2010 KTM RC8R Comparison Track — Motorcycle USA

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KTM RC8 R Track
KTM RC8 R Track

2010 KTM RC8R Comparison


MSRP: $19,998

Weight: 443 lbs.

Horsepower: @ 10,600 rpm

Torque: 86.31 @ 8200 rpm

Quarter Mile: @ 139.8 mph

Racetrack Top Speed: mph

Superpole Best Time:

Overall Ranking: 6th Place

For the KTM RC8 ‘R’ is the Austrian weapon of We were able to ride the new KTM at a press introduction at Laguna late last year and away surprised by the sinister cat and that’s the bike KTM showed up for our Smackdown. With a solid setup for the Northern California Prix track and an entire day to with the new machine, we were to get along with it quite

This came as a surprise to us due to the performance the base RC8 delivered at the track earlier that No question the ‘R’ is worth the money when it comes to premier V-Twin sportbike.

to the base model, the ‘R’ a host of upgrades to make it racetrack friendly, including geometry, better suspension, monobloc brakes and fully-adjustable handlebars, footpegs, ride and more. In the engine area, a 2mm in bore bumps it up to 1195cc, lighter parts are used throughout.

Increased compression ups the significantly, turning what was an machine into a much competitor (for full see the 2010 KTM RC8R First Even so, come shootout most of our test riders it to be fun to hustle around the track still being on the slow end of the

KTM graces the MotoUSA Superbike for the first time in our history its RC8R. Peak horspower the V-Twin is 155.6 HP @ 10,600

“The KTM’s got a good, engine, though it’s not a fast superbike,” concludes “When compared to the others, it feels a little sluggish, and Kind of like an overweight kid on a it wants to run with the other but it just can’t keep

An area of contention was the sheer of vibration through the clip-ons. As as 5000 rpm the bars start and as the revs build the high-pitched only gets worse. And the Ktoom is a fun and emotionally-inviting machine to when mated to a fairly throttle, it made for a motorcycle required a rider’s full to go fast.

One of the riders that to figure the RC8R out early was “The engine just feel very fast. It off corners fine, but doesn’t very hard. The engine a lot and the on/off throttle transition is abrupt. It does free-rev making blips for downshifting

While there’s no question the RC8R struggles in the engine compared to the competition it faced Superbike Smackdown, considering is basically the first sportbike to be by the Austrian manufacturer, it’s to not give them some for even being competitive in cutthroat group. That’s short of a very tall and KTM is closer than most get on the first try BMW excluded, of course.

think the power output for first superbike was a valiant it’s just not up the other numbers,” Sorensen says. RC8R had good low- and torque, and then signed off on the top It had somewhat of a buzzy feel the end of its curve. But I think you will see gains in horsepower in future of this bike because are just getting started.”

RC8R makes solid HP and numbers on the dyno but struggles it comes to corner-exit acceleration at the

A glance at the dyno graph the riders’ feelings, as the KTM produced hp, which was the fifth of eight. It fare as well in terms of the data numbers, with the producing the lowest maximum numbers exiting both 6 and Turn 15 at 0.37g and 0.48g, Compared to the Ducati, which was the other Twin of the test, it 0.69g exiting Turn 6 and coming into the straight Turn 15.

Top speed down the front was at the bottom end as well, clicking off a of 143.1 mph just prior to into Turn 1. This to a max of 157.2 mph for the BMW, which was of the test.

At El Toro the KTM’s quarter-mile was a very fast @ 139.8 mph. This may not lit the world on fire in the context of competition, but that time is nothing to be ashamed of in the grand of motorcycling. It does compare to the other Twin, the Ducati Corse, which was only a quicker with a best of 10.01 seconds at 145.2

In fact, just a couple ago the KTM’s run would have enough to take the top spot, and to this day anything that to a 9-second pass is downright Unfortunately for KTM, it’s not a years ago. It’s and a 10.14-second pass was seventh-quickest.

truly amazing how quickly progress.

The lack of a slipper reared its head when hard, no surprise considering a big-bore Twin. Getting the corners required finesse and of the clutch lever, especially charging-in deep and grabbing

KTM RC8 R Track

The point of the KTM was without question its and the potential the suspension holds

multiple downshifts. This is exacerbated by a somewhat questionable The original RC8 was extremely vague when shifting, impossible to neutral when stopped and to hit false neutrals under acceleration and deceleration.

But KTM claims to addressed all this with a reworked gearbox for significantly smoother and easier gear And while we agree that it is it’s still belongs at the of this group.

Earnest that the KTM transmission is “much over last year. No missing downshifts.” Though adds: “I found the clutch to be a bit chunky; As in, first ‘kachunk!’ Second gear, and so on.”

On the other hand, the KTM has a respectable set of binders. The black monobloc calipers and steel-braided combined with a radial-mounted cylinder, equate to a substantial set of Due to pad compound the initial bite quite the best, but there was of feedback that makes for a user-friendly system.

In brake-distance it stopped from 60mph in 127 ft, the as Suzuki’s GSX-R1000, which put it in a tie for the spot. With the simple of some more aggressive that number would be shorter as the quality of the braking are top-notch.

Another redeeming for the RC8R is without question its The angular lines are stunning to and the matte black finish a a beauty. This motorcycle was top of the pile in the appearance category by the of our riders.

“The KTM is just an awesome, looking motorcycle in my opinion,” Hensley. “I couldn’t to ride this bike because it radiated a serious of cool. It looks like the Mad Max would’ve ridden if he’d a road racer. Out of all the motorcycles we this is the one that I’d like to post up on in the real The KTM’s got serious visual for sure.”

The ergonomics, however, a point of contention. Several had a tough time gripping the with their legs hanging off the bike. Combined the ultra-slick seat, one has to use a good of upper-body strength to keep dropping off the inside of the bike hanging off through some of the of Thunder Hill’s corners. was further exaggerated by the bikes front-high/rear-low stance.

We crisscrossed tape on the sides of the tank to it some impromptu grip, helped greatly but didn’t too pretty.

The KTM RC8R flicked side-to-side extremely quickly very little effort.

The overall size of the matte beauty, combined with a chassis with extremely shock, made for a motorcycle flicks from side to with ease. And while the of springs and valving gave us suspension troubles during the it makes for one of the few bikes in the group with some time tuning, has potential to be race out of the crate. Where most of the machine shocks are progressively and overheat after a few laps due to the temperatures of track riding, the truly gets a racing end with its WP shock.

The Austrian company’s tagline is to Race” and with some set-up work the RC8R be no exception. If you’re okay the quirkiness that is an exotic think Ducati from a few ago then the KTM may be right for you. And by no is that a bad place to be, it’s an unorthodox one. But considering is the firm’s first-ever sportbike, did an extremely admirable job to finish in position.

We can’t wait to see comes next.

KTM RC8 R Track
KTM RC8 R Track
KTM RC8 R Track


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