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    Default KTM RC8 unveiling and xBhp's review

    The Austrian bike maker KTM is getting aggressive with its plan for the Indian market and is indulged in some serious image building exercise over the last few months. Continuing on this path, KTM has decided to keep their top of the line machine, the RC8, for display on KTM showrooms across India. This bike was revealed on the recently concluded Delhi KTM Orange Day. The chiseled bodywork no doubt makes this bike stand apart from the crowd and will give a big boost to KTM's image in the hearts and minds of indian motorcyclists. Here are some images from the RC8 unveiling at KTM Orange Day Delhi.














    Ahead of the time: Much before its Indian debut, xBhp had gone to Austria and ridden this beautiful beast. So, here's the KTM RC8's first ever authentic Indian review


    E = RC 8

    Photos and Text :
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    This looks like a concept bike!, was my first thought when I saw the RC8. The ultra chiseled bodywork gave it look that was a lot different and racy than the other crop of litre class bikes (although with two hundred CCs over the grand, why would we call it litre class anymore?). There are multitudes of motorcycle reviews available on the internet, for every bike, quoting the same technical details in their own subtly different ways. I would rather delve into the experience than take you through the technical details once more.

    Talking about the experience, as noted somewhere else in the magazine, it is made up of a combination of the bike, roads, weather and basically how your mood has been that day. The bike was as good as any I could have desired for the route chosen to ride this on. The route included Austrias highest mountain Grossglockner High Alpine Road and the Nockalm Strasse.



    The Grossglockner is one of the most famous European alpine roads. Last year Anurag Ashok (from xBhp who did the Great Italian Roadtrip with me on two Ducatis, refer xBhp Magazine Issue 1), labeled this as a Mecca for bikers, a pilgrimage every motorcyclist must complete in their lifetime if they happen to be in that vicinity.
    So just what is so good about the Grossglockner HockAlpen Strasse (High Alpine Road)? For one, you can see one of the highest peaks in the Alps right in front of you. Second, you can see the longest glacier in the eastern Alps (the Pasterze), again right in front you!

    It is a 48 km run with 36 bends and an ascent to 8,215 feet, something which doesnt feel too high compared to our own backyard, the mighty Himalayas, but it has got a solid punch nevertheless! The authorities recognize the special significance for the two wheeled breed and have a special higher point dedicated specially to bikes which is 200 feet higher and is called the Edelweiss Peak. There is also a special mention of a Maximum Grip material being used to resurface the pavement especially the repair the cracks in the curves! It will cost you 13 Euros for a day trip on a motorcycle though, however the toll is well justified seeing the great tarmac and up-keep of the road. In fact most specialist roads have tolls on them in Europe.



    So the next time you are anywhere in Austria, make a point to beg, borrow or steal a motorcycle (or even a cager) and pay a visit to the mighty Grossglockner.
    The RC8R is one of the best lookers I had ever ridden, as far as my own choice goes, and going by the onlookers gaze. The only odd part was perhaps the vertical headlight, but that too was different with its two white LED strips ala what we are used to seeing on the Audis and Porsches. However it is not so pronounced on this bike because of the always-on lights.






    The moment you straddle this bike, you feel you are sitting on something special. Many people regard the styling as a mix between the German and Italian, in other words fresh. The front mirror integrated indicators along with the stylish rear tail light and indicator assembly render it a very advanced look. All said and done, the very defined and angular lines are stupendous to look at. The RC8 is a bike which will even make the odd Indian politician look like a motorcycle racer if he sits on it.
    The console is also something to be in awe of. It is a tad smaller than the Ducati 1198s monstrous crystal display. It does however display a plethora of information including gear position indicators which cleverly use the digital tachometer points. The console also gives you the option to select a RACE or a ROAD mode, which further gives you option of recording lap times, fuel average and lots more depending on the mode chosen. I even found an option which read a cryptic QKSLT or something, which hinted that KTM could add a quick-shifter later on.



