2009 KTM RC8R - Über-Superbike

Austria gets serious

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Gary Freeman

Tech Spec
Evolution

The RC8 gets a 2mm overbore, forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels, top-of-the-line WP suspension and more

Rivals
Other big-buck European twins like the Aprilia RSV1000R Factory, Bimota DB7, BMW HP2 Sport and Ducati 1198S

TECH
Price na
Engine type l-c 75-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1195cc
Bore x stroke 105.0 x 69.0mm
Compression 13.5:1
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 170 bhp @ 10,250 rpm
Claimed torque 90.7 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel trellis with aluminum swingarm
Front suspension 43mm WP inverted fork with adjustable
  spring preload, high/low-speed
  compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single WP shock with adjustable
  spring preload, high/low-speed
  compression and rebound damping
Front brake Four-piston Brembo radial calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Two-piston Brembo caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa
Rear tire 190/55-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa
Rake/trail 23.3 deg./3.8 in.
Seat height 31.7/32.5 in.
Wheelbase 56.1 in.
Fuel capacity 4.4 gal.
Claimed dry weight 401 lbs.
Colors Black/white/orange
Available Europe only
Warranty 36 mo., 36,000 mi.
Contact www.ktmusa.com

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
Bling that delivers. Too bad you can't get one stateside.

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