Love/Hate my 2017 RC390 is great stock but pretty damn amazing with a few mods
I am a 50 year old rider who rode a lot as a younger guy, never bothered getting my open license but rode plenty of bigger bikes. Years went by and i felt the urge to ride again. I could have gone with a secondhand 990 superduke, a triumph street triple... you get the picture. But for some reason known only to the gods of two wheels, I bought this little racebike. I rode it stock standard up until the break in and it was fine... no dramas and fun to ride, I kind of felt it ran out of poke on the freeway (highway) and it was so light that big tr...ucks really gave the little bike the wobbles from wind buffeting. The main reason I bought it was the price, it was a new bike that cost half of what the nearest unrestricted competitor cost secondhand. I also read the reviews and found quite a few people saying that people riding bigger bikes would still find a lot to like in the RC. I did the following performance mods, cat delete pipe Power commander 5
Brilliant looking bike, powerful 372cc motor, very easy to ride, great value for money
As a beginner rider, I originally wanted a Ninja 300 but got this 2016 KTM as a good deal from a friend and the looking of this bike really caught my eyes. It's done 1600kms when I got it, I found it's very easy to ride, gives me a lot of confidence in the corners. As a LAM approved bike, it really put smile on your face when you twist your right wrist, powerful 372cc motor has a lot of torque and it just love to rev. It has ABS as a standard feature, backlit switches (something you can only find in those top-end touring bikes), digital instrum...ent cluster and slipper clutch. What I really love is it looks awesome and an absolutely head turner on the road, something you'd not expected from a LAM bike. But it just like other single cylinder bikes, it's a bit shaky when sitting in the traffic, and the fuel tank is so small means your visit to the service station is very often. The cooling fan roars almost all the time, seems like normal for this model, a bit of suffer in the summer as the hot air blows straight onto legs. Also the exhaust is hidden inside the body right below my right foot, and it doesn't sound the best compare to other twin or 4 cylinder bikes. Also the handle bar is a bit lower than other LAM bikes and it can be a bit tiring after long trips. Overall I love this bike, I think it's great value for what you spend, and what I heard Moto 3 is actually racing with this engine so that explains how powerful this engine is.
2017 ~ 2018 RC390
Don't mistake this for the 2014 ~ 2016 model.
It has added extra and better value for money.
I was looking for a quick get around bike with the capacity to be able to do a few cheeky track days
and upon searching numerous reviews and write ups.
I decided to go for the KTM RC390 2018 model.
- What's new on 2017+ models
Bit of a let down
When I originally looked for a bike to get back into riding, this was the bike I wanted. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to test ride one but I was given the chance to do so this week which I of course jumped at.
Being 6'3 and in my mid 40's I found out pretty quick that long rides on the RC390 were not going to be an option as it pushed me forward into a pretty aggressive racing position and if you want that then it is great but it definitely didn't suit me. Secondly I had anticipated a punchy street racer and what I got was an ave...
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