IDM Motorex KTM RC8 R Test Fast Bikes

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IDM Motorex KTM RC8 R Test

Moby at December 1 2011

IDM is the German championship. KTM is Austrian. Team had one mission – to beat the BMWs and the title.

KTM’s RC8 R has always synonymous with hedonistic skulduggery, yet grids worldwide been bereft of orange-flavoured In truth, the RC8 just hasn’t got the to compete with the four brigade under FIM rules, but the remains among the elite in the There have been a few at running them in Euro and BSB, but the KTM has never reached its potential.

Meanwhile, over in Germany, the factory has been some serious effort and into winning the IDM Superbike And they did, with Martin Bauer onboard, up the companies ‘Ready To Race’ KTM were so ecstatic, they us to thrash the title-winning RC8 R after the round at Hockenheim.

Oh go on then.

As you can imagine, the grid is with S 1000 RRs and wieners, but the favour KTM with a production-based – so no engine tuning, except mods and free roam exhausts. The camshafts, pistons, and heads must remain and valve timing can only be via cam gears. IDM ruling allows a in head gasket.

That’s lot. But, being a team, every internal can be selected from a medley for the balance, aka blueprinted.

It’s a narrative for chassis work. a small semi-detached in Croydon be substituted for 16.5-inch rims, forks, and Kenny Roberts seen on full-blown Superbikes, IDM use fork outers, swingarms and size wheels. The only for exquisiteness are electronics and use of carbon

WSB-spec electronic package the Magneti Marelli dash

Before letting us loose on the goodness, KTM had to change the exhaust on bike. IDM changed the noise to 115dB, which ain’t far off a soundtrack. And due to the ‘test’ day landing on a trackday, the slightly more 105dB twin-exit system was

For obvious reasons, and simplistic aside, this is the most RC rolling on rubber. Taking advantage of the open electronics, KTM use Magneti Marelli (like the of WSB teams), so dash, wiring and rider aids – launch traction control, and you could set your Sky+ with all the onboard. Engine braking, one of the that could improve on the bike, is looked after by the butterflies slightly, coaxing you the turns with confidence.

than your average of buttons to press…

As I ausfahrt the pitlane, it’s for a Superbike to feel so closely to its road-goer. The bars are wide and set high but there’s clear here, and the 17-inch rims alienate handling beyond bike recognition. Jeremy was also at Hockenheim.

He’s highly influential in the development of the and warned me of just how … the is. Jezza is one of the honest faces in the paddock but there may have a little sense of KTM ‘commercialism’ There wasn’t.

Whatever settings Martin Bauer’s has installed, they need on KTM’s road bikes. NTEC slicks invest confidence from the off anyway, but never, ever ridden a with as much mechanical from the front. It was like I was the lawn with an old-skool chucking the thing wherever – good job, as Hockenheim the easiest place to learn.

Not only does it steer neutrality but you can also bet your on the front like no other. And I trail braking like a GP God into a turn. Fully the bike weighs 180kg and poised and ready. WP forks owned) boss the front but an shock is used to support the The WP’s action contributes to the of the nose, super-progressive and as if I’d set them up over the year.


The balance on and off the is sublime, and activates the weight in all the places, at the right time.

The standout feature of the factory RC is the and just how slick it is. KTM boxes are renowned for being made of When I quizzed the crew about the complete lack of neutrals and the super-liquid action, he put it to the quickshifter and “the main of meticulous assembly and optimum of production tolerances”.

Basically, picking the premium for a slick box.

Burying it a turn with the front on hard, the fork at the

bottom of its – don’t try that on your bike

The motor itself, is unmistakeably an RC8, just a healthy dose of ‘roids KTM claim 190bhp, which far off when you consider Martin doesn’t get smoked by the 200bhp+ on the straights. KTM admit that, at circuits, they were down on terminal speed.

The has a broad spread of power, at the bottom for instant hit during exit (backed up by TC), and the keeps churning at the top-end.

If and The A-Team combined to make an RC8 R, Bauer’s Motorex KTM would out of the magic shed in heaven. she’s straight out of the factory, but handy work and the IDM rules it’s one of the friendliest superbikes out yet still a ballistic riot. to see the Austrians in WSB and BSB very soon…

Words: Alastair ‘A-Force’

Photos: Courtesy of KTM



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