KTM Turns up the Heat in MilanThu, 06 Nov 2008
After attending a large consumer show of any kind, be it car, RV, boat or motorcycle, it often feels like the entire event was a blur. For that reason, I thought I would highlight some of the more noteworthy models shown at the EICMA show in Milan, starting with KTM.
KTM is getting ready to race next year with the RC8 R, a superbike, which they unveiled in Milan this week. Featuring an 1195cc liquid-cooled V-Twin that puts out 165 horsepower, an optional race exhaust allows for an output of 180 ponies. The 75-degree twin cylinder no doubt produces a decent amount of torque as well as the addition of a more competitive suspension. The angular bodywork and bright colors may not strike a chord with everyone but they certainly will get noticed. Combined with the orange frame and matte white highlights, the Austrian firm offers a distinctive look setting it apart from the competition. It wonít get mistaken for a Ducati or BMW, thatís for sure. The standard RC8, which was released somewhat recently, is still nothing to sneeze at with a 75 degree V-Twin engine displacing 1148cc’s, making 155 horsepower. Look out Buell 1125CR!
There is also the option for a Supermoto R, which drops weight and ups the handling and braking potential for those who want to ride harder rather than longer.
Finally they also released a new 990 Adventure R model that loses the ABS, adds nine horses and gets better suspension and brakes. It looks as though KTM is getting serious and looking to take on some pretty tough competitors. It is one thing to build something that looks cool when it is standing still, but I for one canít wait to get on these bikes and put them through their paces to see if they ride half as good as they look.
By Dustin Woods
See also: EICMA 2008: First Impressions, OEMs Plug into Electric Bikes, KTM to Enter Supersport Category.