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2017 - 2020 KTM RC 390

2017 - 2020 KTM RC 390

This is the “race” beginner bike

KTM’s RC 390 saw a major revamp ahead of MY2017, and the Austrian giant carries that revised model through into 2020 as the smallest starter-super to be offered in the U.S. market. Don’t be fooled by the small displacement; this is a proper racebike trainer with all the handling performance you’d expect from larger machines.

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2017 KTM RC 125 / RC 390

2017 KTM RC 125 / RC 390

Indoctrination works best when it starts at the earliest opportunity, and KTM goes to work on the entry-level with its RC 125 and RC 390 sportbikes. Both come completely street legal, and though it doesn’t affect the U.S., some buyers will be glad to hear that at 15 horsepower, the RC 125 falls at the top of the power bracket for A1 licensing. Though neither bike is built for what you might call blistering speeds, they really shine when it comes to the handling performance. Each can serve not only as an entry-level streetbike, but as a race trainer as well and the smaller cc engines make sporty commuters. The race to the bottom-tier market is hotter than ever and KTM is working to stay competitive in such a populated bracket.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM RC 125 and RC 390.

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2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R

2014 KTM 1190 RC8 R

Grab your helmet, jump into your favorite riding suit and be ready to be amazed, as the KTM 1190 RC8 R has all it needs to reward you with a unique riding experience.

With its sporty character, mind-blowing handling and racy spirit, the KTM 1190 RC8 R will make you fall in love with it from the moment you touch its handlebar.

The motorcycle weighs 184 Kg and is built around an 1195 cc, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke, spark ignition, liquid cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 173 hp. The unit transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six speed, claw shifted transmission and is fed by a 16.5 liter fuel tank.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by an advanced Brembo system which includes twin discs up front and a single disc at the back.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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2013 KTM 1190 RC8 R

2013 KTM 1190 RC8 R

It is pretty safe to say that the 2013 KTM 1190 EC8 R is a true piece of engineering art. The motorcycle has all it needs to be considered one of the most capable super sports in its segment and is also powered by one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times.

Talking about the engine, is a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled unit with a displacement of 1,195 cc. Fire it up and will reward you with a maximum output of 129 kW (173 hp). The engine is kept in leash by a 6-speed, claw shifted gear box.

The bike rides on a front high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension which can be adjusted separately for preload as well as for compression and rebound damping. Out back there is a modern WP shock absorber which completely isolates the rebound damping from the compression stage, so that they can each be adjusted independently of one another.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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2013 KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

2013 KTM 1190 RC8 R Track

The KTM 1190 RC8 R Track was especially developed to ride on the race track. This model is factory-homologated for Superstock and built to be "ready to race" by the KTM Racing Division. Needless to say that it is equipped with all the features expected from a high performance race bike.

For the starters, it is built on a thin-walled, 7.3 kg lightweight tubular space frame, made from high-strength chrome-molybdenum steel, which assures perfect stability and optimal stiffness distribution. The frame’s center piece is a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled engine. The unit has a 1,195 cc displacement and cranks out an impressive 132 kW (177 hp) of power.

To keep the motorcycle’s performances to a high level, KTM added the electronic Keihin engine management system which focuses on maximum power with predictable engine characteristics and spontaneous responsiveness with controllable throttle response.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 1190 RC8 R Track.

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2011 KTM RC8 R Track

2011 KTM RC8 R Track

Next to the RC8 R superbike, KTM also brought to EICMA Show in Italy a Track version for it. The motorcycle is compatible with the FIM Superstock homologation and can therefore be used in official championships.

The "Track" directly developed and produced by the RC8 Motorsport Department is the perfect two cylinder Superbike for hobby riders - like those competing in various championships.

The motorcycle is powered by the same twin-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 175 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. The TRack version gets the same improved gear shift linkage, new LED daytime running lights, but also a more track oriented look.

KTM now offers a street bike product that is a pure bred sports-oriented racing machine. More and more riders of super sporty bikes are now showing a preference for the race track in the form of either training sessions or races.

Press release after the ump.

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2011 KTM RC8 R

2011 KTM RC8 R

KTM brought the 2011 RC8 R superbike to EICMA Show, and we are sure glad they did. This is the company’s most powerful, smooth, and sophisticated model. For the model year 2011, KTM focuses on a thorough development of all aspects of the RC8 R.

The 2011 RC8 R is powered by a twin-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 175 bhp and 127 Nm of torque. And with a total weight of only 185 kilos, the bike is ready to race. Thanks to the finely honed injection system, the rider is in full control of the enormous power at all times.

Combined with a new eccentric bracket in the shock linkage, the RC8 R can now be precisely dialed in within a significantly wider range of settings. For 2011, the RC8 R gets improved gear shift linkage, new LED daytime running lights, and an elaborate, high gloss paint job. The latest Dunlop SportSmart tires make for the icing on the cake.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 KTM 1190 RC8 R

2009 KTM 1190 RC8 R

Ever since the 2008 launch of their all-new Superbike, a premiere for the Austrian brand, KTM has worked to develop the now notorious RC8 model into a more powerful, slightly lighter and sharper cornering motorcycle, improving so both the times around the track and the appreciation among street riders. So while carrying on producing the Standard RC8 as a 2009 model year, KTM also puts on sale the RC8 R model, a nightmare for all competitors out there, be them Japanese or European.

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