2024 KTM RC 390: A Stylish and Powerful Street Bike

Every year, the designers responsible for creating graphics for KTM's Factory Racing team face an interesting challenge. While their main objective is to design eye-catching graphics for race bikes, they are also aware that their work inspires future generations of street bikes.

This connection between racing and street bikes is evident in the latest paint and graphics updates on the 2024 KTM RC 390. Although it may not feature Red Bull logos, the combination of a deep shade of blue with orange is a nod to the long-standing partnership between KTM and the energy drink empire in racing.

Opinions on design are subjective, but personally, I prefer the blue scheme over the orange. The orange feels a bit overwhelming with its unbroken orange color. However, everyone has their own preferences!

Powerful Performance

The 2024 KTM RC 390 is equipped with a liquid-cooled, double overhead cam, 373cc single-cylinder engine. It boasts a claimed 43 horsepower and 27 pound-feet of torque. The engine features a PASC slipper clutch and a six-speed gearbox, with an optional quickshifter available. Bosch engine management ensures optimal performance.

It's important to note that the 2024 KTM RC 390 does not feature the updated 399cc engine found in the 2024 KTM 390 Duke.

Impressive Features

The 2024 RC 390 features a powder-coated steel trellis frame design and WP Apex suspension at both ends. The 43mm front fork offers 30 clicks of compression and rebound damping adjustability, while the WP Apex rear shock absorber provides preload and rebound adjustability.

With 120mm of suspension travel up front and 150mm in the rear, the RC 390 offers a comfortable ride. It also has a ground clearance of 158mm.

Braking power is provided by a ByBre radially-mounted four-piston caliper and a 320mm brake disc in the front, and a single one-piston caliper and a 230mm rear brake disc in the rear. ABS is standard, along with an adjustable front brake lever.

The 2024 RC 390 features lightweight wheels with an open hub design, offering a weight savings of 7.5 pounds compared to the previous generation. The fuel tank has a 3.6-gallon capacity, and the foldable mirrors are convenient for tight parking situations.

The clip-on handlebars have a 10mm height adjustability, allowing riders to switch between a more aggressive position for track use and a more neutral one for street use. The grippy seat cover helps keep riders in place, and the smoked windscreen remains a standard feature.

The 2024 RC 390 is equipped with a TFT dash that adapts to ambient light conditions automatically. It also includes traction control, cornering ABS, and a special Supermoto ABS mode.

Pricing and Availability

KTM sells its motorcycles worldwide, so pricing and availability may vary by region. For the most accurate information, it is recommended to contact your local authorized KTM dealer. The 2024 RC 390 is expected to be available through the authorized KTM dealer network in February 2024.