2010 KTM RC8 R Road Test Review- KTM RC8 R First Rides

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KTM RC8 R
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2010 KTM RC8 R – First Ride KTM the 2010 RC8 R superbike at Mazda Laguna Seca.

Photography by Wing

The wait is finally KTM is bringing the RC8 R to the U.S. I rode the new Austrian superbike at Mazda Laguna Seca in early I spent one full session on the RC8 early in the day to get a feel for the differences the 2009 and ’10 models and also to get a reference for the performance gains available on the R.

Cycle World has had opportunities to sample RC8s the past two years. In “Superbike (November, 2008), the KTM went with a Suzuki GSX-R750. recently, Road Test Don Canet rode a European of the RC8 R at the Oschersleben race circuit in for “Supersport Days” (August,

To take full advantage of World Superbike rules KTM decide to join that the R’s 75-degree V-Twin was bored 2mm for a of 1195cc; bore and … now 105 x 69mm. New lightweight pistons and connecting rods are fitted, and the heads have been and now feature 42mm titanium and 34mm steel exhaust Compression is 13.5:1.

On the track, the increase in horsepower and was instantly noticeable.

Driving out of Laguna’s Turn 6 uphill the Corkscrew is where the added was most noticeable. As Canet and I back in 2008, the RC8 has a light spring and requires a delicate At Laguna, R-model fuel was spot-on, but, once the light throttle required inputs to keep the bike especially while cranked at the apex of the corner.


KTM provides with the sale of R more progressive throttle-body but these were not fitted to the bikes.

Significant revisions to the transmission on the both standard and R have improved shift considerably. Gear changes slick and precise, and new, clutch springs improved when downshifting.

Updates to the provide better stability, the of which we complained about on the standard model. The 43mm WP fork features firmer and rides in a CNC-machined triple-clamp offset reduced from 34 to thus increasing trail 91 to 97mm. The shock uses a spring and revised damping for improved action.

KTM RC8 R

A new link allows 12mm of adjustment.

Laguna has a few bumps for the most part, the surface is An at-the-apex dip in Turn 6 and g loading at the of the Corkscrew were good for the suspension, but I never messed the clickers all day. Spring too, were ideal.

The R stable turning into and all the way through to the apexes.

Radial-mount Monobloc calipers squeeze discs that are .5mm than those fitted to the Modulation and power are excellent feeling like overkill. aluminum Marchesini wheels rotating unsprung mass by 2 and improve high-speed handling.

Every aspect of the rider brake and clutch levers, and subframe—is adjustable to suit preference. An informative dash a bright, programmable red shift stares at the rider from the Styling is a more consistent of finishes, improving the overall of the bike.

KTM is restructuring its U.S. Hopefully, this will less-expensive motorcycles. That be a good thing, because the RC8 R is the most potent and refined KTM we’ve ridden to date.

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