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2022 KTM RC 390 First Look Preview


The new and improved RC 390 is here for 2022. (KTM/)

KTM has pulled the wraps off its revamped 2022 RC 390 sportbike, which will be available in streetbike dealerships starting in March of next year. There’s no word on price yet, but the various upgrades are sure to push up the MSRP from its previous listing at $5,549.

The 2022 RC 390 gets an updated color TFT instrument display and a bevy of new electronic aids.

The 2022 RC 390 gets an updated color TFT instrument display and a bevy of new electronic aids. (KTM/)

The 373cc liquid-cooled single remains largely unchanged, however, a larger airbox provides more torque, as do improvements to the engine mapping. There is a new ride-by-wire system and the option of adding Quickshifter+ as an upgrade. A PASC anti-hopping clutch comes standard. The standard electronics package pushes the limits of the segment with Supermoto ABS, Lean-Angle Sensitive Cornering ABS, and Cornering MTC. As we spotted in the last round of spy shots, a new color TFT display provides all pertinent information to the rider in a tidy, easy-to-read package.

New bodywork is meant to give the RC 390 a racier profile and more aerodynamic efficiency.

New bodywork is meant to give the RC 390 a racier profile and more aerodynamic efficiency. (KTM/)

The exhaust canister is restyled as well, taking cues from the RC16 MotoGP machine.

Numerous weight-saving measures also feature on the new RC 390. These include new wheels that drop 7.5 pounds of unsprung weight over the previous edition. A new ByBre braking system shaves an additional 2.11 pounds and the revised trellis frame provides an additional weight cut of 3.3 pounds.

A larger airbox and revamped engine mapping promise more torque from the 373cc single.

A larger airbox and revamped engine mapping promise more torque from the 373cc single. (KTM/)

Riders will enjoy an all-new suspension package on the RC 390, with WP Apex kit outfitted front and back. The 43mm USD open cartridge fork offers 30 clicks of adjustability for compression and rebound settings and features new axle clamps and a hollow axle to help further the weight reduction of the bike overall. The WP Apex shock features rebound and preload adjustability.

KTM also revamped the bodywork and ergos of the RC 390. The race-inspired look is derived from the RC16, with revised body panels designed to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the bike. There is a new LED headlight out front and two new colorways to choose from. The rear of the bike is updated too for a more aggressive overall profile. The body panels can easily be removed so riders can fit more race-ready panels when needed.

KTM shaved lots of weight from the RC 390 with new wheels, an updated frame, and lighter components.

KTM shaved lots of weight from the RC 390 with new wheels, an updated frame, and lighter components. (KTM/)

The clip-on-style handlebars offer 10mm of height adjustment while a new seat comes with thicker foam for improved comfort. The seat cover is new too, with KTM promising better grip and durability in a variety of weather conditions. The side mirrors are foldable and new footpegs round out the ergo updates.

Riders will also get more fuel capacity with the 2022 RC 390 as it now packs a larger 3.6-gallon tank.

Riders will be able to get their 2022 KTM RC 390 starting in March.

Riders will be able to get their 2022 KTM RC 390 starting in March. (KTM/)

2022 KTM RC 390 Technical Specifications and Price

Price: TBD
Engine: 373cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single, 4 valves
Bore x Stroke: 89.0 x 60.0mm
Fuel Delivery: Bosch EMS w/ ride-by-wire
Clutch: PASC anti-hopping slipper; mechanically operated
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Trellis steel
Front Suspension: 43mm WP Apex inverted fork, compression and rebound adjustable
Rear Suspension: WP Apex shock, rebound and preload adjustable
Front Brake: Radial-mount 4-piston ByBre caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston fixed caliper, 230mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: 5-spoke wheels; 17 in. / 17 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.6 gal.
Available: March 2022
Contact: ktm.com

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