2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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KTM 1190 RC8

2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First

Though its better known as the of kick-… off road motorcycles, KTM has had fans waiting anxiously for the of its newest land rocket, the RC8.

One of the most hotly sportbikes on the planet for 2008 from a primarily dirt oriented company in Austria. KTM is the literbike waters with the RC8 which it recently unveiled at Ascari racetrack. Our overseas from MCN were on hand for the big and sent this report in an bottle across the Atlantic.

KTM’s superbike is no longer a concept bike, but a real that you can actually buy come for a competitive £10,695.

Thankfully, waiting five long since the concept model was revealed, this 1148cc cylinder superbike has retained its razor sharp styling. The bold design suggests an of outrageous aggression which was exaggerated by the adrenalin packed video we were shown at Ascari racetrack.

With all the endless hype and reputation for producing focused, quality motorcycles like the Duke 990, the RC8 already had expectations to live up to. Could it catapult KTM into a new superbike Or would it merely prove to be a impressive first attempt for the manufacturer.

The answer is yes. Yes, it’s a brave, move for KTM and one that’s destined to be received. But the stunning RC8 was definitely not the I was expecting to ride.

The second 990 twin-cylinder engine has been overhauled to produce a brand new powerhouse for the (Race Competition) Consequently, the RC8 revs 1000 rpm than the 990 engine, and although the power is useable and completely it doesn’t feel as aggressive or as as the styling and hype had suggested. also a slight abruptness in the delivery at around 2000 rpm in the few gears.

It’s certainly not as as Buell’s first attempt its 1125R twin-cylinder sportbike, but it is during slow speed

Thankfully, as the day progressed, so did my understanding and of the bike. The engine’s actually a tractable lump. Despite the video and lack of the heart-in-the-back-of-your-mouth that I’d braced for, the engine’s flat curve offers a steady, power that’s harnessed in a comfortable and manageable bike. as welcome as a friendly smile and as easy to live with.

The RC8 may gained the early and unfounded of being a wild animal, but in it’s an obedient, house-trained It’s just one that and sounds like it will rip leg off.

The second generation of 990 twin-cylinder engine has been to produce an updated 1148cc with a fairly linear

As long as the road’s not too pitted, the glides round bends and the tarmac as eagerly as I devour And the riding position’s surprisingly especially considering the bike’s and competition (Ducati’s 1098 for On road or track, I had ample to move around the 805-825mm in.) seat or lay flat on the litre (4.35 gal.) without my six foot frame even the slightest bit cramped. The sharp rear and lack of hooks needn’t deter intent on touring or carrying either, as KTM has thought of everything and enough after-market parts to you to use the bike exactly as you wish.

Although it’s far more to the road than we’d led to believe, the adjustable handlebars and vibrate if you let the revs build. not as fierce as Buell’s new 1125R and the mirrors (which compare the Ducati1098’s in pointy-pointlessness) vibrate to the of being amusing. They uncontrollably when steaming at motorway speeds, and unfortunately graze your knuckles trying tight U-turns.

The RC8 is sophisticated. You can adjust the ergonomics to both your riding and your demands, (As long as you what you’re tweaking and why tweaking it) and the state of the art Zadi dash displays both and race information separately, but it has one trip meter and no gear

While the Brembo brakes are good, the gearbox is frustratingly A line of beautiful RC8’s Ascari’s pit lane, and as each mounted, turned the key and selected gear, there was a resounding from each bike. I managed to find an unwanted on more than one occasion on road and track, and usually first and second gear.

I to taking Ascari’s hairpins in to avoid the snatchy fuelling, of the green light appearing on the and the subsequent and disconcerting free-wheeling of an false-neutral. But you can manage the gearbox’s by adjusting the gear lever so input’s required from left foot and by being firm with each selection.

However, the steel which is built in-house in is superb. It’s super-light and is as light as a 250GP frame. with the adjustable WP suspension, the behaves as though it’s an of you, rather than you to fight a machine with a (and direction) of its own.

In that respect, the handling’s the best I’ve experienced and the suspension settings, which KTM stiffens the bike’s front and and builds confidence faster Barratts builds homes.

KTM 1190 RC8
KTM 1190 RC8

we know that KTM’s RC8 hit American soil until fall, but here’s some ride impressions from our overseas to whet your until you can get your hands on the deal.

I had wanted the RC8 to be a superbike, a KTM that are made of and that piggy are broken for. And it is — in a There’s the wonderful gnarling from the hidden underslung the faultless handling, superior stunning styling and quality

But there’s also the raw gearbox, buzz, subtle snatchy and a hard-to-reach side stand.

The RC8 probably prove to be more more rider-friendly and far more than the Italian (or American) And its styling’s enough to entice to the showroom on looks alone, in its white trim. Plus save a fair few pennies on the price over a Ducati

But if you’re really after kicks and a bike that you tame it before it spanks … red raw. well, another discussion entirely.


Engine 1,148cc 2-cylinder, 4 V 75-degree

Power 152.49 bhp @ rpm

Transmission Six speed

Ready to Weight 188kg (414.5 lbs fuel)

Seat Height

KTM 1190 RC8
KTM 1190 RC8
KTM 1190 RC8
KTM 1190 RC8
KTM 1190 RC8

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