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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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KTM RC8 put on hold...

Just talked to a KTM rep. that dropped by our shop. Looks like the RC8 has been put on hold. Something about moto gp going to 3 cylinder 800's? Since the RC8 is a twin they have to build a new motor. I told him screw moto gp put it out so us street guys can have one. He said now they are more interested in building their racing quad. To bad, that would of been a bad ass bike.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 10:39 PM
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Looks kinda boxy to me.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 11:01 PM
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It looks like its ready to transform to some kind of one wheel standing machine.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 04:21 AM
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It does look abit tranformish doesnt it?
MotoGP is going to an 800cc but they still allow twins. The thing is, the more cylinders, the higher the minimum weight.

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Frame looks weak.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 07:00 AM
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Originally posted by psudy
Frame looks weak.
I believe it a steel tubular frame, simular to dicati's. Keep in mind that the motor is a stress member, and most likely provides more rigidity then the frame itself. So the weak part is the subframe, and those dont need to be stiff...

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Damn people. Anyway here are the specs, or here where the specs....



Engine: 2-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, V 75°
Displacement: 999.8 cc
Bore x Stroke: 101 x 62.4 mm
Performance: 100 kW / 9600 rpm
Max. torque: 103 Nm / 7300 rpm
Compression ratio: 11.8 : 1
Starter: E-starter
Transmission: 6 gears, dog clutch engagement
Fuel: 95 ROZ
Mixture conditioning: Electronic fuel injection
Control: DOHC
Valve: Spur-gear driven tooth-type chain
Lubrication: Pressure circulation lubrication
Engine oil: Motorex Power Synt 4T, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive: 67 : 35
Cooling: Liquid cooling
Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated
Ignition: Denso battery ignition
Spark plug: NGK DCPR 8 E


Frame: Chromium molybdenum tubular space frame, powder-coated
Subframe: Aluminium
Handlebar: Aluminium clip-ons
Suspension front: WP-USD 48 Multi Adjuster PA
Suspension rear: WP - Multi Adjuster
Suspension travel front/rear: 120 / 125 mm
Brake front: Double disc Ø 305 mm
Brake rear: Disc Ø 210 mm
Rim front/rear: 3.5 x 17 " / 5.5 x 17"
Tire front/rear: 120/70 - 17" / 190/50 - 17"
Transmission ratio: 17:38
Battery: 12V / 12 Ah
Steering head angle: 67.3°
Wheelcaster: 89 mm
Wheelbase: 1399 mm
Ground clearance: (unloaded) 150 mm
Seat height: (unloaded) 835 mm
Tank capacity: approx. 17 l
Dry weight: approx. 175 kg

My boss was at a KTM convention where they had one there. He said they had the RC8 engine and the RC51 engine side by side. He said you could pick up the RC8 engine by yourself and it was a lot smaller/lighter than the RC51's. Also looked better in person. Personally I think it looks bad ass.

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 07:33 AM
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I too like the looks, and they are very transformers-ish. A few conversions.
Power 100kW=131.4HP
Torque 103Nm=76ft/lbs
Weight 175kg= 385 lbs.

Looks to be in the same class as an RC51, but better.

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thats super sexy, i love the looks, its light and powerful....that would definitely be a bike that id be interested in...too bad they wont make it

edit: im talking about this being a street bike, not motogp or anything

that made dropping acid seem like a mild cure for boredom

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For many yrs it has been the custom of some of the makers to turn out a bike, basically with a dummy power plant (meaning one made up of wood, plastic & paint), along with any specs they want to give it. This is so they can see the interest through the different distributors & m/c shop people to sometimes even a few public shows. They are testing out the desires of the public & the riders. Probably done more often by the Continental makers.

Mind you I remember so well Honda had a hot trotting four pot sportbike in 400cc (not the CB-400F) & offered it to Cdn Distributors so asked the dealer to get one for me & even put down some cash in advance. He placed his order for two of them only Honda changed its mind. My money handed back to me by the dealer.
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