Posts by tag: RC8

KTM November 14, 2017 posted by

Origami Superbike: 2010 KTM RC8R 1190 for Sale

Origami, if you’re not familiar, is the Japanese art of paper folding, and the resulting creations look like angular, abstract animals. KTM’s RC8R takes folded paper style to extremes, with elemental shapes and broad, flat panels that would look more at home on a concept bike than a production machine, like an origami Ducati 916. There are no random graphics, fake vents or weirdly-sculpted surfaces. It looks almost like a papercraft model, a cartoon rendition of a superbike, especially in the plain white seen here on today’s RC8, with only the black tailpiece and belly-pan to break up the factory-fresh racebike look.

The RC8 was a surprisingly thoughtful machine, considering its brash looks and high-performance. The bike features highly adjustable ergonomics, and appears to have been designed for taller riders, instead of 5’8”, 140lb moto jockeys. The 75° v-twin displaced 1148cc and featured four-valves and chain-driven cams, along with twin spark plugs per cylinder, although it was later bumped to 1195cc for the 2010 model, for an output of 175hp and an arm-stretching 90 ft-lbs of torque.

I really love KTM’s brash approach to styling: their bikes are love-it-or-hate-it affairs, with bright colors and futuristic designs that seem to age well. From an aesthetic point of view, my favorite RC8 scheme is the orange-and-white but, when you see them in person, they’re almost too much, too in-your-face. So for myself, I think I might prefer a bike with this, much more elegant style. KTM RC8s don't come up for sale too often, at least not without outrageous price tags approaching their MSRP. You want what for a seven year old motorcycle that was a tough sell, even when new? Fortunately, today's isn't in perfect showroom condition, but miles are still low and the price is much more reasonable.

 

From the original eBay listing: 2010 KTM RC8R for Sale

Clean title in hand
Low mileage (7,100 miles)
Full Akrapovic Exhaust with Secondary Air System Delete (tuned accordingly)
R&G Tidy Tail fender eliminator
LED headlight bulbs
Tech Spec tank grippers
Brand new Q3 tires front and rear
Shorai Lithium battery

Very Minor scuffing of front left fairing
Yellowing found on tank from old tank protector adhesive
Typical burning of headlight housing from halogen bulbs (replaced to led, heat is no longer an issue)
All services up to date. 

The Buy It Now price for this example is just $8,999 which is very appealing, considering the solid condition, relatively low miles, and the inclusion of the desirable Akrapovič exhaust. When bikes are new, accessories are often available from companies at the higher end of the retail spectrum. But ten years on, you might end up fitting your exotic sportbike with a TwoBros pipe if it doesn't already have something like this.

-tad

Origami Superbike: 2010 KTM RC8R 1190 for Sale
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

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

-tad

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Orange Whip: 2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike for Sale
Aprilia October 23, 2012 posted by

October Mega Mailbag! [RC8, RS250, RZ350, VFR400R Rothmans, ZX7R, ZX7, 89 CBR600, VFR400]

Hey guys! It's been a while to say the least since we last published a post with your submissions. My apologies if your listing has expired or we didn't get to reply in time -- there's just been too much to do every weekend since forever!

Thanks as always for your emails and thank you for reading!

dc

First up Chris shoot us his 2009 KTM RC8 that has a couple days left on eBay. Buy-it-now is $11k.


Here's a great looking 1995 Kawasaki ZX-7 for just $4000 in Indiana on eBay.


Brit has emailed to let us know his Aprilia RS250 is available in Nashville for $6500 and with tags.


Peter has emailed us this very yellow Kenny Roberts tribute bike for sale on eBay. Very well written description. Good luck with the sale!


Adam sends us this stunning and original VFR400R Rothmans that has been in storage for 20 years. Check it out on Boston Craigslist for $13995.


John has email us his 2002 Kawasaki ZX7R that is available in Austin for $5400 with just 3500 miles. Good luck with the sale!


Peter spotted this very original looking 1989 Honda CBR600 on Cycletrader.com for $3k.


Chris forwarded us this spot in Canada for a 1992 Honda VFR400 for just $4200.

KTM March 29, 2012 posted by

All Austrian: 2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Limited Edition

All Austrian:  2010 KTM RC8R Red Bull Limited Edition

If you buy strictly Austrian then this is the bike for you.  Austrian built and plastered with sponsor logos from an Austrian company.  You may or may not know but Red Bull was actually invented in Thailand and discovered by an Austrian business man who set the company and marketing in motion.  Well, the Thai founder who owned half the company just recently passed away.  Bikes and current events, what else can you ask for here on RSBFS?

If you are strictly into street bikes you may not be aware but KTM is on a serious tear in the dirt bike world.  They hired Roger Decoster and Ryan Dungey and are now serious players in Supercross (before his injury).  European motocross and enduro is their own personal playground and they have had a steady stream of innovative bikes hitting the showrooms.  Their presence in the street bike market is much more subdued with the RC8R.  They are racing the AMA series again this year but I think they are looking for top 10's instead of podiums.  I don't think these Red Bull limited editions exactly flew off the showroom floors,  even with their  exclusivity.  In fact,  this is the first one I can remember being sold by a private seller.

You sure as heck won't mistake it for anything else, that is for sure.

 

The info:

2010 KTM RC8R LIMITED EDITION RED BULL
COMPLETE WITH FACTORY CLUB RACE KIT (4500.00) OPTION (NIB)
LESS THEN 20 ON THE CONTINENT AND SLOWLY DECREASING.
ONLY 381 MILES!!

Retail was 23,999.00 / NADA Lists this bike at 19,500.00 in average condition.

LC8 two-cylinder, enlarged oil cooler, optimised gears, displacement: 1195cc, power: 180 HP (132.4 kW) power output with optional club race kit
- 7.5 kg lightweight steel trellis frame with modified chassis geometry: caster raised by 6 mm, wheel base shortened
- WP suspension 43 millimetre upsidedown fork, TiAlNi-coated
- WP shock absorber, TiAlNi-coated piston rod
- Forged Marchesini light alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design
- Radially-mounted Brembo four-piston monoblock brake callipers with reinforced 320 millimetre brake discs
- Akrapovic Evo4 Full TI system installed.

 

And some video

 

There is obviously not a darn thing wrong with the bike.  I'm not even sure if there is a spec of dust on it.  The seller is asking $21,500 OBO.  Is he close considering the 381 miles on the bike?  I did see a couple for sale on the internets for similar prices.  Even with the low numbers produced, I have a sense the market and demand for them is a bit soft.  I've been wrong plenty of times though.

Click it and get your wings.

 

Ian

 

 

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