KTM RC8 – Some Mods


168 Km and counting.. only 831 Km left until the first service. 

I wasn’t in my best health recently so I wasn’t able to ride the KTM as much as I wanted and being the last days of Ramadan I had other engagements which preoccupied me from riding. These days I think I will have a little bit more time to break the bike in and enjoy the machine. A lot of people keep asking me for a comparison between the RC8 and 1098s, and at this point it would be premature to say anything, I haven’t even scratched the surface of it. One thing I am very happy about is that you can clearly see the signals when you are behind or in front of me, they are bright LEDs. The stock mirrors are extremely good you can see people behind you and next to you, there is a blind spot of course but not unlike any other sports bike. This is a different machine for sure, it feels more civilized, you feel more confident when riding and stock seating position is very comfortable. I have nothing but good things to say about the KTM but there is a lot to discover and more to describe at a later point. 

The one thing about purchasing a motorcycle from the first creation of it is that you have to wait for the aftermarket parts. I’m not looking for performance modifications as much as cosmetic in the beginning, luckily KTM has a huge selection for every motorcycle they release, but I’m also looking for a few other items. I look for performance upgrades which give me the ability to ride the RC8 better, not necessarily something that makes it stronger. And the current modifications I have made are mostly cosmetic. 

Mods

  • Tinted Windshield
  • Tank Protector
  • Racing Fuel Cap
  • Rim Sticker Set
  • Aluminium Cap Clutch Reservior
  • Aluminium Cap Brake Fluid Reservior

I just received the Tinted Windshield and Racing Fuel Cap so I decided to install it. As things were progressing I started off with the Windshield, started unbolting the screws, for some reason it wouldn’t budge, and this is when things always get interesting. I thought maybe I need to remove the top front fairings (body panels), so I started unscrewing those as well. And I noticed they are really held together perfectly, looking at it I knew I was doing something wrong, I shouldn’t be taking the front fairing off to install a wind shield, its usually a straight forward process. So I started look for something I missed, and turns out I missed a set of screws which were holding it in place and I took it off and easily slid out. Then installed the tinted windshield and it looked really different. Now it came time to install the Racing Fuel Cap instead of the standard fuel cap, the instructions were clear and said to make sure I don’t drop any screws into the tank and that is what I was most worried about. Took it step by step and followed the clear instructions, made sure the air pressure valve was placed correctly with the racing fuel cap and it fit perfectly.

All these subtle changes made this bike look a little nicer, it is a beautifully designed machine. I don’t even know what to modify, its just something that you have to personalize.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

11 Comments

  1. actually looks pretty cool with the tint, i was expecting it to look better stock

  2. Halicy

    man, cant take my eyes off that mean thing! mashallah, just take it easy on it buddy.

  3. Looks cool with the tinted screen, how about black anodized clutch\break levers, the screws of the front finder would look nicer in black…u know to go with side fairing screws http://www.tastynuts.com

    Do you think tinting the front turn signals would be too much?

  4. jewaira

    Mashallah it is a beauty
    safe riding

  5. Halicy

    The Gulf Run Sticker looks nice…

  6. Funny but why did my comment appear with Halicy’s nick name :S

  7. i love the brake/clutch reservoirs. this is the best tank pad ever. everything looks perfect
    u need a brake/clutch levers and get rid of the GulfRun sticker
    i like your taste

  8. the machine look amazing … also the picture are just so crystal clear. did u decide on a name yet?

  9. Halicy

    Z: the 2nd comment from HALICY “The Gulf Run Sticker looks nice” is not mine, someone is using my name and picture. can u confirm the email address please?

  10. Man I love the mods. Makes the bike look titties. Love that smoke screen was it through KTM. Is there a double bubble windscreen for it? How about black anodized brake/clutch levers?

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