From this R ninet spe­cial to £120k naked Du­cati 1199

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

‘Top­ping off the per­for­mance parts are Gale­speed wheels and Hyper­pro sus­pen­sion’

The re­cent Osaka show boasted a rush of se­ri­ous bikes from all the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers – the ones that might, or will, make pro­duc­tion – but last week’s Tokyo show was hot­ter still, re­veal­ing more as­pi­ra­tional of­fer­ings drip­ping in car­bon and lit­tered with ti­ta­nium.

The most pro­lific cus­tomis­ers were parts and ac­ces­sories firm Ac­tive, and their beau­ti­fully pro­por­tioned R ninet spe­cial is one of our show highlights. It’s de­signed as a com­fort­able sports con­cept, in a sim­i­lar vein to BMW’S own R ninet Racer, but the bikini nose cowl is more in keep­ing with the those orig­i­nally fit­ted to R90s – and with its con­ven­tional han­dle­bar, it should be much less of a stretch than the Racer’s clip-ons. Top­ping off the per­for­mance parts are Gale­speed wheels and sus­pen­sion by Hyper­pro. The fair­ing kit has an RRP of 70,000 Yen (that’s about £500).

RUN for it

Also on display was a GSX1000S Ha­gane that was built by RUN, a work­shop that spe­cialises in Suzukis with oil-cooled en­gines. The en­gine has been taken from 1074cc up to 1135cc and now sucks fuel through a bank of four Kei­hin FCR39 flat-slide carbs. The ex­haust is a K-fac­tory 4-2-1 and like many of the other Tokyo Show bikes this year it has Öh­lins sus­pen­sion front and rear, and Gale­speed wheels. The name Ha­gane is Ja­panese for ‘steel’, and refers to the steel-like paint fin­ish.

Pipe and slip­pers

Yoshimura were also at the show pre­sent­ing new ex­hausts. Our favourite was the hand-crafted Rsc-vin­tage fit­ted to a Honda CB1100RS, a stun­ning matt-fin­ished 4-into-1 with stubby si­lencer that’s redo­lent of the sys­tems that were ubiq­ui­tous in the 1970s and 80s. The stan­dard ex­haust on the CB is re­ally rather naff, but this Yoshimura trans­forms not just the ex­haust sys­tem, but also lifts the whole bike to an­other level of at­trac­tive­ness.

We also have to give a men­tion to the Zero Engi­neer­ing K2C, which has stolen a chunk of our cyn­i­cal hearts. The lit­tle 250cc sin­gle, with its springer fork, split fuel tanks and pan­cake ex­haust is adorable. The car­bu­ret­tor means it’ll prob­a­bly never make its way over here in its cur­rent guise and we’ll ad­mit the sof­t­ail rear end is niche within a niche .

Rad­i­cal Du­cati

The last Du­cati Street­fighter rolled off the pro­duc­tion line in 2015 and the model qui­etly slipped out of Du­cati’s range – which, in 848 guise at least, was a real shame. You might ques­tion why it was needed at all af­ter the ad­vances made with the big-bore Mon­sters, and so did con­sumers which is why it was never a big seller. That doesn’t stop it from be­ing a great bike, which is why our eyes lit up when we saw the lat­est Nuda Ve­loce from Moto Corse.

At the heart of this beast are the en­gine and chas­sis from an 1199 Pani­gale, so there’s 195bhp wait­ing to scream its way through the cus­tom ti­ta­nium Ter­mignoni ex­haust. The bulk of the body­work has van­ished to shine a light on the Su­perquadro en­gine and what re­mains (even the side­stand) is now car­bon fi­bre. Fol­low­ing the car­bon theme is a set of car­bon BST wheels and – trick­est of all – car­bon brake discs.

If that wasn’t enough the NVC is fin­ished with Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and Brembo brakes through­out. The Su­per­leg­gera man­aged a dry weight of 155kg, but we wouldn’t be sur­prised if this one has eclipsed that by 10ki­los. There’s no word on price, but a less bling model they re­leased two years ago was £120,000 and we doubt this will be any cheaper.

Su­perb Run-built Katana-based Ha­gane is a bold fu­sion of past and present

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