Honda NR750 and Kawasaki Ninja H2R Among Highlights
For those who have a passion for the world’s fastest production motorcycles, the Bonhams Marathon Autumn Stafford sale is the place to be this October.More than 80 highly collectable motorcycles will be on the block from the Willowbrook Collection – many being offered without reserve.
The highlights will be a 1993 Honda NR750 with less than 1500 kilometers, and also a 2017 Kawasaki H2R Ninja.When the NR750 was released, Honda said: “There is no limit to the places a dream can carry you. All it takes is the determination to get there.”The last word in motorcycling exotica in its day, the 1993 Honda NR750 (expected to sell between $75,000 – $103,000) cost five times as much as the newly introduced FireBlade when it was introduced.Equally rousing is the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R ($32,000 – $45,000). The world’s fastest production motorcycle, the H2R is a supercharged 310-horsepower monster capable of propelling its rider close to 250 mph.Other highlights from the Willowbrook Collection include:
1928 AJS 500cc K8 OHV ($9,000 – $11,000)
1938 Excelsior 500cc Manxman ($20,000 – $28,000)
1962 BSA 646CC Rocket Gold Star with matching numbers and documented from new ($21,000 – $28,000)
1977 Triumph 744cc T140 Silver Jubilee that has covered just 11 miles from new ($9,000 – $12,000)
1988 Yamaha RD350 F2 that has covered less than a mile from new ($12,000 – $15,000)
The two-day auction during the 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground, ST18 0BD, runs October 13-14. For additional information and a lot preview. visit www.bonhams.com/autumnstafford.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!