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Michael Guy  says:

Video: 2011 KTM RC8R first ride

While other sportsbike manufacturers are rushing to develop electronic rider aids (see page 2), KTM believes their new RC8R doesn't need them. Find a KTM RC8R for sale The heavily updated RC8R has 175bhp, 94lb.ft of torque, top of the range WP suspension, adjustable chassis and stunning looks – but no traction control or ABS. Watch the video test below:   brightcove.createExperiences();

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Mar 08

Posts: 26

Georg3 says:

Good review

Plenty of detail.

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Aug 10

Posts: 20

kenward5876 says:


still a stunning looking bike, great review

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Nov 10

Posts: 1

bg600rr says:

awsome bike

A great European rival for the Japanese sports bikes fleet out there. It's got plenty of perfomance packed into and I assume it's also tons of fun. Proper racing machine...I want one!

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Jul 08

Posts: 179

Fomancu says:


I did a TNT track day at my local circuit in 2009 on an RC8R as well as a 1 day road test. The power delivery was terrible for the road-not so bad on the track except the really slow turns--so almost certainly for 2011 Ill do another TNT day on this new model, if not  just to see if my laps times are improved :-)

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Jan 10

Posts: 201

nickyb65 says:

Looks nice

Better than flymo orange.

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Feb 06

Posts: 202

Banzai600 says:

RC8 ?

Ya know, when i first seen this bike the yr it was launched at NEC few yrs ago i was excited.

But to be honest, since then it does nothing for me all. I want to like it but just cant ?   Into my 1000cc sports but the RC8  has just never given me the bite it should.

I dunno.....

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Jan 08

Posts: 1

craigy46 says:


Notice that KTM have still not sorted the issue of the squeeling brakes on the RC8!!

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Nov 10

Posts: 3

boneheaded says:

gear indicator or rev counter??

Michael.. For this video, I'll give you a "C". You've managed to observe some of the things that make it different, but you haven't actually applied the information given to you by KTM very well. Perhaps the worst example is you pointing to the digital rev counter along the top and then, a few moments later, telling us that the bike has a gear indicator and then pointing again, at the same rev counter and saying that the bar moves along the numbers according to the gear.. wtf?? so what about numbers 7 to 12? And what do you think the big N is for at the bottom right of the display?? The footpegs can be moved into any of 4 positions, not 2 (that spacer comes out so you can go back or forwards on each height). You didn't mention the new flywheel, which is what KTM claim to be the reason behind the smoother engine. And, do you really change the fuel mapping from the dash for different octane ratings???? I mean, the dash has always had an option for road or race on RC8 models, but it didn't have any effect on the mapping. You needed to go to a dealer for that. The Race setting just gave you access to lap timing functions that aren't really necessary or even useful on the public road. Come on, just spend 10 minutes before you film these things, checking what you're going to say and you'd sound so much more credible.

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Jun 09

Posts: 123

antimagneto says:

Call me a cynic but a 1000 twin making 175bhp is either far fetched or not a reliable proposition surely. Need a bloody good long warranty for me to choose it over an R1.

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Nov 10

Posts: 3

boneheaded says:


Who said it's a 1000?

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