Posts by tag: RC8R

KTM April 30, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R

5.18.2022: This bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The KTM RC8R is the un-Superbike. It does not have the mass-market appeal of the Japanese WSBK competitors, nor does it have a long history of sexy design like the Italian steeds. What it offers instead is a no-holds-barred design philosophy that couples a ferocious powerplant with a stiff and stable chassis, premium components that enabled it to be competitive in WSBK racing, and the rarity of being something different. Exclusivity was guaranteed when KTM pulled the plug on their big bore, street going sport bikes in 2015, leaving the capable RC8 line-up in the hands of fans and those seeking something different on the used bike market. Today, these are edging their way into collector status for what they represent.

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R!

At the heart of the rare beast is an 1190cc v-twin splayed a unique 75 degrees, and spitting out 175 horsepower. All those mad, fuel injected ponies are unleashed through a tight, 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch arrangement. That slipper clutch – along with the excellent chassis and WP suspension components, Brembo radial mount brakes, and sticky rubber – are all the tools a rider has in the tool kit to keep the shiny bits, well, shiny. You see, the RC8R is really the last manly Superbike, where traction control, throttle mapping and anti-wheelie systems are the exclusive property of the rider’s right wrist. The RC8R is a bike without techno-nannies. There is no app to program it, there are no confusing menus to scroll through. Skill and bravery are rewarded with unfettered speed.

From the seller:
2013 KTM RC8R
Purchased the bike in January 2021.

Modifications:
Akrapovic Evo1 full titanium system
Dymag UP7X forged wheels installed 2,000 miles ago. Tires are Bridgestone RS11.
Galfer front wave rotors and 1375HH ceramic pads
R&G license plate holder/tail tidy with LED license plate frame and Rizoma LED turn signals
CRG levers
Carbon fiber tank protectors (OEM included as well)
Carbon fiber chain guard

More from the seller:
Bike runs perfectly. No mechanical issues. Maintenance history included in images.
California Reg paid to March 2023, clean title in my name.

Cosmetic issues:
1) some small rock chips on underside of tail section and front fairing
2) nickel-sized mark on left front fairing (in pics, near the “R”)
3) pin-head sized chip in tank from interference with steering damper
4) some scratches in tank from jacket zipper
5) The left fairing is wrapped in gloss black vinyl just below the “R” logo and I assume it’s covering something up but I have no idea what and don’t want to remove it. I actually owned the bike for several months before I noticed it.

Extras included:
Removed stock exhaust, CJ Desigs SAS plates, original owners manual and copy of workshop manual, ONE key.

Located in San Rafael, CA. 94901

Today’s awesome looking 2013 KTM RC8R 1190 comes from RSBFS reader John. The bike sports some very desirable performance and cosmetic upgrades applied to a very clean example. Maintenance has been performed as annotated in the list found in the gallery below, and John has been very open about the condition of the bike – so no surprises. In a world that is going down the technology rabbit hole with ever greater velocity, it is safe to say that we will not see another analog Superbike like this again. KTM created a fantastic platform with the RC8R, and this is destined to be one of the “not to be missed” collectors in this segment in future years. Meanwhile, nothing will put a bigger smile on your face than listing to the big twin hammer its way up through the gears.. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 2013 KTM RC8R
KTM February 1, 2022 posted by

Feature Listing – 2014 KTM 1190 RC8-R For Sale!

Update 2.8.2022: SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations! -dc

2014 KTM 1190 RC8-R For Sale!

Location: Northern California
Make: KTM
Model: RC8-R
Displacement: 1190 V-Twin
Mileage: 8,144
Price: $14,000 $13,500.

Steve Says:
I am the 3rd Owner and purchased the bike a year ago from a private party. He had purchased the motorcycle in 2017 from EuroCycle in Las Vegas, Nevada

Near Flawless condition and extremely well-cared for with low Mileage at 8,144. The motorcycle runs and rides perfectly. Next service due in 2,257 miles. The motorcycle currently has Motorex 5W 40 Power Synt engine oil.

