The calendar includes these fantastic models:
Yamaha FZR750R OW01
Yamaha’s 1989 FZR750R, or “ OW01”, was the answer to Honda’s iconic RC30, and is even rarer with only 500 built.
Ducati TT2 Racer
In 1981, Ducati gambled and released a small twin-cylinder model based on the standard Pantah, which is simply known as the TT2. These limited-production race bikes would help change the fortunes of the Italian marque.
In the long line of Gixxers, the ’89 “RK” model is considered by some to be the most special of them all. Just 500 were built for homologation purposes, none of which were ofﬁcially sold in the US.
Aprilia RSV4 X
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the RSV4 superbike, Aprilia created a truly iconic machine called the RSV4 X. If the visuals don’t blow you away, the speciﬁcation list surely will—starting with 225 horsepower from the hand-built 1,078 cc V4 engine and a dry weight of just 364 pounds. The components are as amazing as you’d expect: Öhlins suspension, Akrapovic exhaust, Pirelli tires, and a signiﬁcant percentage of the Spider Racing catalog.
The RZ500 was introduced in 1984 and was arguably the ﬁrst production race replica. Built to emulate Kenny Roberts’ YZR500 factory racer, the RZ500 was the closest thing two-stroke enthusiasts had to a GP competitor for the road . . . as long as you didn’t live in the United States. The RZVR is extra special, as it was a bike for the Japanese market that had some distinct changes. There were minor ones—a switch that converted the water temp gauge into a fuel gauge, fork preload adjusters at the top of the forks, and the deletion of the self-canceling turn signals. But the reason RZ fans covet the RZV500R is because it also came with a hand-welded aluminum frame, which helped the bike weigh twenty pounds less than its international siblings.
Honda CBR1000RR Repsol Edition
In 2004, Honda released the first full liter-sized model in the CBR double-R range when they replaced the 954RR with the 1000RR. Designed by a team led by Kunitaki Hara, the 1KRR was an all-new model, not sharing any components with the previous model. Soaking up the bumps up front is a 43 mm inverted fork supplemented with the new Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) that was developed in conjunction with Kayaba. Inside the MotoGP-derived frame was an all-new liquid-cooled, 998 cc, four-stroke, DOHC (16-valve), inline-four with dual-stage fuel injection and two-stage ram air regulated via a 32-bit ECU. The 1000RR’s engine was good for a claimed 172 hp and 85 ft-lbs of torque, translating to a sub-three-second (2.7) 0–60 mph time, and a top speed of more than 175 mph.
In 2016, the ﬁrst motorcycle off the Erik Buell Racing (EBR) production line was a “1776” Limited Edition 1190RX superbike. The base model 1190RX was an impressive motorcycle in its own right—Cycle World compared it directly with the 1199 Panigale, and in the process called it “the American-made superbike we’ve been waiting for.” For 2016, EBR created a limited edition with an American ﬂag livery—they were ofﬁcially called the 1776 Limited Edition, but lots ofriders just called them the Patriots.
The BMW R69S, produced from 1960 to 1969, was BMW’s sportbike of its day. With 42 horsepower, it was by far the most powerful bike BMW made at the time.
Bimota Tesi 3D FE
Tesi is Italian for “thesis,” and the name reﬂects that this bike started as Pierluigi Marconi’s thesis project exploring hub-center steering for his mechanical engineering degree. The ﬁrst generation Tesi was the 1D, which utilized the 93-horsepower twin from the Ducati 851. By the third generation (3D), the Ducati-built heart was the 1,078-cc dual spark engine found in machines like the Multistrada 1100 and Hypermotard 1100 (rated for 97 horsepower in the Tesi).
HONDA RC30 ROTHMANS
In the late 1980s, Soichiro Honda wanted to show the world what his factory race department was capable of. The result was a no-expense spared, race-grade legend that delivered a potent combination of good looks and stunning performance. It was an instant classic and hailed the rise of the Japanese superbike.
Triumph “Nutterized” Flat Tracker
This beautiful Triumph Tracker began its second life in the hands of SoCal Speedway Legend-turned-builder, Sonny Nutter. Sonny’s specialty is period correct trackers, and this 1966 Triumph Bonneville features whole lot of tracker-inspired parts including a custom TT seat, Duro tires, Webco oil tank, TT style pipes, and Amal carburetors. A few “Nutter” touches are the 1970’s front wheel and “hot rod” Brembo brake, Schwinn bicycle bars, and Matchless-inspired tank.
Ducati Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP
For the 2011 MotoGP season, Ducati made headlines by bringing Valentino Rossi on board to join his former Honda teammate, Nicky Hayden, racing the GP11 Ducati. The GP11 was the pinnacle of what Ducati was able to build at the time, with a staggering amount of technology in all of the bodywork and components. The GP11 was also the last 800cc Moto GP Ducati.