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KTM RC 390 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Comparison

KTM RC 390 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

KTM RC 390 Price starts at Rs. 2.44 lakh which is Rs. 36,707 costlier than Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 priced at Rs. 2.07 lakh. The claimed mileage for the KTM RC 390 is 25 kmpl where as the claimed mileage for Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is 30 kmpl. In technical specifications, KTM RC 390 is powered by 373.2 cc engine where as Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 is powered by 499 cc engine. KTM RC 390 is available in 2 different colours while Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 comes with 5 colours. 65% users have chosen KTM RC 390 over Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 in a survey being conducted on zigwheels.com. Compare KTM RC 390 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 on the basis of price, specifications & other features.

RC 390 vs Thunderbird 500 Specs Overview

Specs/Features RC 390 BS6Thunderbird 500 ABS
Price Rs. 2.48 lakh Rs. 2.07 lakh
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, FI, DOHC Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Spark ignition, Air cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 373.3 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 43.5 PS @ 9000 rpm 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 4.65s
Mileage (ARAI) kmpl ... 30 kmpl
Wheel Size Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Alloy Spoke
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Speedometer Digital Analogue
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 Valve, Liquid Cooled, FI, DOHC Single cylinder, 4 stroke, Spark ignition, Air cooled
Engine Displacement (CC) 373.3 cc 499 cc
Power (PS@rpm) 43.5 PS @ 9000 rpm 27.57 PS @ 5250 rpm
Torque (Nm@rpm) 36 Nm @ 7000 rpm 41.3 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Emission Type bs6 bs4
Bore 89 mm 84 mm
Stroke 60 mm 90 mm
No Of Cylinders 1 1
Drive Type Chain Drive Chain Drive
Valve Per Cylinder 4 2
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Ignition ... Digital Electronic Ignition
Compression Ratio 14.5:1 8.5:1
Transmission Type Manual Manual
No Of Gears 6 Speed 5 Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Disc
0-60 kmph (sec) ... 4.65s
Mileage (ARAI) kmpl ... 30 kmpl
Suspension-Front WP-Open Cartridge USD Ø 43 mm Telescopic Forks
Chassis Steel Trellis Frame Single Downtube, Using Engine As Stressed Member
Suspension-Rear WP-Monoshock Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload
Tyre Size Front :-110/70-17, Rear :-150/60-17 Front :-90/90-19 Rear :-120/80-18
Wheel Size Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-482.6 mm,Rear :-457.2 mm
Tyre Type Tubeless Tube
Radial Tyre
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Alloy Spoke
Optimum Tyre pressure (Rider) ... 22 psi
Dry Weight 166.8 kg ...
Length*Width*Height 2145*760*830 2060*790*1205
Wheelbase(mm) 1340 mm 1350 mm
Length 2145 mm 2060 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 178.5 mm 135 mm
Height 830 mm 1205 mm
Seat Height 820 mm ...
Width 760 mm 790 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 9.5 L 20 L
Tail Light LED LED
Front Brake Diameter 320 mm 280 mm
Rear Brake Diameter 230 mm 240 mm
Pilot Lamps ...
LED tail lights
Turn Signal Lamp LED Bulb
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel
Body Type Sports Bikes Cruiser Bikes, Tourer Bikes
Body Graphics ...
Starting Self Start Only Kick and Self Start
Seat Type Split Split
Pass Switch
Speedometer Digital Analogue
Handle Type Clip On ...
Tachometer ... Analogue
Trip Meter Digital Digital
Average Fuel economy
Distance to Empty ...
Low Fuel Warning Lamp
Clock
Low Battery Indicator ...
Stepup Seat
Low Oil Indicator
Passenger Footrest
Projector Headlights
Passenger Backrest ...
Cooling System Liquid Cooled Air Cooled
Console Digital Analogue and Digital
Odometer Digital Digital
Mobile Connectivity ...
Standard Warranty (Years) ...
Standard Warranty (kilometers) ... 10000

