2008 KTM RC8

2008 KTM RC8
MSRP $17,000

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.


2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride

2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride

KTM has had superbike fans waiting anxiously for the release of its newest land rocket, the 2008 RC8.

Specifications
Year2008
ManufacturerKTM
ModelRC8
Engine Type75° V-twin
Engine Displacement1148cc
Bore Strokena
CoolingLiquid-cooled
Compression Rationa
Fuel SystemFuel-Injected
IgnitionElectronic
Starting Systemna
Transmission6-speed
Final DriveChain
Rake Trailna
Seat Height31.6-in.
Wheelbasena
Front SuspensionPreload, compression and rebound damping
Rear Suspensionadjustment Preload, compression (high and low speed) and rebound damping
Front Brake2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers
Rear Brake220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front Tire120/70-17
Rear Tire190/55-17
Fuel Capacity4.3 gal
Dry Weight431 lbs
MSRP17000

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