The KTM RC390 is getting a big update for next season, with significant weight reduction and some technical improvements as well.
Several mags have already run spy shots of the new RC390, so we knew it was going to get new bodywork. KTM says the new fairing has almost every panel re-designed, with GP-inspired styling, as well as optimized aerodynamics. The bodywork is also supposed to be easily removed and replaced for trackdays or racing.
It doesn’t sound as if KTM has made significant changes to the liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine; it’s still at 373 cc capacity, with DOHC setup, four-valve head and EFI. However, the airbox sees some changes, and KTM tweaked the engine mapping; this is supposed to make for more torque and easier rideability.
The RC390 slims down for 2022, says KTM:
The 2022 KTM RC 390 was developed with a focus on weight saving, particularly throughout the chassis. An all-new wheel design accounts for 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) of unsprung weight saving over the previous generation, while the new ByBre braking system saves an impressive 2.11 lbs (960 g). The frame, too, has undergone the knife with a massive 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) of savings.
With that much weight trimmed off the wheels, brakes and frame, riders should notice a significant improvement in the bike’s handling. The WP Apex suspension also gets a major refresh, says KTM; the USD forks have 30-click adjustability (for compression on the left fork, rebound on the right). The shock has preload adjustability, and five-way rebound adjustment.
KTM’s 390 series comes with a comprehensive electronics package, well outside anything else in the entry-level class. The RC390 continues this, with leaning-sensitive ABS and traction control, LED lighting, TFT screen and optional quickshifter.
The new RC390 should be in North American dealers this coming March. We have not seen MSRP yet, nor have we seen any indication the upgrades will spread across the rest of the 390 line—but it seems likely.