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KTM August 24, 2016 posted by

aRRRggh – 2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R

Each manufacturer makes their own call when they introduce an uprated "R" model.  KTM has taken it fairly seriously and built a 990 Super Duke with a healthy margin of performance above the standard model.  Often considered for a track day special, the R-model offered here could be show or go ride.

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2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R for sale on eBay

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Built from 2005-12, KTM's Super Duke used the 75-degree twin capable of 132 hp, pretty out there for a naked machine.  The orange trellis  frame suspends the DOHC engine and has WP suspension both ends.  Big all over, the seat height is over 33 inches and the fork tubes are 48mm.  Akrapovic has added their pipe to the mufflers supplied on the non-R bikes.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes are 320mm front and 240mm rear.  The semi-gloss black ( the Duke name is in flat/gloss relief on the radiator fairing ) with orange color scheme is an attention-getting brand of stealth.

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Evidently not much to report on this Duke R, with just over 7,000 miles, and no apparent damage.  From the eBay auction:

This is a real Super Duke R!  You will not find any for sale anywhere!  It took me 2 years to find one!

It is in great condition min wear only... super clean bike.

It has a Akrapovic exhaust pipes and cans, making the sound awesome! It also has Dynojet PowerCommander.

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With the off-road side of the house paying the rent, KTM's street bikes have mostly been done in smaller quantities, and the Duke R is a sidelight in the already boutique naked superbike market.  Beside some carbon accents, factory upgrades from the Super Duke included blueprinting the LC8 internals, a lightweight flywheel, and sharpening up the handling by raising the rear ride height.  Reviewed as a super performer but uncomfortable once the pace relaxes, maybe an aftermarket seat would be a place to start.  Right after this 990 R gets back from a day or two at the detailer's...

-donn

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aRRRggh – 2008 KTM 990 Super Duke R
KTM May 9, 2016 posted by

An Austrian Interpretation – 2008 KTM RC8

Founded in 1934 under the name Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, KTM has grown like the proverbial tree, branching out from bicycles to two-strokes, enduros to supersports, and lately into sportscars.  Their exciting entrance into the superbike arena was well-received and has become a standard-bearer for the company.

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2008 KTM RC8 for sale on eBay

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Based on their LC8 V-twin, KTM developed the 1148cc in only 30 months, the results roar for themselves with 152 hp and 89 ft-lbs. torque. Underneath the stealth fighter styling it uses a chrome-moly steel trellis frame, with fully adjustable WP forks and monoshock.  Superbike-spec Brembo brakes have 320mm front rotors with 240mm rear.  Low polar moment exhaust ends under the footpegs.

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The RC8 presented here has just break-in miles and appears for all intents new.  Evidently owned by a fan, it has been preserved, maybe with an eye toward collectability.  From the eBay auction:

KTM's RC8 Super-bike represents KTM’s first mass-produced production super bike. This particular KTM is #5 of only 50 produced in their first year; it also only has 1052 miles!! The KTM RC8 was fully designed with the racetrack in mind and is intended to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class motorcycles.

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Introduced in spring 2008 as a 2008-1/2 model, the RC8 wasn't without problems, there was a recall to adjust the transmission and a few quality control issues, but as a first superbike KTM hit it out of the park.  Smashing design and execution, pricing in between Italy and Japan, and most ergonomics are adjustable for the individual rider.  Never resting on their laurels, KTM improved the powerplant for 2010, and introduced a more dedicated track machine in the RC8R.  But the distinction of a first-year model and fine condition are a draw.  Listed by a Texas dealer, the auction has several days to run, dozens of bids, and hasn't hit the reserve.  Looking forward to watching this one...

-donn

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An Austrian Interpretation – 2008 KTM RC8
KTM December 27, 2015 posted by

Right Off the Bat – 2008 KTM RC8 Limited Edition

KTM's first superbike was introduced on the 2005 show circuit using the 999cc Duke engine.  When production began in late 2007 the 1148cc LC8 was ready and though it was updated the next year, the bike was a success and the factory has campaigned it in AMA and World Superbikes.

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2008 KTM RC8 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

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KTM developed the 4-valve 75-degree V-twin in record time, and it provides 152 hp and 88 ft-lbs. torque.  The engine is almost 10 kg. lighter than comparable powerplants, which helps the WP ( a KTM subsidiary ) upside-down forks and monoshock do their job better.  Brembo radially mounted calipers hug 320mm front disks and 240mm rear.  The styling separates the RC8 fans from those who make parenthood jokes about the angularity and color schemes.

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Number 42 of a Special 2008.5 Edition of 50 ( Red Bull and Akropovich editions didn't come out until 2010 ),  this monochromatic treatment has a lot of carbon as well as exhaust and chip.  A surprising combination of 2250 miles and new tires, also a new lithium-iron battery, it's a beauty to behold.  From the eBay auction:

This is the rare 2008.5 model in stellar condition, #42 of 50 imported into the US. Numbered Plate (metal) included.  

