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Any rc8r riders on here ???

Been on here for years with my RC51 but have an RC8R too now and just wondering if there are any other KTM guys here. I'm in Hot Springs VA

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I believe Wibbly had one for a while. I got to spend a couple weeks astride the first-gen RC8 (1148cc model, on street only) and quite enjoyed it, notably for its adjustable ergonomics, broad spread of power and solid feel......

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Yes it is the most comfortable fast bike I have ever been on. LOVE IT smooth and very powerful perfect for my area the mtns
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I had one for a few years. Mine was a 2010 model. I had to sell it in 2014. It had a voracious appetite for water pumps. I just couldn't handle having a bike that was constantly leaking, so I let it go


But to be honest. It had an absolutely wonderful chassis. And the 2010 engine while being very abrupt and hasty with its torque application was an absolute dream once you understood what it wanted.

Its a damn shame they pedestrianized the engine for 2011. The 10 motor was a firecracker


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Rc8r

I wanted one but AFAIK nobody here has one.

RC8R Forum has a few ex member of this place on it.

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Yep I am one.


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here's mine just before it got stripped down, parted out and put back to stock.



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Nice

WIBBLY I think we have chatted on the RC5q site a couple times? What did you have trouble with on your RC8R? I still have my RC51 but really loving the RC8R. Hope you are well!!

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 10:23 PM
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Yeah I'm sure we have. It chewed through water pumps. It killed 7 of them in 12000 kms. I just gave up on it


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Some members on the Superhawkforum have switched their bikes over to electric pumps (though the VTR is not reputedly hard on water pumps) due to reported higher efficiency and reduced friction (which allows the engine to spool up quicker and is said to improve fuel mileage slightly). It may be a potential solution..... granted, it's unfortunate to have to even contemplate this on a modern sportbike, especially given the bike's numerous strengths in other areas.....

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I suspect it was a bad casting in the case that caused a misalignment. KTM also have a retarded seal system. Instead of the mechanical seals riding on the pump shaft, they are on a wear bushing that is sealed with an oring. I have no idea why they would do that.


An electric water pump wouldn't work with the rc8. The suction to the pump comes from inside the cases, not a hose.


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I'm wondering if it is the supplier. KTM had a bad run of water pumps and fuel pumps on the 950ADV and SE. Advrider might help out in the OC section.

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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-02-2015, 02:31 AM
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I bought one back in October. I got a really good deal on a used 2012 model. I haven't had much of a chance to ride it though because of the weather. It's not a Honda in that I think it will be more fiddly to maintain, but probably not near as bad as a Ducati. At least I have a local dealer and reasonable access to parts. No, I didn't get rid of any of my Hondas either. I'm getting the mods ready that I want to make to it this Spring. I have a Rottweiler Ram Air and SAS removal kit and I'm having ECUnleashed reflash the ecu.
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Had nothing but problems with mine. Finally blew the engine and parted it out. Dropped a valve and the engine was toast.

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^^ And this guy can keep Aprilia SXV's running.
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-09-2015, 10:00 AM
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I have a 2012 model and haven't had any major issues with it, but only have about 5000 pretty easy miles on it. Made the RC51 into a track bike years ago so that one takes the abuse but keeps ticking.
The only issue with the RC8R is a slight glitch at around 5000 rpm. I'm building the map in the pcv with dual auto tune and it seems to be helping a little. Power commander has a new product to analyze data called the POD-300. Has anyone on here used this yet?
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Everyone talking like the bike sucks when they the vast majority don't have the talent to push the RC 8 R anywhere near its limits. I respect the decision and agree...
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