2013 Ecosse Founder’s Edition Titanium Heretic – estimated to sell between $150,000-$175,000. This was built for Ecosse’s founder, Don Atchinson, to celebrate the company’s 10 year anniversary. The 2,100cc (!) V-Twin produces 118 horsepower and a stonking 145 pound-feet of torque, and it’s paired with a titanium chassis, Ohlins TTX suspension, radial brakes, carbon fiber wheels, and a fair bit of lunacy. If you’ve got the dough, Ecosse is now doing a supercharged version which puts down 200…
2004 Yamaha MT-01 – estimated to sell between $7,000-$10,000. This won’t be particularly special to international readers, but the MT-01 (also known as the Bulldog) was never officially sold in the US. I find it fascinating, mostly due to the 1,700cc V-Twin powerplant. This example (VIN: R615E000890) is extra special because it was imported by Mike Corbin so that his company could use it to develop products for. It then got engine work, carbon fiber wheels, Akrapovic exhaust, and plenty…
Take the Moto Guzzi V11, add some higher spec components, black paint scheme, and limited production numbers, and you get the Scura. Approximately 700 examples of the Scura were built, and they were upgraded with Ohlins suspension (forks, shock, and steering damper), carbon fiber panels, and a single disc clutch/aluminum flywheel that was supposed to be more aggressive, though there are reports of higher-than-normal failure rates.
In 1960, Aermacchi released the 2nd generation of the Ala Azzurra, a touring variant of the arguably more famous Ala d’Oro/Ala Verde. Just 1,149 Ala Azzurra’s were built, and much fewer are still in this kind of cosmetic condition.
Here’s a first year example of the Yamaha Grand Prix, also known as the YR-1. It was the biggest bike in their line up, and Yamaha’s first 350cc production engine. Despite the relative diminutive size, this bike was highly competitive with British 650s. Thanks to a chassis and engine that was suitable from road racing from the factory, it was a great bike that evolved into iconic 2-stroke Yamahas like the R5, RD350, and more.
Ecossee Moto Works was founded in 2001, and it took them 3 years before they were able to release their first bike – the Heretic. A few years later, they released another model called the Iconoclast in partnership with 20ltd, an online shop that solely offers limited edition design pieces and photography. Just 11 examples were offered and they all featured exquisite craftsmanship around a 2 liter V-Twin motor.
When Ducati evolved the Pantah 500SL into the 600SL, they also decided to offer a stripped down variant called the TL. The bodywork was significantly different, but it did not sell well and the model last just one year. According to the dealer that the seller bought this bike from, just 30 of these bikes were imported to the US.
Pannonia was a Hungarian motorcycle manufacturer that produced over a million bikes between 1954 and 1975 – in addition to a whole bunch of four wheelers. While their range of motorcycle engines included a boxer twin and a vertical twin, the most common motor they built was a two-stroke single as featured in this T5.
When it was introduced, the Benelli Sei was the world’s first production six-cylinder bike. At the time, it displaced 750cc. In 1978, the Italian manufacturer bumped displacement up to 900cc, which is what you see in front of you today. But this example stands out because it’s covered just 82 kilometers over its 37 years of life.