2022 KTM RC 390 Image Leaked
Official photographs of the new KTM RC 390 appear to have emerged online after months of spy shots.
Official photographs of the 2022 KTM RC 390 appear to have been leaked online. We’ve already seen a few blurry glimpses of the impending next-generation KTM RC bikes. And with them, a plethora of intriguing details have surfaced.
For starters, the new RC’s front suspension fork tops appear to have adjustments — not one, but two. Each fork top has one adjuster, one red and the other white. This is identical to the international-spec KTM 390 Adventure, which has adjustable front fork compression and rebound damping. As a result, the new RC 390 is anticipated to have the same adaptability. As with the international-spec 390 Adventure, the rear suspension is expected to offer preload adjustability and maybe rebound damping.
This raises the question of whether KTM will offer this suspension adjustability in India, or if they will remove it as they did on the 390 Adventure.
Next up is a huge display, which is probably certainly a TFT like the 2022 KTM RC 390’s. This would imply a clear and informative screen with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as turn-by-turn navigation and phone and media playing controls.
The design is identical to what we’ve seen in spy images so far, but in this ostensibly final colour palette, it looks much nicer and more proportioned. The front fairing around the headlamp appears to be made of carbon fibre, but this is most likely only a finish, as the RC is unlikely to obtain true carbon fibre at this price point. The windscreen appears to be a touch taller than the current RC models. The two little lights on the headlamp’s side are most likely indicators, but they could possibly be used as pilot lights.
The seats are now split sections, and while the rider perch remains sporty, it appears to be flatter and more padded, both of which the existing RC390 need.
The top triple-clamp has been replaced, as have the clip-on handlebars, and the rear subframe has been replaced with a bolt-on one. The clip-ons appear to be taller than on the present bike, which should result in a more comfortable riding position, while the subframe’s bolt-on design should make inadvertent repairs easier and less expensive (should it bend or break in a crash). The new wheels are shod in Continental ContiRoad sport-touring tyres, which are the same as those found on the 890 Duke’s international specification.
The seats have been separated into two portions, and while the rider perch remains sporty, it appears to be flatter and more padded, which the current RC390 requires.
The top triple-clamp, as well as the clip-on handlebars, have been replaced, and the rear subframe has been replaced with a bolt-on version. The clip-ons appear to be taller than those on the current bike, resulting in a more comfortable riding position, while the bolt-on style of the subframe should make unintended repairs easier and less expensive (should it bend or break in a crash). Continental ContiRoad sport-touring tyres, which are the same as those on the 890 Duke’s international specification, are fitted to the new wheels.
While the initial reaction to the 2022 KTM RC 390 was lukewarm, these new images should be able to turn the majority of people around. After all, KTM appears to have addressed some of the current bike’s main consumer complaints, such as seat comfort and engine heating, and the new appearance looks pretty appealing in its final form, with more than a trace of the original RC8.
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