BOXER-BIKES LAMBORGHINI - Design 90
1986 - one of only six built
AUTODROME Cannes is proud to present an extremely rare Lamborghini Motorbike designed in collaboration between Lamborghini and the French leading-edge racing bike constructor Boxer-Bikes.
Boxer Bikes has been famous since the seventies for their racing and sophisticated motorbikes, hand-built with extensive use of aerospace-technology, ultra lightweight frames and offering the highest performance on two wheels. In 1986, when Lamborghini decided that a motorbike would bear their name, Boxer was chosen as the only partner capable of building the most desirable motorbike of the period : the Lamborghini Design 90, powered by a state-of-the-art, 4-cam, 4 valve per cylinder straight-4 engine.
The price asked when this machine was presented was twice as high as the one of a famous high-end motorbike of the period. This price factor, in addition to the availability in extremely limited series contributed the myth of "the Lamborghini motorcycle". As specialists know, the Chief Engineer for this bike was Claude Fior, famous for his unique high-tech racing bikes, and that unfortunately died too young in 2001. Claude Fior also created many technical new systems for racing bikes. The most famous was the double-triangle front suspension, comparable to racing cars fully adjustable suspension (for more about Claude Fior please see here below).
Futuristic period advertisement for the Lamborghini motorcycle, focusing on leading edge technology.
With 130 BHP and less than 180 kg, a radical and voluptuous style, this motorcycle was only a dream for millions of Lamborghini and motorbike enthusiasts. The consensus is that probably only five of these exclusive motorbikes were ever built with the complete fibre-glass aerodynamic bodywork, sharing the same inspiration as the world-famous "25th Anniversary" Countach.
The concept of this motorcycle is dramatically different from what was the standard at this period : the frame is all hand-made from light alloy square tubes, assembled with aerospace welding techniques. Even the fuel tank is in aluminum for lighter weight. Furthermore, front and rear suspension angles are adjustable - a typical racing specification, very unique for a road-bike - and many parts are made from solid machined ultra-light alloy.
All elements are of racing or high-end provenance, like the Brembo Gold-Series brakes, and the Fournalès "air-oil" rear suspension. This rear suspension system is of the highest technology, using the elasticity of compressed air as a spring, and thick oil flowing through calibrated holes as damping system.
The very advanced (for the period) design of the aerospace alloy-frame of the Boxer-Bikes Lamborghini.
The removable rear seat cover allow taking a passenger for an occasional ride... It is finished in real leather (which is rare on motorcycles),
All in all, including partly "Lamborghinised" Boxer versions, less than twenty Lamborghini-Boxer motorcycles were built ; the most sought after are the ones that boast the complete spectacular aerodynamic fairing.
The machine that we are presenting is complete (with constructor plaque indicating Lamborghini type and chassis #) and in a remarkable concours condition. The previous owner of this exceptional bike is a professional racing mechanic who has always maintained this machine as it should be, cosmetically as well as technically. It has been scarcely and carefully used with only 24.000 original kilometers.
Needless to say, such an opportunity to acquire this fascinating motorbike in top condition is probably unique, and will not be repeated. This motorbike will be a precious and indispensable addition to any important collection of the classic "golden age" Lamborghini production.
Two classic Lamborghini masterworks: the spectacular Design 90 Motorcycle, and the
fascinating Miura SVJ Spider Targa presented by Lamborghini at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show.
PRESS : JAPANESE MAGAZINE ROSSO PRESENTS THE RAREST LAMBORGHINI OF THE AUTODROME COLLECTION, INCLUDING THE LAMBO MOTORCYCLE
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Claude Fior (1955-2001): an engineering genius
Engineer Claude Fior with his masterwork : the FIOR 500, with Formula-1 type front suspension (protected by US patents).
Claude Fior was a highly gifted French racing engineer who didn't hesitate to question established rules. He created and developped leading-edge technologies, and even revolutionnary new designs. The most famous are the innovative suspension systems that he developped in collaboration with makes like Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and of course Boxer-Bikes.
The incredibly advanced Fior 500, raced by Marco Gentile at the Grand Prix of Japan 1988.
The engine is a liquid-cooled two-stroke in-line four, delivering 150bhp at 12,300rpm
Another very innovative front suspension, developped by Claude Fior for the Yamaha 1100 S (1980).
Claude Fior was also an excellent racing driver, and participated in many intrernational races, including three times the 24 heures du Mans (winner "in Silhouette" class in 1979). He sadly died in a plane crash, on December 13, 2001 at the age of only 46. For his numerous technical innovations for racing motorcycles, for his decisive contribution to Motor Bikes, but also for his strong personnality, Claude Fior will remain one of the most important motorbike engineers.
Claude Fior on the Paul Ricard circuit (1981)
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