I didnt like the EBR bikes, and if i wanted something like that, it would have said KTM on the side.
Which raises the point, KTM now don't make the RC8 anymore, all the Aprilias are now V4s, so apart from Ducati (and Brough
) is anybody else still making a V twin Supersport?
"Too dangerous for public roads", apparently!
but there may come a time when all the other top runners make a 200bhp V4 and it just gets boring again.........or such bikes become impractical for highway use due to cripplingly low speed limits and the new fines anyway.
Then we're back to the good old air and oil cooled tractors for all their own merits?
My new v-twin hooligan bike would have said KTM on it too.
As per the RC8, they let it languish in its original state far too long and it allowed itself to become obsolete. Honestly, it's rear suspension was as difficult to dial in as the XB's rear. Good motor. And it set new records at all the tracks in Texas one year, a lot to do with the pilot tho.
"Too dangerous for public roads" was real funny and I remember when he said it. But then they start pumping out a 160 HP adventure bike, as if that won't get someone killed. I'd read rumors the past couple years about them developing a V4 for a RC16 and now they have stellar electronics on their adv bikes with is something the RC8 didn't have. So once their motoGP effort starts paying off, they may just release an RC16. And I won't be buying it either. I had my fill of riding in the fetal position and the bikes are just too damn small.
As for air cooled merits and crippling low speeds, I'm seeing a lot of small displacement bikes coming out. Could be the right idea for many places and uses. Still too small for me.