KTM, an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer known for its popular line of Ready-to-Race off-road dirt bikes enters the pinnacle of sportbike motorcycle design with its RC8 sportbike. Representing KTM’s first mass-produced production superbike, the KTM RC8 was designed with the racetrack in mind and is intended to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese literclass motorcycles.
Hashim Assiri, got this bike from a friend. His love of bike started at a very young age, when he was 19. His interest grew when he realized that it has a unique two cylinder engine and has 1190 cc. He uses the Honda CBR 1000 and a Hayabusa, but for track and races, Mr. Assiri opts the KTM.
With its striking lines and sharp creases, visually the KTM RC8 stands apart from other manufacture’s open-class Superbike offerings. Beneath the RC8’s signature orange-colored body panels is a liquid-cooled 1148cc V-Twin engine, manufactured by Austrian engine manufacturer, Rotax. The cylinders are canted at a 65-degree angle in effort to keep the RC8 engine as compact as possible. The KTM RC8 makes use of high-end suspension and braking components from technical suppliers WP and Brembo
The KTM RC8 R not only offers extraordinarily relaxed ergonomics for all its supreme sportiness, but also more ergonomic setting options than any other series production superbike. Footrests: two heights, each with two positional variants. Foot levers: variable lever operating angle and lever length. Seat: two heights. Hand levers: variable. Handlebar: two heights and two angles.
The sophisticated internal mechanism of the WP shock absorber on the RC8 R completely isolates the rebound damping from the compression stage, so that they can each be adjusted independently from one another. The compression damping can also be set for high speed and low speed. The suspension set-up range extends comfortably to racing conditions
KTM designers pulled out all the stops in the art of engine building when it came to the 1190 RC8 R. The rider has one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times and one of the best chassis in the world at his or her disposal – totally street-legal. With the precision to cut out the others when entering the corner. With the power and traction to pull away from them exiting the corner. With the feedback and ergonomics to enjoy the 1190 RC8 R to the full