2008 KTM 1190 RC8 - Clockwork Orange

An Austrian alternative To The Traditional Italian Super-Twin

By Roland Brown, Photography by KTM

Tech Spec
Evolution

Five years in the making, KTM's first superbike blends enough singular design and innovative engineering to make a certain Italian factory edgy

Rivals
Aprilia RSV1000R
Buell 1125R
Ducati 1098

TECH
Price na
Engine type l-c, 75-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1148cc
Bore x stroke 103.0 x 69.0mm
Compression 12.5:1
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Horsepower 155 bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Torque 88.5 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension 48mm WP inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension WP shock, adjustable for spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston Monobloc calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70-ZR17 Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro
Rear tire 190/55-ZR17 Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro
Rake/trail 23.3/3.5-3.6 in.
Seat height 31.7-32.5 in.
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Fuel capacity 4.4 gal.
Dry weight 413 lbs.
Colors Orange, white
Available Fall
Warranty 3 yrs., 36,000 mi.

Contact
KTM North America Inc.
1119 Milan Ave.
Amherst, OH 44001
440.985.3553
www.ktmusa.com

Verdict
Well beyond a brilliant first effort, KTM's first superbike is straight-up brilliant.

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