Exceptional Motorcycles: A Rare 1997 Ducati 916 SPS and More
Exceptional Motorcycles: A Rare 1997 Ducati 916 SPS and More
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These four remarkable motorcycles exemplify that performance comes in diverse forms. Among them, you'll find a scarce 1997 Ducati 916 SPS available in New York, a 1970s Kawasaki KZ1000 restomod crafted by the renowned AC Sanctuary, and a customized Honda CB1000 designed by a passionate racing enthusiast. We also offer a sneak peek into Triumph's upcoming motocross race bike.

For Sale: 1997 Ducati 916 SPS

The Ducati 916, designed by Massimo Tamburini, stands as a masterpiece in the world of motorcycles, alongside his other iconic creations like the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale, the Bimota DB1, and many more. In 1997, Ducati introduced the 916 SPS, a special edition of the 916 designed to homologate the new 996 cc engine for Superbike competition. Due to its limited production, the SPS commanded a premium price.

Equipped with new camshafts, an enhanced fuel injection and ECU system, an 11.5:1 compression ratio, a lightweight crankshaft, and larger combustion chambers with bigger heads, this model generated an impressive 123 horsepower.

This particular 1997 Ducati 916 SPS is currently available through Peter Boggia of Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn, New York. Peter has a knack for sourcing exotic European machines, making his website a must-visit for enthusiasts.

Numbered '59,' this 916 SPS was originally purchased from the Ducati dealer Fast by Ferraci in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and has only covered 7,500 miles since then, making it essentially new. A dyno sheet confirms its power output at 115.2 hp at the rear wheel.

The quick-release bodywork remains in excellent condition, proudly displaying the Ducati 916 Desmoquattro in the gold 'Varese' logo. While it features some different wheels and additional carbon fiber accessories, the original parts are included, along with an extra fairing.

This outstanding motorcycle is currently available at Moto Borgotaro for $45,000, and given its beauty and rarity, its value is likely to appreciate over time.

Kawasaki KZ1000 by AC Sanctuary
AC Sanctuary is renowned for crafting some of the world's finest restomods, particularly focused on early Kawasaki Z- and KZ-series motorcycles. With donors becoming scarcer, shop owner Hiroyuki Nakamura often preserves good examples for future projects.

In this project, Nakamura-san had the opportunity to work on a customer's Kawasaki KZ1000, which had seen better days due to previous subpar modifications. AC Sanctuary embarked on a comprehensive restoration, starting with stripping the bike down to its essentials and rebuilding it to their exacting standards.

One notable change is the replacement of the boxy KZ tank, tail unit, and side covers with bodywork from the older 900 cc Zed. To accommodate these changes, AC Sanctuary reinforced the frame, ensuring a perfect fit. The bike now boasts stunning 17” OZ Racing wheels, Öhlins forks, and Brembo brakes in the front, along with a Sculpture alloy swingarm and Öhlins shocks in the rear.


AC Sanctuary didn't stop at aesthetics; they also enhanced the engine, featuring flowed heads, Kent ST high-lift cams, a race-style valve train, and a 1,166 cc displacement. Mikuni TMR MJN dual stack 38 carbs were added for improved performance, complementing the handcrafted titanium exhaust with a Nitro Racing muffler. The all-black color scheme provides a modern look without chrome accents.

Honda CB1000 by Cus'Tom Motorcycle
5239636501e8599e6de.pngTom Boissel, inspired by his father and the iconic Joe Bar Team comics, pursued his motorcycling dream with a Honda CB1000 Big One Super Four. With a background in custom motorcycle building, Tom, operating as Cus'Tom Motorcycle, couldn't resist the urge to personalize his Big One.

Recognizing the importance of superior suspension from his racing experience, Tom upgraded the front end with components from an Aprilia RSV4 factory superbike, featuring Öhlins internals and twin radial-mounted Brembo calipers. Modified Ducati fork yokes were used to accommodate the new setup. The bike rides on a Ducati 996 wheel in the front and a Honda CBR900RR hoop in the rear, with an additional Brembo caliper mounted via a custom bracket. Öhlins shocks complete the suspension package.

Tom also optimized the carburetors with re-jetting and added a stylish carbon fiber muffler, contributing to the bike's 90s racing-inspired aesthetics. The OEM seat unit was creatively modified to preserve the original ducktail, enhanced with red Alcantara for a touch of racing style. The Ayrton Senna Marlboro McLaren F1-inspired livery adds to the bike's overall appeal.

Triumph Teases Their 250 cc Motocrosser
7428756501e9753756e.pngDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, motorcycle sales surged across all segments, with off-road bikes experiencing exceptional growth. Triumph, seeking a share of this market, announced a collaboration with motocross legend Ricky Carmichael in 2022 to develop a dedicated motocross bike.

While Triumph boasts Moto2 racing experience and acclaimed adventure bikes, creating a competitive motocross machine presents a unique challenge. Nevertheless, they have pressed forward, and we are now getting glimpses of Triumph's upcoming 250 cc motocross contender.

Built from the ground up, the bike features a four-stroke engine that was recently unveiled. Triumph has also taken it to the motocross track, earning praise from both Carmichael and amateur motocross racer Evan Ferry. While dirt bikes may share a common design, we eagerly anticipate the final product in all its off-road glory.

#Sportbike #Offroad #RareMoto #Honda #Kawasaki #Ducati #CB1000 #KZ1000 #Ducati916

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