2012 KTM RC8 R New Bikes Info

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2012 KTM RC8 R

For 2011, KTM is simplifying its hypersport range. Exit the RC8 standard, only the R will defend the “orange”. But the real good news is that the price of this machine advanced down 4,000 euros!

To get the fare, KTM had to make sacrifices … Exit carbon parts, forged wheels, super-soft gums and other trinkets “that are running”! However, the RC8 is changing in depth on the motor, with the arrival of masses of different crankshaft, dual ignition, an injection mapping improved with a “mapping” as a function of fuel used ( 95 or 98 ), or of a sensor on the gearbox torque to manage the downshifting. Ultimately, this is 5 bedrooms and a half m.kg gained.

A chassis almost perfect

Chassis side, amortization is revised for more flexibility on the road, with a hydraulic damping weighed less and greater latitude for adjustments at the plate. This does not change, it is the position, and that’s good for adults! This machine is undoubtedly the most welcoming of the category, and when the basic ergonomic adjustments are not appropriate, there is always the possibility of adjusting handlebars, footrests, seat and trim.

From the first warm-up laps on the circuit of Valencia ( Spain ), the original Dunlop SportSmart quickly reveal their limitations. That “glissouille” gently into corners on the brakes, and the massive engine torque output demand dosing millimeter of the right handle to avoid through! Fortunately, after the “heat” of rigor, we can begin to return the bike.

Exercise is always so pleasant, its overall balance remains his master asset. At no time frame is deficient. Nosewheel precise guidance, and powerful braking Assayable, stability and traction out of corners: we Katoche the charm and comfort, and more!

The test of a machine mounted on Dunlop D211 GP Racer will only confirm the excellence of the chassis near perfection.

Engine: some defects remain


This is more toward the mechanics there to complain about. Despite technical improvements and the horses advertised, the lack of twin Reach: we often find ourselves in switch. Its linearity character clears a bit and shifting on the fly is still weak (the speed lock badly at times), despite a selection review at the external command.

But do not exaggerate, there is plenty to have fun, and this block will always be more temperamental and “communicative” a 4-cylinder Japanese, even if it is civilized age. It vibrates far less than the first blocks LC8 and its mapping is now smooth and precise, a very good point for road use.

Verdict. Beautiful, powerful, generously provided by nature and original, the KTM RC8 R is a good bike that is fun to drive. Its price, if its level of equipment, is at the level of competition. Free customizable mapping engine, ABS traction control switched off or the RC8 is the last representative of hypersports “old”.

It’s nice and Moto Mag, it also defends this policy simple. But at the stopwatch and (or) the security, the Katoche pay “cash” …

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