Posts by tag: akrapovic

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 April 12, 2011 posted by

Two Of Austria’s Finest: 2010 Red Bull And Akrapovic RC8R’s

Two Of Austria's Finest: 2010 Red Bull And Akrapovic RC8R's

Throw obnoxious graphics on something with two wheels and you got me. I'm an out of the closet poser and love bikes like these. From the looks of it though, I'm probably in the minority. I get a feeling the RC8's aren't selling all that well. I've seen these limited editions floating around at dealers but haven't seen many resales. Maybe the dealers just aren't being realistic with their prices. In any case, they are at least some nice eye candy to take your mind off work.  Does your boss know you visit RSBFS on his dime?
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In can be yours for just under $19,000.  I think KTM hurt themselves by not racing the bike here in the States.  If you are marketing a race rep it just seems logical someone should be out racing it professionally.  Win or back of the pack you need to be out there.  Hopefully the economy will pick up enough for them to start having a presence here in road racing.

I haven't really read or heard a bad thing about them but I just get a sense there isn't a whole lot of demand for the bike. 

KTM has gone for the futuristic look.  No analog tach for you my friend.  if you'd like to take it off the showroom floor.

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If caffeine isn't your thing but hand made exhausts are then maybe an Akrapovic RC8R would make you smile.  Same bike as the Red Bull bike, just different clothes.  If you don't mind seconds, this demo bike will not lighten your wallet as much as the Red Bull bike.  The asking price is $16,500.

Love it or hate it, you can't accuse KTM of copying anyone else's styling.

 If you dated a Playboy Bunny would you want her wearing overalls?  This beautiful exhaust gets hidden under the RC8R's bodywork. 

 

 I'm trying to think what kind of smart ass custom plate you could put on there.  .

IK

KTM August 19, 2010 posted by

Waiting For A New Home: 2010 KTM RC8-R Akrapovic

Waiting For A New Home:  2010 KTM RC8-R Akrapovic

Not sure if this was a demo bike or just not someones cup of tea.  With only 936 miles on it you basically have a brand new RC8-R for the taking.  A dealership has listed the bike and can be contacted for more info.  Bidding has begun on the bike and it has a buy it now price of $21,999.  Not $22,000 but $21,999.  See I was going to buy it but that last dollar really turned me off.  If you aren't familiar with the Akrapovic Edition be sure to check out KTM's website for the details.

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Here are some more visuals:

Now time for some audio. Red Bull Edition but with an Akrapovic exhaust. Throaty to say the least.

IK

Sport Bikes For Sale May 16, 2010 posted by

1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 In Southern California With An Asking Price Of $20,000

This is the real deal, a 1999 YZF-R7!  Located in Spring Valley, California is a 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 titled and registered in California.  This example has been used with 21,835km (13,567mi) on the clock.  The seller states that the bike is "All stock with the stage 1 mod, white wire cut activating the second set of injectors, full AKRO exhaust."  No mention of the replacement crank or other maintenance history is made however, I'm going to assume the bike is in pretty good condition based on the photos.  In March, we saw an R7 out of Florida with 2,800km on the clock and an asking price of $26,500 which can be seen here.  See our other R7 postings here.  The pricing on this one seems good for an R7 but, a little high for one with 13k miles.  The seller does state that they are firm on the price and that "If you don't want to pay the price go buy a different R7."  Err, good point.  The R7 was Yamaha's homologation bike for World SuperBike when they were racing 750cc inline-fours and is truly exotic; not sharing anything with the mundane R1 except for it's look.  If you're looking for a usable R7, have a look at this nice example in Southern California here.

AG

Aprilia April 26, 2010 posted by

2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera #21 Of 200

Here is another RSV Nera in Southern California!  Located in Los Angeles, California is a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera Edition #21 of 200.  No real information about the bike or it's condition is given other than the production number.  A month ago, we actually saw Nera #22 on eBay which had a Buy-It-Now price of $25,000 but, was only bid up to $13,750--It can be seen here.  This example, #21, looks to be at a dealer and has an asking price of $19,000; However, we can't pass judgment without more information from the seller.

The Nera was a bike from the Dream Series, I believe the only one so far, and was based on the Factory but featured carbon, titanium, and magnesium pieces with all fairings, even the tank, coming in carbon fiber.  The engine features titanium bolts with magnesium valve and clutch covers, new molybdenum disulphide coated pistons and a stainless steel oil tank.  The suspension is top of the line Ohlins units which are fully adjustable.  The wheels are forged magnesium with titanium nuts and bolts.

This is a very special bike which still isn't cheap but, should you go broke, you can always take some bits to the scraper to pay for some tires.  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Aprilia March 2, 2010 posted by

2003 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nori Haga #124 Of 300

This is a one owner Haga replica with only 362 miles!  Located in Fowlerville, Michigan is a 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R Nori Haga replica.  This one has been posted for a couple days but I was waiting for the seller to post pictures to share it with you all.  Only 300 of these were produced worldwide with 60 coming to America.  These replicas came with not only the WSB Haga replica scheme but also:  Blue Ergal tripple clamp with Haga's signature, production number, and WSB text, Akrapovic titanium exhaust with SS collectors and EPROM map, ten additional hp, 6.6lb weight loss (with Akrapovic system fitted) and all the standard features of the Mille R variant.  This bike comes with the standard exhaust and the Akrapovic system.  The seller doesn't state much other than the bike is in flawless condition and has always been kept in a heated garage.  The pictures seem to easily agree with this claim.  The asking price appears to be all of $16,500.  If this Haga replica has you jonesing, see the bike on the ApriliaForum.com here.

AG