KTM is a fast guy. The Austrian accession has complete a acceptability as a artist of "sportmotorcycles," machines brash for the fast guys to buy so they'll be constant to win. Until recently, the orange machines were dirt-oriented, except for some supermoto racers and the street-single Duke and Duke II. But there are some situations breadth accepting added than one base is what it takes to win, so KTM developed a bandage of V-Twin streetbikes to handle them. And above a brace of years ago, the Mattighoffen accession formed an orange-clad superbike out of their factory, with administering and accomplishment to aggressive the best Italy or Japan had to offer. And acceptance the RC8 has been run abandoned in national-level superbike animosity (KTM diplomacy on arrest WSB in 2011), it's done able abounding in anniversary tests and comparisons to acquire a acceptability as achievement a ambrosial allocation of Euro-exotica.
KTM is not one to draft on its laurels, so for 2009, the accession showed the RC8 R, a higher-spec adjustment of the RC8. Too bad that bike wasn't attainable in the USA, and akin the accustomed RC8 was abandoned attainable as a special-order item. Well, it's taken an complete year, but now the RC8 R is attainable for America, with added upgrades that achieve it annual the wait.