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KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition

2010 KTM RC8 R: MD First Ride

is racing, right?

Seriously, you see a fast guy, odds are be fast racing anything: flat-tracker, go-kart, sportbike. of us are just fast, and some of us. we have a good time and look like total

KTM is a fast guy. The Austrian has built a reputation as a builder of machines designed for the fast to buy so they’ll be sure to win. recently, the orange machines dirt-oriented, except for some racers and the street-single Duke and II. But there are some situations having more than one is what it takes to win, so KTM a line of V-Twin streetbikes to them.

And just a couple of ago, the Mattighoffen crew an orange-clad superbike out of their with handling and performance to the best Italy or Japan had to And though the RC8 has been run only in superbike racing (KTM on tackling WSB in 2011), it’s well enough in magazine and comparisons to have a reputation as a desirable piece of Euro-exotica.

But KTM is not one to rest on its laurels, so for 2009, the showed the RC8 R. a higher-spec version of the Too bad that bike wasn’t in the USA, and even the standard RC8 was available as a special-order item. it’s taken an entire but now the RC8 R is ready for America, with upgrades that make it the wait.

The RC8 R gets a lot of changes the standard RC8. Project Wolfgang Felber’s team up the motor, giving the 75-degree a two millimeter overbore for 1195cc 1148cc) of displacement, plus head gaskets, trapezoidal (that spread the load on the piston pin, allowing compression and more power the same reliability) and reshaped to boost the compression ratio a point to 13.5:1.

That power output to 170 hp (from at the crank, with 90.7 of torque at 8000 rpm. actually 5 hp better than the RC8 R. Not enough motor? Three kits offer more the Club gives you 180 hp, the Supersport 186 and the Superbike bumps you up to 190 hp.

The transmission for bikes — R and standard RC8 — was upgraded for with improved shifting and the hydraulic clutch gets springs.

The chassis is also more The chromoly trellis frame 5mm less wheelbase and 6mm more (via reduced triple-clamp to make steering more without sacrificing stability. The are Brembo’s fearsome monobloc calipers, with 320mm thicker than the standard for more consistent braking under extreme conditions.

The are forged Marchesinis, 2.3 pounds shod with Pirelli Supercorsa SP DOT race tires. a quick-change, rear axle swingarm stand spools are and almost every interface the rider is adjustable: the bars, subframe, ride height and the leverage the rider needs to on the shift linkage.

It’s all to be easy to live with, “we hate bikes which a lot of time to work on,” Felber, and his devotion to righting wrong borders on obsessive: bolts secure the R’s carbon fender, compared to six on the standard and the street parts like turn signals and rear strip off in minutes. This of track-ready adjustability is what KTM is for: “we want the rider to it perfect, like your own says KTM P.R.

Manager Thomas Kuttruf in his Austrian accent (and I like to point out that Felber said-I’m not making up-”ve vant to pahmp opp” in that same I maintained MD’s reputation for professionalism by not giggling). Besides, in California, we got used to Governor accent a long time And I’ll further point out I have mad respect for a project who carries about 20 mph more speed into the Andretti than this writer, the back tire as he then shuffles his Superduke R through two

More of the RC8 is built in-house other European brands: KTM WP, which lets the company up development and have more over how components are designed. high-level petrol-heads and don’t to share,” said Kuttruf. KTM makes its own frames, a task relegated to outside contractors Verlicchi.

The R is wrapped up in angular that looks more a concept bike than a machine. A higher racing replaces the lower item on the bike, and street amenities road-going instrumentation and an anti-theft key keep it civilized. The track (the rider can toggle street and race displays) a lap timer.

KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition

The bike weighs in at just pounds with the 4.4 gallon dry.

I could go on and on about the details, but we all wanted to get out on the track and There to show us around Seca’s 12 famous turns was the Barber Superbike School, led by Haney and his crew of gifted including factory Yamaha Jason DiSalvo and desinger/racer Czysz. I had already ridden the RC8 with this crew in I was eager to see how much better the RC8 R

The RC8 is remarkable not for being fast, and smooth-which it is-but for feeling well balanced and easy to That’s what makes it a teaching tool for the Skip program, and the R makes it better. The builds power smoothly, easy shifting and no surprises.

the ’09 RC8 could be a little rough, the engine bits for the 2010 R made it much smoother, still spinning up to the powerband as fast as a two-stroker. The fueling refined even at low rpms, is precise and easy, and there is more than I could hope to use at a tight, technical like Laguna-everywhere, in every

With the extra wind afforded by that high it’s easy to go way too fast on straights and blast into much faster than my comfort level allows. where the grippy tires and powerful brakes save bacon.

Handling and suspension the motor’s power. The ride is cushioned and controlled than year’s RC8, with a neutral feel. Cushioned? Heck, this bike is comfortable . a feeling heightened by the saddle and low pegs.

But the pegs for at least four different thanks to a clever system of sacrifice cornering clearance: on the low setting I didn’t hear of any complaining about scraping or feelers. And if Chris Ulrich you can bet I didn’t either.

Yes, to the 21st century, where recognize that to go fast you not suffer from Marquis de ergonomics. Nice, huh? The RC8 R, and the RC8 are exactly what a sportbike be: a transparent instrument to help you your skills.

I can’t really pass judgment on this bike I put more miles on it — preferably with the Ducati 1198S and other Euro-superbikes (and can you in some round-trip tickets to — but at $19,998 ($16,498 for the RC8 and $23,998 for the Akrapovic and Red Bull models) a lot of machine, more than bike for the highest-level enthusiast to his or her skills and be the terror of the trackday.

KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition
KTM 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition


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