So… I went for a test ride on a KTM RC8 — PistonHeads

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After taking advice you guys, on Saturday I went to ride a KTM RC8 with Bracen KTM in I had only ever seen of the bike and I wasn’t massively with the looks. First were very simple no Ducati” I went into with Andrew and Will the guys who proceeded to relieve me of my licence, credit card and all the of my junk before handing me the to the RC8.

The first “… on impression was really quite it felt extremely “Mille in stature and with me being short in the leg I was on the balls of my feet but easily and comfortably get one foot and one up on the peg no problems. With a quick of the key the dash flashed alive. You are bombarded with information. say it’s a complicated setup but once you have figured out everything is its easy enough to

The dash gives you everything your regular rev counter the top of the digital display, to speed, range and tyre pressures. The two gears are setup in a similar to most other bikes on the today. My only gripe is there is a “Lap” button control’s your dash right smack bang you would expect the horn to be, the horn offset slightly to the

Your “Track Hero’s” find this a problem but for every day road rider it a bit of getting used too.

instinctively pulling in the clutch I the starter and the bike thumped to Even with the standard system, the 75 deg 1190cc V-Twin sounded immense and revved with a few quick blips of the (which is lucky considering KTM sole distribution of the Akropovich which they have at an utterly credit crunching of -2000). I reached for the side with my heel, but it was just out of so made a go of it with my toe.

This managed to get the side up, but clonk the bike into at the same time, stalling it.

Out on the open road the RC8 is astonishingly for what appears to be such a bike. I was out riding for just two hours and I got off with no aches or what so ever – coming GSXR1000K3 which caused me to a small fortune on chiropractors time I rode her, a massive breath of fresh I have read a lot of articles by people complaining about the low “choppiness” of the bike when around town or through Ignore them.

It’s no where near as bad as make out. The RC8 is a little bit on occasion but nothing worth when you consider that it is a 1200cc V-Twin sports

When the bike gets up to the first thing that immediately obvious is that the RC8 is fantastic to steer. It drops corners very predictably and a very linier nature. it a firm push on the bar and the bike in kind, putting you on the deck than anything I have ridden.

Very quickly I myself feeling connected to the and the smallest movements of my arse the seat yielded a rewarding and response.

I headed out down the A2 the M25 and managed to find some roads where I could a few cogs and really open her up. The and delivery is both exceptional and Alright it’s not R1 bashingly but it doesn’t need to be, its 150hp’s of V-Twin grunt and that with a truly exceptional package gives feel and that’s massively re-assuring.


I found myself rolling on the earlier and more purposefully my arse was on a big red telephone with the wheel and they were a full blown Saturday rant. All this topped off a set of brembo’s that both fantastic feel and will pull your face of your helmet it’s an package.

Alas, no bike can be good right? Well… right. Now I come to my only about the whole package. The

In my opinion, they have dropped the ball when it to this machine swapping The dealer described it as “chunky” but im not so forgiving. “S**t” is a pretty summary of my thoughts to be honest. the bike into 1st is akin to off a small atomic weapon than a satisfying “clunk” you get something more refined.

You can’t clutch-less shift this box, infact on the that I rode (which had miles on it) would temporarily it’s self in third for a or so if you tried to short between and third. While the downshift was acceptable I felt the up shift had a absence of feel or reward. In its im told that you can adjust the to your measurements, but I doubt you can it much better.

So after my two ride, through Saturday’s rain, hail, more more hail and then and lightning, I have to say it’s an awesome machine. In fact, so good that I can defiantly the gearbox’s failings because the of the package is truly exceptional and KTM credit.

The KTM RC8 is currently at the top of my list of bikes to buy and at for a 2500 mile ex demo; I think I could go far wrong.

by Bizzle on Tuesday 31st 11:27


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