2008 KTM RC8
Thankfully, despite waiting five long years since the concept model was first revealed, this 1148cc twin cylinder superbike has retained its original razor sharp styling. The unique, bold design suggests an element of outrageous aggression which was over exaggerated by the adrenalin packed promotional video we were shown at Spain’s Ascari racetrack. With all the endless hype and KTM’s reputation for producing focused, road-going, quality motorcycles like the Super Duke 990, the RC8 already had massive expectations to live up to. Could it truly catapult KTM into a new superbike dimension? Or would it merely prove to be a very impressive first attempt for the Austrian manufacturer. The answer is yes. Twice. Yes, it’s a brave, bold move for KTM and one that’s destined to be positively received.
KTM has had superbike fans waiting anxiously for the release of its newest land rocket, the 2008 RC8.
|Engine Type||75° V-twin|
|Front Suspension||Preload, compression and rebound damping|
|Rear Suspension||adjustment Preload, compression (high and low speed) and rebound damping|
|Front Brake||2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers|
|Rear Brake||220mm disc, 2-piston caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.3 gal|
|Dry Weight||431 lbs|
KTM is attacking Superbike racing with its RC8R. But can it hang with the best from Japan and Europe?