2012 KTM 1190 RC8 R

The baddest bike in the KTM line-up certainly needs no introduction. Not when KTM designers pulled out all the stops to ensure that it keeps its menacing reputation in the industry.

That’s what the 1190 RC8 R is all about. The bike comes loaded with one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times and one of the best chassis in the world. And the best part: the bike is completely street-legal.

The RC8 R not only offers extraordinarily relaxed ergonomics for all its supreme sportiness, but it also comes with more setting options than any other series production super bike, including the footrests, each with two positional variants, the foot levers with variable lever operating angle and lever length, the seats, hand levers, and a two-height adjustable handlebar.

Mechanically speaking, the 1190 RC8 R boasts of an insanely powerful V2 twin-engine that produces a mighty output of 173 horsepower. The KTM engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality. If you’re looking for reasons as to why the RC8 R has such an impressive engine, look no further than the state-of-the-art cylinder heads with twin plug ignition, flow-optimized ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves, as well as the electronic Keihin engine management system with twin throttle valves that regulate the modern electronic fuel injection system on the RC8 R. This features focuses on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

Handling is also an important part of the RC8 R package, thanks to an intricately made light alloy swing arm that contributes in providing outstanding traction of the RC8 R. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted by means of an eccentric on the lever linkage, allowing for minimized compression and preventing squatting anytime the bike accelerates out of corners.

Find out more about the KRM 1190 RC8 R after the jump.

Engine

KTM 1190 RC8 R

With its 129 kW (173 hp) of power, the V2 on the RC8 R can be considered as the measure of all things for ultra-sporty twins, with maximum performance, predictable characteristics and high reliability. The KTM KTM engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality.

The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art cylinder heads with twin plug ignition, flow-optimized ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears.

The twin plug ignition system on the latest RC8 R fires the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence are achieved at all times. The result: even more controllable power, lower fuel consumption and less emissions.

The electronic Keihin engine management system with twin throttle valves regulates the modern electronic fuel injection system on the RC8 R, focusing on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

Chassis and Suspension

KTM 1190 RC8 R

The intricately made light alloy swingarm makes a significant contribution to the outstanding traction of the RC8 R. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted by means of an eccentric on the lever linkage. In this way, compression can be minimized and squatting prevented when accelerating out of corners.

The sophisticated internal mechanism of the WP shock absorber on the RC8 R completely isolates the rebound damping from the compression stage, so that both can be adjusted without affecting 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.

The set-up ranges on the RC8 R’s high-quality, upside-down forks from WP Suspension extend - separately for spring basis as well as the damping’s rebound and compression stages - from country road comfort to tough racing conditions. A WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even in extreme conditions.

Brakes and Wheels

KTM 1190 RC8 R

The RC8 R’s brake system with highest quality Brembo components functions perfectly, sensitively and steadily. At the front, for example, two radially-mounted, four-piston brake calipers and two 320 mm and 5 mm thick, semi-floating brake discs provide massive stopping power.

The lightweight, Marchesini, aluminum die-cast wheels on the RC8 R are equipped with Dunlop SportSmart tires. These top-quality tires provide endless grip, whether on a wet country road or a scorching hot racetrack. They have a decent service life and they support the unrivaled qualities of the KTM chassis.

Setting Options

KTM 1190 RC8 R

The 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.

Specifications

KTM 1190 RC8 R
Design2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement1,195 cm³
Bore105 mm
Stroke69 mm
Performance129 kW (173 hp)
Starting aidElectric starter
Transmission6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubricationDry-sump lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio40:76
Secondary gear ratio17:38
Cooling systemLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition systemContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
FrameTubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
ForksWP Suspension Up Side Down 4354
Shock absorberWP Suspension 4014 VP
Suspension travel front120 mm
Suspension travel rear120 mm
Brake system frontTwin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers; floating brake discs
Brake system rearSingle-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
Brake discs - diameter front320 mm
Brake discs - diameter rear220 mm
Chain5/8 x 5/16” X‑Ring
Steering head angle66.7°
Wheelbase1,425 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)110 mm
Seat height (unloaded) lower subframe position805 mm
Seat height (unloaded) upper subframe position825 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx.16.5 l;
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON);
Unleaded premium fuel (98 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.186 kg

Quotes

Total Motorcycle----"The dual-plug ignition ensures a perfect combustion control, with the pleasant side effect of a high output, peaking at 175 hp and 127 Nm of torque. An eccentric height adjustment bracket in the rear suspension linkage adds more set-up options. The carefully tuned suspension ensures a composed and comfortable ride even on public roads. As the first uncompromising hypersports tire, the Dunlop SportSmart delivers a first-rate performance on the track, in everyday road riding and in the wet. All this makes the RC8 R a consistently developed package for a single purpose – great fun on every mile!"

Bikez----"A strictly limited number of bikes for those who want to use their 1190 RC8 R exclusively on the racetrack. Factory-homologated for Superstock and built to be ´ready to race´ by the KTM Racing Division, with all the goodies from the KTM PowerParts range that make the potential for race success even greater."


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