Posts by tag: KTM

KTM June 18, 2017 posted by

Alternative: 2013 KTM 1190 RC8R

The mighty RC8R was started as an internal pet project wtihin KTM R&D. This was no mere "sporty bike" project. Rather, the RC8 lineup was designed with racing in mind - Superbike competition and more. The culmination of that project was the "R" model RC8 - with top-shelf components and exclusive performance that rivaled the best of what the world had to offer. It was raced in competition with limited success, but paved the way for what is now KTM's MotoGP project. You'd be forgiven if you missed the RC8R in competition; most American buyers seemed to completely miss out on the RC8R in the showrooms too. With only a few hundred sold per year (tops), KTM eventually pulled the plug on this mega street bike. Today, the only SuperSport in the KTM lineup is the RC390.

2013 KTM RC8R for sale on eBay

The backbone of the RC8R is a tubular lattice frame of high-strength chrome-molybdenum steel. This is a page out of the early Bimota handbook, and resembles the handiwork of Ducati frames (except for the color, of course). On to that solid foundation KTM fitted a massive swingarm with adjustable pivot points. Suspension is WP on both ends, completely adjustable, naturally. In fact, adjustability might just be the RC8R's calling card: foot pegs and controls, seat height, and levers are all adjustable to help best adapt the bike to the rider. That is race bike level of detail, and certainly helps the rider control the 173 HP booming out of the 75 degree angle V-twin. Stopping this just-over-400-pound (dry) beast are Brembo radial mounts attached to lightweight, Marchesini aluminium die-cast wheels. All in all, a very formidable package.

From the seller:
2013 KTM 1190 RC8R White/Orange Only 1,400 Miles
Can't be told from new - Full Service History / Climate Controlled Storage
Original Books' Service Manual Keys & Tool Kit
Private Party Sale Title in hand Ready to transfer. No Paypal Game Cash or Bank check Only
Exterior Color:
1195 cc
Title Condition:

The KTM RC8R does not quite have the supermodel good looks of the Ducati Panigale, but that keeps it from being a "me too" type of machine. Poised - as if ready to transform into something else - the KTM looks raw, mean and fast. These are wonderful bikes indeed, and the later year variants (such as this 2013 example) are free from the minor hiccups and teething that plagued the first year models. This is a solid, reliable, and confidence-inspiring mount, sure to make a statement when you arrive. Even sitting still it has a unique - exclusive - quality.

This particular example has only 1,400 miles on the clock; that helps explain why it looks so clean. There will be those that question a bike that has been ridden so few miles, but one man's garage queen is another man's nearly new motorcycle. And since you cannot get an RC8R any longer, wouldn't you rather get the newest one you can? Bidding starts high on this one: $12,995 is the opening ask, with a reserve in place. It may be too soon for these oddball quasi-Ducs to appreciate, as they were only recently discontinued (due to poor sales). In time, I would have to think the collecting world would come to appreciate this bike somewhat differently. Check it out here, as there are plenty of great pics of this steed. Then just back to our Comments section and give us a piece of your mind on this KTM: Is it a current superbike, a flash in the pan, or a future collectable? Good Luck!!


Alternative: 2013 KTM 1190 RC8R
KTM July 31, 2015 posted by

Impossible to Miss – 2011 KTM RC8-R

2011 KTM RC8-R on eBay


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.


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



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

Orange Whip: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike R Side2

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, 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.

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike L Rear

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...

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike Dash

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.

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike R Front

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.

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike R Tank

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.

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike Engine Detail

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.


2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike L Side

Orange Whip: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale
KTM May 16, 2014 posted by

Austrian Quickie: 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R


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!


Austrian Quickie: 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R
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.


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.


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.


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!


KTM June 1, 2012 posted by

Red Bull Gives KTM Wings: 3 KTM RC8R Red Bull Editions!

For Sale:
KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #4

KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #5

KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #23

There are days when scouring the 'net results in few - if any - rare bikes. And then there are days when there are so many rare bikes up for grabs that the entire staff of RSBFS cannot keep pace. Witness the multitudes of two strokes we have listed right now - lots of rare RZs and Gammas. Enjoy, because it may be a while before we see such a glut again.

While we were busy getting high on blue smoke and castor oil fumes, RSBFS superfan Marty spotted a trifecta of KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition bikes available at the same time - an unbelievable occurrance given that only 25 were made available. Guest contributor Marty writes:

When manufacturers make a limited edition of a bike, the odds of seeing two for sale at the same time tends to be pretty small

Of course the smaller the run (oh, lets say 25), the odds are certainly less.

And then there are the odds of seeing them on the same website at the same time....

