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This U.S. 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec Begs To Be Ridden

KTM is a rather strange company. Founded in 1934 as a fitter’s and car repair shop, the Austrian corporation is so diverse these days that it’s hard to keep track of what’s new. Thankfully, we’ll be talking about the past today.
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Enter the 1190 RC8 R Race Spec, a track bike that numbers only 20 units in the United States of America. Chassis number VBRV9430BM975385 is currently listed on Bring a Trailer with seven days to go and $6,000 after two bids, peanuts in comparison to the retail price of $20k for the 2011 model year.

2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) on the odo isn’t too much for the V-twin engine with a capacity of 1,195 cubic centimeters, nor enough to demand any kind of service to the six-speed transmission with a hydraulic dog clutch. The question is, what makes this track-only weekend warrior so special over the road version?

Well, let’s talk power and weight. 180 ponies in a bike that tips the scales at less than 400 pounds is serious performance, hence the rarity and MSRP of the Race Spec. The 1.2-liter engine also happens to fire a single plug per cylinder under 7,000 rpm then both at higher revolutions per minute. A thinner head gasket increases compression over the road bike, but the differences don’t end here, oh no they don’t!

The wiring harness, fuel mapping, and Akrapovic Evo 4 exhaust system are only a few of the highlights. Carbon-fiber BST wheels and Dunlop radial slicks are on the menu, along with Brembo brakes as well as a WP steering damper.

Currently located in California, the bike is joined by the manufacturer’s certificate of origin and a bill of sale. “Wear marks from track use” can be seen in the photo gallery, but nevertheless, battle scars are a badge of honor for this KTM.

As one commenter said on BaT about the 1190 RC8 R Race Spec, “screw the murder hornets, this is how I want to go! What an awesome piece of machinery!”

 
 
 
 
 

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