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Administrator 05-08-2009 12:13 PM

2009 KTM 1198 RC8R Review
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2009 KTM 1198 RC8R Review

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12er 05-08-2009 01:46 PM

It sure is purdy, but then again I love the KTM line. If I ever buy one maybe that will change...

newagetwotone 05-08-2009 04:22 PM

Any reason?

Honestly the 690 Duke is an orgasim...

12er 05-08-2009 04:56 PM

Just a dont know em till you buy em deal. Who knows my orange craving my increase. Loved the 950 adventure I rode.

newagetwotone 05-08-2009 05:24 PM

Good point, i thought there was some.. known problem or terrible thing about KTM

Duken4evr 05-09-2009 08:23 AM

KTM has a lot of interesting designs. Their new twin motors are not without issues (water pump and clutch, primarily) but they seem pretty reliable too, if the ADV guy's experience is any indication. Those guys would know too :D I would guess the KTM would be less maintenance and headaches than the Duc over the long term.

The KTM is a very desireable and different kind of bike. It would be nice to have one in the garage! Make mine a 690 Hard Dual Sport or whatever they call 'em. My FZ1, a new 690 and a WR450 for pure off road in the garage. One can daydream! Got the FZ1 and a DRZ400 and a borrowed slightly ratty trail modded CR250. Can't complain!

douglst 08-23-2009 12:22 AM

I think you are comparing the RC8R to the wrong bikes. Regardles of the R desigantion, the RC8 is meant to be mostly a unique street bike, not a dedicated track bike. How does it stack up to the Buell 1125R, BMW k1300R, or MV Agusta? I think comparing it to Ducati and Aprilia is very valid on the street, not the track. Who cares that the ZX-10R is 15mph faster? Unless your paid to ride on the track all day it probably still more bike than most riders can handle at speed.

Omamder5 01-12-2010 10:51 AM

Fantastic motorcycle, really great effort on KTM's part for a first vernture into the class.

I think KTM has problems with headlights, though. Ever single one of their bikes has a very submissive, weak-looking headlight, that looks doubly strange in contrast with the ultra-aggressive bodywork. If they could make aggressive-looking headlights on their bikes, they would be perfect.

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