Some advantages may be gained by increasing speed when riding a sluggish bike. What’s more, you can say a lot about riding a slow bike that can pick up the pace when needed. We’re talking about the KTM 2022 RC 390 Sports Motorcycle, perhaps the best entry-level sport bike on the market.
KTM 2022 RC 390 Sports Motorcycle – Features and Specs
The RC is built on a KTM single-cylinder engine that displaces 373.2 ccs, and it is equipped with several advanced rider-assistance features. The new ride-by-wire system has better engine mapping, throttle maintenance, traction control with many settings (the “Spin Adjuster”), cornering ABS, and an optional Supermoto ABS. You can get the most out of the RC 390s 40.2 Hp and 24.4 lb-ft of torque thanks to the bike’s slipper clutch and the quick clutchless shifter. Using an aluminum exhaust pipe and stainless steel headers, the vehicle emits a deep, rumbling sound. The six-speed transmission still requires some focus, even with the quick shifter, but it does an excellent job of spreading the power around.
The light clutch pull facilitated all the shifting, and a Rekluse clutch is an option for the adventurous. With a 320mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc with Bosch two-channel ABS, the braking system was quite powerful and responsive. WP Apex suspension at both ends helped keep the RC 390 planted solidly to the ground.
You may modify the clip-one to suit your needs, and there are additional features for track time and lane splitting on the drive back. The shifter, brake pedal, and seat have less range of motion, so if the egos don’t fit, the rider will need to make adjustments or install aftermarket parts.
But the final result is a lively and flick-able canyon carver, great for fast laps over Topanga or Angeles Crest. When traveling at high speeds, the motorcycle seems much lighter than its 342-pound dry weight. The RC 390 is relatively easy to maneuver; it spins as if being pulled by a string, and its name might be a clue that it’s controlled by radio.
Moving quickly is a lot of pleasure. Gilbert easily reached and maintained speeds of 100 mph on the circuit. Even on a heavily used freeway, it may be challenging to keep this man’s pace inside the limit.
The RC 390 is also rather fashionable, with its KTM orange and black paint job and unexpected hints of cerulean blue recalling the look of the KTM RC16 factory racer. Some other bikers gave me the “Hey, what is that?” look. Several shiny anodized supporting components stand out. In contrast to its moving speed, it is relatively slow when standing still. The design is audacious; the headlight disappears into the body when turned off, and the taillights are so small they seem like the ember on a cigarette. The whole of this bike is designed to showcase its track-bike roots.
That genetic makeup may be challenging for riders like myself who aren’t particularly young, minor, or flexible. A firm suspension is achieved throughout all settings. It’s hard to relax on this chair. Tight rider triangles exist. Even if you can tuck your knees into your chest when riding, the foot pegs are still low enough that you could scrape the ground in the corners. While the mirrors seem nice, their position towards the bike’s center doesn’t help with vision in the back. Since it was an afterthought, the pillion seat provides about as much support as a hatbox.
Perhaps it’s best to take things gradually and in modest quantities. I averaged 60 and 62 miles per gallon when driving the RC 390 on short, errand-like excursions. It can hold 3. 6 gallons of liquid.
KTM 2022 RC 390 Sports Motorcycle – Price
As a beginner, you can get on the RC for only $5,799, and it’ll be easy to learn how to ride and handle it quickly.
KTM 2022 RC 390 Sports Motorcycle – Technical Specifications
|Power in KW||32kW|
|Clutch||PASC™ anti-hopping clutch, mechanically operated|
|EMS||Bosch EMS with RBW|
|Design||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|ABS||Bosch 9.1MP Two Channel ABS (Supermoto ABS)|
|Front brake disc diameter||320mm|
|Rear brake disc diameter||230mm|
|Frame design||Steel trellis frame, powder coated|
|Front Suspension||WP APEX 43|
|Rear Suspension||WP APEX – Monoshock|
|Steering head angle||66.5°|
Just as with everything else in life, the final verdict on this motorcycle may rest on the individual rider’s hopes and expectations. In contrast to the 890 Duke and the 1290 Super Adventure, the KTM 2022 RC 390 Sports Motorcycle is neither a stallion nor a draft animal. Equidae, or a pony. But this pony has a lot of bounce.