Modifications Include:
TechSpec tank protection
Wave Rotors Front and Rear
CRG Mirrors
Vortex Racing Levers
Puig light smoke Windscreen
Ohlins steering stabilizer
Integrated front turn signals, tail tidy with relocated rear turn signals.
KTM rear pillion buttons
Shorai battery (1.5 years old)
Baxley front wheel chock included

New Pirelli Diablo Rosso lll tires with less than 300 miles on them. Date codes are 4020 and 4720. Both Tires and Rear Wave rotor/brake pads installed in August, 2021.

Original brake and clutch levers, windscreen, mirrors and rear license plate bracket included along with owners manual and one key.

 
Up for your consideration is an extremely clean and subtly modified RC8-R. The seller has done a perfect job of cleaning up the tail, adding some wind protection and upping the stopping power with Galfer Wave rotors.


Most of the factory parts were retained and are included in the sale.


You can see this machine has been well cared for and detailed regularly. I don’t think you will find a cleaner used bike anywhere on the market- This is truly impressive!

In 2014, the RC8-R was still a relative newcomer to the Super Bike World however, KTM didn’t let their newness stand in their way. They kept pushing the development until the plug was pulled in 2015. They equipped the RC8-R with WP suspension, a stout 1190 V-Twin motor putting out 175bhp and an eye popping 95 lb ft of torque at 8,000rpm’s, mono-block Brembos, massive 320mm floating front discs and my favorite- an adjustable seat height!


I’m certain we’ll see the RC8-R’s gracing our pages in the near future as “highly collectable” Super Bikes with matching price tags, but until that day arrives- consider this your golden ticket to your future Super Bike collection.

Feature Listing – 2014 KTM 1190 RC8-R For Sale!
KTM January 16, 2022 posted by

Corporate Conscience: 2015 KTM RC8R

Manufactures of sportsbikes have been engaged in an arms race for decades.  Constantly pushing the performance envelop.  Adding technology to tame the ever increasing power and chipping away at lap times in order to be able to market their creation as the top of the heap.

KTM had a brief, but meaningful foray into the open class sportbike class.  The 1195cc twin developed over 170 horsepower and only had 410 pounds to push down the track.  KTM famously ended production of the street RC8R by saying that it was deemed irresponsible to sell a vehicle with this performance for street use.  Production numbers have never officially been released, but most agree total from 2008 is measured in the hundreds, not thousands.

The RC8R did incorporate some serious racing options.  Under slung exhaust, adjustable pegs and even an adjustable subframe made sure mass was controlled and the rider was perfectly situated to unleash all of the performance.  Many period reviews praised the bike as being very comfortable and useable because of how adjustable everything was.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Stock #:24048P
Exterior Color:White
Transmission:Manual
Drivetrain:Unknown
Engine:0
Mileage:4,208
Title Condition:Clear

This final year RC8R is listed with a Buy It Now price of a hair under $13,000.  Prices have always been all over the map for these bikes.  If cross shopping with any other bike of the era with similar performance, $13k does not seem out of line for the market right now.  The listing is painfully devoid of details, but the pictures do show a very clean example.  Take note of the paint markings on the calipers.  Could be a sign of how well cared for the bike has been.

Talk to any owner and they will tell you the machines are reliable and easy to maintain.  At some point these will tip into the collectable world and I would bet we will look back at listings like this and lament not buying one when they were under most people’s radar.

Corporate Conscience:  2015 KTM RC8R
KTM July 24, 2021 posted by

Euro Speed: 2010 KTM RC8R

If you are looking for a great open class sport bike that does not go the way of the Japanese Big Four or that Italian V-twin factory – in other words if you want something different – smart money might just put you on a KTM RC8. But today’s example is not just a vanilla RC8, but rather the high end, punched out, lightweight R model. As with Ducati, the R spec in the KTM world equates to a formidable piece of near-race ready machinery.

