For some people, a motorcycle is just a vehicle, while for other people it is a love of their lives. Having a two-wheeled vehicle is a way to make true the dram of flying with the wind. But sooner or later most of the motorcycles end their days in scrap metal piles or spread around the world in spare parts. Only a few models leave a mark in history and become real sources of inspiration. Here are some of the best-known models.
This iconic model was made in a home garage in New Zealand in 1991. Led by designer John Britten, a group of enthusiasts designed and manufactured the motorcycle that had such as technical characteristics and design solutions surpassed the entire motorcycle industry for many years. The self-designed twin-V engine had about 170 horsepower. The motorcycle also had a computer that recorded 6 engine parameters.
While creating this motorcycle, John tried to keep as few details as possible, so he completely abandoned the frame. The motorcycle flywheel, suspension, front axle, and all other attachments were attached directly to the engine with carbon fiber brackets. Most of the motorcycle parts were made of carbon fiber, so the whole motorcycle weighed about 145kg. Thanks to its powerful engine and lightweight design, this motorcycle drove faster than the Ducati.
The Britten V1000 itself is a romantic story about how one person can compete with the endless resources and possibilities of huge companies. But the end of this story is tragic. In 1995, John Britten died of unresectable cancer and the secrets of production were taken to the grave. There are only 10 copies of the Britten V1000 in the world.
In 1994, the Ducati company released a motorcycle that had revolutionized the industry. It was a motorcycle where the best design was combined with phenomenal technical features and amazing sound. This model became the racing benchmark when it won the Superbike World Championships for three years in a row.
Revolutionary details were seen on the outside. The exhaust pipe was mounted under the seat that not only emphasized the unique style but also improved the aerodynamic properties. The most important thing was the engine. At the time, all Japanese competitors used 4-cylinder, and the Ducati used 2-cylinder V-shaped engine to accelerate smoothly in turns. This motorcycle has won a record number of titles at world championships. An improved, stylized version of the Ducati 916 Senna was also available. The Ducati 916 and derivative models – 996 and 998 – won six World Superbike titles.
HONDA GOLD WING
In the early 1970s, the industry of motorcycles was interested in tourism. The Japanese cruiser Honda Gold Wing GL1000, made in 1975, was a real revolution. By 1982, it had acquired modern features. In 2008, the luxury Honda Gold Wing 1800 had a new and safer seat design, an audio system, a powerful engine, integrated satellite navigation and a constant speed support system.
The price in the US starts from $ 20,000, which is not much for a luxury motorcycle. With its expressive looks, unique 6-cylinder engine, and modern comfort and safety technologies, the Gold Wing retains the title of the most perfect and functional touristic motorcycle. Most importantly, Honda was the first company that provided the Golden Wings with the world’s first 150-liter airbags mounted between the handles.