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Aprilia February 9, 2019 posted by

Do you Tuono? 2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory

Often considered the newer, younger upstart to the Superbike scene, Aprilia dates back to the end of World War II as a manufacturer. Originally a builder of bicycles and mopeds in war-torn Italy, Aprilia leveraged a partnership with Austrian company Rotax and began to build bigger scooters - including a string of very successful 250cc road racers. Many well-known knee draggers - folks like Max Biaggi, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi, Roberto Locatelli, Marco Melandri, Álvaro Bautista, and Jorge Lorenzo to name a few - achieved championship status on an Aprilia 250cc race bike. The connection with Rotax remained over the years, and in 1998 Aprilia launched the first of the big bore models - the RSV - based on a 1000cc Rotax 60 degree V-twin. As the years passed and Aprilia was acquired by Piaggio, the larger models continued, as did forays into racing in both WSBK as well as MotoGP. So clearly Aprilia knows something about building sporting motorcycles.

2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory for sale on eBay

The Tuono is fundamentally a RSV sport bike sans clothes. Much like the Monster lineup from Ducati, the Tuono features a more upright seating position, wider bars and what is generally considered more adept at navigating in the city. Also in parallel with Ducati, the "R" spec of an Aprilia model offers tastier suspension bits, more carbon fiber, lighter weight and a higher level of performance. In the case of the Tuono, you are looking at approximately 9 lbs of weight carved off of the standard model, Ohlins suspension and top-notch Brembo binders. You also get a gold anodized frame - which doesn't add any performance but definitely gives you that bling factor. And while the Italians are known for their two-wheeled artistry, every once in a while they paint from a palate of colors not ordinarily found in nature; this seems to be one of those times.

From the seller:
Original owner - over 12 years. Rare bike. Factory edition with Ohlins front and rear, carbon fiber and forged OZ wheels in blue. I upgraded the stock steering damper to Ohlins as well. Akrapovic cans with PC 3 custom dyno tune - runs fantastic. CRG levers, Puig screen, tank grips and fender eliminator. Stock parts included. Recently installed new stator and regulator. Forks rebuilt within last 2500 miles. All major work done professionally at Eurosports in Pa. Newer Pirelli Diablos.

No doubt this is a striking, if not interesting looking bike. If you are concerned with becoming another "me too" Monster rider, this could be your escape vehicle. Rare by the numbers but not necessarily high on the collector list, this particular example has just over 17,000 miles on the clock. Not a lot of picture, but definitely a lot of bike. Located in New Jersey, you can check it out here. Do you Tuono? Let us know! Good Luck!!

MI

Do you Tuono?  2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory
KTM February 7, 2019 posted by

Teacup: 2016 KTM RC390 Cup Bike

Right here we have an interesting dilemma. Race bikes are definitely cool, but used machines really need to have some star power and proven history to have value. Track day bikes - also known as hacked street bikes - are relatively cheap but usually thrashed pretty hard. Brand new race-spec bikes are rare, and nearly always very, very expensive. But what if you could find a new and competitive race bike built for a current race series - but reliable and valid for use on practically any track day you might have in mind? And what if it was reasonably priced? Enter today's cool 2016 KTM RC390 Cup Bike, advertised as NEW.

2016 KTM RC390 Cup Bike for sale on eBay

The little KTM shares a lot of DNA with its bigger brother, the RC8. Sure, it's a smaller displacement bike - often mistakenly identified as "entry level" here in the US - but that does not mean that technology has passed it by. With a short, straight tube frame chassis in trademark orange, the RC390 features WP suspension including upside down forks. Motivation is provided by a liquid cooled, single cylinder four stroke with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Figure approximately 44 HP nearing the neighborhood of 10,000 RPM (although the sealed race bikes may have slightly less), and more torque down lower on the rev range than any of the small bike twins. A slipper clutch is standard, as is the Brembo designed brakes and fly by wire throttle with fuel injection - certainly not entry level equipment. Dry weight for the standard machine is just about 300 lbs even.

From the seller:
2016 KTM RC 390 Cup Bike. Bike has never been titled and sells as a new bike.

