KTM RC8 now cheaper than TDM900

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Fancy picking up a new KTM RC8 superbike for less than the price of a Yamaha TDM900 or Honda Crossrunner? If so, you’d better hurry – to clear out unsold RC8s, dealers have discounted the price to just £8295 and there are only handfuls of bikes left.

Until discontinued in 2009, KTM’s 1148cc 150bhp RC8 superbike was £10,995 and featured WP suspension and steering damper, Brembo monobloc brakes and Marchesini wheels – components sadly lacking on the £9075 Crossrunner and £8399 TDM.

James Metcalfe, sales director of AMS Motorcycles in Gloucestershire told MCN: “Since the new model is out and this is the older model, we can sell them for a special price. It’s as new, comes with two years warranty and two years roadside assistance and will come registered on an ’11’ plate. It’s a bargain considering that it costs around the same as a new ZX-6R and is a massive £2700 off the RRP.”

Paul Read of In Moto of Croydon, Surrey, told MCN: “I’ve sold four in three moneths and my colleagues have sold six. The black and white colour scheme is really popular so we only have orange left.”

Buyers are equally happy. Darren Smith, from Croydon, bought an RC8 from In Moto and told MCN: “The main thing that attracted me was the price. There is no other V-twin of that calibre apart from a Ducati, but the running costs put me off. I’ve had the KTM for six weeks and covered 3200 miles and love it.”

Ryan Spencer

By Ryan Spencer