2012 KTM 1190 RC8R Review

2012 KTM 1190 RC8R Review

KTM always offers motorcycles with an outstanding design and power, one of them is the 1190 RC8 R. The KTM 1190 RC8R is pure superbike that comes with one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times and one of the best chassis in the world.

The KTM 1190 RC8R is powered by 1190cc four-stroke engine with 173 hp and 127 Nm of torque. Its V-twin with 75° cylinder angle comes with twin plug ignition, flow-optimized ducts and cam follower drive, each with two overhead camshafts for four valves. Valve timing is adjustable via the camshaft gears. With that great combination, the result is more controllable power, contactless, lower fuel consumption and less emissions.

This street legal bike also comes equipped with Dunlop SportSmart tires, perfectly tuned suspension, rear linkage with eccentric bracket for ride height and anti-squat adjustment, LED daytime running lights, multi-functional display, and brake system with highest quality Brembo components that functions perfectly, sensitively and steadily. The lightweight 1190 RC8R weight about 186 kg (without fuel).

Available in White/Orange and Black/Orange, both with orange wheels and frame, the 2012 KTM 1190 RC8R is priced at an MSRP of $16499.

2012 KTM 1190 RC8R Features and Benefits

– Highly developed LC8 V-Twin with optimised crankshaft, carefully balanced flywheel masses and dual-plug ignition, max. output 175 PS, max. torque 127 Nm
– Perfectly tuned suspension
– Rear linkage with eccentric bracket for ride height and anti-squat adjustment
– Radial Brembo four-pot monoblock callipers on reinforced 320 mm discs
– LED daytime running lights
– Great OEM tires: the first-rate Dunlop SportSmart
– Control and riding position ergonomics with comprehensive adjustments
– Multi-functional display
– Available in White/Orange and Black/Orange, both with orange wheels and frame

2012 KTM 1190 RC8R – International Specifications


Engine type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement: 1,195 cc
Bore/stroke: 105/69 mm
Power: 29 kW (175 hp) @ 10250 rpm
Torque: 127 Nm @ 8000 rpm
Compression ratio: 13.5:1
Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Transmission: 6 gears
Fuel system: Keihin EFI (throttle body 52 mm)
Control: 4 V/DOHC
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Engine oil: Motorex, SAE 10W-50
Primary drive: 40:76
Final drive: 17:37
Cooling: Liquid cooling
Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine management/ignition: Keihin EMS


Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder-coated
Subframe: Aluminium
Handlebar: Aluminium stump handlebar
Front suspension: WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock
Suspension travel front/rear: 120/120 mm
Front brake: 2 x Brembo Monobloc four piston, radially bolted caliper, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake: Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 220 mm
Wheels front/rear: Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17”; 6.00 x 17”
Tires front/rear: 120/70 ZR 17; 190/55 ZR 17
Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
Silencer: Stainless steel underfloor silencer with regulated catalytic converter
Steering head angle: 66.7°
Trail: 97 mm
Wheel base: 1,425 mm
Ground clearance: 110 mm
Seat height: 805/825 mm
Tank capacity: approx. 16.5 litres/3.5 litres reserve
Weight (ready to race): approx. 184 kg (without fuel)

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