KTM wants a piece of the Superbike racing scene with its RC8R. Read the review and learn if is the quickest away to lap the racetrack in the 2012 KTM RC8R Track Comparison.
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- 2012 KTM RC8R
- KTM equipped the RC8R with an Akrapovic exhaust system for the test.
- The RC8 waits patiently for new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rubber.
- At 440 pounds, the RC8R is one of the lighter bikes in the class.
- Associate Editor Justin Dawes listed the KTM as one of his favorite bikes on the track as it was down on power. This was perfect for the dirt rider’s novice street skills.
- Although the KTM excelled in the handling department, it came up a little short under the hood.
- The KTM offers a reasonable degree of comfort without compromising rider stance.
- The ergonomics on the KTM are so unconventional it takes some time to get use to how it feels. Once acclimated however it was universally loved in that category.
- Handing-wise the KTM impressed. If it could spin another 1500 rpm and make use of a Dynojet or Bazzaz-style quickshifter—it could have surprised some of the Japanese brands.
- The KTM RC8R offers racebike-like levels of feel and rigidity when cranked over in the corner.
- The KTM has excellent mid-corner stability.
- The RC8R offers a racier feel mid-corner than some of the other bikes.
- Test rider, Brian Chamberlain, was a huge fan of the ergonmics of the RC8R.
- KTM’s RC8R offers tremendous bottom-end punch and leaps off corners.
- KTM RC8R instrument display.