My friend Christof from KTM stopped by with his 690 single RC8 hybrid for me to take a few photos and explained a bit about HKR: We all work in different areas of the company for KTM Sportmotorcycles. Our passion goes far beyond our jobs and so we formed HKR Racing in late 2009 and started to develop a single cylinder race bike, implement it into reality and to go racing with it. Why a single cylinder racing motorcycle?

The special feature is the pairing of a high capacity single cylinder 4 stroke engine with a compact Superbike chassis. Major advantages of this approach are extremely low weight, excellent handling and low acquisition and maintenance costs compared to a superbike.

More info on their website here.


  1. herecomesduncan 5 years ago

    All they need now is a -273 graphics kit :)

    Reckon this’d be an amazing bike to take to a track – I’m stoked with the 690 engine, although I think I’m over the knee down thing (the motogp slo mo was sweet tho)

    Funny seeing the road bike stuff as I’m now hankering after a 690 enduro (to turn into a dakar lookalike) :)

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    admin 5 years ago

    yea, going to make them some kind of GFX kit, why he brought the bike over for me to take some photos.
    I would get an smc any day before an enduro, and i would get a duke any day before an SMC too, especially if you spend the majority of time on the road. See if you can test one at your KTM store before buying, its cool for some offroad stuff but the tyres are well slippery on the road and its not comfortable really. Just my 2 pence.

  3. herecomesduncan 5 years ago

    Yeah, TBH I reckon I’m just going thru a phase as a house move might mean a few trails to ride (on the way to work) and I got giddy about an enduro. Think it’ll be a MTB purchase tho as there’s more to go at (most of the lanes are restricted) and I still love riding the SM on the road – might refresh my graphics to get me super giddy about it again.

    Wouldn’t count out the option of getting an EXC as a weekend bike some time in the future tho.

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    admin 5 years ago

    the exc’s are amazing for sure

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