2010 KTM RC8 R Review — Riding Impressions and Review of the 2010 KTM RC8 R

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KTM 1190 RC8

Austria’s Superbike Sharpens its

The KTM RC8 broke plenty of new ground it debuted in 2007; not only did its bodywork set it apart from the competition (like the Ducati and soon-to-be-discontinued Buell 1125R ), it was the bike to stray from the brand’s predominantly offroad-oriented

For 2010, KTM delves deeper the genre with a gutsier, version of their radical behold the sharper, slicker, and more revolutionary RC8 R, priced at

The Goods: More Power, Weight, and Track-Ready Goodness

The RC8 R upon the paradigm established by the RC8 and more . Bored out 2mm (for a displacement of 1,195cc— still Superbike regulations), the 75 degree powerplant gets lightweight with modified connecting and titanium intake valves. The chamber is also reworked, and the are adjustable for race modification. The system has been revamped, and the has been improved for smoother while a slipper clutch has added, as well.

On the chassis front, the RC8 R’s WP components get TiAIN (Titanium Nitride) coatings. Stiffer damping settings and a slightly wheelbase are counteracted with trail to aid stability, while the monoshock’s spring rate is Braking duties are handled by disc, 320mm Brembo up front and a single 220mm disc, and the front discs are 11 thicker for greater heat

Weight is shaved thanks to new aluminum Marchesini wheels, are wrapped in Pirelli Diablo SP tires. A carbon front saves additional weight, and an WP steering damper is found ahead of the information-heavy instrument .

The RC8 R’s weight is 401.2 without fuel, and it’s has not been officially announced though KTM officials assert their pricing will be realigned (ie, dropped), in to stay competitive.

Swing a Leg Over: Adjustability

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Racing is all about the bike to the rider, and KTM has gone to lengths to make the RC8 R’s accommodating. The rear subframe can be 20mm, allowing for a seat between 31.69 inches and inches. Ride height has of range, and the clutch, brake, brake pedal and shifter are adjustable.

Although I didn’t adjust the RC8 Rs before I threw a leg them at Mazda Raceway Seca, I found the bikes comfortable during 20-30 lapping sessions. The RC8 R feels light when lifted off its and though the tank initially up against the rider, there’s like the thrust created by lb-ft of torque to tug you aft of the bike.

Once nestled into a new on the narrow saddle, you’re a unique view over the ; the instrument panel displays of information clearly, and a large, bright red indicator light on when revs approach the rpm redline. Most refreshing of After a day of riding the RC8 R, its footpeg/seat/grip felt comfortable enough to my wrists and arms from taxed. sure, my legs got a and the posture was certainly sporty, but I was at how the RC8 R’s natural ergonomics it easy to ride aggressively all

KTM 1190 RC8

On the Track: Light, Fleet, and

The RC8 developed a reputation for choppy injection mapping and a notchy when it was released two years but rolling out of the Laguna Seca pit on the new RC8 R quickly reveals those to be a thing of the past, with roll-on power and a slick-shifting

Merging onto the track past the Andretti hairpin, the RC8 R alive when you nail the on the short straight leading to 3. Power is surprisingly seamless as it towards the higher registers, in vibration at around 7,000 rpm and the front end relatively easily. Ducati’s big twin engine, the KTM feel unhappy at lower but it sure starts to sing as the rise. The exhaust note totally tame, but it doesn’t either; track day regulars be pleased to know that a Race Kit is available with valve timing, different head sealing, and louder pipes.

The RC8 R turns in with eagerness, revealing turn-on-a-dime that makes low speed a cakewalk. Controls are light, and is extremely effective— which in handy when setting up for the tight corkscrew (aka, 8 8A.) If the RC8 R has any surprises, it’s the of its performance— though its power is and its capabilities great, don’t the subliminal message conveyed by its sharp styling. The RC8 R proves and willing for almost anything, so as you treat its elevated limits respect.

End of the Road: An Impressive Package an Unlikely Source

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I’m fortunate to test many different and types of bikes at various of their life cycle, but the RC8 R is one of the KTMs I’ve ever a leg over. That said, I had heard about their suggested that they a strong product with a few edges to work out. My aboard the RC8 R revealed that rough edges have refined, leaving very to criticize.

At the time of this KTM hasn’t yet announced pricing for the RC8 R, and guessing it will remain planted in premium territory the company’s strategic price statement. Given its outrageous and communicative road manners— at based on my experiences at Laguna the RC8 R will be well worth its penny for those eager to outside of the Japanese/German/Italian superbike and try something new.

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KTM 1190 RC8
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