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2010 KTM RC8R Review

Friday, November 6, 2009
2010 KTM RC8R at Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca’s corkscrew and the new KTM RC8R. Surprisingly a tough combination to beat.
Hey all you MotoUSA readers out there. Your friendly scribbler SteveO here. Just returned from the dry lake bed (aka Laguna Seca) and a full day of riding the 2010 KTM RC8R. While it was available in Euro-land last year, we get it for next year with a host of changes and… well, thank goodness.

To be honest, I was always a believer that the base RC8 delivered killer, break-the-mold looks (in my opinion) but with performance that didn’t match. With the RC8R things have improved. A lot. Looks got even better as a result of hot black/white paint scheme and a load of changes –from chassis geometry to more power – add up to a motorcycle that now lives up to its stellar appearance. It performed well beyond expectations around the technical 2.24-mile Mazda Raceway and the final verdict was … well, I’m going to make you wait for the full story early next week for that!

Also, expect to see it in our annual Superbike Smackdown Shootout this year as KTM is keen to put the added performance on display. Can’t wait!
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Will Parker -form over function.. November 7, 2009 03:07 PM
personally, i'd take lap times over lookd if i was racing, but Steve, a direct comparison to the Duc 1198 would be appreciated...
Superlight -KTM RC-8R November 7, 2009 09:21 AM
Well, its looks are still polarizing (hey, even I can fold/crease paper to create a design) and it is still trying to compete with Ducati on the V-twin engine format. As Aprilia found out (the hard way), it is easier to move to a V-4 than to beat Ducati at V-twins. I know KTM uses this engine in other models not so focused on engine performance, but the RC-8R is targeted at the litre-class leaders. Good luck, KTM.