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Old 01-25-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Decisions Decision. 2013 KTM RC8R or BMW S1000RR

I'm really stuck between what bike I should be buying in the near future. I wanted to get some members feedback. Maybe influence me....Maybe not.

BMWS1000RR- Very great bike, Not as common as Gsxr's and etc. But you do still see them. Very great bikes. Good electronics and etc. Aggressive stance. 4 banger with the top end power. ABS. Lower price the RC8R. 999cc's 179.2 hp & 78lb/ft . 458 lbs wet

RC8R- Very nice 1195 cc V-twin ( I love the low end torque of them, But I also sacrifice high end power which I am ok with. They are not as common as the BMW. I like to have something different. Great bikes. Probably a little harder to find parts for then the BMW. The seating stance reminds me more of super moto. High price then BMW. If I get this bike, I will be doing some customization of the headlight and possible headlight assembly. Landing strip headlights. PSSH!Fixed a lot of issue that were plaguing the 2008-2010 models. 173 hp * 88.5 lb/ft 420 lbs wet
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I'm really stuck between what bike I should be buying in the near future. I wanted to get some members feedback. Maybe influence me....Maybe not.

BMWS1000RR- Very great bike, Not as common as Gsxr's and etc. But you do still see them. Very great bikes. Good electronics and etc. Aggressive stance. 4 banger with the top end power. ABS. Lower price the RC8R. 999cc's 179.2 hp & 78lb/ft . 458 lbs wet

RC8R- Very nice 1195 cc V-twin ( I love the low end torque of them, But I also sacrifice high end power which I am ok with. They are not as common as the BMW. I like to have something different. Great bikes. Probably a little harder to find parts for then the BMW. The seating stance reminds me more of super moto. High price then BMW. If I get this bike, I will be doing some customization of the headlight and possible headlight assembly. Landing strip headlights. PSSH!Fixed a lot of issue that were plaguing the 2008-2010 models. 173 hp * 88.5 lb/ft 420 lbs wet
Never tried the KTM but I owned the bimmer and it is just an amazing bike comfortable riding in the city and an explosive beast at higher rpm. Quality is great ... You see more and more in Houston but still not that common, our last ride with frank thread Big boys ride was the most I have seen ... We had 4 in the same ride.
2012 and beyond are even better than mine.
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Have you sat on either for extended period of times? Or better yet, ridden one for more than a block?

Parts for both are stupid-expensive!

You may want to call John, the tire guy, for some opinions on them. He knows the KTM inside and out, as he owns two at the moment, and has worked on a number for Ty Howard, who happens to work for KTM. He's seen his share of BMWs too. You can also call around to other reputable shops to talk about aftermarket parts, fixing these when they break, etc. I'm sure Patrick has some great input, as Whoop, Tony Ta, Romeo, and so on.. any of these guys that have been around the block for a few years.
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Posterchild2 rides an RC8R. The only SS bike with adjustable ergo I know of. Gets points in my book just for that.

You can't go wrong with either, but sounds like you are aiming for some level of exclusivity. That White-n-Orange gets you that, in spades. Which is more expensive depends on how many boxes you check on the BMW order form. Not too many go for a bone stock S1K.
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http://www.ktmforums.com/forums/ktm-rc8/

Start here first. When I get back from a meeting I will chime in.
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John also has one of his KTM's for sale at the moment. Just put all the steet stuff back on. The plastics have 0 miles on them.

Give them a call and ask for John.
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It really depends what is more important to you, performance or looks...... Bmw has the performance and ktm has the looks, comparing both would be like comparing apples to oranges. I have the first generation s1krr and i really enjoy it as an all around bike, super comfortable for extended rides and fast as once you go past 11k rpm, my only complaint is the lack of front end feel, but the newer 2012 models have different geometry so it is a lot better now, i rode the 2012 model and it is a night and day difference!
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I gots to vote BMW.
that bike has raised the technological bar high. Real high.

Also, a friend of mine Alex from clutch Crew has an RC8 with an oil leak and someone on here has one with tranny issues.

BMW = reliable and bad
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2 very different bikes. V2 and i4 are a world apart. I prefer the smoothness of i4
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I'd go with whichever is more reliable, unless of course you enjoy wrenching more than riding.
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Also, a friend of mine Alex from clutch Crew has an RC8 with an oil leak and someone on here has one with tranny issues.

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I have to say, the KTM is my favorite twin. I'm not a twin guy, but I love that bike. The chassis felt so narrow and light, also.

I havent ridden the S1000RR yet, so I cant make comparisons.
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I'm really stuck between what bike I should be buying in the near future. I wanted to get some members feedback. Maybe influence me....Maybe not.

BMWS1000RR- Very great bike, Not as common as Gsxr's and etc. But you do still see them. Very great bikes. Good electronics and etc. Aggressive stance. 4 banger with the top end power. ABS. Lower price the RC8R. 999cc's 179.2 hp & 78lb/ft . 458 lbs wet

RC8R- Very nice 1195 cc V-twin ( I love the low end torque of them, But I also sacrifice high end power which I am ok with. They are not as common as the BMW. I like to have something different. Great bikes. Probably a little harder to find parts for then the BMW. The seating stance reminds me more of super moto. High price then BMW. If I get this bike, I will be doing some customization of the headlight and possible headlight assembly. Landing strip headlights. PSSH!Fixed a lot of issue that were plaguing the 2008-2010 models. 173 hp * 88.5 lb/ft 420 lbs wet
Go sit on both bikes to see which one fits you better. The I4 will be a lot smoother than the V2. Also, the BMW has an ~ 20 hp advantage over the KTM, not 6 hp as stated in the original post.
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Go sit on both bikes to see which one fits you better. The I4 will be a lot smoother than the V2. Also, the BMW has an ~ 20 hp advantage over the KTM, not 6 hp as stated in the original post.
20 hp advantage.

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20 HP ain't jack if you don't know how to ride. I know guys on stock 600 that are way faster than guys on zx14s
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