This one could be a little subjective, but when I had one of these for a couple weeks during the time they were circulating in KTM’s press fleet, I was hugely impressed by the booming V-Twin beast. Also its futuristic style, adjustable ergos that were really adjustable, and overall rambunctious puppy demeanor – it reminded me of a really advanced Honda Superhawk. Why aren’t people buying these, I wondered? Well, in the hair-splitting world of Superbike Shootouts, the RC didn’t win any, and oh yeah, it also had the bad luck to debut in 2008. Hellooo, economic freefall… It’s definitely a bike you don’t see every day.

2010 Literbike Shootout: Aprilia RSV4 Factory Vs. Ducati 1198S Vs. KTM RC8R