Nepal – KTM RC390 bookings open
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Deliveries expected shortly.
The RC390 which was launched last month in India at an introductory price of INR 2.05 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) is being manufactured at Bajaj’s plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, which also rolls out the naked Duke 390.
With an edgy design highlighted by LED daytime running lights, an exposed trellis frame and a sharp tailpiece, the RC390 has sporty appeal in abundance.
Powered by the Duke 390’s 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-engine, the fully-faired trackbred sportsbike delivers an impressive (43.5 PS) 42.9 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.
The compact sportsbike is equipped with a WP telescopic fork (front) and monoshock (rear) suspension system. The 300 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes are governed by a Bosch ABS system while the wheels are wrapped in Metzeler tyres.
KTM has not announced the price for the Nepali market but high import duties won’t make it a bike for everybody. It remains to be seen whether the RC200 will also sell in Nepal.