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KTM RC8 Ergos

I got this out of a Sport Rider online article, has anybody seen any of these for the R12S, with comparisons to other popular sport models?



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I haven't seen any on the r1200s, but I have found that the Ergo's between the Ducati 1098S and the BMW HP2S were the same!
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I haven't seen any on the r1200s, but I have found that the Ergo's between the Ducati 1098S and the BMW HP2S were the same!
Somehow I find this to be unbelievable. the HP2S and R12S have essentially the same dimensions, so unless the handlebars and pegs are in significantly different locations, I assume the ergos are the same. (which would beg the question that if the R12S stock pegs and handlebars were good enough for Parriot to win on they ought to be in a reasonably correct location) I have sat on a 1098 and I can say that there is a HUGE difference in ergos on that bike compared to the R12S. Any HP2S owners who have ridden the 1098 care to comment?
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Just look at pictures.

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The KTM has lower bars, but peg position is relatively similar to the R12S. The HP2S has the bars lower than both the KTM and the R12S, but the pegs seem relatively similar to both other bikes. However, the seat of the HP2S seems to be more forward, probably for weight distribution, which will result in pegs that feel further back.
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The only thing that I can tell for sure is (a) that the whole "adjustable" ergo thing in RC8 works brilliantly (provided that you have half an hour to spend + basic tools) and (b) tiny alterations they DO make a big difference in comfort and feel.

If only KTM could fix (a) that awful gearbox and (b) that awful fueling...

In any case I'll suggest - if possible - to anyone to give that RC8 a spin (not just sitting on it).
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I haven't seen any on the r1200s, but I have found that the Ergo's between the Ducati 1098S and the BMW HP2S were the same!
My two cents worth, I sold my 2008 Ducati 848 and purchased a 2009 BMW HP2S and found that the Ergo's are less aggressive on the HP2S.
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I sat on the RC8 at the motorcycle show and the thing that struck me was the legroom and the comfortable forward position of the pegs. Seemed better than the R1200S to me. The grips seemed equivalent to the stock R1200S position.
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I sat on the RC8 at the motorcycle show and the thing that struck me was the legroom and the comfortable forward position of the pegs. Seemed better than the R1200S to me. The grips seemed equivalent to the stock R1200S position.
Exactly my impressions. At the CW show, I sat on a lot of sport bikes, and the RC8 was VERY relaxed compared to any other of the Japanese superbikes or the Duc 1098 models. (BMW wasn't at the show, but I've sat on the R1200S and HP2S and they seemed pretty aggressive to me.) Now they probably had the adjustability dialed out to the relaxed settings (the dufus booth people didn't know and I'm not enough of an expert to be able to tell with all the settings but they looked dialed back to the least aggressive), but this feature of the RC8 is just brilliant IMHO.

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My two cents worth, I sold my 2008 Ducati 848 and purchased a 2009 BMW HP2S and found that the Ergo's are less aggressive on the HP2S.

I said it before. You can't really judge the ergos on a bike by merely sitting on it. You've got to ride it IMHO.
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The reason I thought the Ergo's were the same between the Ducati and the HP2S when I sat on the ducati and the HP2S you are looking down at the instrument cluster!
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I traded my 748 for the 12S... NIGHT AND DAY is all I can say... and the seating position between the 12S and the HP2S is slightly different as well... with the HP being a bit more extreme.
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