KTM have been king of the 200-400 cc market courtesy of the brilliant RC and Duke Series of motorcycles offered in 200 and 375 cc variants. After a round of mechanical updates to sort out the initial niggles, KTM have refreshed the RC series and the 2017 KTM RC390 and RC200 have been launched in India.
A slew of changes have been made to the 2017 KTM RC390. A new ride-by-wire throttle system has been incorporated for improved performance. A larger 320 mm disk up front now provides improved braking performance. Adjustable brake and clutch levers have been made standard to improve the control ergonomics. The rider’s seat has 12 mm more cushioning for improved comfort. The electronics package has been improved with the inclusion of a new CAN bus for a centralised electronics interface.
On the engine front, the 375 cc engine puts out the same 43 bhp of power but torque is up 1 Nm to 36 Nm. The under-slung exhaust has been replaced with a side-slung exhaust both to increase the ground-clearance and make the motorcycle Euro-4 emission norms compliant. The paint scheme has been revised and is now UV resistant as well. The rear-view mirrors are now larger and more functional. The sum total of these changes has added about 4.5 kilos to the weight of the bike, which now is at 170 kg(wet). ABS remains standard as does the slipper clutch.
The KTM RC200 is mostly unchanged, except for getting a revised paint scheme with the UV resistant paint and being Euro-4 compliant. The thicker seat too is present. ABS has not been offered as a part of the update this time around.
The updated 2017 KTM RC390 and RC200 models were launched in India at a price of INR 2,25,300 and INR 1,71,740 (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The price of the RC390 has gone up by INR 11,000 as a result of the added equipment. However, the performance and sheer value for money for these machines should continue to drive sales.