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The Katoom - Ownership report
Apr 09, 2014 - 7:32 AM - by Sid
Hi All
I got my 390 in Jan 2014 and as of now clocked about 4200kms.
So I thought it would be nice to keep posting about the experience and fellow users could update as well.
Long post, so might be pretty depressingly boring to some!

I dont believe in babying the bike during running in and usually be somewhat gentle with stints of RPM bursts. So this is how I did it and on covering 320kms got the engine oil changed to Motul 15W50 7100 fully synthetic oil. The magnetic drain filter did have good amount of metal shavings.

The first free service was done at 1200kms and a change of engine oil, oil filter, cleaning up of the air filter and brake pads were done.

Initially, I felt that there is intolerable amount of heat with the short inter-city commute, especially with fender to fender traffic. But now, after 4k kms, I think the heat level has slightly gone down but sometimes still gives me of wearing a just ironed out trousers.
Adjusting to the gearing was another challenge I faced. Am not used to
the short gearing the KTM has since my RE allowed me liesurly shifts without the need for high rev shifts.
But after I got used to this, am actually enjoying the racy nature of the engine. However, puttering in 1st is a pain since there is not a great amount of torque available and the heat builds up pretty fast.
I usually shift into second on reaching 20kmph and 3rd at 30kmph.

The LED brake and turn signal lamps are good - very bright and lower power consumption as well, add to it the long life of the bulbs hence avoiding the usual chore of replacing the incandescent bulbs often.
Headlamp - well this one is a bit of a disappointment to me. The 60/55W lamp doesnt inspire much confidence for speed runs in the night. I could only dare speeds of 110kmph without being scared of rear ending onto the vehicles ahead of me.
The digital console is pretty neat, wish they had a big analog tachometer though!
It does not have any faults unlike a few others who reported of wrong readings and the meter dying down while riding. However, since the past couple of weeks, I notice that if the gear shift is not precise, the indicator on the console assumes the vehicle is in neutral and hence speedometer displays 0, even when on the move.
The gear linkage needs adjustment, perhaps.

ABS - good.
Am I happy after all these kilometers? NO.
Reason being the front brake(I rely mostly on the front) has lost most of the bite and I would have to pull in the lever so hard that the lever almost touches my gloved finger on the throttle.
Not good at all.
Rear brake is still going strong but am not really keen on using more of it.
So I am getting to think if I need to bleed the front brake and see if that improves. But again, I did hear this from a lot of 390 owners and frankly do not understand how the brakes would lose the bite so early.

Fuel efficiency
During the run out of the showroom, I read the FE to be 18kmpl.
Now, the city commute gets me about 24-27kmpl and the freeway runs yeild about 30-32kmpl.
I dint buy this bike for FE anyway!

The engine head gasket had to replaced at 3k kms since the stock one started weeping oil.
Now, yesterday, I see that the area around the spark plug cap on the engine head cover has oil smeared all over.
The mechanic says its nothing major - I am pissed off.
Oil filter cover usually starts a slight oil weep after running hard and long.
Chain slap - actually annoying. Even minor irregularities on the road cause the chain to hit against the swingarm and the chain is not really slack.

Modifications done
- Changed the horrible handlebar grips - got a set of Givi grips. Its so perfect and I never got an aching palm after this change.
- Fabricated a luggage... [Read More]
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As the RC Gets Closer...
Mar 06, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by sandy mary
... Details begin to make themselves available and speculation ramps up.

So far we definitely know that the RC390 is going to see different ergonomics from its parts donor the Duke, as well as a new tuning map. Initial speculation has the RC390 making 43 hp, which is identical to the Duke, the difference should be in the delivery.

Its also likely that the RC390 will make use of a stiffer suspension set up than the Duke 390. Now I don't know if that will mean simply the same components reconfigured or if we could see wholesale replacement of the important bits?

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer had this to say at Auto Expo:

“We are a fast-growing company, not only with our products, but also with the joint products of Bajaj Auto out of India. We had a record year in 2013. We expect to carry forward the momentum with our full-faired RC motorcycles this year as well. The Indian market is so big; it is expected to be the biggest market in the next couple of years as we are eyeing sales of 50,000 units.”
As for details, new spy shots give us our first look at the RC's dual projector headlamps as well as its fang like DRL's...

cabin fever is becoming a real threat at this point...
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My 390
Feb 22, 2014 - 6:23 AM - by Dan1
Now that I have spent some time with the bike I thought I would do a bit of a review on it.

Parts Quality:
Hand Controls - There what you'd expect and have all the buttons although you can tell they will eventually cause you trouble.
*Start Button, already become tempermental where it requires to be pushed in a certain spot.
*High Beam, can be annoying and a little cumbersome to dip down at times with gloves on.
*Indicator-Horn-Flasher- Emergency Kill, all positioned well and have had no issues.
*Clutch, its heavy but feel is ok. It could do with some adjustment as engagement is at the very begining of the stroke.
*Accelerator, originally I had planned to change the ratio and I still might although since installing the PowerTronic it wont be as aggressive as originally planned. In standard trim its way to long and causes you to double grab for full throttle.

Digital Display - I like the display and have no problems with reading it at a quick glance. There have been some comments regarding the small RPM tree being hard to read but I figure if your busy looking at it then you shouldnt be on it.
One problem with it is the condensation that happens underneath the glass protector screen, it can make it impossible to read and is something that needs to be sorted out. It also blinds you when the sun hits it.

Foot Controls - A lot of free play in the gear selector linkage. The linkage rod seems lightweight and is something that will be replaced sooner than later.

Suspension - This is one area that really requires attention, the rear is terrible and Im reminded of replacing my shocks in my old 77 Holden ute, while the fronts become so soft after a while that you get roughly 60 to 80mm travel when you jump on the front brakes. Still undecided which way im going but theres a few ideas being thrown around.

Brakes & ABS - Im not really a fan of the braking system, the fronts are up to standard "just" but they dont perform like they should and the rear becomes so unsettled with the smallest ripples in the road that Im always asking myself why do I have the ABS on. I have sorced parts to replace the masters and rear caliper but the 80mm front is throwing me at the moment.

Wiring - Connections and wire quality is good and has a fair few connections Ive never seen before but I like. The downfall is theres a fair amount of it and its routed and mounted in some weird places. It does what its supposed to do but a quality custom loom would go a long way in cleaning the mess up and removing some weight.

Nuts and Bolts - you wont be needing a Torx kit for the 390, pretty much every nut and bolt is what you will find down your local Bolt shop. I reckon this is a good thing as I will usally be able to get out of trouble.

Seating - The seat is pretty stiff and the first day or two will leave you a little sore but if you ride all the time it will soon be forgotten. Having said that Im on the look out for the Ergo seat even thou I ride every chance I get.

Lights - Low beam can be pretty poor in the unlit areas while the high beam is pretty good. Will look at changing these in the future but are not something that needs addressing.

Tyres - So far I have been happy with the M5's except under heavy engine breaking when the rear likes to get light very fast and in the wet they can occasionally become doughy with little feedback from the front. A bit more questioning has got me thinking its road temp regarding the fronts in the wet as they handle differently at the different altitudes I travel through.

Theres not much I can say about the mechanical side of things as everything works well and as it should, I... [Read More]
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RC390, Testing Begins
Feb 03, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by sandy mary

Also, RC's are to be priced 15-20% higher than corresponding Duke's...
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Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 14:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment


Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel Front 150 mm
Suspension travel Rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs - diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs - diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” (520) X‑Ring
Steering head angle 65°
Wheel base 1,367±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 170 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 800 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 11 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 139 kg

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.

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