A cus­tom road­rac­ing spe­cial, direct from Ger­many

Motorcyclist - - Shift - BY ZACK COURTS

“A Satur­day night out with some beers and friends,” says Markus Kramer, a for­mer R&D en­gi­neer at KTM, “that’s where this idea to build a sin­gle-cylin­der su­per­bike started.” That was 2010, and what be­gan as a chopped-up com­bi­na­tion of KTM 690 Duke and RC8 has turned into the sec­ond evo­lu­tion (hence EVO2, as of 2014) of a rac­ing weapon. A 690cc KTM engine cranks out around 80 hp, and the amal­ga­ma­tion of KTM parts mixed with cus­tom pieces weighs just less than 280 pounds. In ad­di­tion to the cus­tom frame, swingarm, and body­work, maybe the nifti­est slice of engi­neer­ing is the tail: one piece of plas­tic, tripling as the rear sub­frame, 3.2-gal­lon fuel tank, and seat. So far, Kramer Mo­tor­cy­cles has pro­duced more than 40 ma­chines. As for the prospect of a 300-pound, 80-hp street ma­chine? “It’s on my agenda,” Kramer says, “but I’m not sure we’ll take that road yet.”

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