Saturday, December 06, 2008

Ferrari motorcycle coming up for sale, asking price US$300,000


The only real, 'official' Ferrari motorcycle ever made, for a mere US$300,000...

Pics: Bonhams, via MC24

For those who’ve always wanted a Ferrari motorcycle, here’s your chance to get one. Not some crappy backyard bodge job or a vague concept – this is the real thing. It’s the one-off Ferrari motorcycle built by David Kay Engineering and bears frame and engine number SF-O1M. It’s the only real Ferrari motorcycle in the world.

Back in 1990, David Kay wrote to Piero Ferrari (Enzo Ferrari’s son), asking him if he could build a motorcycle that would carry the prancing horse badge, in tribute to the late Enzo. Piero did approve the project and gave David the permission to put a Ferrari badge on his motorcycle.

The bike, which took 3,000 man-hours to build, was completed in 1995. Its 900cc, four-cylinder, DOHC engine is custom-built, and produces 105 horsepower at 8,800rpm – enough to propel the 172-kilo bike to a top speed of 265km/h.

Other bits on this 1995 Ferrari 900 include a tubular steel chassis, aluminium bodywork, custom-built exhaust system, digital instrument panel, Forcelle Italia USD fork, Brembo disc brakes, 17-inch Astralite wheels and twin WPS shock absorbers at the back.

The bike, which has spent most of its life in its owner’s drawing room, is in perfect, mint condition. Bonhams will be auctioning the machine on the 20th of this month, and asking price would be around US$300,000. Now if all your mates are lining up to buy a Ducati Streetfighter S or the MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR, and you want to be one up on them…

More details on the Bonhams website here

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The maddest-ever Peugeot-powered motorcycle...
A 2,300cc, V12-powered Kawasaki...
Classic: The Bimota YB6 Tuatara...
Desmosedici RR: For the love of Ducati...
Memorable: The mid-1980s Honda VF1000R...
Heavy Metal: 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer...

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