About KTM :
KTM AG (the former KTM Sportmotorcycle AG) is an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer owned by KTM Industries AG and Bajaj Auto. It was formed in 1992 but traces its foundation to as early as 1934. Today, KTM AG is the parent company of the KTM Group.
KTM is known for its off-road motorcycles (Enduro, Motocross, and Supermoto). Since the late 1990s, it has expanded into street motorcycle production and developing sports cars – namely the X-Bow. In 2015, KTM sold almost as many street motorcycles as off-road bikes. Production of the KTM sports car X-BOW started in 2007.
KTM 1190 RC8 R Review
Design and Style
Similar to other superbikes, 1190 RC8 R also has an aggressive face but it features the typical styling of KTM. The oval-shaped face of this bike differentiates it from others. The long headlight has been placed artistically in its front fairing which also has a stylish visor.
You will also notice rearview mirrors integrated with LED side indicators which are neither mounted on its fairing nor on its handlebar. They arise from just behind the visor of this bike which gives it a unique identity. The broad front tire, fender, and big disc plate at its front give macho look to this bike.
The five-spoke alloy wheels and semi-exposed engine follows the all-black theme and suits the orange color of its exposed steel frame. The racy decals on its semi side fairing look very sporty and you will also like the way KTM has integrated its engine cowl with muffler.
The up-raised fuel tank has been neatly designed with 3D sharp cuts on it. The awkwardly tall positioned rear cowl of this bike grabs your attention instantly. There is the huge gap between its rear cowl and rear tire which gives naked looks to this superbike. The rear cowl features two horizontal layers of its LED tail light while its short rear fender carries its number plate and side indicators.
KTM 1190 RC8 R has a fully digital instrument console which features an orange colored LCD. The bike features bar-style tachometer and digital speedometer, odometer, 2-trip meter, clock and fuel gauge. All other essential indicators are also placed in this dashboard which provides important information to the rider.
Engine and Gearbox
The bike is powered by a V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 1195cc engine. This DOHC engine is capable of producing a peak power of 173 bhp at 10250 rpm. The maximum torque production of this engine is of 123 Nm which is accessible at 8000 rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
The lightweight of RC8 R helps it to achieve an impressive power to weight ratio. This is surely one of the most powerful V-twin engines available worldwide. The bike picks up smoothly in any gear and can reach the top speed of 280km/hr. The aerodynamic design of this bike also improves the acceleration of this bike. The engine shows the high level of refinement similar to any 4-cylinder engine.
It never disappoints you with its performance rather you enjoy lightning-fast throttle response. The short gear ratios of this bike help it to catch pace easily. There is no need for frequent gear shifts in this bike as its maximum torque arrives at 8000rpm.
The bike reaches 0-100km/hr in less than 4 seconds and it completes 0-200km/hr in less than 7.5 seconds. RC8 R offers you strong low and mid-range. The power delivery is quite linear and the bike gets into serious power production after 7000rpm. The twin throttle bodies of RC8 R give it an instant throttle reaction and it works well with its Anti-hopping clutch which perfectly supplies torque amount to this bike.
Despite being a fast performer, the bike manages to return respectable fuel economy thanks to its lightweight. You can expect a mileage of around 10-15 kmpl from RC8 R.
Comfort While Driving
The bike has a very comfortable seat for the rider which gives you proper comfort on long journeys. There are many setting options in this bike which increases your level of comfort on this bike. The bike has two ways height adjustable seat, footrest and handles bar.
To give your knees firm grip, its fuel tank offers nice cuts on it. The handlebar, hand and foot levers can also be adjusted at different angles by the rider to get comfortable position on this superbike. The road visibility is also quite clear but its small instrument panel is not easily readable.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
The bike is equipped with 17 inches alloy wheels. KTM is likely to launch a single variant of this bike in two different shades.
Storage Space and Safety Features
KTM 1190 RC8 R has no storage space but it features a powerful headlight to give you the bright vision of roads at night which confirms your safety.
Suspension and Brakes
The bike has adjustable suspension system at its both ends. RC8 R features WP inverted 43mm telescopic forks at its front and gas charged mono shock absorber at the back with swing arm. RC8 R sports twin disc brakes of 320mm at it front with radially mounted 4-piston brake calipers. The single rear disc brake of 220mm comes with the two-piston caliper.
Ride and Handling
The bike has a low ground clearance of 110mm which improves the aerodynamics of this bike and makes it faster on highways. The bike also stays quite confident around sharp corners and maintains its stability thanks to its fully adjustable suspension system.
The long wheelbase of 1425mm also contributes to the high-speed stability of this bike. The steering damper also adjusts itself according to the speed and gives positive feedback to the rider. The braking system is capable enough to stop this bike accurately. It handles quite easily on highways and feels very light in terms of handling. The tires of this bike maintain good road grip and keep it stable under uneven conditions. The low-speed stability of this bike could have been better though.
Specifications Of KTM 1190 RC8 R
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Ground Clearance||110 mm|
|Seat Height||805/825 mm|
|Dry Weight||184 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16.50 liters|
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|0-100 kmph||3.10 secs|
|Top Speed||287 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||10 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||15 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||12.5 kmpl|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat|
|Seat height Adjustment|
|Battery Type||Maintenance Free|
|Frame/Chassis||Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated|
|Chain||5/8 x 5/16” X-Ring|
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||2|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Maximum Power||173 Bhp @ 10250 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||123 Nm @ 8000 rpm|
|Engine Description||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled|
|Cooling||Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump|
|Ignition||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment|
|Lubrication||Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps|
|Clutch||PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Primary Gear Ratio||40:76|
|Secondary Gear Ratio||17:37|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||320mm Twin-discs brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers|
|Rear Brake||220mm Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc|
|Front Suspension||WP Suspension Up Side Down|
|Rear Suspension||WP Suspension Monoshock|
|Front Wheel Travel||120 mm|
|Rear Wheel Travel||120 mm|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Front Tyre||120/70 ZR17 58W (Continental Conti SportAttack II)|
|Rear Tyre||190/55 ZR17 75W (Continental Conti SportAttack II)|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
Source: autos.maxabout, wikipedia.org