Was $10,000 $ave over $4,000! The KTM RC Cup racebike, it is a track-only (NOT STREET-LEGAL) version of the RC 390. The race-prepared motorcycle is sold ready for competition, with over 40 KTM PowerParts and other improvements to enhance its racing performance. The engine of the bike comes sealed for use in the MotoAmerica series and it gets a performance exhaust by Akrapovic The racebike features fully adjustable WP inverted forks fork and WP racing monoshock with high-/low-speed compression and rebound damping, adjustable preload and adjustable shock length. It also gets a taller windshield with race style tail fairing and belly pan. Throttle response is a very important factor in racing, so the KTM RC Cup racebike receives RC8 R-like throttle assembly. Moreover, there are also CNC-machined race-spec rearsets and foldable levers on the bike, along with many other PowerParts, including front and rear trackstands.

The RC390 Cup machine is likely one of only a handful of turn key racers you could buy new in the past decade, fully set up out of the crate (the Moriwaki 250 and Aprilia 250 Cup are the others). Yes, it fits smaller riders better. Yes, to be fully qualified for MotoAmerica you need to be younger than 22. But adults can hoon on this all day long during track days, thanks to the proven reliability of these tough and quick thumpers. And isn't that what you want in a track day bike? A ready supply of spares, minimal parts that can be damaged in a crash, and reliability to ensure that you maximize your track time - all in an affordable package that is light weight and easy to handle. For those less selfish, you may even have an aspiring young racer in the house that is looking for a sponsored ride. Either way, the price of entry is a mere $5,995 Buy It Now - super cheap for a racer! Check it out here. I know it does not have three trillion horsepower, but this can carve a line far better than any GX Busja mega displacement streetbike. If a MotoGP bike is out of your price range, this MotoAmerica eligible racer might be a better fit. The only problem you will have is trying to wipe the smile off of your face. Good Luck!!

MI

Teacup:  2016 KTM RC390 Cup Bike
Sport Bikes For Sale November 16, 2017 posted by

Even Readier to Race: 2015 Ariane Moto2 Race Bike for Sale

 

Racing at the highest levels is a game with very high stakes, and teams are willing to spend a fortune to eke out the smallest advantage over their competition. So if you've got a race series designed to showcase up-and-coming riders, how do you limit costs and make sure the playing field is relatively level to make sure it's talent that makes the difference between victory and defeat? Well, rules that require every machine be powered by the exact same engine is a good start, and that's the idea behind the current Moto2 series that replaced the 250cc two-stroke class in 2010. Today's Ariane-framed Moto2 machine is shown in Pramac colors with Andrea Iannone's #29, so I'm assuming it didn't compete looking like this, but the important parts seem to be there.

Not long ago, Grand Prix racing was divided into 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc classes, and all used two-stroke engines. But when rules were changed to allow four-strokes to compete against the two-strokes with a significant displacement advantage, the writing was on the wall. The rules should have made the two configurations approximately equal in theory, but in practice the four-strokes were much faster, although more expensive to run, and eventually both Moto2 and Moto3 switched over to four-strokes to match the premier class bikes.

Moto2 machines used the familiar 599cc inline four from the CBR600 up until this year and no internal modifications are allowed, which keeps costs under control and help to keep performance between the different bikes relatively equal. Teams use different frames and suspensions and obviously bodywork, but power at least should be very, very close. In addition to the light, stiff aluminum beam frame, the bike comes with with OZ wheels, Öhlins suspension front and rear, and Brembo brakes. Moto2 is a prototype racing series: aside from the engine, these bikes are pure racing machines, with nothing, other than that Honda engine, in common with any roadgoing bike. So don't go thinking you'll be able to slap on some lights and a plate and take this down to the local bike night.

 

From the original Craigslist post: 2015 Ariane Moto2 Race Bike for Sale

2015 MotoGP moto2 bike for sale. Racing only.
Extra Faring x1.
Extra engine.
Extra Akrapovic Moto2 exhaust.
Extra OZ wheels.

There's not a ton of detail included, although I'm sure interested parties can probably get more information from the seller. I'm not sure if this bike actually competed in the 2015 Moto2 series, or if it's just built to Moto2 specifications. I've looked through the lists of competitors and I don't seen anyone running an Ariane frame so I'd love a bit more history for this bike. As far as I can tell, Ariane has had some success in European and Spanish Championships, but hasn't competed internationally. The $25,000 asking price would generally be considered a lot of money for a 600cc, Honda-powered machine, but that doesn't sound outrageous for such a purpose-built race bike.

-tad

Even Readier to Race: 2015 Ariane Moto2 Race Bike for Sale
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 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