Ktm Rc First Ride Review

Since its debut in 2015, the KTM RC390 has represented the upper end of the spectrum of light sports motorcycles. Aggressively committed to its style and its race-ready brand promise, the RC390 has always been presented as a fun little track bike that also happens to be homologated for the road, offering enough comfort for everyday use. This has led the little KTM to receive praise in our previous comparisons on the track, but at the same time, this attitude has allowed the Kawasaki Ninja 400 to rise to the top as a better rounded bike in our last two comparisons.

Model: 2022 KTM RC390

For 2022, KTM has focused on transforming the RC390 into an even sportier and lighter machine.

+ Hen

  • Ultra-Fast Handling
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Ergos for older children

– Sigh

  • The transmission feels a little sloppy
  • The engine seems to have lost excrement from the ground
  • Quickshifter

In typical KTM fashion, the RC390 has been closely examined for 2022 and reworked for even better sporty and track-oriented performance. Hey, if you know what you’re good at, why not double down? And double Down has the Austrians. KTM has adopted many of the features and technologies of the 390 Duke, putting the two 390s on an equal footing. In addition, KTM managed to gain 7.5 pounds (!) with an unsprung mass thanks to new wheels and brake discs. The aerodynamics have been redesigned to offer better protection against the wind and better optimize the cyclist’s ability to move on the bike. The result is a physically larger motorcycle with a completely new look and a larger, differently shaped fuel tank.

Fittingly, we got a first look at the performance of the new RC390 on Streets of Willow, a 1.6-mile race track adjacent to the larger Willow Springs International Raceway. fortunately, we were able to convince KTM to let the bike take us home for a few daily trips in order to get to know the little RC better.

On the track

There really is no better place to find the limits of a motorcycle safely than in the controlled limits of the circuit. Not only was it my first time riding the new KTM, but it was also my first road race, and I couldn’t have asked for a better machine to learn the course on.

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