KTM announced today that the RC 390 and 390 Duke will be coming to America, with an MSRP of $5,499 and $4,999, respectively.
The Duke 390 has been a fantastic success in many other markets around the world and we're finally going to get to see what all the fuss is about. Both bikes are making their way to the United States for model year 2015.
I actually got a chance to sit on the 390 Duke today at the IMS show in Long Beach, Calif., and, let me tell you, it's quite the compact little package. Its presence at the show was a pretty clear indicator that it would find its way onto our shores, but the RC 390 was still pretty up in the air until the announcement.
The news that we'll be able to buy an RC 390 comes alongside the announcement that the bike will be used in a new spec-class racing series for young riders, as part of the MotoAmerica series.
Both bikes are powered by a 375 cc DOHC single which makes 44 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and 26 foot-pounds of torque at 7,250 rpm. The bikes each have a trellis frame and get WP suspension and Brembo brakes, ABS, and lightweight wheels. The 390s aren't a direct comparison to the Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha offerings in the suddenly hot 300 cc class, because of the KTM's higher level of spec and higher price. But I expect the KTM will be an absolute blast to ride.
Would you pay the extra $1,000 for the Katoom?