2010 KTM RC8R for sale on eBay

Unlike the base model with it’s measley 1148cc, the 75 degree Rotax V-twin on the R model is punched out to a massive 1195cc. With a lightweight valve train which includes materials such as titanium, the big K bike can spin to above 10,000 RPM where power peaks at a stunning 170 crankshaft HP. This twin has a lot of bang, in part due to it’s extremely high compression ratio of 13.5:1. Keihin fuel injection helps feed the monster, and beneath the angular bodywork hides a massive radiator to keep things cool. The chrome moly frame is built in-house, but like Ducati many of the ancillary components (wheels, suspension, brakes) are farmed out to reputable manufacturers of note: Marchesini, WP and Brembo monobocks, respectively. Tipping the scale at 400 lbs, the RC8R is a powerful weapon in the hands of a good rider.

From the seller:
You are looking at an adult owned KTM RC8* R version. The bike is in immaculate condition and turns heads whenever it is ridden. The bike is in great condition with little to no wear. The bike is unmolested engine wise and sports several tasteful cosmetic upgrades. One of is a 100% authentic Alcantara seat. Other modifications include shorty levers, carbon fiber front fender, fender eliminator, swing arm sliders, and other minor misc parts. The bike rarely gets driven (once a week to the my gym) and back to my performance shop. All the maintenance on the bike is up to date and should not need servicing for about 3k. The RC8 is a super rare bike, but the RC8 R (which this is) is even more rare. This is a superbike and it not meant for 1st time riders or those who do not have experience riding motorcycles. The bike is ready for a new home and for someone to enjoy the sounds and beauties of a v twin!

One piece of the puzzle that many riders do not consider is comfort. How well you fit on a bike determines how well you can ride said machine. In this area, KTM shines beyond any other bike of the era with the sheer number of components that can be adjusted. A short list: Both levers are adjustable, handlebar adjustable for height, seat and rear subframe adjustable for height, Footpegs, shift lever and rear brake lever, front forks, rear shock, and rear ride height. And if that wasn’t enough, the clever LCD gauge package contains several different functions and views, including a track mode and lap timer.

The RC8R was a monumental performance boost over the RC8, and a monumental price boost as well. Buyers could expect to shell out $20 Large for one of these very rare bikes. And sadly in just a few short years KTM removed themselves from the big-bore street bike game altogether in the name of public safety. That helps with the rarity and maintains the uniqueness of the model. This particular bike looks to be well cared for, has some minor mods, but otherwise appears stock-ish. The asking price is just over $10k as a Buy It Now, which represents a 50% savings over new. These bikes have not yet earned their due on the collector market, and are very likely to be a target for value appreciation in the coming years. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Euro Speed: 2010 KTM RC8R
KTM April 30, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2013 KTM RC8R

This bike just SOLD in 2 days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The latest Featured Listing in the RSBFS catalog is this fantastic KTM RC8R. By all counts a dark horse in the 2008 – 2013 big bore sport bike arena, the KTM remains a unique and rare offering bristling with features and performance that made it a real contender. This was a bike that took the fight to the Japanese and the Italians before its untimely demise due to corporate mandates. The origami shape, the 75 degree V-twin sound, the huge exhaust slung under the chassis and the bright orange trellis frame makes it clear that something different was happening here – something different that was unmolested by rider aids or anti-wheelie wizardry. The RC8R is a bike that you ride via command and control, and as such represents possibly the last honest large capacity sport bike of the type.

Featured Listing: 2013 KTM RC8R

The lack of electronic nannies does not mean that this mighty KTM is archaic or ill-designed. The truth is there is some truly stunning technology embedded into the DNA of this model that enhances rideability and performance. Take the complex engine management system that includes dual plugs in each head that are capable of firing independently to promote clean burning and torque at lower RPM, while firing together at hard throttle settings and higher RPM to maximize efficiency. The intake system consists of multiple butterfly valves that broaden the torque curve based on RPM and speed, all backed by a throttle body EFI setup. The 1195cc engine was good for 175 HP at over 10,000 RPM, pushing the RC8R to nearly 170 MPH on the top end.

