired motorcycle.

    • contender

      Get the Duke?

      • Reid

        I bought one and I love it. You will be buffeted around like a sail, but that goes with the territory for a naked. The motor is very tractable and it gets great gas mileage, plus the weight is super low, so it’s an easy bike to control at just about any speed. However…it is pricey for what you get. As I’ve said before on this website, the KTM dealer is literally the nearest motorcycle shop of any kind for me and the people there gave me a great deal, but I have always wanted a Duke, so it was a no-brainer. For other people I’m not sure your money couldn’t be better spent elsewhere.

  • ryd

    I was hoping for the words “guarantee to be sold in the USA in 2014″ knowing that’d never happen :(

  • justin

    can someone turn this stupid lexus ad off? it keeps messing with my reading.

  • Rowtag

    Another cool bike I probably won´t fit on either…

    • Dave Day

      Let’s demand and RC690!

      • Rowtag

        that would be awesome

  • John

    I wonder if the CB500R is still a “10/10″ or whether the beer goggles have burst on that.

    • bammerburn

      Well, there’s the reliability factor…

      • Ayabe

        And parts cheapness and availability and dealer network and insurance and a million other things.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Well, the Honda will have stuff like “availability” and “dealers” and “affordable insurance” in its favor. This KTM looks great, but not everyone wants a dedicated sport bike, with all the compromised that entails to everything but going fast.

      • gr33nspan

        I just picked up a cbr500r and I saw this article and was like “damn…”, but then I realize what I need the bike for. I needed a freeway commuter that can get good mpg foremost, and it may not be as sexy, but it’s still quite a looker.

        • Guy Simmonds

          Pretty much exactly how I feel about my planned purchase – I’ve always intended to get a CBR500R, but then KTM threw this in the mix… I think the 500R is still the better choice for a commuter that just happens to look a bit sporty, and the RC390 seems like a dreadful choice for a primary mode of transport – but great fun to own in addition to a more sensible bike or car.

          • james

            guys its not like its a two stroke race bike from the 80s or some motorcrosser or anything mental. Its a 40 hp single at the end of the day. it would be a great commuter and im sure its engineered to be an everyday bike more than an out and out racer despite what the marketing bumph says.

          • roma258

            That’s what the 390 Duke is for.

      • di0genes

        Never had a problem getting KTM parts, 7 years 80,000 km, every component serviced, rebuilt or replaced (brakes, drive train, F&R suspension, engine) Parts is something KTM does very well. Not so many models, and shared parts between models means it is easier for dealers and distributors to stock parts. My experience is call my dealer, phone in part number and the part can be picked up in less than a week.

        Honda OTH has way more models, way more obsolescence, way less interchangeability of part between models, and longer waits for distributor to ship parts. It is impossible for Honda dealers to maintain any kind of inventory for all the stuff that Honda expects their dealers to sell, which includes lawnmowers, outboard motors, portable generators, and coming soon, jet planes…. Not saying that Honda is bad for getting parts, they are definitely the best of the Japanese brands, but not as good as KTM.

        Surprising number of KTM dealers here in Alberta too ymmv. The greater Edmonton area has 2 KTM dealers vs 3 Honda Motorcycle dealers. Plenty of KTM dealers in the hinterlands as well, but they mostly sell off road only.

        Insurance for my KTM is same as for my other bikes (I buy liability insurance only, as per RideApart article bikes nobody will steal, add bikes with a 37″ seat height :-)

      • John

        Well, okay, a lot of that is either speculation or factors that have nothing to do with the quality of the bike itself. If common motorcycles get free points for being common, then uncommon motorcycles will always be uncommon. Also, I don’t know how a bike that is heavier and slower is uncompromised, but a high-end sporting tool is compromised. Seems pretty arbitrary to me.

  • Jeremy

    I’ll take this and the Blue Unicorn, which is the yet to be manufactured WR450R, in my stable.

  • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

    Just needs so super sticky tires and will fly around the track! Too bad I’m way to big for one of these probably, but would sure be a hoot at a track day!

  • HeDidn’tWeDid

    This is the kind of motorcycle that makes me envy you guys who can actually wear skinny-legged jeans and make them look good…sigh, this is a modern LC350.

  • Rocket Punch

    One thing that is, IMO, pretty impressive is the super aggressive 23.5 deg rake angle. Bike’s got a lot of potential, but my feeling is the single front rotor and narrow tires prevent it from being awesomer…

    • runnermatt

      Hey they could always put non-radial tires on it. I’ve only found one set of radial tires for my CBR250R and those are Pirelli Diablo Rosso II’s.

  • Justin Turner

    Where is the 390 enduro? Are dual sports already out of style again?

  • Dave Day

    RC690 please

    • Flying Couch

      Not to put down this sentiment or anything but… I love how there’s been all the calling for a small capacity sportbike… and the top comment here is asking for a higher displacement one.

      • Dave Day

        I would consider a RC690 a mid-capacity sportbike, if that’s even a category. It would have about 80 horsepower, very similar to the SV650. That’s considerably more manageable than a 600cc sporbike with say 110 horsepower (and that power is also higher in the rev range). The big question is how a smooth a cycle cylinder engine of this size would be. It doesn’t seem to be to much of an issue with the Duke, but it could be more acceptable for that bike to have a “raw” feeling due to vibrations.

  • JT

    I’d love to get this bike but I don’t think it’s going to have the same ergos as my old Pacific Coast.

  • Flying Couch

    Those turn signals are a work of art.

  • deathspray

    i’m all over this