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 KTM, an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer known for its popular line of Ready-to-Race off-road dirt bikes enters the pinnacle of sportbike motorcycle design with its RC8 sportbike. Representing KTM’s first mass-produced production superbike, the KTM RC8 was 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 literclass motorcycles. First released in Europe as a 2008 model, the RC8 sportbike arrived in the U.S. albeit in limited numbers for the 2009 model year. 

KTM is usually known for their Dirt Bikes, but in 2009 they are looking break in to the Sport market with their new RC8 Sportbike.
KTM is usually known for their dirt, and street Bikes, but that all changed in 2008 when the Austrian brand took on the Sport market with their new KTM RC8R Sportbike.
With its striking lines and sharp creases, visually the KTM RC8 stands apart from other manufacture’s open-class Superbike offerings. Beneath the RC8’s signature orange-colored body panels is a liquid-cooled 1148cc V-Twin engine, manufactured by Austrian engine manufacturer, Rotax. The cylinders are canted at a 65-degree angle in effort to keep the RC8 engine as compact as possible. The KTM RC8 makes use of high-end suspension and braking components from technical suppliers WP and Brembo.

For 2009, the RC8 will be available in another more racetrack oriented variation named the KTM RC8R. Designed for the rigors of World Superbike competition, the RC8R makes use of a larger, more highly tuned 1194cc engine, altered chassis geometry, as well as a reduction in weight.
KTM RC8 Motorcycle Reviews
2011 KTM RC8R Street Comparison
Friday, May 06, 2011
Motorcycle USA compares the 2011 KTM RC8R against the latest liter-class sportbikes on the street in our annual Superbike Smackdown VIII. The RC8R looks great but we want to know how it performs on the street.
2011 KTM RC8R Track Comparison
Monday, April 11, 2011
Rather than simply copy another brand’s formula, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has instead relied on innovation through a series of evolutionary updates when it comes to developing its premier Superbike – the RC8R.
2011 KTM RC8R First Ride
Friday, January 28, 2011
KTM updates its RC8R superbike for 2011 and we test it in this exclusive RC8R First Ride. Learn all about the 2011 KTM RC8R first on Motorcycle USA.
2010 KTM RC8R Comparison Street
Monday, May 17, 2010
Motorcycle USA puts all the 2010 Superbikes to the test in our Superbike Smackdown sportbike comparison. Welcome to the 2010 KTM RC8R street review.
2010 KTM RC8R Comparison Track
Friday, May 07, 2010
Motorcycle-USA puts the latest liter-bike to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Welcome to the 2010 KTM RC8R edition.
2010 KTM RC8R First Ride
Friday, November 13, 2009
For 2010 KTM imports the RC8R into the United States. This hopped-up version of its base model Superbike is said to be better in every way. MotoUSA jets up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to find out.
2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First Ride
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
KTM has had superbike fans waiting anxiously for the release of its newest land rocket, the 2008 RC8.
KTM RC8 First Looks
2011 KTM RC8R Superbike First Look
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
KTM returns its Twin-powered RC8R Superbike for 2011 with 10 more horsepower!
2011 KTM 1190 RC8R Track First Look
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
KTM targets the competitive sportbike riders with the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8R Track. The new motorcycle was released at the INTERMOT Motorcycle Show and is based off the original RC8R sportbike.
2009 KTM 1198 RC8R First Look
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Europe’s second-largest motorcycle manufacturer, KTM, ups the ante on its Superbike project with the higher-spec RC8R.
2008 KTM 1190 RC8 First Look
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Long known as a concept motorcycle, the KTM 1190 RC8 Superbike gets its official debut at the 2007 EICMA show.
KTM RC8 News
KTM Goes American SuperBike Racing
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
KTM has teamed up with HMC Racing and Chris Fillmore to campaign the 2011 KTM RC8R Race Spec in a few select American SuperBike rounds.
Ohlins Tests New KTM RC8R Suspension Parts
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Öhlins suspension components were track tested on the new KTM RC8 R Superbike at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, with Öhlins USA Road Racing Manager Mike “Fitz” Fitzgerald and team Scuderia West with seasoned-rider James Randolph.
KTM RC8R Scores IDM Superbike Podium
Monday, July 06, 2009
KTM Team Germany's RC8R rider Stefan Nebel celebrated the team's first appearance in the IDM Superbike competition on the traditional racing circuit of Salzburg by racing to a podium position in what was essentially KTM's home race.
2009 KTM RC8 R IDM Superbike Team
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
KTM on Friday introduced the KTM Superbike Team Germany that will contest the IDM Superbike series in 2009 onboard the brand new KTM 1190 RC8 R.