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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?"...

ktm rc8 arakapovic for sale

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
KTM May 16, 2014 posted by

Austrian Quickie: 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R

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This 2011 KTM RC8R is full of goodness, and looking for a new home. Few decent pictures are available, but we do know that this bike has fewer than 2,000 miles, and that this auction was forced to restart due to a non-paying bidder. That shows that there is good interest in the bike, and pricing is in the reasonable range.

2011 KTM 1190 RC8R for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This bike is in very good condition, super fast and light. It is a race ready bike that has been garaged from day one.

Located in Ohio, the seller is looking for $10,750 or best offer for this bike. Good Luck!

MI

Austrian Quickie: 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R
KTM July 7, 2013 posted by

Not One but Two KTM RC8R Akrapovic Editions Available Right Now

In China, the #12 symbolizes the command and the good, and governs the space and the time. That is to say the operation of the cosmos, from where its designation of cosmic number. I mention this because on eBay right now, there are two KTM RC8R Akrapovic editions, one being the red bull edition and one being the black version -- and both are number 12 of the 25 produced of each version! The KTM RC8R has several advantages over the standard RC8, including more power, different steering angles, and lighter wheels. The limited edition Akrapovic version was above and beyond that, fitted with a full Akrapovic race edition exhaust and updated ECU. The Akrpaovic editions of RC8R were rare, only made for 1 year and only 50 total made with 25 each split between the red bull edition and the standard Akrapovic edition. Amazingly, both versions are listed for sale on eBay us right now, and oddly enough both are #12 of their respective runs.

- Guest post from Marty G. Thank you!

2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull for sale on eBay

2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic For Sale


2010 KTM RC8R Akrapovic Black for sale on eBay

2010 KTM RC8R Black For Sale

KTM March 29, 2013 posted by

Mono Mashup! 1980 KTM custom racer

Can you take a pile of not so rare parts and assemble them into something very rare and special? I think the likes of Harris, Baker, Spondon and even earlier Bimotas prove that this can be the case. Careful selection of parts and a healthy exchange of sweat equity can create something truly special. In this case, a super mono style racebike consisting of a Honda Hawk GT 650 aluminum twin spar frame and a KTM 525 single. Toss a RGV swingarm on the back, mate up a smattering of Honda CBR600 and 900 pieces to complete the mix, and you are ready to roll down your driveway.

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We don't usually post unfinished custom builds on this site, but I took a chance on this one anyway. It is in far better nick than the GSX-R LE basket case recently posted by Ian, and it represents another type of spring project: sorting and finishing rather than a complete redo. The seller claims that this bike has seen a track day, although he has not ridden it on the track since he acquired it from the original builder. Is that a case of life getting too busy, or an indication of what lurks beneath? I'll let you decide.

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From the seller:
For auction is my unique KTM powered supermono. I purchased this machine from the builder. The gentleman was a professional machinist from Toronto. He bulit the machine for supermono/sound of singles racing. As fate often has it, he didn't have as much free time as he thought (seems to be a recurrent theme). I negotiated the purchase of the machine and he brought it to me in an enclosed truck from Canada. The bike has one track day on it's clock. I rode the bike up and down my street a few times per year and started it to heat cycle it a few times. It is made up of a "hybrid" of components: it is essentially the wonderful honda hawk GT aluminum frame coupled to a suzuki 250 2 stroke aluminum swingarm. I am listing the specific compononets below. I have many many bikes and cars and another baby on the way so I'm honest enough with myself to know that I'm not going to have the time to race this great little bike. I have listed it with what I feel is a very low reserve. Please don't ask me the reserve however I do have it listed locally and am open to offers. Thus, I reserve the right to end the listing early. If you are interested in converting this to a street legal canyon carver, I have a nearly new duplicate hawk frame with a clear and open title that I will make available to the winner.

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The seller has posted a brief spec sheet to go along with the pictures and text. Nothing terribly rare went into the bike, but what came out is a modern day super mono machine that has unmistakable potential. A little work may be needed to polish up the package, but it certainly looks to be a potent track day bike for anyone willing to try. Only a few bids thus far, with the auction up to $1,500 and reserve still in place. Somebody has already invested the dollars and sweat to get it to this stage; in the end this could be a real bargain. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out!

MI

KTM January 4, 2013 posted by

2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull For Sale

2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull For Sale

Only 25 of these were made available to the public, with 3 being listed on RSBFS previously last year as a simultaneous auction. This listing looks to be a pristine example of the RC8 red bull edition with low miles and the Akrapovic Exhaust option. With just under 2 days left on the auction, current high bid is $13999 reserve not met with a $17k buy-it-now option.

Thanks Marty!

dc

2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull For Sale on eBay

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KTM December 2, 2012 posted by

Early December 2012 Mailbag [RC8R, GS1000, FZR1000, ZXR400]

Hey guys,

Here's the latest submissions to our email. It's been very busy for all of us at our day jobs and unfortunately we weren't able to to get to everything before it expired but we appreciate your submissions.

Thanks,

dc

First up is Adam's 2011 KTM RC8R. Current bid is just shy of $15100 and appears to be winning bid with 2 days to go. It comes loaded with tons of trick bits to be a track day super threat, but with just 1200 miles and all the stock bits included in the sale, you get to decide how it lives the rest of it's life. Good luck with the sale Adam!


Kurt and Amy forwarded this awesome 1978 Suzuki GS1000 survivor. Available in Tampa Bay, Florida for $4500 this one sports just 17k miles and looks like a great buy for this price and condition.


Ned forwards us this 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 in North Carolina. It has 22k miles but looks unmolested and even sports the original exhaust. For $2700 it's hard to go wrong here I think.


Jeff emails us this brand new 2000 Kawasaki ZXR400 for sale on eBay UK for about $8000 USD.