“A sports bike in its purest form. Agile, fast, suitable for A2 driving license and extremely sporty” is how KTM describes their RC390. But now, KTM have gone one step further with the their brand new release for the KTM RC390 R.
The ‘R’ of course meaning race, this KTM is literally “ready to race” with the 2018 model made with the exact purpose to race in the new World Supersport 300 series that runs with World Superbikes.
KTM UK announced on twitter that the RC390 R is a “homologated, limited edition machine ready for Supersport 300 Comepetition. So with such dedication to the 300 series, one would assume the KTM will be a title contender in the series.
KTM already tested the waters at the last round of the World Supersport 300 championship with Red Bull Rookie rider Omar Bonoli riding the RC390 R. They even had a fair bit of success, with the Italian securing a front row and a 5th position in the race.
But now, KTM have made the RC390 R available for anyone to ride on the road for a price of £7420.49.
But with the standard RC390 priced at nearly £2500 cheaper, what exactly makes the “R” that much more special?
With the same single cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts that standard the RC390 uses, the RC390 R produces a modest 44bhp. Which for a small A2 license road bike weighing 149Kg, isn’t too bad at all. However, why not spend £2k less on the same engine?
Well, the KTM390 R has a few more trick bits that give that race feel. To start off with, the R model comes with fully adjustable, tailor-made front and rear WP suspension.
To add to the “race” status KTM also added a new top yoke and handlebar kit, as well as a shorter intake trumpet creating a wider power band.
So if you’re looking for a small capacity bike with the “R” feel, the KTM may very well be a good place start.