2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R Price Slashed to $16,499

02/14/2011 @ 4:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

KTM must have read our wish list for Christmas (we originally asked for a reduced price and free puppy with every purchase), as not only has the Austrian company improved upon its already impressive KTM 1190 RC8 R v-twin awesomebike, but they’ve considerable slashed the RC8 R’s MSRP. Prices so low, they’re practically giving the bike away, the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R will retail for $16,499 — a nearly $3,500 price reduction from the 2010 model (the RC8 R effectively takes over the price point of the RC8, which has been discontinued for 2011).

Making 175hp (with the right fuel), the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R benefits from a dual spark plug ignition setup that features two different spark plugs for different ignition points. Improving not only performance levels, the new spark plug configuration also gives the RC8 R a 12% fuel economy increase, while decreasing emissions. Also new for 2011 is a new crankshaft and flywheel which have increased masses (100g & 1,000g respectively) to smooth out the power pulses of the RC8 R.

The RC8 R also benefits from a revised 52mm throttle body, which has a new idle speed control cam that has been adjusted for smoother air flow. Helping manage all these improvements in the motor is a new ECU, which has a new gearbox sensor that helps the unit control engine braking in accordance with which gear the bike is in during clutch dumps.

In the chassis department, the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R has improved shifter components, along with new suspension specifications. The front forks feature a larger fork air chamber, while the rear shock sees a new spring rate for improved comfort during street riding. The rear linkage also has a larger range of adjustment.

Source/Photos: KTM

  • BikePilot

    This motor and pricing with an SMT wrapped around it please! KTM can keep their heavier flywheel though.

  • I’ll your flywheel Josh, the RC8 R needs it.

  • Ken C.

    Are they reducing the price for the non-R version as well? Is there a non-R version for 2011?

  • No RC8 (base model) for 2011, just the RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec.

  • Damo

    This is good news. I have been toying around with the idea of trading in the Ape on one of these when I finish off my college loans this year.

    This might just force my hand…

  • PD

    Do you know what the MSRP is on the Red Bull replica? (The KTM website doesn’t seem to show any MSRPs…)

    Also, the KTM website lists the 2010 RC8 separately, but again, with no MSRP. Would you know if they’ve “officially” lowered the MSRP for this 2010 remainder, or has there been no official readjustment of its MSRP, and it’s just whatever a dealer is willing to unload it for?

  • BikePilot

    That’s what everyone said about the early-97 TLS’s flywheel too Jensen :) (but I haven’t ridden the KTM so maybe I would like the heavier flywheel, though I do tend to prefer my engines on the lively side of things).

    Whatever the flywheel weight, KTM really needs to hurry up and offer a 1200cc Duke and SMT if it wants to stay in the game. Liter twins are awesome, but so 4-years ago.

  • RSVDan


    Gotta go with Jensen on this one. The RC8 is PLENTY lively. It has a serious sledgehammer of a motor. It makes the impressive for the time TL seem seriously anemic.

  • Josh, lift up your skirt and try the RC8.

  • PD, the RC8 officially isn’t a 2011 bike, and the 2010 units are already at dealers. That’s more or less going to be the party line from KTM on that, but I imagine whatever dealers that still have some 2010 RC8’s leftover will be selling them at a discount now with yesterday’s news.

    No clue on the MSRP for the Red Bull replica, probably the same as above. It wasn’t listed in the packet KTM sent out, so I don’t think it’s a 2011 model.

  • BikePilot

    I think I will Jensen, though I’ve no desire for another racer-rep at the moment I would very much like to sample the motor and we are finally getting a KTM dealer in the DC area!

  • BikePilot

    BTW I’ve ridden John’s TLS so have some idea of what this is probably like.

  • fazer6

    A local dealer here has knocked down ’10s to $11k and R to $14k.