KTM RC390 updated for 2017

Published: 12 July 2017

KTM have announced a host of changes for the 2017 RC 390 sportsbike, including a new ride-by-wire throttle, side-mounted exhaust and power assist slipper clutch.

KTM say the new ride-by-wire throttle provides smoother acceleration from the 373.2cc single-cylinder engine from anywhere in the rev range. The new ride-by-wire throttle system is also claimed to improve fuel efficiency.

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Past models of the RC390 have always featured an underslung exhaust, but for 2017 KTM have replaced this with a more traditional side-mounted exhaust to meet with the tighter emissions laws brought about as part of Euro4.

The single front brake disc has increased in size by 20mm to 320mm, and it's gripped by a Brembo-developed radial four-piston caliper. ABS is again supplied by Bosch, while the new power assist slipper clutch will help control the bike during aggressive downshifts.

When it comes to ergonomics the RC390 also gets a few changes. The clutch and brake levers are now adjustable, the mirrors are wider - for a better view of the road ahead - and the pillion seat has been redesigned to offer improved comfort.

The new model is already available in dealers at a price of £5,099.

Here's what Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves thought when he rode the original RC390 in 2014.