Deemed as a high-performance Supersports motorcycle, this 2022 KTM RC 390 machine firmly plants its roots on the racetrack. Its features include race-derived styling and an impressive technology package. Between the handling characteristics and power delivery, the 2022 KTM RC 390 shows promise as a world racer with a well-established pedigree.
Mechanical & Structural Breakdown
The engine that runs the 2022 KTM RC 390 to its maximum effect is the proven 373 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke. This world-class churns out powerful performance through its revised engine mapping, improved torque figures, and a smoother, yet hard-hitting power delivery. Combine this with its new, ultra-lightweight frame design that saves 3.3 lbs (1,5 kg) over the previous generation contributes a performance improvement towards this model of the KTM RC 390. Because of this new style, the trellis frame and bold-on subframe help improve this machine's high-speed ability, as well as increase the rider feel. This brings about a faster ride, especially in its lap performance.
The clip-on handlebars feature 10 mm of height adjustment, which is designed to chase down lap times, as well as provide riders with a perfect setup. This makes it easy for the rider to adjust between racing positions and casual, everyday operations. The bodywork of the 2022 KTM RC 390 echoes the design of the KTM RC16 racer, taking the lead of its 2-wheeled racing in style, ergonomics, and inspiration of factory-inspired color options. In addition to these features, is also the all-new TFT dashboard that allows the rider to see all the most important information with an easy glance. This allows you, as a rider, to adjust what you prefer to see through its intuitive switchgear. The ambiance of the light adaptive sensor also allows the display to adjust light conditions automatically so that you can maintain optimal visibility, regardless if it happens to be night or day.
- 6-speed transmission
- liquid-cooled cooling system
- 32 kW power
- electrical starter system
- 60 mm stroke
- 89 mm bore
- PASC anti-hopping mechanically operated clutch system
- 373 cm displacement
- BOSCH Embedded Memory System (EMS) with RBW
- 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine design
- wet sump lubrication
- Bosch 9.1MP Two-Channel ABS (Supermoto Automatic Braking System)
- 320 mm front brake disc diameter
- 230 mm rear brake disc diameter
- Four-piston radial fixed caliper located at the front brake
- Two-piston radial fixed caliper located at the rear brake
- 520 X-Ring chain
- Steel trellis frame design, powder-coated
- WP APEX 43 front suspension
- WP APEX Monoshock rear suspension
- 66.4 steering head angle
The update of KTC's 2022 RC 390 not only shows new physical dynamics that make this supersport cycle appear more ergonomically friendly, but it also feels the same way according to the riders who have done the test drives. The narrower fit between the knees contributes towards a smoother ride movement with the largest possible contact area. This makes it easier to navigate the machine as it feels more intuitive. Match this with the optimized wind and weather protection, as well as the inner and outer body panels that direct airflow away, enables the rider to experience better heat management.
Despite the stronger bodyweight of the KTC 2022 RC 390 is 3.3 lbs lighter, the new fuel tank is larger, now holding 3.6 gallons when filled. There is also a 40% larger airbox located underneath it. Its new design and sensors improve torque and throttle performance as it moves into Euro 5 compliance, as well as more precise mapping. The new wheels also lop off 7.5 lbs of spinning, unsprung mass. And, as for the suspension, the 43 mm upgrade inverts an open-cartridge WP APEX fork up at the front that is adjustable for compression dampening on the left, which rebounds on the right. The single WP APEX rear shock absorber gives preload and five clicks of rebound adjustment. The 2022 KTC RC 390 is scheduled to be released until March 2022. With all the new lean technology used in the design of this machine, the 2022 KTC RC 390 is the first in its class to have this.
2022 KTC RC 390 Reviews
According to the first impression review from Adam "Chad" Child of Bennetts Bike, his attempt to review this bike was described as "interesting" due to the 2022 KTC RC 390's complete transformation. Overall, he points out there is no clear increase in the bike's power, but the other dynamics involved make it an impressive package. Child admits he enjoyed riding this version of the KTC RC 390, as well as its new look. TFLbike's YouTube review also explores in detail the 2022 KTC RC 390. One of the reviewers (Alex), who once owned the previous generation of this machine, admitted he was "super-stoked" to learn about all the new features going into this newer model.
Reviewers Alex and Kase both share the appreciation of the new racing-inspired color schemes, as well as its new bodywork. Between the weight reduction, redesigned braking system, and the new lean technology, there is great detail shared by Alex and Kase, which really helps any interested rider learn more about all the changes involved. As a starter track bike, they both agree the new technology involved should help the rider get the best possible value out of the 2022 KTC RC 390 Supersport bike. When Cycle World shared their review of KTC's 2022 RC 390 model, the first thing they mention is how it has been eight years since KTC first evolved their brand of superbikes to include the single-cylinder RC 390 model. The complete redesign for their 2022 model is the most significant yet.
According to the overall reviews revolving around the 2022 KTM RC 390, it seems mostly favorable. However, there are mixed reviews about the color schemes involved across various social media platforms. While some seem to appreciate the new racing style colors, others don't seem to be quite as impressed. But, when factoring in the performance reviews, this new generation of sportbikes coming from KTM seems to be an all-around thumbs up.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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