From the seller:
2013 KTM RC8R, I purchased it new in 2014. What can I say about this V-twin rocket that hasn’t already been said here? Fun to ride doesn’t begin to describe this torque monster. I’m ashamed to admit it, but, I have to be realistic – this is the proverbial “its been driven by a little old lady from Pasadena to church on Sundays, never over 25 MPH.” Well, in my case mostly to the local gym and back. And, not frequently at that!

It is completely stock. I’ve changed the oil 3 times. Buyer will get a new oil filter and a jug (4L) of Motorex Oil. Chain Degreaser and Lube. I replaced the battery a couple of years ago.

The photos are a year old because I contemplated selling it last year – and only rode it 233 miles this year – so, the odometer reading is currently 3,854. Only issue is the small tear in the striping where the passenger seat goes (see photo).

Located in Sacramento, with a clean Montana title
$9,499 and a box of Kleenex for my tears.

The big fly in the RC8R ointment was the relative recent entry of KTM into the sport bike world. KTM was a well-respected name in motorcycle circles, but had up to this point made their name with motocross and enduro bikes, and a dominant position at the front of events such as the Dakar Rally. Winning over the sport bike crowd required, well, winning. KTM duly announced plans to attack the FIM SuperStock championship in Europe, created a RC8R one-make series, and saw limited success (highest finish of 4th place) in the US AMA Superbike championship with Chris Filmore. Without the dominant performance shown by their off road machinery KTM struggled to move units off showroom floors. The nail in the coffin was a proclamation from the KTM CEO that they would no longer create street bikes that had the capability to cause irresponsible riding on the street. With that, the capable RC8R project was shelved for good.

Today’s Featured Listing is the last year model of the RC8R line. Production ended in 2013, but this particular example was purchased in 2014 out of remaining stock. Showing the classic lines of the RC8 in bright orange and white KTM livery, you are looking at a neo classic that exhibits character and novelty in a sea of common looking plastic rockets. This is your chance to jump on a one-owner, low mileage underappreciated machine before the world realizes what it overlooked. This is a gem that will continue to look like a standout wherever you go, and it will get you there with speed and style. This well-loved KTM will undoubtedly steal your heart, and by the sound of it also comes with the the heart of the original owner. That is probably the highest compliment bestowed upon the lesser known RC8R line, and bodes well for the future collectibility of this model. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing:  2013 KTM RC8R
KTM August 24, 2019 posted by

Priced to Move: Low-Mileage 2008 KTM RC8 for Sale

Considering they never sold all that well when they were new, the asking prices for used examples KTM’s RC8 superbike have been pretty shocking. They were always extremely competent bikes, but just a step behind in terms of outright performance, and they lacked the top-shelf tech of Ducati’s 1098 and BMW’s S1000RR and the Japanese offerings. But reading between the lines, it always seemed that reviewers wanted to rank it higher, the mark of a charismatic superbike. And, if we’re being honest, that’s a truly important consideration for most of us who don’t get paid to win races.

Not that the thing was slow, by any means. Obviously, KTM had been around for a while when the RC8 was introduced in 2008, and their offroad and hooligan machine credentials were well-established. They’d even been doing multis for a while, with their 990 SuperDuke and Supermoto leading the charge to establish the brand as a premier builder of entertaining roadbikes. But somehow, the pleasingly simple character of the thumping v-twin didn’t sell bikes to brand-conscious superbike buyers.

In it’s original incarnation, the liquid-cooled 75° v-twin displaced 1148cc and produced a stout 151hp and 85ft-lbs of torque. It wasn’t stout enough, and the bike lost out in the spec-sheet wars to the Ducati 1098 so in 2010 displacement was bumped to 1195cc for the updated RC8R version. Power jumped to 175hp with 90ft-lbs, which was on par with the regular 1198 and 1198S. Unfortunately, the RC8 wasn’t any less expensive than the Ducatis, and not many people wanted to take a chance on the Austrian brand so the bike soldiered on with very few updates until 2013.

