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KTM RC8

  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
  • Transmission:
    6-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    173
  • Energy:
    Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    1195 cc

2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R

Grab your helmet, jump into your favorite riding suit and be ready to be amazed, as the KTM 1190 RC8 R has all it needs to reward you with a unique riding experience.

With its sporty character, mind-blowing handling and racy spirit, the KTM 1190 RC8 R will make you fall in love with it from the moment you touch its handlebar.

The motorcycle weighs 184 Kg and is built around an 1195 cc, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 173 hp. The unit transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six speed, claw shifted transmission and is fed by a 16.5 liter fuel tank.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by an advanced Brembo system which includes twin discs up front and a single disc at the back.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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Overview

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Pure Superbike

The ultimate power tool from KTM. 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 2013 to the full.

2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R Features and Benefits:

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Complete control

Swingarm

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 minimised and squatting prevented when accelerating out of corners.

Injection / engine management

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

Linkage

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 adjuster on the linkage, and squatting on acceleration prevented.

Telescopic fork

The high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension can be adjusted separately for preload as well as for compression and rebound damping of the suspension. Their adjustment ranges extend from country road comfort to tough racing conditions. In addition, a WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even under extreme conditions.

Setting options

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.

Shock absorber

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 of 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.

One the world’s best chassis

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Linkage

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 adjuster on the linkage, and squatting on acceleration prevented.

Brakes

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

Swingarm

The intricately made light alloy swingarm makes a significant contribution to the outstanding traction of the KTM 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 minimised and squatting prevented when accelerating out of corners.

Frame

The KTM RC8 R’s thin-walled, 7.3 kg light tubular lattice frame of high-strength chrome-molybdenum steel sets standards in dimensional stability and lightweight construction. Its optimal stiffness distribution results in fantastic precision and unparalleled stability.

Shock absorber

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 of 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.

Telescopic fork

The high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension can be adjusted separately for preload as well as for compression and rebound damping of the suspension. Their adjustment ranges extend from country road comfort to tough racing conditions. In addition, a WP steering damper keeps the forks on track, even under extreme conditions.

Wheels and tyres

The lightweight, Marchesini, aluminium die-cast wheels on the KTM RC8 R are fitted with Continental Sport Attack II tyres. These top-quality tyres provide outstanding ride characteristics and endless grip, whether on a wet country road or a scorching hot racetrack. With a decent service life, they support the unique qualities of the KTM chassis at all times.

One of the world’s most powerful v2s

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Engine

With its 129 kW (173 hp) of power, the V2 on the KTM 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 engine impresses with an extremely broad rev range and spontaneous throttle response, while supplying supreme ride quality.

Slipper clutch

Saves power, helps in slides: The new slipper clutch not only opens when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also closes with the force of the clutch springs when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating – and gives the wheel just that bit of braking for a controlled rear wheel slide. The latter allows the clutch to be pulled and controlled with the little finger – which saves energy when riding.

Twin plug ignition

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 and even better controlled power, lower fuel consumption, and less emissions.

Injection / engine management

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

Piston

The forged piston structure on the RC8 R, borrowed from Formula 1, results in a high loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. This minimises the reciprocating weight and optimises the responsiveness and free-revving nature of the engine.

Cylinder head

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-optimised ducts and cam follower drive for the valves (intake: titanium; exhaust: steel). For tuners: Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears.

Crankshaft

The smooth shape of the crank webs on the latest KTM RC8 R results in low-loss running of the crank drive; the modified weight distribution of the crankshaft and a newly dimensioned alternator rotor improve the smooth running of the engine. Together they optimise the load change behaviour of the engine.

Perfect coordination and ergonomics

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Setting options

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

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Engine Type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,195 cm³
Bore 105 mm
Stroke 69 mm
Performance 129 kW (173 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Dry-sump lubrication with 3 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio 40:76
Secondary gear ratio 17:37
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Forks WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Suspension Monoshock
Suspension travel front 120 mm
Suspension travel rear 120 mm
Brake system front Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers
Brake system rear Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
Brake discs - diameter front 320 mm
Brake discs - diameter rear 220 mm
Chain 5/8 x 5/16” X-Ring
Steering head angle 66.7°
Wheelbase 1,425±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 110 mm
Seat height (unloaded) lower subframe position 805 mm
Seat height (unloaded) upper subframe position 825 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 16.5 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON) Unleaded premium fuel (98 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 184 kg
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2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R

2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R

Grab your helmet, jump into your favorite riding suit and be ready to be amazed, as the KTM 1190 RC8 R has all it needs to reward you with a unique riding experience.

With its sporty character, mind-blowing handling and racy spirit, the KTM 1190 RC8 R will make you fall in love with it from the moment you touch its handlebar.

The motorcycle weighs 184 Kg and is built around an 1195 cc, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 173 hp. The unit transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six speed, claw shifted transmission and is fed by a 16.5 liter fuel tank.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by an advanced Brembo system which includes twin discs up front and a single disc at the back.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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It is pretty safe to say that the 2013 KTM 1190 EC8 R is a true piece of engineering art. The motorcycle has all it needs to be considered one of the most capable super sports in its segment and is also powered by one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times.

Talking about the engine, is a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled unit with a displacement of 1,195 cc. Fire it up and will reward you with a maximum output of 129 kW (173 hp). The engine is kept in leash by a 6-speed, claw shifted gear box.

The bike rides on a front high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension which can be adjusted separately for preload as well as for compression and rebound damping. Out back there is a modern WP shock absorber which completely isolates the rebound damping from the compression stage, so that they can each be adjusted independently of one another.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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To keep the motorcycle’s performances to a high level, KTM added the electronic Keihin engine management system which focuses on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R Track.

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2011 KTM RC8 R Track

Next to the RC8 R superbike, KTM also brought to EICMA Show in Italy a Track version for it. The motorcycle is compatible with the FIM Superstock homologation and can therefore be used in official championships.

The "Track" directly developed and produced by the RC8 Motorsport Department is the perfect two cylinder Superbike for hobby riders - like those competing in various championships.

The motorcycle is powered by the same twin-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 175 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. The TRack version gets the same improved gear shift linkage, new LED daytime running lights, but also a more track oriented look.

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Press release after the jump.

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