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KTM 1190 RC8

Test bike from: KTM (www.ktm.com.au)

Attractive would be the way to describe a high-powered superbike. But the sleek, orange lines of 1190 RC8 just keep my attention as I gaze at it over and again.

It is an attraction though, so I that would make particular bike attractive in a Eyeing off every piece of it front to back, the RC8 has my mind with thoughts.

As an avid bike rider and a big fan of KTM’s range, the Austrian manufacturer’s serious crack at on-road motorcycles has me eager to find out how it

The Super Dukes have all who have tried them out the years, although this is it. first assault at taking on the big in road riding’s premier category.

I’d never even a Super Duke before my on the RC8 at Sydney’s Eastern Creek in New South Wales, so my first of the RC8 when I hit the track are my first impressions on KTM’s on-road

Out of the pits and on to the track after the had warmed the roaring 1148cc V-twin engine in pit lane, I’m stunned at just how easy the is to jump on and have a blast on away.

KTM’s RC8 stands out in a

When looking at the bike in the pit I thought it would feel a strange as the seating position really low when compared to and fuel tank height, but on-board it all balances out to become a ride.

Tipping in to Eastern Turn Two, I’m shocked to my knee touch the deck and that is self explanatory of the low seat height of 805mm in form — the lowest of any bike in the

Its low seat height is joined by handlebars, while the footpeg is comfortable and set in a natural position.

Adjustability is the key with this as the actual ride height can be via the rear suspension linkage, the height can be moved up 20mm duel mounting holes on the subframe, the ’bars can be adjusted up or as can the ’pegs.

Your wish is the command as far as rider comfort

The standard set-up features the and ride-height in the lowest possible as are the ’pegs. The ’bars come sleeves in them that sit a touch lower than the clamps and it can be removed if you want higher or lower.

For a shorter like me, the low settings make the comfortable almost instantly. The RC8 is confidence inspiring from the beginning. It is obvious that the is designed with racing in (as proven by KTM’s participation in the 1000 FIM Cup) and it performs up to on the track.

Funnily enough, the low height and the way that it wedges the low in the cockpit kind of reminds me of Stoner’s Ducati Desmosedici racer.

The WP suspension performs on the smooth surfaces of Eastern 3.93km road race with the fully-adjustable rear taking everything I can give it and its Supercorsa Pro tyres.

Up front, the 43mm forks do an impressive job although the odd bump in the surface limited upset as the forks too quickly. More time to it in to my liking most likely cure this, but we will see at our upcoming comparo.

Its claimed weight of just 188kg fuel) makes it a touch than most of the other claimed weights, although the RC8 feel heavy at all and is quite and stable.

The adjustable WP steering mounted to the bike probably the stability and it is responsive to adjustments, as are the changes. Overall the chassis, features a chromoly trellis performs exceptionally well on

Brembo brakes are mounted and rear, with the Monoblock callipers mounting on to the 320mm proving to work superbly, as do on the likes of the 1098 range. The features a twin-piston calliper on a disc.

Sometimes upon braking into the turns, the slides big time as I slam on the although it remains in control and the responds greatly — quite as most twins like to be with the wheels aligned.

I KTM’s promotional video shows the RC8 sideways on numerous was a true indicator of the bike’s

KTM has opted for a twin-cylinder engine

a mix of the braking power, chassis and vast engine braking makes it want to move so much under braking.

As you can a lot of the components on the RC8 are the same brand as KTM has used and trusts on all of its off-road

One component that does out is the use of Marchesini wheels.

Engine KTM has created a motor which the bike in comparison with outstanding 1098 range, the bike’s specs and price matching it comparatively with the 1098.

On track, the claimed figure of 153hp and 89ft-lbs of falls just short of 160hp/90ft-lbs standard, and it is very Although the KTM is lacking slightly in the ranks, especially punch off of the its useability and power delivery still enable it to set blistering

I won’t be surprised if the bike is competitive at our upcoming track — especially with the less track riders onboard.

The comes on in a smooth manner low in the rev range and pulls to around — although the shift bright light can’t be missed at its of 9,500rpm. The impressive dash to 12,000rpm, although the redline is 10,500rpm.

