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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Is the RC8 right for me?

Hey everyone, brand new to this forum but I am active on the Buell and Triumph forums. I primarily joined to get some info from you guys and try to determine whether the RC8 will be my next bike, so input is appreciated!

I am 99% a street only rider (I've done 3 track days in my 10 years of riding, will probably do one a year from here on, so my bikes are mostly just getting street miles). I've owned mostly all middle-weight sport bikes (Daytona 675, SV650, CBR 600, Buell XB12SS).

The RC8 caught my eye both because I like rarer/oddball sportbikes and because I find it INCREDIBLE to look at. And I currently ride a Buell XB12 and appreciate big V-twin torque. Here is my main question though: is the KTM RC8 too fast to have much fun on the street with? The old mantra is: "it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow". I've stuck with that through all my bikes so I've never gone above the 600 "class" of bikes (100-120 hp). I am a responsible rider and save my hooligan riding for country back roads and abandoned twisties, in traffic and the city I obey the speed limits. Is the RC8 still fun to ride in those conditions when you can't really wring it's neck and gun it to redline without hitting ludicrous speeds?
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Is the RC8 still fun to ride in those conditions when you can't really wring it's neck and gun it to redline without hitting ludicrous speeds?
yes 16\41 sprockets, its wheely aggressive

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yes 16\41 sprockets, its wheely aggressive
What does 1st gear top out at with stock gearing and with 16/41 gearing?

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What does 1st gear top out at with stock gearing and with 16/41 gearing?

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i guess the point is you can always limit a bigger bike rather than try stretch out a smaller.
i just cant wait long enough for an affordable 200hp bike.

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i was always hanging on with my head in the clouds.
Ha, fair.

I guess my point is I would LIKE to be able to wring it out a little occasionally without hitting triple digits constantly. A powerful bike with shorter gearing would be the ticket (which I realize the RC8 doesn't have short gearing) so just curious what kind of speeds the top of 1st hits.
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Probably around 75-90mph before redlining.
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Are you thinking you can just roll around town in 1st gear? Is that what you’re trying to figger out?
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post #9 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Probably around 75-90mph before redlining.
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Are you thinking you can just roll around town in 1st gear? Is that what you’re trying to figger out?
Haha! No... just wondering whether it is possible to get to the upper rev ranges in 1st without hitting unreasonable road speeds. I have alot of fun on a bike being able to rev it out every once in a while and do a hard upshift, but I am also a responsible rider on the road who picks good spots to have fun (seldom traveled hill and country roads mostly) so I want to make sure the RC8 is still fun at "road speeds" and not just track speeds.

It would be my only bike besides my wife's SV650
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Yes the 8 is fun at road speeds. Get it, you will not regret it for a second
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