The KTM Duke bike made its presence in Nepal for the first time in 2012. Since then, it has been a popular and most demanded sports bikes among the youths of Nepal. Recently, the authorized distributor of Bajaj Bikes and KTM bikes in Nepal, Hansraj Hulaschand has launched the latest model KTM Duke RC 390 in the Nepalese Market. The KTM RC 390 price in Nepal is RS 8,19,900.
KTM RC 390 Overview
All Duke and RC motorcycles are manufactured on the premises of Bajaj Auto, which is at Pune, Chakan and from there, they are exported worldwide. The KTM RC390 is a lightweight and the fastest sports bike in Nepal. It is a fully-faired version of its sibling, KTM Duke 390 with some minor changes to its chassis. The new model RC 390 has a side-mounted exhaust and an attractive windshield to increase its aesthetic appeal.
Engine & Performance
Featuring engine, there is not so much of change when compared to the previous model. New KTM RC 390 features a single cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled engine with 373.3 cc engine displacement. Latest technology used in this engine not only provides better torque but also has better performance when compared to the previous version. It can generate a maximum power of 43.5 Ps @ 9000 rpm and a maximum torque of 36 Nm @ 7000 rpm. Contactless, Controlled, Fully Electronic Ignition System With Digital Ignition Timing Adjustment is used in new KTM RC 390. With the use of Ride by Wire, it is guaranteed of smooth throttle response.
The new 2019 model RC 390 features a new adjustable clutch and brake levers. Additionally, the powerful EFI engine generates enough power that makes the bike powerful and the fastest KTM Duke bike in Nepal.
Designs and features
The RC 390 is almost similar to RC 200, in terms of design and features. The only noticeable difference is the color schemes. RC 390 has white fairings and the other has matte black with black side fairing. The improved aerodynamics give protection to the riders from the wind.
The bike also has powerful twin headlight, which provides excellent visibility in low-light conditions. It has a fully digital LCD display that gives you every bit of information that is required while riding a bike, including fuel gauge, engaged gear and service remainder information. The bike also has some extra features like ABS and slipper clutch, unlike its elder sibling, KTM Duke RC 200.
KTM RC 390 is built around a steel trellis frame, similar to the one in the Duke and the Suspension duties are handled by a 43mm inverted fork at the front and monoshock at the rear. The clip-on bars are perfectly positioned gives a sporty and aggressive appeal to the bike.
The seats are also comfortable and come with two-part seat for both rider and pillion. A seat height of 820 mm gives a comfortable riding position to the rider and the bike also has a bigger rearview mirror for safety reasons.
Specifications of KTM RC 390
Engine and Transmission
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, Liquid-cooled||Engine Displacement||373.3 cc|
|Max power||43.5 Ps @ 9000 rpm||Max Torque||36 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Lubrication||Semi-dry sump||Ignition||Contactless, Controlled, Fully Electronic Ignition System With Digital Ignition Timing Adjustment|
|Cooling System||Liquid Cooled||Bore & Stroke||89 mm * 60 mm|
|Number of Gears||6||Max Speed||166 km/h|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.5 L||Reserve Fuel Capacity||2 L|
|Mileage||25 km/l||Clutch||slipper clutch|
Brakes and Tyres
|Front Brake Type||Disc||Rear Brake Type||Disc|
|Front Disc Size||320mm Disc brake with the four-pot brake caliper||Rear Disc/Drum size||230mm disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake|
|Wheel Size||17 inches||Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
KTM RC 390 Price in Nepal 2019 is Rs. 8,19,900
As for the gearbox, it comes with a 6-speed gearbox. This latest KTM RC 390 features an advanced slipper clutch for a more smooth transaction. Not only that this slipper clutch opens when the torque becomes too high and assists when you open the throttle. When you hit the roads, the bike is very fast and in just 5.6 seconds it can go from 0 to 100 km. 166 km/h is the top speed of this bike which is very fast. With the use of new exhaust, the overall weight of the bike has increased but there is no compromise in the performance. Due to the new exhaust used, the sound produced by the bike is great and you will love it.
Talking about the fuel efficiency, the bike comes with 9.5 liters of a fuel tank. Overall, the bike provides an average amount of fuel mileage with around 25 km/l. One of the biggest changes is the Brakes and the braking system is great in new KTM RC 390.
The front disc is now bigger than the last previous model and this features more stopping power which is great. Front brake comes with a 320mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper whereas for rear brake 230mm disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs is featured. Handling has always been one of the top features of KTM RC 390.
Now with better ground clearance, the handling is even more efficient and comfortable. The seating position is a little bit committed and many riders may not feel comfortable. If you are a tall guy then there is no problem else it will take some time to get used to it.
Everyone loves the design of KTM RC 390 and it has been one of the major aspects of this bike. A major change in design is the new color scheme which makes the bike look even great and fresh. The overall design looks great and with a powder-coated steel trellis frame, the bike looks even more muscular and sporty.
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For the headlamps, a twin projector with auto headlights on is used and perfectly matches the supersport looks of the KTM RC 390. As for the Tail Light, it comes with classic racing look making it look even more dashing. Not only that, KTM has included some long-lasting protection in the fuel tank area with paintwork that is made from high-quality elastic base film.
KTM has targeted audience like that of Apple because the bike is expensive and preferred by the riders who want to feel the thrill of speed and performance. The bike is relatively expensive than other bikes available in the market, but the price is worth paying because of its sporty appeal and agile performance. Riders call this bike as “beauty and the beast” because it is beautiful and powerful at the same time. RC 390 is available in Black and orange color schemes and faces some competition like Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, Bajaj Dominar 400, TVS Apache RR 310, Ninja 300, Apache RTR 310, Benelli 302R and other similar bikes available in the market.
KTM RC 390 Review
Overall, KTM RC 390 is very powerful and great bike to ride. It is one of the best super sport bike you will find in Nepal with that price tag.