2009 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride

2009 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride


The engine's actually a very tractable lump. Despite the lairy video and lack of the heart-in-the-back-of-your-mouth stuff that I'd braced myself for, the engine's flat torque curve offers a steady, controllable power that's harnessed in a very comfortable and manageable bike. It's as welcome as a friendly smile and just as easy to live with. The RC8 may have gained the early and unfounded reputation of being a wild animal, but in reality, it's an obedient, house-trained pet. It's just one that looks and sounds like it will rip your leg off. The second generation of KTM's 990 twin-cylinder engine has been overhauled to produce an updated 1148cc powerhouse with a fairly linear powerband.we know that KTM's RC8 won't hit American soil until this fall, but 2009 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride here's some first ride impressions from our friends overseas to whet your appetite until you can get your hands on the real deal.
The second generation of KTM's 990 twin-cylinder engine has been overhauled to produce an updated 1148cc powerhouse with a fairly linear powerband.As long as the road's not too pitted, the bike glides round bends and devours the tarmac as eagerly as I devour chocolate. And the riding position's surprisingly comfortable, especially considering the bike's genre and competition (Ducati's 1098 for example) On road or track, I had ample room to move around the 805-825mm (31.7-32.4 in.) seat or lay flat on the 16.5 litre (4.35 gal.) tank without my six foot frame feeling even the slightest bit cramped. The super sharp rear and lack of bungee hooks needn't deter riders intent on touring or carrying pillions either, as KTM has thought of everything and supplies enough after-market parts to enable you to use the bike exactly as you wish.


Model KTM RC8 £10,695
Engine 1,148cc 2-cylinder, 4 stroke, V 75-degree
Power 152.49 bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Torque 88.56 lb.ft @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission Six speed
Ready to Race Weight 188kg (414.5 lbs without fuel)
Seat Height 805-825mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres

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