KTM is planning a Rallye version of its new monster trailie, the LC8 Adventure.
The bike, which will make its racing debut at Dakar 2002, will form the basis of a production race replica version which will go on sale in spring 2003.
Apart from the rear tanks, most of the components of the competition version will make it on to the production version.
According to KTM’s chief executive Stefan Pierer. " The bikes will be more or less the same. "
The LC8 Adventure’s 942cc 75-degree V-twin motor has been tuned to boost power from around 95bhp to around 105bhp.
Weight has been cut from 189kg to 184kg. The production version should be even lighter without the rear tanks, which boost the Rallye version’s fuel capacity to a massive 55 litres and give it a range of up to 372 miles.
The production version will have a 35 litre tank, compared to the LC8 Adventure’s 30 litres.
The Rallye version shown in this official factory sketches will make its first public appearance at the Milan show this September. The production version won’t be unveiled until September 2002 at the Munich show.
Pierer said: " We can’t put an exact price on it at the moment. The LC8 Adventure will be priced to compete with the R1150GS. The Rallye version will be slightly more, but still competitive. "
Both versions feature the same 48mm-diameter upside-down WP front forks and WP rear shocks, with adjustment for pre-load and rebound. They also share the same brakes, with twin 320mm discs and Brembo twin-piston calipers at the front, and a 240mm single rear disc, also with a twin-piston Brembo unit.