KTM to sell road race bike to public!
If you ever wanted to pretend to be a MotoGP rider at your local track day, now is your chance.
Many moons ago KTM offered mega street bike, the RC8R. It was a latter discontinued because top brass thought it was too fast for the street. The same was KTM stopped offering much of anything to thrill pavement pounders. Sure there were some crazy naked bikes, but nothing with the pure focus of a sports bike. They tried with the RC390, but it always felt budget.
The new RC 8C is set to change all of that. Using a 128hp version of the 890 Duke engine the race only motorcycle gets dangerously close to that magical 1:1 power to weight ratio. This engine should strike a balance of all out performance and service cost.
This is not simply a street bike converted for track use. While those can be exciting and typically the way most start out enjoying track time, there are some limitations to taking that route. With the KTM RC 8C it was designed from the ground up as a track bike. The press details talk a lot about service ease and even talk about repairing the inevitable crash damage.
Dripping with top tier components like a TFD dash, race computer, Dymag wheels, WP fully adjustable suspension and Brembo brakes there is not mistaking that this bike aims at the serious track enthusiasts.
No pricing details have been released. Not expecting this to be as affordable as the standard crop of sport bikes for the road, but I would wager it offers an appealing package to those that want to toss a leg over their track toy day one.
KTM is planning to build 100 of these, and the first 25 owners will be able to hang out with the factory team on track for a special multi day even.
I for one would LOVE to see more factory track bike options, what about you?