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2011 RC8R first ride - January 31, 2011, 08:44 PM

2011 KTM RC8R First Ride - KTM Sportbike Motorcycle Review - Motorcycle USA



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It’s a rarity that MotoUSA is granted a exclusive of any manufacturer’s new machine, especially a high-caliber sportbike. But with some proper planning and the perfect sunny SoCal track in Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Road Test Editor Adam Waheed flexed some muscle to make it happen. Due to Waheed’s recent knee surgery I was lucky enough to have the test fall into my lap (he did some riding as well, don’t worry) and I jumped at the opportunity.

Now it was time to see if the bike wouldn’t disappoint. KTM’s liter-class Twin had some issues in years past, which it claims have all been resolved through ‘a host of minor updates.’ But the question still remained: Can a ‘host of small changes’ really equate to a totally new feeling motorcycle? Because that’s what the Austrian brand needed to jump up the liter-class pecking order. Let’s just say, we were quite surprised…

While the small European manufacturer has been quite modest regarding the 2011 RC8R’s updates, simply calling them a few tweaks here, and tricks there, the truth is within a single lap at speed the bike felt like a totally new and completely improved motorcycle. Quite refreshing, actually, as most of the other manufacturer’s PR men would have had an advertising field day to pimp this “heavily updated” motorcycle. But instead of feeding us loads of PR spin, KTM decided to let the updated motorcycle do the talking – a smart, but also bold move. At least, as long as the machine speaks the language speed…
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January 31, 2011, 10:12 PM

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To me, the way this bike looks and SOUNDS, is exactly what a modern motorcycle is supposed to be in every way. It's my "If I could afford anything" bike.

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Mid-Ohio offers a Fly-N-Ride program for $275 I think and you get to spend a day with your choice of about 20 RC8R's on the track. Their gas, tires, and bikes...your ass. They do it about 10 times a year. Did it last August and it was a blast. Such a sweet bike. Waiting on this year's schedule to come out to try it again.


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Mid-Ohio offers a Fly-N-Ride program for $275 I think and you get to spend a day with your choice of about 20 RC8R's on the track. Their gas, tires, and bikes...your ass. They do it about 10 times a year. Did it last August and it was a blast. Such a sweet bike. Waiting on this year's schedule to come out to try it again.
When you have that schedule please make a thread of that on here please. That sounds awesome.

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[QUOTE=nootherids;1203084]When you have that schedule please make a thread of that on here please. That sounds awesome.

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