These four motorcycles showcased in this article prove that performance comes in all shapes and sizes. From a rare 1997 Ducati 916 SPS for sale in New York to a 1970s Kawasaki KZ1000 restomod from AC Sanctuary, a customized Honda CB1000, and a sneak peek at Triumph’s upcoming motocross race bike, each bike offers its own unique features and style.
The first motorcycle highlighted is the 1997 Ducati 916 SPS. Considered to be Massimo Tamburini’s greatest gift to motorcycling, the 916 SPS was a special edition built to homologate the new 996 cc engine for Superbike competition. With only limited numbers produced, this bike demands a premium price. It features upgraded components, including camshafts, fuel injection, and an enhanced ECU setup, resulting in increased horsepower. This particular Ducati 916 SPS is being offered by Peter Boggia of Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn, New York. It is in excellent condition, with low mileage and original parts included.
Next up is the Kawasaki KZ1000 restomod by AC Sanctuary. Known for building some of the best restomods in the world, AC Sanctuary took on a customer’s Kawasaki KZ1000 that had been poorly customized. The bike was stripped down and rebuilt, with significant changes made to the bodywork. The boxy KZ tank, tail unit, and side covers were replaced with bodywork from an older 900 cc Zed, requiring extensive groundwork to fit. The bike features OZ Racing wheels, Öhlins forks, Brembo brakes, and a modified engine with race-style modifications. The overall look is modern and sleek, paying homage to Kawasaki’s classic Z-series.
Moving on to the Honda CB1000 customized by Cus’Tom Motorcycle. Tom Boissel, the builder, grew up with a passion for motorcycles and racing. When he had the opportunity to buy a Honda CB1000, he couldn’t resist customizing it. The bike features upgraded suspension, including an Aprilia RSV4 front end with Öhlins internals and Brembo calipers. The engine received modifications for improved performance, and the overall design incorporates a retro-naked look with a nod to racing style. This customized CB1000 is a testament to Tom’s craftsmanship and dedication to the motorcycling dream.
Lastly, Triumph teases their upcoming 250 cc motocross race bike. Triumph, known for their racing experience and adventure bikes, has partnered with motocross star Ricky Carmichael to develop a dedicated motocross bike. Set to compete in the off-road segment, Triumph recently unveiled the bike’s four-stroke engine and showcased it on a motocross track. Although details are limited, the upcoming motocross bike is generating excitement within the motocross community.
Overall, these four motorcycles demonstrate the diversity and innovation in the world of performance bikes. Whether it’s a rare Ducati, a restomod Kawasaki, a customized Honda, or a new entrant from Triumph, each bike offers its own unique blend of style, performance, and craftsmanship.