If the the bike didn’t have class-leading horsepower numbers or cutting-edge technology, why buy one now? Well, first of all, take a moment to look at it. Are you horrified by the sheer angularity and garish colors, are you worried you’ll cut yourself if you lean on it? Well, move along to something less dangerous-looking. The styling is wild and that’s down to personal preference, but considering the design was introduced way back in 2008, the thing could have been built yesterday and it would still look fresh. For a superbike, the ergonomics are surprisingly humane and are adjustable: the seat moves, as do all the controls, making it especially appealing to tall riders, which you’d expect from an Austrian company… It’s also relatively simple to service, almost like KTM planned for owners to do their own basic maintenance. Reviews then and now talk about how easy the RC8 is to live with and how, contrary to the wild image, it’s a superbike that’s surprisingly easy to live with.

This particular RC8 is being offered for what seems to be a much more reasonable sum, and it’s not clear why, since it looks like nothing at all is wrong with it, the bike is barely broken-in, and it comes with a wealth of quality bolt-on extras. Perhaps the seller is just reasonable, or is looking for a quick sale? Ideally, you’d probably want the later, more refined RC8R, but this still offers plenty of performance for the money.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 KTM RC8 for Sale

Mint condition 2009 KTM RC8 with less than 800 original miles and beautiful KTM color combination! Properly broken in, serviced and minimally ridden. Only Motorex lubricants and ethanol free premium fuel with Star Tron stabilizer have ever been used! Stored covered 24/7 in climate and humidity controlled garage, never ridden in the rain or off road. Wiped and polished after every ride! It is in like new! Original tires! Extras include:

  • Power Commander V fuel and ignition tuner.
  • LSL bar riser and clip on kit imported from Sweden!
  • Air suction valve and O2 bypass kit.
  • PUIG tinted screen. 
  • Throttle tamer.
  • JC custom exhaust with interchangeable baffles, original exhaust included.
  • WPS dry cell featherweight battery.
  • Larger rear sprocket, factory KTM.
  • Tank protector, factory KTM.
  • Tail tidy with LED blinkers, original included.
  • Goodridge front brake lines.
  • Clean title, all original keys and owner manual. 

Bike was over $19000 new and has $3000 in extras! Please ask any questions you might have prior to placing a bid! This mint condition 2009 KTM RC8 is the closest to a new bike one could possibly find! It has less than 800 miles and is minimally ridden just to maintain the proper mechanical condition. Battery tender installed and included, together with the factory original tail light assembly, exhaust, keys, owner manual. Bike is located in Park City UT and buyer is responsible for pick up or shipping. Please check the 2007 Yamaha FJR1300 recently sold and my feedback. Video of the bike is available upon request. Cashiers check, bank wire transfer or cash in person is accepted and the clean&clear title will be signed over and mailed only upon completion of payment. $500 NON REFUNDABLE PayPal deposit due within 48 hrs of placing the winning bid! Thank you and have a nice day!

The seller is asking just $8,000 for this example, thousands less than the others I found while looking on eBay. There’s been a bit of a glut recently… Admittedly, those more expensive examples were the improved R version and I prefer the orange/white ones, but there’s no denying this is a pretty great price on KTM’s contrarian superbike. The title is claimed to be clean, the bike is pretty much perfect, with all the modifications easily reversible with the included original bits. I don’t know if these will ever be properly collectible, but they’re wild-looking with plenty of analog performance to keep even expert riders entertained.

-tad

Priced to Move: Low-Mileage 2008 KTM RC8 for Sale
KTM June 8, 2019 posted by

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190

In the world of different strokes, there are Japanese sport bikes and Italian sport bikes. And for a short while, there was a rational choice out of left field – Austria – with the KTM RC8R. With a unique blend of high-quality components and features not often found on bikes in the range, the RC8R was powerful, potent, very competent and largely ignored. Not even the impressive results of factory racer Chris Filmore in AMA Superbike competition could make the RC8R a commercial success. Ultimately KTM pulled the plug on the RC8 line – in part thanks to the CEO suggesting they should not build machines that could not be used sensibly on the street.

