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Thursday, October 9, 2014

It turns out that they also had to make a motorcycle

Leading supercar brands in the world, is often times decided to slightly eccentric to try new steps, between the expanded or because of other reasons. This has been done by two renowned supercar brands namely Lamborghini and Ferrari.

As is known, recently rumored that Ferrari wanted to produce a motorcycle after the information of patent application of internal 2-cylinder V-Twin configured combustion engine to surface. But rumors that Ferrari will make a motorcycle, as reported by Autocar, on Friday, October 3, 2014 has immediately denied during the last press conference of Luca di Montezemolo as Ferrari president at the Paris Motor Show 2014. This was disclosed by Montezemolo and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Here are two motorcycles that were made ​​by two famous Italian supercar brands.

1. 1986 Lamborghini Design 90
Lamborghini apparently is one of the brands that decided steps to try to make a motorcycle. The Italian carmaker experienced many difficulties and was officially declared bankrupt in 1978. The Italian court took control until the Swiss Mimran brothers were appointed to administer the company during its receivership.

The Mimran brothers began a comprehensive restructuring program and injected large amounts of money. Finally the brothers were able to save the Italian Bull and officially owned the company in 1984. They reworked the failed Silhouette into the Jalpa and updated the Countach. The LM002 sport-utility vehicle was also introduced under Mimran ownership.

1986 Lamborghini Design 90. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1rW2mxn)
In search of expansion and diversity, one of the brothers, Patrick Mimran decided to use the Lamborghini name on other things beside cars. He started using the Lamborghini V12 engines for powerboats and his next idea was to offer a Lamborghini motorcycle. 

Initiated by the Swiss, designed by the Italians, engineered by the French and built from Japanese parts the Lamborghini Design 90 motorcycle was unveiled in 1986. The design of the bike’s fiberglass aerodynamic bodywork was inspired by the 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach. 

Lamborghini motorcycle was designed by Thierry Henriette, a French motorcycle racing specialists of Boxer Bike (now named Boxer Design). Meanwhile, the idea about the frame obtained from Claude Fior who made Fior 500, one of motorcycles that racing in Japan Grand Prix. 
The Design 90 is powered by a 1000 cc, 4-cam, 4 valve per cylinder straight-4 Kawasaki engine. This engine provides 130 hp while the weight of the bike was only 170 kg. This enabled the bike to achieve a top speed of 258 kph. The composition of this motorcycle were indeed encouraged to manifest into powerful motorcycles. Aluminum frame that is quite sophisticated in his day, and brake calipers coated with cadmium.

Because the bikes were priced at a whopping high price of about US $ 13,500, just about twice as much as the most expensive high-end bike then available, the Design 90 was not as successful as Lamborghini wished. About 25 units were scheduled for production, but the project was abandoned after only six bikes were built and it is believed only five have survived.

2. 1995 Ferrari 900
When people hear the name of Ferrari, would be to imagine a car with a flat figure, red toned with a melodious voice of engine. But apparently there is a motorcycle that uses the Ferrari brand. How can there be? The ​​special motorcycle license from Ferrari was made by David Kay Engineering in honor of Enzo Ferrari.
1995 Ferrari 900 by David Kay Engineering. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/ZsArvh)
And this is the only motorcycle in the world is officially licensed by Ferrari. Motorcycle was completed in 1995 using a DOHC engine with a capacity of 900 cc which is claimed to produce power of 105 hp at 8,800 rpm. The only style that is inherited from Ferrari is on the grille fairing fin which has a Testarossa design.

You would expect to many who dare to chase the exorbitant prices as status objects 'collectible items' are very rare. Unfortunately it did not happen. Maybe the motorcycle enthusiasts assume nothing special on this bike besides its brand, especially with the price offered is £180 thousand at an auction in 2008 that are considered too 'crazy'.

And four years later, this bike finally managed to sell. It was only sold at a price of £85 thousand or US $ 138 thousand (approximately Rp. 1.26 billion). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GTSPIRIT | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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