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Bigger and better KTM RC390 spied in testing

Published: 12 December 2018

Updated: 11 December 2018

Spy shots show KTM are testing a new RC390 that should bring it bang up to date and put it on par with the 390 Duke.

KTM updated the RC390 (for Euro4) fairly recently, but it was all a bit of a disappointment. Where the 390 Duke (which shares the same engine) received loads of updates, the RC was only given a ride-by-wire throttle and a bellypan. For 2020 though, it is getting a whole lot more.

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The biggest change externally is the all-new bodywork with a huge one-piece clear screen, something that is becoming a KTM hallmark. Behind that hides a new LED headlight plus a full-colour TFT dash: as seen already on the 390 Duke.

The screen looks to be much larger than on previous models, which should mean improved wind protection. There also appear to be larger fairings and a slightly bigger tank. All of those changes should make the whole machine a bit roomier for taller riders who have found the current RC390 cramped.

The subframe trellis appears to have been altered too but as this is such an early prototype, that may not be what we see on the final production model.

MCN also expects the RC to receive the updated WP suspension for an improved ride, new brakes and a more powerful motor.

The updates should make it Euro5-friendly (coming in 2020) and the revamped RC should also get the more refined gearbox from the Duke. With some strong competition in this part of the market from Kawasaki (Ninja 400), Yamaha (new Yamaha R3) and Honda (new CBR500R), KTM look set to strike back with this revamped RC390.

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