2014 KTM RC8R 1190 for sale on eBay

Powered by a 1190cc v-twin set at 75 degrees, the RC8R offered up a very healthy 175+ HP. With Keihin fuel injection via 52 mm throttle bodies feeding directly into the twin spark, four valve heads, power was instantaneous – if not a bit abrupt. Coupled with a 6-speed tranny and nestled in a unique trestle frame, the RC8R takes convention to a new level. Adjustments abound: the RC8R provided for a vast array of adjustments similar to what you would expect on a race bike. From levers to pegs, suspension and sub-frame height, the RC8R was an open book for a rider who knew what they wanted. Even the swing arm pivot angle is adjustable. And with WP suspension front an rear, the rider is availed to a dizzying array of potential changes that can be made in order to maximize the handling of the bike. When it comes time to stop, radial mount Brembos are up to the task. The seller is the original purchaser of this one-owner bike, and has quite a bit to share. Read on:

From the seller:
I am the original owner of this 2014 KTM RC8R 1190. I purchased the bike in March of 2014 from Thousand Oaks. The bike runs perfect and looks beautiful. I have taken excellent care of the bike keeping up on regular maintenance and always in my garage. Its always clean and waxed and has never seen rain. Never downed, raced, or abused, in like new condition and babied.

The fluids were changed last year including the oil, coolant, and brake fluids and have about a 1000 miles on them. I have only used Motorex Power Synt 4T oil in this bike per KTM’s recommendations. It has never been raced and most of the miles are highway from road trips with my buddies.

More from the seller:
I want to sell the bike with the accessories, but if somebody doesn’t want them I would let it go for less money as stock. Here are a list of the mods:

-Akrapovic EVO 4 Full Titanium Exhaust ($4600 and over 20lbs weight savings)
-K&N Air Filter
-KTM Factory EVO 4 Tune
-CJ Designs Block Off Plates
-KTM PowerParts Reservoir Covers
-KTM PowerParts Tinted Wind Screen
-KTM PowerParts Rear Seat Plugs
-KTM PowerParts Supersprox Rear Sproket
-KTM PowerParts Swingarm Protector
-KTM PowerParts Tank Pad
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Tank Guards
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
-Bestem Carbon Fiber Rear Fender
-Evotech Fender Eliminator
-Brand new Dunlop Q3+ Tires
-Clear Wrap on Front and Rear Tail Panels
-Fuel Tank Anti-Scratch Protector
-HID Headlamp
-DB Silencer for Akra Exhaust
-KTM RC8 Indoor Cover

More from the seller:
Factory Wise, the bike is set up very well. It has many adjustments with seat height, foot peg location and height, and handlebar height. WP suspension is stock and very good, Marschesini Wheels, Brembo Brakes, and hydraulic slipper clutch. This bike is a blast to ride, has so much torque and power I can only explain it as violent. This truly is a riders bike as there aren’t any rider aids and its all up to you. I am 6’1″ and 200lbs and this bike was comfortable for me on long road trips because of its adjustability and room to move around.

Only issue with the bike is a small burn mark I put into the lower right fairing when I installed the EVO 4 exhaust. The exhaust was missing a bracket, I was excited to ride the bike and the fairing was touching the header. But its fixed and only cosmetic. I was planning on replacing the fairing with the KTM race pan. The EVO 4 Headers also developed a crack at the intersection which was not uncommon. The crack was welded and is only cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance. I have all of the stock parts to go with the bike too.

Otherwise, bike really is 10/10 and still looks and rides perfect. Any questions please feel free to ask.