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Recently Asked User Questions

Q. Which is better KTM RC 390 or KTM 390 Duke
  • There is no doubt in this tht KTM is highly reputed company but I want to share my experience, I have ktm rc390 and have done hardly 29000 km on it. You can check me service records, all services are before time.. but my bike has started leaving black smoke. It has just done 29000km and leaving black smoke. It's engine oil level decrease drastically.I have give my bike in ktm service station, total cost is above 50000 Rs. That too it l take month to get repaired. Once u have purchased this bike, there is no good support from KTM. Every one is just looting money from you. You can just imagine the quality of engine which starts burning engine oil just after 29000 km.
  • My bike is ktm rc 390 ...Why i choosed this model because first of all i think rc is looking more musculr than duke ...if we look at its specifications both rc and duke having the same except its handling and ride postureBefore rc i had r15/pulsar 220 both are more or less same on its riding posture and handlingIf we look at duke its a staright sitting naked bike And i test drived once at that time i felt its little hard to ride in traffic means to do very tricky to make a fast manoeuvre rest in highways it gives a good rodong posture with no back pain or shoulder painThen also why i choose rc my mainly because of its handling and look
  • Both are powerful performance bikes...they are made to do drift or race..drift bi Duke 390 with supetmoto mode in which you can unlock rear abs for drifting lowers..can be used for short commute not touring..Rc 390 is a proper race track beast for leaning in the track..ultimate midrange..handling...which one is better? buy according to your needs...but Duke does all what rc does and more with supetmoto mode...
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Q. Which bike should I go for, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 or 500X
  • It's too good bike for touring or for occasional riding and for us mileage is good for 500cc 32kmpl and in dis the great thing is royal Enfield suit power exhaust only not only silent vibration
  • Several sites will provide you comparison charts of one against the other. both have SAME engine. BUT ,TBX has 1. tubeless tyres.2. alloy wheels3. ABS4. straightened handle bar 5. fresh look with the two tone colours ( if you are a chrome lover then tb is your pick) as TBX exhaust has no chrome. it's black. choice is yours. Happy riding.
  • If u r ready for a good maintainace cost go for it Only riding a 500cc bike in city wont be a good choice the mileage comes down to 22kmpl. Choose wisely
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Q. Which is best KTM RC390 or Kawasaki Ninja 300
  • Writing my thoughts assuming you are going to use the bike in city and daily commute.Yamaha R3....Most Reliable, Fuel Efficient, Comfortable, can be used for city commute as well as for touring and has a very linear power delivery. It is little costly than the KTM RC but cheaper than the Ninja. But you can use it as long as you want it in your garage and will give you a better resale price as well. For Ninja, it is not at all reliable, and comes with a lot of maintainence cost - ride it or don't ride! Also its not a VFM machine. It is comfortable and little fuel efficient, but lacks service convenience as compared to Yamaha.For KTM RC, not at all comfortable, it is way too track focused and I assume you don't live on tracks here in India. Not at all a reliable machine and will stay good for a couple of years (can't ignore it's manufactured by Bajaj) and will show its ageing after that with service costs and sudden breakdowns. It is the cheapest sport bike out there in that range, but is certainly not the most ideal chose to make.
  • Rc390 is fun bike for short rides. But it heats a lot in busy traffic. I do agree with you about service and spare parts of ktm bikes. But if you live in capital cities like the Delhi, lucknow, Mumbai, pune etc then you don't have to worry about ninja bikes too. Ninja will always last longer than ktm. And you will get mob attention too while riding. Ninja is always a premium bike. Enjoy this, it requires handling with care! Also, you would love to see ninja 300 beating Rc390 in terms of top speed
  • Both have their pros and cons...refinement is flawless in Ninja and there are no vibrations as it's a parallel twin setup. RC has a very aggressive seating where as Ninja is very comfortable...In terms of after sales service and spare parts, KTM scores as Kawasaki service is very expensive
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