The stripped-down RC8R Track makes racing easier for KTM riders without having to modify their street bike.
KTM is bringing a track-specific RC8 sportbike to market in 2011 with the intent of bolstering the Austrian firm’s presence on closed circuits. Our testers found that the 2010 RC8R model was well worth the extra money during our 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Track testing. However, even that bike was still a street machine, but the ’11 RC8R Track cuts right to the chase. Based on the RC8R that finished sixth in our shootout last year, this new full-fairing racer comes without any of the street hardware such as headlights, blinkers, mirrors, plate holder and DOT tires – lessening the amount of effort that riders will have to invest in converting a standard KTM RC8.
A two-into-one Akrapovic EVO 4 exhaust is tucked away under the white/orange fairing and Dunlop slicks are mounted to the hoops. The bike is powered by V-Twin engine, makes uses of Brembo monobloc brakes, adjustable subframe, handlebars and footpegs. Plus the WP suspension is upgraded with the Track getting a hand knob for adjusting the shock. A racing wiring harness and automatic quick-shifter bring added performance to the powertrain as well as race mapping, a racing air filter and a thinner head gasket for higher compression. The RC8R Track is equipped with different brake pads, drive chain and an aluminum sprocket. Comfort is swapped for performance with a thin race seat.
KTM knows there are riders who strictly need a race machine, and this is the answer, claiming it is targeted at hobby riders “competing in various championships.” With FIM Superstock homologation, KTM hopes it’s flashy, orange trellis chassis will be seen in official championships across Europe.
Watch for a first ride review once we get our hands on one and check out the 2011 KTM RC8R Track photo gallery to get a closer look at this new sportbike.