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KTM has announced pricing for the company's absurdly sinister 2011 1190 RC8 R, and there's plenty to get excited about. The bike will now go for a full $3,500 cheaper than last year's model, which means that KTM has saddled the machine with an MSRP of $16,499. That number puts the 1190 RC8 R at the same price point as the more mortal 1190 RC8 (non-R), which KTM killed off for this year.

We're guessing that if you laid down cash for either a 2010 1190 RC8 or an 1190 RC8 R, you're kicking yourself as hard as your leg can swing at the moment.

The 2011 1190 RC8 R packs 172 horsepower, thanks in part to its dual-spark ignition system that simultaneously increases power and fuel economy (up to 12 percent compared to the old design), and KTM says that the company's engineers threw in a heavier crank and flywheel to provide smoother acceleration. A minty-fresh ECU, new 52-mm throttle body and idle speed control cam are all part of the mix, too.

Suspension wise, the 2011 1190 RC8 R wears a larger air chamber in the front forks and the rear spring rate has been adjusted for a more comfortable ride. There's even a new set of shifter controls to completely seal the deal. How's that for more bang for your buck?

KTM is also offering a full-race version called the 1190 RC8 R Race Spec that foregoes a headlight, tail light and turn signals in favor of hardcore hardware like a full-titanium exhaust and a dizzying 180 horsepower from the same V-Twin. Expect to shell out $19,999 for the pleasure of twisting the throttle on that titan.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      KTM , had the hots for the Duke 950 and 990 way back . it's V twin engine only weighed 124 lbs ! WAY outhandled anything in its class back then -- but vibrated way too much ( 990 ) so lost interest in them , that included the upcoming RC too .
        • 3 Years Ago
        $3,500 does't make it any prettier. Kinda like buying Swedish sports sedans, KTM is an acquired taste. For the same money or less, Ducati, Aprillia & BMW will sell you a less exclusive bike thats easier on the eyes. And just like the results of shout-outs in the bike magazines, each are within a hair's breadth of each other.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No need to feel sorry for the 9 guys who bought these (thats an exaggeration, but probably not by much) for $20k. I'm sure they have plenty of disposable income and won't feel a sting.

      Best description I've read of this bike (any bike, for that matter): it looks like a stealth fighter that crashed into a pumpkin patch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didnt they do the same thing with the superduke in the US... have a regular model and an R model and then drop the regular model. Shouldnt be too much of a shock. Great bike love KTM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I still remember when KTM stiffed Kenny Roberts for engines they had contracted for. I don't forget things like that, and I forgive even less.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget how KTM cancelled the American Red Bull Rookies Cup at the last minute leaving all of those youngsters high and dry even though they continued sponsoring other activities. Red Bull was even willing to stay on as a sponsor at the time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the time when Toyota dropped the price on the Supra Turbo by $12K just before cancelling it. Nice gift for people who were sitting on the sidelines and really sucks for people who bought the bike 3 months ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't the same Rotax engine as used in the Buell 1190RR (which began as an 1125cc), is it? Just curious because of the similar displacement and configuration.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sportbikes, the one market that makes the small CUV and midsized sedan markets look complacent and uncompetitive.