    A strange thing that one would immediately notice is the strict adherence required to match the fuel-type mapping you choose from the console (95 Octane or 98 Octane) and the requirement to put the same rated fuel in the bike. I am not sure what would happen if I chose the 98 ROZ and put in just 95 ROZ. Also on doing some research, the difference between the two modes was just 4 bhp odd. But I chose to stick with the 98 ROZ mapping most of the time except once when I could locate a 95 Octane gas station on one of the more isolated roads. After all every HP matters!



    The 75 degree V-twin comes to life immediately with its characteristic vibrations and staccato note. Like almost every other engine, its sounds much sweeter at high revs. Finding the first gear is accompanied by a reassuring thud. Release the clutch just a little and the 175 Nm of torque pushes the bike forward harder than what one would expect.

    KTM is known as a company that seriously listens to what the media and owners say. The new RC8R, which I rode, is supposed to be much better than its first avatar which came out in 2008. In a discussion with a top KTM guy, I learnt a few more things about why the bike was so good. For one, the KTM does not need gadgetry like traction control since the v-power is very usable in the corners. In fact, other bikes with more ponies are unable to use them completely while exiting a corner without traction control coming into play, and thats where the significance of having more power than the RC8 is negated.

    I found this to be partly true in my own touring experience in the Alps as compared to the BMW S1000RR, which I also happened to ride just a couple of days before I picked up the RC8. The traction control in the BMW never did allow my rear to go out of line despite the immense power, but then it also did not allow me to propel the bike out of a turn as hard as I wanted. The RC8 was another story. It was sleek enough for me to clench it tightly when required and become a part of the bike, and it had enough usable power on the corners for me to feel like a superbike champ, when I am from a total non racing background (like most North Indians are, primarily due to the absence of a race-track).


    The next road that I did was the Nockalmstrasse, which is 160 kays approx from Salzburg. Its is also a toll road which offers fantastic scenery and the mountains here are lot greener. You will not find high snow capped peaks like on the Grossglockner, but nevertheless its as much smile per kilometer as the higher Apls!
    Another road that I did was Malta Road, which is a fantastic one way road leading to the 200 metre high Kolnbreinspeicher Dam. This one is again a toll road but totally worth it. I went way beyond the final designated motor point, 6 kms into the hiking trail where it was just me and the fantastic blue waters of the Kolnbreinspeicher Lake. The RC8 was surprisingly easy to ride even off-road and on gravel. You can even adjust the seat height and the handle bar height super-quick for long distance touring or to suit different riding conditions if required.



    This article appeared in the August-September 2011 Issue of the xBhp Print Magazine. If you missed it you can still buy a copy for your iOS or Android device from Magzter or Apple Newsstand. You can also buy this issue by Cash on Delivery and get the magazine delivered to your doorstep. Click here to order xBhp magazine via Cash on Delivery
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    Photos are Aces! I could not help but saw every photo till bottom before even start reading the write up. Superb Job.
    Now let go to the write up.

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    Superb Photographs and write up.....
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    Superb photos. But somehow, the rear looks uncannily similar to R15v2!!!

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    Amazing pictures..wallpaper material

    Quote Originally Posted by bbsrailfan View Post
    Superb photos. But somehow, the rear looks uncannily similar to R15v2!!!
    RC8's back is too sexy too be compared with an R15V2.0
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    awesome pics as usual.....good

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    Superb stuff. As always, simple, crisp and drool factor is a given.

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    Very Soon KTM will over take Indian bike market with various models in all segments! This is an awesome step by Bajaj introducing KTM in India!
    Lets hope RC8 goes live soon in some months and priced at right range!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by somen1984 View Post
    Very Soon KTM will over take Indian bike market with various models in all segments! This is an awesome step by Bajaj introducing KTM in India!
    Lets hope RC8 goes live soon in some months and priced at right range!!
    We would be lucky enough to get the RC25!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbsrailfan View Post
    We would be lucky enough to get the RC25!!
    Am sure Indian people are aiming for more better options than 250cc.
    Now we have thirst for something close to 600cc or +

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