For 2013, KTM has chosen to refine its superbike rather than revolutionizing an already excellent base. The new clutch PASC (Power Assist Slipper Clutch) team now that the KTM RC8R sees his antidribble improve function, and its control now requires less grip: a good place for the feeling. Remained to be seen if it works on the track.
This is now done: at the last day of the Track’N’Test Carole circuit we took aboard the latest version of the Austrian superbike.
Always Nonconformist and Better!
The RC8R does not change in appearance and it is a good thing for some people – including myself among them – who appreciate its unique lines and cut the sickle. Who said that all sports were similar? The line of this beautiful KTM back more than five years, she has not aged a bit. We thus find that high and superb machine (subjectivity inside), well finished and always with small details making life easier for amateur track racer.
Some examples? Passenger footrests, mirrors and mounting plate removable in seconds, with the tools provided. An adjustable ergonomics wish with the damper mounted on eccentric offering a route setting (rather flat plate) and a circuit (switching the bike forward) only playing on tilt without touching the settings. And the ability to move the gear selector in reverse just as easily. Very well thought out. In the saddle, so nothing new then track!
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Despite its air not convenient, the KTM RC8R is relatively easy to pick up for a bike of this caliber. Everything is easy to handle and its no need to complete dozens of laps to start chasing the clock. The bike is agile, stable and rigid just right and suspensions, in original settings, ensure efficiency / comfort pretty amazing. However to force up the pace, they require a stronger, especially the fork bottoms out under the action of the wicked Brembo monobloc.
The braking power is significant but the bite is not as violent as some competitors with the same equipment. A good feeling even if the lever a little more honest would not be too much. Although Austrian technicians have switched the plate for use on track, I would have liked a slightly higher position on the front to load advantage of the fork and get more out of the grip of the Dunlop D211GP Racer. However, there is already plenty to do before coming to the end of the chassis.
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The twin KTM is in tune: affordable and effective, without missing character. This torque at low rpm allows the output curve muscular but without violence. The rear axle is never faulted by cavalry and this allows time for the shock to compress to ensure good traction.
However, a line has been crossed at around 7 500-8 000 r / min or twin is loose and gives everything he has, always without violence, and produces a fairly consistent acceleration maddening liquid crystals (illegible …) dashboard. Station benchmarks Brake they arrive very quickly when high speeds on whip!
And the famous clutch PASC you say? Bah … I just forgot! And it is a quality in itself because the precision gear shifting was the appointment, as well as heavy braking made perfectly in line despite releases left lever switch are so attributable. Discrete evolution, then, but significant.
Conclusion: The Same As… Such
Part efficient cycle without being extreme, a powerful but manageable engine and a slew of thoughtful details: the KTM RC8R 2013 seems accomplished for those who like to tour occasionally. But pure track racers will find this bike a good starting point to make a monster able to frighten the clock. This sum price for any set of € 16,915.
What Else? Not much, but the Austrian manufacturer will have to consider to change its deeper RC8 (especially for electronics) he does not want to be overtaken by the competition …