Brand new Michelin Power Sport 3 tires.

It has the Power Commander on the bike, with a custom map from England tuned to the QD Exhaust, a big investment. The bike runs flawlessly with stellar throttle response and power..

All the Akropovic flat carbon bits are perfect as well. The entire tail piece, front and rear fenders, clutch guard are all Akropovic matt carbon. The original tail section is included, immaculate also.

It has orange anodized KTM billet covers installed for clutch, and both brake reservoirs. Then, CRG levers; orange silicone coolant hoses, as well as front and rear axle sliders. Includes R&G tail tidy, and KTM genuine accessory bag, it is made for the RC8 by KTM and plugs into the two holes you see in the tailpiece, which are controlled by the seat latch. Lastly, gorgeous R&G rearsets from England.

The carbon tank shield is from Australia.  I replaced the seat with a carbon fiber pattern-imprinted leather beauty from Corbin. Perfect fit and nicely parallel orange stitching. Original included with sale.

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The flat white, black frame and carbon look cool, with signature KTM orange playing peek-a-boo.  Outstanding digital dash and centralized-mass exhaust is better resolved than many.  Real-world ergonomics have slightly larger seat and higher bars than you might initally expect, but very adjustable, and the bike tested quick and comfortable.  Performance was substantially equal to a Ducati 1098S, their inspiration and competitor.

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Nicely accessorized by the owner with tankbag and cover, there're also no cam belt worries on a KTM, using a gear and chain system.  This Austrian upstart looks ready to go for some post break-in miles !

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KTM July 31, 2015 posted by

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

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You really have to hand it to KTM... it takes a lot of guts for a relatively small manufacturer to try to jump in and compete with the big Japanese manufacturers in the sportbike world.  KTM held nothing back with the release of their ferocious RC8 and eventually the RC8R.  While the first RC8 was powered by an 1148cc version of the Duke's 999cc v-twin engine, the RC8R was bumped up to 1195cc.  It was also decked out in top of the line components including fully adjustable WP suspension, Marchesini wheels and Brembo brakes.  Additionally, the RC8-R allowed the rider to adjust almost everything including the seat and subframe, the clip-on angle, the rearsets and all of the levers.  No other bike came from the factory with this much built in flexibility.  The styling is subjective, but it certainly won't be mistaken for anything else on the road.  If the hard edges and maybe the smallest subframe/seat ever put on streetbike weren't enough the RC8R was also painted with KTM's signature bright orange.  The seller waited until the sun had set to take his pictures, which normally isn't a good idea, but it still works here, mostly because that orange is SO bright.  With the limited production, impressive performance and low mileage, the big KTM is certainly worth a look.

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The seller has a pretty good description of the bike and a few aftermarket bits that he has added.  You can read more or check it out here: 2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay

you are looking at a rare KTM RC8R in the most sought after rare blk/org color. Only 200 hundred produced a year and no longer in production soon to be collector bike in exceptional condition, well maintained, fluids changed regularly, never dropped, adult driven garaged and covered runs like new, very fast, big plus v2 sound, this bike sports Akrapovic carbon fiber fenders and trim aside of being very light pieces they have a very beautiful satin weave that cannot be picked up by the camera truly a must see very expensive original pieces not knock off ones that are being sold. Also has original hard to find designed for RC 8 gas tank protector has a beautiful clean unique ,also features removable tank grip ,factory Brembo brakes, marchesini wheels, WP suspension, really nice LED lights

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Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R
KTM September 24, 2014 posted by

Orange Whip: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale

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I've been jones-ing to write about one of these KTM RC8’s for a while now. If you read my posts over at ClassicSportBikesforSale.com, you know I'm partial to loud, orange Italian motorcycles. KTM is an Austrian company, but their products are about the furthest thing from the stereotypical Germanic stoicism you can imagine. While this bike probably has a bit more grunt than I need right now in a track bike, I'd love to have one of these in my garage.

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Introduced in 2009 by a company formerly best known for their enduro bikes, the RC8’s looks have remained relatively unchanged, while the engine and gearbox have constantly evolved: early examples were criticized for having a relatively crude gearbox, although this has been refined over time to a point where the shift-action now draws significant praise from testers.

The 75° twin offers a good compromise between packaging and smoothness, and the angular styling has aged surprisingly well and manages to avoid the gimmicky look of some Japanese competitors. With a very simple color palate and huge geometric shapes, it’s not trying to look like anything else, and it definitely succeeds on that point, resembling nothing so much as the world's most dangerous Creamsicle...

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While these aren't the fastest v-twins in the world of superbikes and are often overshadowed by Ducati's twins and inline-fours from BMW and Kawasaki, the complete package is very balanced: it’s a bike faster than its specifications would suggest. In multi-bike comparisons, the relative lack of horsepower prevents an overall win, but the RC8 always seem to finish mid-pack, with reviewers bestowing intangible superlatives, describing a synergistic machine that they might actually spend their own money on.

