KTM RC 125, 390 updated model spied for the first time, India launch

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The next-gen RC 390 will likely revert to an underbelly exhaust, like the pre-2017 bike.

KTM took the wraps off a significantly overhauled RC line-up just a few months ago but these spy photos indicate that the Austrian bikemaker is already readying a next-gen RC line-up. 

  1. Side-slung exhaust ditched in favour of an underbelly unit
  2. Engine might grow to 399cc 

Next-gen KTM RC 125, 390 spied: details

The next crop of small-displacement RCs seem to be drawing design inspiration from the recently-spied twin-cylinder RC 990. Gone is the layered fairing design and insect-like headlamp unit, replaced by a more conventional single-layer fairing and a slot-like headlight unit. 

This update will not be restricted just to the cosmetic side of things and there will likely be significant mechanical changes as well, visible in the form of a ‘gullwing’ swingarm, side-mounted monoshock and a redesigned engine casing. The design of the engine casing seen here appears to be similar to the recently spotted next-gen KTM 390 Adventure, although it isn’t identical, indicating that KTM is still fettling with the engine internals. There have been rumours of the 373cc mill growing to a 399cc unit and this will especially benefit the RC 390, which is raced in the lightweight category in the WSBK SSP300 class as well as the MotoAmerica championship. 

Mechanical changes are also reflected in the underbelly exhaust collector box, as opposed to the side-slung muffler on the current RC 390. The bikes spied here are rolling on super sticky Pirelli Supercorsa SP tires, a feature that’s likely not going to be carried over to the production-spec bike. The wheels appear to be the same units as the current-gen RCs. Also seen here is the braking hardware’s move to the right side from the left, as on the current model.  

The next-gen RC 390 will be based on the third-gen 390 platform that will debut later this year. Traditionally, the RC follows the Duke a year later, but the heavily updated RC 390 only broke cover last year and the ADV too has been out since late 2019. Hence, it could be the next-gen ADV that will go on sale after the Duke, especially since its spy photos of that have been doing the rounds for sometime now, while this is the first glimpse of the new RC. 

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