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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:


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.





Classic Sport Bikes For Sale December 4, 2011 posted by and RSBFS Facebook Weekly Recap!

Can’t get enough sport bikes? Then have a look at what has shown up on ClassicSportBikesForSale this week! Also, if you haven’t checked out the RSBFS Facebook page, then take a peek at what’s been being posted there. Enjoy!

1975 Indian with Velocette Engine on CSBFS!

2011 KTM 1190 RC8R on eBay now

1990 Ducati 851 Superbike up for Auction!

2001 Ducati 996 Tri-Color from the Facebook page


KTM July 23, 2011 posted by

2006 KTM RC125 Red Bull racer

2006 KTM RC125 Red Bull livery racer

Location: Cato, WI
Mileage: 0
Price: $27,000.00 (!)

Update 7.23.2011: Originally listed in November 2011, back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

If this one looks familiar to the die hard fans it’s because we had it on the site about a year and a half ago. Although, it doesn’t look any different, go faster or rail through turns any better, the seller has decided to double the previous asking price of $14,900.00. Personally, I think it’s a pretty rare unit and would fit well in any collection. However, I suspect it will remain in Cato, WI for a while unless the price comes down from the stratosphere.

I certainly think that most fans of our site can appreciate a works racer and all that comes with it. I know I certainly can and I stared at the photos in awe of the unobtainable bits for quite a while before writing this post. Radial mounted Brembo caliper, sweet factory aluminum swing arm, and who can overlook the sweet Red Bull/KTM racer paint scheme?

I remember being in the pits during 2008 Indy MotoGP and walking by all of these bikes lined up. It was definitely occupying 3 of my senses as I strolled by. Since I couldn’t sit on them as they were warming them up I had to utilize my sight, smell and audible senses. Obviously, the smell was the best, but I have to admit there’s nothing like hearing a truck load of 125 ring-a-dings firing at one time.

Who knows, maybe this bike is in the race photo. Okay, so that still doesn’t make it worth all the money, but it would certainly look good in a living room. Besides, it’s small and doesn’t take up much room 🙂

Definitely ranks high on the cool factor scale so if you’re interested I think I’d give the seller a call and see what’s up with the price. I thought we were in a recession anyways….

Check it out here-

Thanks for the submission Spoot-



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?

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.


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.  .


Exclusive December 23, 2010 posted by

Reader Ride: 2008 KTM SuperDuke R For Sale

Steve has alerted us that his 2008 KTM Super Duke R is now available for sale and with only 4k miles! The R model is up 10% in horsepower, has the Akrapovic exhaust fitted as standard, and numerous other little tweaks to make this bike a great trackday option.

Update 12.28.10: Sold!

Steve says:

Here is a 2008 KTM Super Duke “R” with 4,000 miles. I have completed all the necessary modifications with no expense spared, to make it run and perform as it was intended from the factory. Full Akra titanium exhaust, Yoyodyne slipper clutch, Power Commander 3, custom CNC aluminum Motohoolagan/K&N air box with all block offs, custom mapped, Rizoma mirrors and Rizoma LED turn signals, Corbin seat, suspension dialed in by Race Tech. All work performed by factory KTM mechanics and ridden with respect by a 58 year old man. If you are looking for a true exotic at a fraction of the price and something you don’t see every day, here it is.

And here is the MCN first ride test from 2008:

Good luck with the sale Steve!


KTM August 19, 2010 posted by

Waiting For A New Home: 2010 KTM RC8-R Akrapovic

Waiting For A New Home:  2010 KTM RC8-R Akrapovic

Not sure if this was a demo bike or just not someones cup of tea.  With only 936 miles on it you basically have a brand new RC8-R for the taking.  A dealership has listed the bike and can be contacted for more info.  Bidding has begun on the bike and it has a buy it now price of $21,999.  Not $22,000 but $21,999.  See I was going to buy it but that last dollar really turned me off.  If you aren’t familiar with the Akrapovic Edition be sure to check out KTM’s website for the details.


Here are some more visuals:

Now time for some audio. Red Bull Edition but with an Akrapovic exhaust. Throaty to say the least.


KTM August 3, 2010 posted by

2010 KTM RC8 Red Bull and Acrapovic Special Editions

2010 KTM RC8 Red Bull and Acrapovic Special Editions

Decisions, decisions.  What a fun decision it will be though.  I haven’t seen a lot of these for sale to it’s a decent find to find two together.  If you aren’t familiar with them, they are both lighted modded versions of KTM’s RC8.  Both have Akrapovic exhausts, modified valve timing and thinner head gaskets.  Enough to give you a nice little jump in horsepower to go along with the good looks.  KTM claims 10 more hp and 7.5kg lighter weight on the Akrapovic edition.  I’d assume the Red Bull edition would be similar.

From the auction:


Is it a bad sign that the dealer  can’t spell Akrapovic correctly in the auction?  I’m not the world’s best speller but looks bad when you are advertising a high dollar motorcycle.  As of this writing the auction only has  two days left and bidding appears brisk.  At over $14,000 the reserve had not been met.  Trolling the internets I found another at a dealer listed for $24,000 so the reserve probably has a ways to go. 



KTM June 16, 2010 posted by

2009 KTM RC8 W/Custom Red Bull Graphics

2009 KTM RC8 W/Custom Red Bull  Graphics

Almost but not quite.  I bet you thought it was a Red Bull Edition like me at first glance.  Not that this bike isn’t rare in it’s own right.    The seller  states that KTM only brought 50 RC8’s into the US in 2009.  This is only the third one I’ve ever seen for sale.  If you are curious, compared to the Red Bull Edition, you are missing the orange frame, minor engine mods and official Red Bull color scheme/graphics.  The bike does have an Akrapovic exhaust although I don’t know if it is the titanium version as on the Red Bull.  Don’t frown though this bike has quite a few extra goodies thrown in.

Extras include:

  • Akrapovic Full Exhaust System
  • KTM FLASH to properly tune with exhaust
  • Giles Black fully adjustable foot controls
  • Race Air Filter
  • Carbon Fiber rear fender
  • Carbon Fiber front fender
  • Pazzo black front brake and clutch lever
  • KTM black race fuel cap
  • KTM orange front brake resevoir cover
  • KTM orange clutch resevoir cover
  • KTM orange rear brake resevoir cover
  • KTM smoked windscreen
  • KTM orange rear bike stand
  • KTM orange front bike stand
  • KTM bike cover
  • Rear fender eliminator kit
  • One tooth less front sprocket
  • Black and Orange rear sprocket
  • Custom made Red Bull fairing graphics
  • Custom number graphics
  • Custom lover fairing graphics

It looks like from a quick search a standard 09 RC8 had an MSRP in the high teens.  As of this writing the bidding was up to $10,000 and the reserve was still on.   As usual it will be interesting to see where it ends up.   Is the economy hurting higher end bike prices or will the rarity keep the price up?  You can check out the auction.