For 2017, KTM has updated its RC390 sports bike, with some new graphics and fairing, a bigger front brake disc and revised exhaust. This is in addition to various measures taken to make the 2017 KTM RC390 more rider-friendly, including span-adjustable levers, wider rear view mirrors and a passenger seat that does not resemble a brick, both in looks and comfort.

Now coming with ride-by-wire, the RC390’s single-cylinder, 373.2 cc liquid-cooled thumper is said to deliver smoother power via its six-speed gearbox. For Euro 4 compliance, the under-belly exhaust of the previous generation RC390 is gone, replaced by a conventional upswept exhaust on the right side.

Power for the KTM RC390 is claimed to be 40 hp at 8,250 rpm, based on the specifications for the 2016 model, and torque is rated at 32.9 Nm at 6,800 rpm. Wet weight for the RC390 is 165.3 kg, with fuel carried in a 10-litre tank.

Upgraded for better braking response is the front brake disc on the RC390 at 320 mm diameter, 20 mm larger than the previous model, with the caliper by Bybre, Brembo’s made-in-India price-point brake division. Other significant changes made to the 2017 RC390 include span-adjustable levers, something which most RC390 owners changed at the first opportunity.

No word yet from KTM Malaysia as to when the 2017 KTM RC390 sports bike will make it to our shores, but an inside source told us, “possibly, maybe, late next year.” The current model 2016 KTM RC390 retails for RM27,200, including GST, but excluding road tax, registration and insurance.