Italian industrial designer Mirco Sapio has presented our colleagues from Motoblog.it with his own rendition of a pretty interesting concept bike, the SuperDuke 1200 R, based on chassis and engine of the oustanding KTM RC8. Mr.Sapio drew some inspiration from the KTM SuperDuke suries, and in fact the final outcome bears some resemblace the 2005-2006 SuperDuke 990. Actually, we detect some similarity with the current KTM 690 Duke Track racer too. The author of this cool graphic concept would like to know what people think of it, so feel free to post your comments about the SuperDuke 1200 R Concept.
With news that the Mavizen TTX02 could be a low-cost entry level runner for the TTXGP, we thought we’d take a closer look at the bike. The TTX02 is based on the KTM RC8 chassis, impressive enough already, and electrical parts sourced from various suppliers, and an evolution on the original Agni motor.
According to reports, Zero motorcycles may also two TTX02’s, but with its own battery pack and motors, at the next TTXGP series. Check out more pics of the Mavizen TTX02 below, and after the jump is the video of the first low speed tests of a working model that we’ve seen.
The KTM RC8 superbike takes on the four-wheeled KTM X-Bow quad car. It’s not quite the same as the Ducati vs Ferrari video we saw, but the RC8 is a very sexy bike, and while the video is in Spanish, you get an idea of what’s going on. The idea is to find out which is faster around a lovely Austrian mountain road. It looks like it was a lot of fun and we can only imagine the road was closed at the time - can you imagine a few tourists in a caravan coming down the road?
If Valentino Rossi can try his hand at rallying and driving a F1 race car why can’t Sébastien Loeb try motocycle riding?
The five times World Rally Champion rally took to the Bresse circuit in Louhans, Burgundy during the KTM “Track’N’Test” with a RC8. No one thought of clocking him, but the Rally champion seems pretty comfortable on two wheels as he is on four.
Source | motorevue
Compared to the smaller RC8, the engine is more powerful with 1195cc and 170hp. The R version is also lighter in weight, with marchesini wheels, with suspension elements that can be used on the track as well.
Tests run on the Portimao circuit seem to prove the strengths of KTM’s engineers; could we be seeing a challenger to the Ducati 1198S? After the jump is the RC8R video on the Portimao track.
We had the opportunity of checking out close up the new exhaust system from G.P.R for the KTM RC8 1190.
The system meets Euro 3 norms and uses a titanium terminal from the Grand Prix Evolution series. The reduction in weight achieved is a good 10kg, with an increase of 5hp in power. The new exhuast costs 1,950 euros.
Source | G.P.R.
Take a look at the KTM RC8 Red Bull replica, by ORCA’. The French dealership is asking 17,900 euros for this black and orange job with plenty of special parts: fumè front cover, Akrapovic exhaust, alloy engine carter and many others from Rizoma.
Superbike 2009 is on its way, Aprilia and BMW permitting…