Bike is all clean and ready for the week

Hi everyone,

Today I washed and polished and vacuumed the car (which looks really good!!) and then cleaned the V-Strom…and polished all of the red bits, shined up all the black bits, cleaned off the bugs and the tar and the mud and the dirt….and got everything nice and sparkly for the week ahead.

Tomorrow I start off with the Grafton trip – which is always good.  And due to the fun factor of the back road via Lawrence, we’ll probably go that way once more.

Yesterday Vicki and I and the kids went to Lismore and there were plenty of bikes on the road – including one group that had 3 V-Stroms.  And last week heading back from Grafton was a group of BMW GS1200R Adventurer bikes, and at the back of the group was a red V-Strom just like mine.

This week’s cool bike discovery is a monster…..actually the engine is from a Monster  – it has a heavily reworked engine from the Ducati Monster 1100s, and this incredible piece of motorcycle engineering has been once again created by the mad scientists at NCR.  Their catalogue of custom creations includes  a version of the Ducati Hypermotard called the Leggera, but this particular Leggera was built for a client of Hattar Motorsports in California, and it has gorgeous components like a Titanium frame, Zard silencers, fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes…..and there’s carbon fibre bodywork and rims, more titanium in the swingarm, exhaust….even the sidestand (which costs $4500).

So basically for $140,000 (yes you read correctly – $120,000 more than a standard Hypermotard…..) this bike has a power to weight ratio similar to the BMW S1000RR superbike, and it weighs only 136kg – (That’s 3 kilo’s less than my  250cc scooter!!)

It truly is a thing of beauty……and if the idea of riding it to its potential didn’t terrify me I’d want to give it a go….

Next on his list of purchases for this customer is a Ducati Multistrada 1200 Touring model, which he is going to give to NCR so they can shave off 130 pounds, fit more electronics than the standard Multistrada already has and give it an obscene amount of power….. Some people have more money than sense, others have a small amount of money, and even less sense…..this guy is blessed with bucketloads of both.

Enjoy the week everyone, get out there and have fun….and who knows, one day I might see you out there….

Cheers

Anthony

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~ by anthony on June 27, 2010.

4 Responses to “Bike is all clean and ready for the week”

  1. That motard certainly is a thing of beauty – thanks for sharing!

    I don’t know about winter riding in your area but in our region, clay and cow poop seems to get baked onto the front of the crankcase and is a real pain to shift. However, I’ve just started giving the lower front of the engine a light spray with Scotchguard Heavy Duty silicon after washing. A lot of the road crap no longer sticks and the stuff that does is dead easy to remove.

    Cheers,

    Geoff

  2. Hi Geoff,

    I was never really a fan of the motard style of bike until the Hypermotard came along, and that one is amazing. I would love to see it in action. I knew a guy who owned a Hypermotard and he said it was amazing to ride. I watched him leave the office on it and the sound (like all Ducati’s) was so amazing. For a short time he also had a tri-colore 1098s, but he sold it because it was starting to scare him when he rode it, and there was no room for his partner on the back.

    Have you seen the Triumph “Hellfire” Street Triple flat-tracker that some German’s recently built?

    The Scotchguard on the bike is a good idea, I will have to look into that. For me is just mostly bugs and dirt – and that’s any time of the year, but anything that makes cleaning easier (or quicker) is a good thing.

  3. I use Lanolin or WD-40 on the engine case for off-road work. Come home, spray on some CT-18, hose off and it looks like new again. I picked this up from my dirt riding brother. Saves him heaps of time cleaning.

  4. Gotta wonder how it could cost that much and who would justify it.

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