Into the corners the KTM’s engine braking causes a drama, because as soon as you are off the throttle the engine brake like an anchor. This is on corner entry when brakes as the slipper-clutch helps the spin freely, but once where corner speed is I found the engine brake to in too much and slow me down far too

Some have experienced entering turns and finding neutrals when down-shifting, but I experienced that. The gearbox is notchy than its competitors, that KTM will most fix in the future.

The effect forces me to add a of throttle mid-turn, earlier I usually would, meaning I to be very precise that I give it too much. This a massive problem, although bikes do carry that bit of rolling speed through the

Speaking of the dash, KTM has almost covered with the groundbreaking unit. I say almost because isn’t a gear indicator, but sure is everything else.

separate road and race the race one the race mode I use at the track features laptimes and last), top speed, race and maximum rpm — all re-settable for each

The road mode features a distance indicator, fuel metre and air temperature.

Both have a handy service indicator, average speed and the such as odometer, trip time, engine temp Also featured are the usual and indicator lights.

That’s a lot of to take in for one dash, although adjustable by either touching the or by using a trigger-styled button pull with index or push with thumb) on the clip-on.

After my first dance at the an exclusive road test is to get a feel for the orange racer to me to sample it in the real world.

All of its solid track performance at it to be an awesome street bike, the neutral ergonomics of the RC8 slotting in as a top fully-faired sportsbike that is comfortable for longer rides.

and I tested that exact of the bike in a lengthy day run of over 600 with the RC8 proving to be as comfortable in mode as it is in performance mode.

KTM 1190 RC8

And really saying something, that mix between on-track and street comfort has been separated in recent years. The KTM is the versatile bike in the superbike today as far as the comfort/performance ratio

Back pains are minimal, strain is lessened and hand is put to bed — expect for the throttle hand, got a bit tired due to what feels a slightly heavy throttle.

The other complaint is that the seat begins to feel of hard after a long Overall, the ergos are good and the adjustability means that any size rider will fit and be

Reaction to the bright orange around the public roads was A standout in the crowd, KTM’s colour scheme is new and distinctive out and One time when I’m following and he is on the RC8, the KTM’s presence a group of bikers into a frenzy.

The cool-factor with the KTM is and it definitely is one of a kind at this The long vertical lights at the and rear are yet another feature of

Integrated front indicators the mirrors look good as although vision isn’t 100 You can see better than most, but a more length to each would have made a big I also experience slight during U-turns as my gloves hit the when on full lock.

The dash is a highlight of the 1190

As with the track segment of my the 1190 RC8 performs at its best on surfaces, proving easy to and manoeuvre while holding its exceptionally well.

Bumps it off line more than I’d like, unsettling the front and causing me to have to sit it up and run that bit wider. Some fettling help aide this.

it is small ripples in a corner or bumps in s straight line, the spring back in a quick forcing me to take action to it in full control on occasion.

The just like at the track, is It tracts to the ground in a manner inspires confidence with time on the bike — soaking up bumps and giving plenty of It does feel a touch than some bikes

Troubles with the gearbox through on-road more they did on the track, causing in shifting and selecting the right at times. It’s harder to get it into gear than even making it hard to get it natural at times.

Having the fully-engaged while up-shifting is important along with foot movement to get it done

It’s about the only flaw with the RC8 that out, essentially meaning KTM has done a wonderful job at its first attempt. It’s also to understand because the Super ’box is really good.

I expect this to prove a for long — whether KTM produce a part for this year or the gearbox for the next model, it be fixed.

Engine power is impressive in and although it lacks the outright of the Ducati 1098 on track, gap is less relevant on the open Its broad power likes to be between 3500 to 5000rpm, and I myself using fourth to gears the majority of the time.

At the gearing feels a little forcing me to shift back extra gear at times I would usually lag it in the higher Never mind though, an easy fix and personal preference.

The bark out of the engine is deep and via the underslung exhaust and is sure to almost anyone’s attention.

economy is quite good for a big using 6.7L per 100km a good mix of tight riding, roads and freeway riding.

a first effort of building a to go head to head with the bikes in the superbike category, KTM has a wonderful job. With handling and a solid engine, bike is here to stay and is better than some of its rival bikes.

A few refinements make it a little better, but from that it is a true in the class. The first model reveals a few minor glitches, but model is the first of what is to headline KTM’s growth in the market.

Game on for the boys in

KTM 1190 RC8

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