And keep in mind that we’re still talking about 152 rear-wheel horsepower here, a figure that, until very recently, would have had testers’ palms sweating in fear or anticipation, or both.

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With the new crop of superbikes all going to “ride by wire” throttles and ever more sophisticated electronic aids to keep their outrageous power from killing riders without professional racing experience, this may be the ultimate analog sportbike: no ABS, no traction control, and no slipper-clutch here, at least until the inevitable redesign comes along in the next couple years.

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From the original eBay listing: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale

Up for sale 2010 KTM RC8 clean title bike. The bike is set up for the track and has many mods done to it. It is a great bike and in perfect condition. I built it for the track but had not taken her on the track yet. All the miles are street miles, the gauges are shown 5 miles because original gauges stopped working and were replaced.

The list of mods on the bike:
Full race bodywork with Andrew Swenson Design paint job
FMF exhaust
race harness kit
race ECU
Gilles rear sets
Zero Gravity windscreen
block off plates
race seat
carbon tank sliders

This example looks pretty well put-together, although the dirty fluid in the clutch and rear brake reservoirs is cause for some concern with regards to maintenance. The ignition switch and lights are all missing, and are not included so, if you’d been thinking about this as a street bike, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

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Highly adjustable ergos make the RC8 an all-day-superbike, and it’s supposedly the ideal choice for folks who are long-of-leg, or who need to cover some distance between home and their favorite stretch of curvy road. I’ve unfortunately not had the chance to ride one as yet, but I do know that the RC8 is always the best-sounding bike on the AMA SuperBike grid…

There are still a few days left on the auction, with a starting bid of $7,500 and no takers as yet. If the price stays low, this might be a great opportunity to get yourself a very cool track-day mount.

-tad

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Orange Whip: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale
KTM July 27, 2014 posted by

No Bull: 2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition

The RC8 was KTM's first attempt at a big sportbike and wow, what a first attempt. Right from the start it was designed to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class bikes. When it debuted in 2008, the RC8 received positive but not glowing reviews, mostly due to the way it looked. "...looks like a stealth fighter crashed into a motorcycle factory"..."Certainly wasn't designed by an Italian..."..."Haven't we had enough undertail exhaust bikes already?"...

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Once people started really examining the bike, it became apparent that while the looks of the bike were a bit unusual, in typical Austrian/KTM fashion it was actually form over function. The RC8 was developed with racing in mind, spent long hours in the wind tunnel during development and was almost infinitely adjustable when it came to setup, including the following components.

  • Front brake lever : Ok, thats available on lots of bikes, so no major bonus points there.
  • Clutch lever: Surprisingly still unavailable on many modern motorcycles.
  • Handlebars: The conversion from almost sport-tour-y to racebike is accomplished with four bolts and fewer minutes.
  • Seat: Not just the seat but the entire subframe, altering seat height from 31.7 to 32.5 inches in mere minutes.
  • Foot pegs: Lots of legroom when set in their lowest position yet still difficult to drag. Virtually unlimited ground clearance when in their high position.
  • Shifter: Adjustable for length (3 positions), leverage and GP-shift conversion.
  • Brake pedal: Nub adjustable for length in 3 positions.
  • Rear ride height: An eccentric allows simple adjustment over a 12mm range.
  • Gauges: Separate displays for street or track, most available via a pair of toggles on the left clip-on. The Road setting has displays for trip meters, clock, fuel mileage, miles to empty (best- and worst-case scenarios), trip time and ambient temps. The track setting has displays for lap timers, top speed, max rpm and race duration.

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After introducing the standard RC8 in 2008, in 2009 KTM introduced the racing model,designated as the RC8R. The RC8R had several advantages over the standard RC8, including more power, different steering angles, and lighter wheels. And then to go one step further, in 2010 KTM produced two separate 25 unit limited-edition series with Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems and updated ECU's, designated as the Red Bull and Black Akrapovic editions.

2010 KTM RC8R - Black Akrapovic edition for sale on eBay

Here we have one of the 25 black Akrapovic edition bikes with only 1650 miles. This particular bike is listed as being # 8 of 25 for the black Akrapovic edition and overall the bike looks good, although the standard rear tail unit has been removed (a common update) and replaced with a tail tidy.

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So whats it worth? Well KBB lists retail value for a standard 2010 RC8R at 11k but there are no prices available on KBB for the Akrapovic editions. Also, the Red Bull edition seems to be a bit more popular than the black Akrapovic, probably due to the Red Bull graphics being less of a contrast to the orange frame. But given the low miles and rarity of the edition, I would expect reserve price to be somewhere north of 13k. And since these bikes actually include some technical updates and the titanium Akropovic exhaust system, they will probably increase in value over time so maybe get yours while you can?

DISCLAIMER: I own a 2010 red bull edition RC8R that I picked up last year

-marty/dallaslavowner

No Bull:  2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic edition