By then numbers, RC8 machines are relatively rare. Only a few hundred units were purportedly imported each model year, with the 2015 – and final – example being the rarest. But the RC8 is plagued by the worst of all collector bike syndromes; ambivalence. You see, these are great motorcycles swimming in a sea of lots of great motorcycles. The fact that the RC8 and RC8R failed to make a splash has more to do with economics and dealer reach than anything performance or quality related. No, the RC8R did not win an AMA Superbike race. Nor did one top the championship standings. But Chris Filmore was there and was close, and such speaks to the potential of this platform. As an out of the box offering from the Austrian manufacturer – their first big-bore sport bike – the RC8 was a refreshing alternative to the rest of the known crowd. And while the party ended too soon, there are plenty of good examples around. This particular RC8R looks to be well cared for, has some tasty updates, and fewer than 7,000 miles. The ask on it is a very strong $13k, but the seller indicates he is willing to entertain offers. The last few R bikes we have seen have been up in the $10k range – with exception units topping at $12k – but the dollars sunk into all of the KTM upgrades may bolster that price somewhat. It was a pity that the KTM street bike party ended too soon – it would have been fun to see what could happen at the WSBK level. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Different Perspectives: 2014 KTM RC8R 1190
KTM October 14, 2018 posted by

Just in Time for Halloween: 2012 KTM RC8R for Sale

In spite of very positive reviews, the RC8R, KTM’s Origami Superbike, never sold well. Some feel it was that the original iteration wasn’t quite ready for prime time, with a power deficit and a crunchy gearbox, along with some pretty basic electronics, compared to Ducati’s 1198. The bike’s high price tag probably didn’t help things either. The second generation seen here addressed the first two issues, but the bike was always an analog holdout in an increasingly digital class.

Maybe it was that the people that buy superbike riders are a snobby bunch and didn’t want to take a chance on an expensive new machine built by a dirt bike manufacturer. Or maybe they just aren’t fans of orange. You’d think they’d have gotten the message that the bike would perform, since KTM’s earlier 990 SuperDuke and Supermoto had gotten pretty good reviews. The heart of the beast was an updated version of those bikes’ liquid-cooled 75° v-twin that originally displaced 1148cc in the RC8, although it was later increased to 1195cc for the 2010 RC8R model, with an output of 175hp and a pretty massive 90 ft-lbs of torque.

It didn’t compete against the class leaders when you compared spec sheets, but the KTM was never really about the pure numbers or technology simply for the sake of it. It was designed to actually function as a motorcycle, and the bike’s adjustable ergonomics were intended to work for a wide range of riders and riding styles, from dedicated track day junkies to casual weekend sportbikers. These were difficult to shift when new, but have managed to hang on to their values on the used market pretty well. Those few folks that bought them seem to love them and I think people realized quickly that the RC8R would eventually be considered a classic.

From the original eBay listing: 2012 KTM RC8R for Sale

11,949 Miles
250 models were made for North America for 2011 and 2012 years
Clean VIN/Title
Adult Owned and Maintained (unmolested by dumbasses)
All Receipts
Not Raced
Major Service at 10,836 ($1,840.34) KTM Motor Cafe
Frame Sliders
Axle Sliders
New Tires
Oil Changed
Coolant Changed and Orange Samco hoses added
New Brake Fluid
New Battery w/ Tender Dongle
New Pads Front/Rear
New Rear Rotor
Fork Seals
Billet Aluminum Orange KTM goodies
Rear Orange Carbon Fender
Smoked Front Fairing
Rottweiler Stage 3 SAS Removal System
Luimoto Seat Gel Insert
Luimoto Seat Cover
300 Page Owners/Service Manual

KBB @ $10,975.00
KBB Average Expected Miles @ 20,030

$11,000 Cash In My Hand or NO Test Rides…. NO BS

There’s Something About That Listing That Bothers Me, But I Can’t Quite Put My Finger On It… We surely all feel the pain of tire-kickers and looky-loos, and you’d better believe I agree with the seller’s last line, but I’m pretty sure people that do that stuff won’t be deterred by anyone putting “no BS” in their listing. Sort of like putting “no players or married guys” in your online dating profile… And the list of service and parts is nice but that “new rear rotor”…. sorry: “New Rear Rotor” makes me a little nervous. How the hell did that happen? Anyway, at $11,000 this isn’t the cheapest or the lowest-mileage RC8R I’ve seen for sale recently, but it’s a clean example and those striking colors fit my Halloween theme.

-tad

Just in Time for Halloween: 2012 KTM RC8R for Sale