If there is ever an award for the most spied test mule, the award shall certainly be given to the KTM’s faired pocket rocket RC390. The motorcycle has been spied a lot of times with the ugly unattractive black and white camouflage ruining the looks and this time we have a few without it credit Shardul Shinde.
With the number plate mounting and RVMs, the motorcycle seems to be almost production ready and signals that a launch is imminent in the next couple of months. The riding stance is sporty and should be one of those race-bred powerful and affordable motorcycles that we have been longing for.
The rubber seems to be the same super sticky Metzelers from the Duke series and the latest we have heard is that the prices of it have reduced to some 12-13,000 for a pair.
KTMs RCs may feature a stiffer suspension than the Dukes making them even more track focused, so people, if you have been planning long rides on these, be prepared to get plagued by backaches. And hopefully KTM have worked on the seats so that it is a bit more comfortable than the naked siblings. The pillion in these pictures seem to be hanging on just to save his life! The question is – Is it higher than R15 V2?
This also gives you a nice little look at how the bikes will look like without the stickers. There have also been rumors that the RC390 has been beleaguered by heating issues and let us hope that the Austrian and Bajaj engineers have together, by now, managed to find a solution.
The all-digital instrumentation cluster seems to have been carried over from the Dukes in all probability with its signature orange backlight. The front headlamps of RC390 are a little controversial since a lot of people do not like them, but with those evil pilot lamps on, it looks a killer! KTM RC390 is expected to cost somewhere around Rs 2.5 Lakhs.