Mad but Magical; Fast but Friendly
It’s quite evident that the world has realised what a cracker of a performance machine the KTM RC390 is. But this time I’m not going to talk about its radical power or its hot-knife-through-butter kind of handling. This time I am going to stress the factor that aggressive as it may look, this bike is gentle and forgiving.
I’ve clocked 15,000 kilometres on this Austrian beauty and I must say that you can commute on a supersport. Yes, the lower set clip-ons and high seat make it a bit difficult in rush-hour traffic but that is like picking only the rotten fruit from hundreds of good ones. It has the race bike proportions, no doubt, but it doesn’t mean it cannot be your everyday bike. The more you trust it, the more it protects you thanks to the ABS and the super-sticky Metzeler rubber.
In the city it isn’t a big deal as some people make it out to be. KTM obviously figured out that not every rider who buys their product will go to the racetrack and in that sense the RC390 is a great road bike and an extraordinary highway maniac. Forty-four PS is all the power you need for a city like Bengaluru and the same power is enough for those fast weekend rides.
KTM have nailed it by making it a great race bike and an extraordinary road bike in the same setup. Kudos to them. All in all, if you’re looking for a supersport machine, look no further. KTM have got you covered. Rahul Allan, Bengaluru Dear Rahul,
Thank you for continuing to write in about your long-term experience of the KTM RC390. We are glad to read that you find so much joy and value in your machine.