TOKYO SHOW STUNNERS
From this R ninet special to £120k naked Ducati 1199
‘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 .
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