2008 KTM RC8 Super Streetbike

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Five years in the and it’s finally here. The eagerly awaited V-twin since the Ducati 916 is alive, but it kick?

A ground-up, all-new piece of paper superbike around once every if that. We know how radical it from seeing the ads and Internet we know it’s a high-revving 75 V-twin; and we know KTM makes mental motorcycles and paints bright orange. What we want to know is how well it

KTM chose the extraordinary Ascari in Ronda, Spain, for the launch of its new It’s privately owned by a millionaire and rented out to race and the well-heeled for test days this. Set into a natural of granite valleys and lined by groves, it’s impossibly and the perfect place for a launch of importance.

The track is fast, and very technical, and KTM took the step (in launch terms) of every journalist his own bike for the This … of genius that we all got at least 3 hours riding on the road and then

There’s a stark simplicity to the The frame is old-fashioned steel, basic, weighing only 15 The rear shock linkage is a of art and there’s easy access to it takes just 2 minutes to the rear ride height, and a wheel can be swapped out in half time. It looks like is missing, but nothing is, says the creator, Wolfgang Felber.

And the RC8 has been built to go racing. We go World Superbike racing, is no question, continued Wolfgang. is a steep learning curve for us as we are new in the racing business and we don’t where we will finish.

But we learn.

Superstock kit parts be available for the RC8 immediately after its mark of how serious KTM is about its and, more importantly, the

There’s something refreshingly about both the staff at KTM and the new The row of 40 parked RC8s looks enough, and I’d forgotten how the bike looks. In white, a work of art. In orange, so.

The angular plastics, sky-high unit and imposing lines the RC8 stand out a mile from the silly, plasticky looks of a superbike.

Sit on the RC8 and you get a further reminder of its origins-it’s big. You’re not into position as you might be an oriental sportbike and you don’t ridiculous if you’re 6 feet or more-it’s a proper man-sized

Hit the starter and the motor snatches life before settling a steady warm-up. It’s a throaty burble, but most of the comes from the airbox as the exhaust is a distant rumble We can’t wait to hear an RC8 with the open Akrapovic that will be supplied as of the Power Parts kit.

I elected to ride the RC8 on the road and the track later. The bikes tight-mine only had 100 miles on the therefore the power curve was than even KTM intended. three grand all the way up to the 10,000-rpm the RC8 pulls strongly and without any dips in the power curve-just a torrent of horsepower that stops when the shift blazes and you feed in the next

Shit, that was fun. I’ll do that again.

And off we headed into the mountains west of Ronda, me all over the of the RC8, feeding in massive of throttle, the KTM tearing off enormous of Spanish road as we went. I braved a glance at the speedo-256 What’s that in real

160 mph? Damn.

V-twins catch you out-you never like you’re going when you are, and the 150-horsepower RC8 has this stealth speed to new levels.

On fast point-and-squirt the RC8 is a demon. Much of this is to the exemplary chassis and suspension and the near-perfect balance. Physically a big bike, but it stops and turns a GSX-R750. The roomy ride means the RC8 is simple to throw and the quality of the WP forks and rear are beyond question.

They’ve got highly damped squish you only get with top-end units, with loads of from either end. In set-up the RC8 isn’t especially but it’s incredibly neutral and a gentle shove on the bars have it dropping into, and holding, any line you choose to

You’re right over the of the RC8 and it feels direct and plugged in to the Through a series of fast the KTM allows you to scythe through any fear of tankslappers or skittishness. keep your eyes on where you want to go, wind the in hard and early and the RC8 blasts the next bend.

But here’s the on the road it really doesn’t that fast to ride. no doubt that the tight weren’t helping, and the smooth delivery does a fantastic job of the speed, but for riders looking for brutal, yee-har V-twin surge, it’s surprisingly I was expecting the RC8 to be the superbike version of lunatic 990SM, a rough, beast of a thing. But while it wheelie all day it’s not the berzerker you expect.

This RC8 is far more than that.

It’s on the that the KTM really comes Maybe it was because the track were looser and more run in, but Ascari’s curves the RC8 was fantastic. the motor singing between and 10,000 rpm, the bike is fast.

There’s a flat from the pipe as the RC8 hustles the track, the stepless power allowing you to feed in the throttle as as you dare exiting corners. For the the KTM techs raised the rear height and the RC8 dived into with indecent haste. I had to up my game to stay with the

Body position is far more on the track than it is on the road, and the of the RC8 (and everything is fully means you can just clamber one side to the other with freedom, pulling the bike on top of you in corners.

The Brembo brakes are and mash the front tire the tarmac on the way into corners and you to leave your braking as late as your ride allows. However late you trust me, the RC8 can brake later.

The from the cockpit is excellent. The designed dash gives you all the you’ll ever need a glance away. There are two and race-that give you everything fuel range and tire to data acquisition and lap times.


comprehensive and very clever. But is a mere aside when riding the RC8 on a track-all you’ll be on is riding faster and harder, lap lap.

There is, however, a on the landscape. The gearbox, specifically first and second, is a bit-how I put this-temperamental. To the point where it out of gear three times on the and on the track I had to keep my toe under the lever coming out of Ascari’s hairpin just to keep it in.

Like all new sportbikes the RC8 is geared to the pulling an easy 75 mph in first, and that puppy jumps out full throttle it doesn’t make you jump. Nearly journalist on the launch had this and KTM admit it’s an issue. It was head-on by the staff at the launch an unerring honesty, but using the 990 in this new engine was always to be a tall order. (We’ve heard that KTM has pushed production back a few weeks so hoping it’s got a quick fix up its

It’s fair to say the RC8 represents a step forward for KTM. a huge gamble for the Austrian unknown as it is for sportbikes of this but it’s a gamble that’s off. It would have so easy to produce some lunatic wheelie machine would have appealed to a lunatic rider and nobody

A bike like this have had a limited shelf and become a curiosity, another orange bike from off-road dudes.

But the RC8 is a hugely superbike with many model variants to come and a future ahead of it. When the 916 first came out in 1994 it just over 100 horsepower. it was finally replaced in 2002, it 125 hp, and there had been 12 different and countless Limited Editions.

So it is with the RC8. KTM has huge for this bike, from in World Superbike to an S-model year and a super-expensive homologation slated for 2010. To come out the most explosive and exclusive of its RC8 for this first model leave KTM anywhere to take it the next decade.

The wait has worth it. The new generation of road who demands high performance user-friendliness gets everything he while the committed headbanger be leading the fast group of his on the best-looking bike out there.

Box — 2008 KTM RC8


Two-cylinder, 1148cc, four DOHC

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