127717_KTM RC 390 MY 2016

Some significant changes have been made to KTM’s middle-weight sportsbike, the 2016 RC 390. The model updates to the RC 390 were made with an eye on improving ride comfort, as well as bringing the single-cylinder sportsbike under Euro 4 compliance.

The biggest change has been made to the exhaust, which now exits on the right in the conventional manner, instead of being tucked away inside the fairing belly-pan. Ride-by-wire is also standard for the 2016 KTM RC 390, which will improve engine tractability, along with a slipper clutch that eliminates rear-wheel ‘hop’ and ‘chatter’ during hard down-shifts.

Feedback from KTM’s racing efforts has also seen the front brake disc go to 320 mm, from 300 mm, which will give the RC 390 more stopping power. Other changes made to improve rider ergonomics are a seat with more padding, adjustable levers and larger rear-view mirrors.

The KTM RC 390 has a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 373.2 cc engine fed by EFI. There is no change in the engine for 2016, with power remaining at 44 hp, and dry weight at 147 kg. The current model (pre-update) 2016 KTM RC 390 retails for RM27,200, including GST.