So how should we react when 3 of the total production run of 25 Red Bull KTM RC8's are listing for sale at the same time and all are listed on (USA)? All I can say is Im sharpening my ice skates and watching the weather forecast to see if they mention a guy named beelzebub.

Very well said, Marty. This is indeed a rare event. So let's take a look at the bikes! The RC8R Red Bull Edition was produced in extremely limited volume (25), with each bike individually numbered. Here is a great flyaround video of the KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition bike:

Now lets check out the bikes that are for sale. Starting out, here is KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #4:

From the seller:
2010 KTM 1190 RC8-R Red Bull Limited Edition
Individually numbered #4 0f 25 imported into North America.... 20 in the USA

Limited Edition IDM Red Bull paint and graphics
Optional Club Race kit including Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, head gasket and new valve timing installed
Yoyodine Slipper clutch
Fender eliminator
1278 mile trade in
Clubman kit is designed for racing - closed course use only

The auction for this RC8R #4 is on right now and the starting bid is a hefty $16,001. No bids as of yet (and three to choose from!), so take a look and enjoy!

The second bike on today's list is KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #5. That's right, only ONE serial number up from the last bike posted!

From the seller:
Up for sale is my very own 2010 KTM RC8R RED BULL LIMITED EDITION in SHOWROOM NEW CONDITION with only 774 Miles on it. This is an extremely rare number plated motorcycle which is #5 of 25, and only 12 of the 25 were released to the U.S. The other 13 were sold in Europe. This bike was priced over $24,000 new. This bike has been equipped with the KTM Factory Club Race Kit ($4600 + $900 Installation) which was installed by the KTM Dealer where the bike was purchased. The Club Race Kit includes: -A FULL AKRAPOVIC EVO4 TITANIUM RACE EXAUST SYSTEM WITH TITANIUM HEADERS, -KTM HIGH COMPRESSION HEAD GASKET, -VALVE TIMING RETUNED, -KTM HIGH FLOW AIR FILTER, -IGNITION AND FUEL INJECTION REMAPPED, -DYNO TUNED. Standard features on the KTM 1190 RC8R Red Bull Limited Edition include: - WP REAR ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION, STEERING STABILIZER, AND 43mm INVERTED TiAlNi-COATED FORKS. - BREMBO 4-PISTON MONOBLOCK BRAKE CALIPERS WITH REINFORCED 320mm ROTORS. - MARCHESINI FORGED LIGHT WEIGHT ALUMINUM WHEELS. - LIGHT WEIGHT STEEL TRELLIS FRAME - PIRELLI DIABLO SUPERCOARSA SP TIRES THIS IS A MUST SEE BIKE AND IS GUARANTEED NOT TO DISAPPOINT!

This particular bike has only 774 miles on it (versus the 1,278 as reported on bike #4 above). The auction for KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #5 is also on right now, with a lower opening ask than the previous bike (the current bid is only up to $14,450 with reserve in place) and BIN set at $17,000. So pricing is close between these bikes. With all of these bikes avilable, this one might come down to which seller is willing to deal.

The final bike available today is KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #23. This particular bike appears to be the most utilized of the 3 listed, although the mileage is very close to the other two (1,210).

From the seller:
Please read everything in this auction listing.
Aprox 1200 Miles
Virginia Clean Title
Red Bull Edition #23 of 25
Club Racing Kit: Akro Titanium exhaust, head gaskets, removable kickstand, KTM air filter, etc........
Race bodywork w/dzuz fasteners
Extra set of race tires brand new
All stock parts
Comes with original mirrors not the bar end mirror.

BAD: Bike was dropped at Summit Point T1 gravel pit, bike hit the gravel pit and it was dropped on the left side. The left mid section has gravel scratches/chips/whatever you will like to call it. You cannot tell the bike has been dropped until you are about 1-3 feet from the bike.

Upper left
Corner of inside tail


Well, it's a pity about the gravel rash, but on the other hand it is GOOD to see these bikes ridden in locations deserving of the pedigree. The auction for this KTM RC8R Red Bull Edition #23 is also on right now, and the pricing is right in line with the condition: the current bid is $8,251 with reserve still in place, and the BIN is set at $13,500.

The KTM RC8R is a serious sportbike and a serious contender. I must say that I am encouraged by Chris Fillmore and Stefan Nebel's AMA Superbike results on the KTM at both Infineon and Miller recently, and look forward to watching them progress. Meanwhile, if you want to get yourself onto a very collectable machine, take your pick. I'm not sure you can go wrong! And speaking of the AMA Superbike racer, check out the KTM team:

For his help with this post and his terrific commentary, we will be sending Marty a RSBFS sticker before they are available to the public. Watch for these goodies and more coming to the RSBFS Merchandise store soon. Thanks for the help, Marty!