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2012 KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

There’s a reason why the KTM 1190 RC8 R Track is being built in strictly limited numbers for those who want to use their machine exclusively for the racetrack.

Built to be "ready to race" by the KTM Racing Division and packed with all the goodies from the KTM PowerParts range that make the potential for race success even greater, the 1190 RC8 R Track is equipped with everything that has made KTM super bikes so successful then, now, and in the future.

The forged piston structure on the RC8 R Track, borrowed from Formula 1, results in a high piston loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. This allows the reciprocating weight to be minimized and the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine maximized. It also has a racing seat, a multiple-adjustment racing footrest system, and handlebars that can be mounted at two heights and two angles, with subframes mounted at two heights.

The RC8 R Track is the embodiment of a sports bike that packs plenty of punch, courtesy of its 1190cc V-Twin engine that produces a very tasty 177 horsepower. Considered the measure stick of all things for ultra-sporty twins, the RC8 R Track offers maximum performance, predictable characteristics, and high reliability. The KTM engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality. It also carries an Akrapovic titanium EVO 4 exhaust system that produces optimum torque levels and power progression, to go with weight savings of almost six kilograms. The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R Track’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the ultra-modern cylinder heads with flow-optimized ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves.

Find out more about the KTM 1190 RC8 R Track after the jump.

Engine

KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

With its 132 kW (177 hp) of power, the V2 on the RC8 R Track can be considered as the measure of all things for ultra-sporty twins, with maximum performance, predictable characteristics and high reliability. The KTM engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality.
Akrapovic titanium EVO 4 exhaust system for optimised torque and power progression, plus a weight saving of almost six kilogrammes.

The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R Track’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the ultra-modern cylinder heads with flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears.

The main reasons for the outstanding performance of the RC8 R Track’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the ultra-modern cylinder heads with flow-optimised ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears.

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

Chassis and Suspension

KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

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

The progressiveness of the linkage provides the shock absorber with refined responsiveness and still with sufficient reserves at peak loads. The position of the swingarm can be adjusted to the rider’s riding style and weight on the easily accessible eccentric on the linkage, and squatting on acceleration prevented.

Adjustable in spring basis as well as rebound and compression damping, the set-up ranges on the RC8 R Track’s high-quality WP upside-down forks allow adaptation to all road and weather conditions. A WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even in extreme conditions.

The RC8 R Track’s 46/18 WP Race shock absorber has already celebrated race victories in the IDM Superbike championship. It provides all the setting options and enormous potential of a genuine racing shock absorber.

Brakes and Wheels

KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

The RC8 R Track’s brake system with the highest quality Brembo components functions perfectly, sensitively and consistently, thanks to racing brake pads, even under toughest conditions. At the front, two radially-mounted, four-piston brake calipers and two 320 mm and 5 mm thick, semi-floating brake discs provide ferocious stopping power.

Super-light Marchesini forged aluminum wheels make the RC8 R Track’s handling more responsive. The suspension, grip and of course lap times benefit from these expensive and high-quality parts. The Track is also equipped with ultra-grippy slicks - for the pursuit of personal lap records.

Equipment

KTM 1190 RC8 R Track
  • Multi-adjustable racing shock absorber from WP Suspension for uncompromising race-tuning
  • Anti-hopping clutch for effective prevention of rear-wheel chatter when braking heavily
  • Akrapovic EVO exhaust system for optimised torque and power progression, as well a significant weight saving
  • Automatic shift mechanism for lightning-quick shifting without load interruption
  • Slicks for optimum grip on the racetrack
  • Complete racing fairing, no headlight and a mono-seat
  • KTM PowerParts multi-adjustable footrest system for even greater ground clearance when leaning into corners.
  • Hinged hand levers as a precaution against ground and enemy contact
  • No indicators or lighting and a slimmed-down, racing cable harness for reduced weight
  • Sports seat providing even better hold and freedom of movement for dedicated racetrack use
  • Racing chain for minimum power loss on the way to the rear wheel
  • Racing brake pads for fade-free deceleration, even in the toughest conditions
  • Paddock stand for service and repair work
  • Orange starting number panel for taking part at track days or racing events

Specifications

KTM 1190 RC8 R Track
Design2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement1,195 cm³
Bore105 mm
Stroke69 mm
Performance132 kW (177 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 4618 DACC
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 1/4” (520) X‑Ring
Steering head angle66.7°
Wheelbase1,425 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)110 mm
Seat height (unloaded)845 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx.16.5 l;
Unleaded premium fuel (100 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.173 kg

Quotes

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."

Total Motorcycle----"Due to the great demand, KTM will once again offer the RC8 R production racer, “race use only” version in MY 2012. Top IDM riders like Bauer, Nebel and Smrz have proven the merits of the concept with countless race wins. The offer is directed at championship racers on a national level as well as committed amateurs who intend to use their sport bike exclusively on racetracks. The bike has a Superstock homologation and is assembled “ready to race” by the KTM factory racing department, using lots of
goodies from the KTM PowerParts range essential for serious racing. 180 hp make for acceptable propulsion, and a mechanical anti-hopping clutch minimizes rear wheel hop under massive trail braking. Leave the shop and lay down the fastest lap of the trackday without any conversions, with the possible exception of a stop-over at the painter’s for your sponsor’s colour scheme."




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