Posts by tag: RC8R

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.

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.

-tad

2010 KTM RC8R Track Bike L Side

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?"...

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 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.