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2011 KTM 1190 RC8R Track First Look

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
KTM 1190 RC8R Track
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.

2011 KTM RC8R Track Photo Gallery
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Smooths1000rr -KTM RC8R Track - when avail?  October 13, 2010 10:18 AM
when will this be shipped?
Mcguire -sewer rat  October 13, 2010 01:59 AM
The RC looks slick. 180hp? Where does it say that? That would be incredible numbers for a twin. European bikes rule and they are getting better all the time. My Aprillia RSV has been a rock, totally trouble free and comming up on 9 years old. Ive always been a yamaha guy but this bike is just special.
Topgearamerica -Stealth cont.  October 10, 2010 05:42 PM
I agree on the angle looking like th A-117 but the B-2 is pretty rounded... I don't know why you would associate Bikes to planes more than cars? If a plane is on the ground WTF its not doing anything and if a bike is in the air thats something else entirely. Its like comparing apples to oranges (which are both at least fruits) and apples to goose... I guess I see it as Matte black rather than "stealth" cause after all the radar will still see you on the KTM.
Matt -Stealth?  October 8, 2010 06:42 AM
I think the KTM is associated with stealth planes not only because of the flat black paint, but more importantly because of how angular the bike is. The flat black paint just does a better job of allowing you to make the connection between the bike and the jet.
Topgearamerica -at Tim B  October 6, 2010 12:17 PM
Well that's like your opinion man... I think its looks sick... I wonder why flat black is always associated with "Stealth" when it was on low dollar hot-rods decades before stealth? The number of stealth planes in the world maybe a couple hundred (not in Army don't quote figures but I know the number of Stealth bombers is like only 20) but there are thousands and thousands of matte black on cars and bikes.
Tim B -What The?!  October 6, 2010 10:46 AM
This bike is sick and stealth-like in black, but in white it's hideous!
Brian -Racer  October 6, 2010 09:57 AM
This is a move in the right direction! As a racing coach and rider of the RC8R for a full season on track I can tell you this is a very easy bike to ride for long periods of time. Personally, I race a Ducati 1098 but it's really a bike for sprint racing. This KTM race version, if not too much more than the standard cost, should get folks interested in the brand. There is nothing like having a factory built race bike. Ducati wouldn't sell something like this, and the should! Excited to see one in action!
TG -Buell....  October 6, 2010 09:35 AM
If the 1190RR makes 185rwhp (on a verified dyno, with standard correction, etc.) I will eat my own shoe.
Marc -RC8 R 2011  October 6, 2010 08:18 AM
PK 180 ?
Garantie 2jaar ?
Kost prijs ?
Heb nu de RC8R en overweeg om de RC8R Track te koopen !!

Kevin -Well? Info?  October 5, 2010 09:34 PM
What is the Weigh, power and price? If I had the money I would get a Buell 1190RR. 260lbs, 185rwhp, $45,000.