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Posted: 7/21/2008 1:41:15 PM EDT
My good friend got this bike a while back and he let me hop in the saddle for a little while. Wow thats a nice bike. My first impression...It feels like a Ducati without all the racing ergos and a little bit smoother. It seems very light and the brakes are great. Sadly, it's for sale and I can't afford it. Check out milwaukee craigslist if your interested.

Link Posted: 7/21/2008 1:44:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2008 1:47:34 PM EDT by 00_buckshot]
I'm excited to see the new RC8 in person.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 6:45:35 PM EDT
I spent time on the latess super duke at Laconia. This thing is hot. While none of us got to wring it out on the highway we did get to tear up some side roads around the area. One of the first things that has to be acknowledged is that I am not as good as the bike is. That said the perfect combination of drive train chassis and brakes let me do things with a bike that I haven't done on anything bigger than a 125 and that was in the dirt. In one instance through a missed signal during a driving rain, I found myself over braking the rear wheel and just rolling the throttle on to "power slide" it back into position. This is not the fastest twin I have ridden but it is god awful quick, The chassis is great, it handled every surface extremely well and the riding position seems slightly higher than the Monster. Brakes are great with out over complication and the set is actually quite comfortable (hey anyone at Ducati listening?) The only downside is NO wind deflection. (I know it is a Naked after all) Oh and the price $14500 which puts it right in there with the S4RS (that is also the only real comparison point in performance as well) and it would be a tough call for me if I were ready to drop that kind of change. But make no mistake this KTM is clearly near the top of the heap with the Nakeds and with out that pricey valve adjustment that some of its Italian competitors have.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 7:16:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 00_buckshot:
I'm excited to see the new RC8 in person.

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 3:27:20 AM EDT
If it is a KTM, it is a damned good ride! period!

Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:20:28 AM EDT
It is a cool tool.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 5:16:52 AM EDT
Nice. I like those KTM's , too pricey for me though.
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