Founded in 1934 under the name Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, KTM has grown like the proverbial tree, branching out from bicycles to two-strokes, enduros to supersports, and lately into sportscars. Their exciting entrance into the superbike arena was well-received and has become a standard-bearer for the company.
Based on their LC8 V-twin, KTM developed the 1148cc in only 30 months, the results roar for themselves with 152 hp and 89 ft-lbs. torque. Underneath the stealth fighter styling it uses a chrome-moly steel trellis frame, with fully adjustable WP forks and monoshock. Superbike-spec Brembo brakes have 320mm front rotors with 240mm rear. Low polar moment exhaust ends under the footpegs.
The RC8 presented here has just break-in miles and appears for all intents new. Evidently owned by a fan, it has been preserved, maybe with an eye toward collectability. From the eBay auction:
KTM’s RC8 Super-bike represents KTM’s first mass-produced production super bike. This particular KTM is #5 of only 50 produced in their first year; it also only has 1052 miles!! The KTM RC8 was fully designed with the racetrack in mind and is intended to compete directly against Ducati’s 1098/1198 Superbikes as well as the Big Four Japanese liter class motorcycles.
Introduced in spring 2008 as a 2008-1/2 model, the RC8 wasn’t without problems, there was a recall to adjust the transmission and a few quality control issues, but as a first superbike KTM hit it out of the park. Smashing design and execution, pricing in between Italy and Japan, and most ergonomics are adjustable for the individual rider. Never resting on their laurels, KTM improved the powerplant for 2010, and introduced a more dedicated track machine in the RC8R. But the distinction of a first-year model and fine condition are a draw. Listed by a Texas dealer, the auction has several days to run, dozens of bids, and hasn’t hit the reserve. Looking forward to watching this one…