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Nico Bakker February 2, 2017 posted by

Leonard Smalls approves: 2000 Nico Bakker Barracuda 1000 formerly owned by Nicolas Cage

Back on ebay after failing to sell in December of 2015, here is a Nikko Bakker crafted Barracuda 1000 that is said to have been previously owned by Nicholas Cage.

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2000 Suzuki TL1000 powered Nico Bakker on ebay

Collectible sportbikes typically meet at least one of the following criteria; be produced in limited numbers, been in pristine/OEM condition (or have very low mileage); have what was at the time new/revolutionary technology, be hard to find in its listed location and/or have a significant ownership history. In this case, we have a bike that meets  a significant number of these criteria.  The Barracuda is a Nico Bakker framed special powered by the Suzuki TL1000 power.  This particular Barracuda was previously owned by Nicholas Cage of Leaving Las Vegas (good!) and Ghost Rider (bad!) fame and could be the only one imported into the United States.

I have to admit I am a Nico Bakker fan, in large part because he designed the frame for my beloved Zane-era Laverda 750 series.  Apparently Nico Bakker is still building bikes in the small town of Heerhugowaard, Holland (about an hour north of Amsterdam).  You can see more about Nico Bakker from this post from 2012.

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From what I am have been able to find, the Barracuda has a custom frame built around a Suzuki TL1000 engine, suspension is WhitePower/WP or Ohlins, brakes are Brembo, the exhaust is Akrapovic and the 5-spoke wheels are Marvic.  More details about the components can be found here and there is a review from Carole Nash here.

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Like most very small production runs, there isn’t a lot of information on what it would take to maintain this bike.  Given that its core is a Suzuki TL1000 and the rest of the bits are high end (but well established), I would expect no significant maintenance issues but I would expect to need fresh fluids and given its age, probably fresh rubber/tires too.

From the seller:

  • Mileage is only 765 miles/1232km
  • Recent serviced included battery replacement
  • Features a steel tubular frame with alloy swingarm.  Powertrain from the Suzuki TL1000. 
  • Ride height, steering angle and even the swing arm height can be altered.

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So what is this Dutch crafted rarity worth?  Based on the previous listings it seems that the seller is looking for prices above $22,000 USD which seems like a lot for a bike that while rare, doesn’t seem to inspire “lust”.  (previous listing on ebay here.)   Also I am not sure if this one will appreciate in value.

I think this will only appeal to a serious collector, someone who already has a decent collection and and is looking to take a bit of a flyer on this one.    It may also appeal to  Zane-era Laverda fans and maybe that is the best potential new owner- someone who wants to see what’s it like to have a Nico Bakker frame combined with a bonkers powerplant.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Leonard Smalls approves:  2000 Nico Bakker Barracuda 1000 formerly owned by Nicolas Cage
Report June 24, 2012 posted by

Dutch Masters Volume I – Nico Bakker

I recently spent some time in the European offices of RSBFS and had the immense good fortune to tour Bakker Framebouw – the shop of legendary frame builder Nico Bakker. Located in a small village an hour or so north of Amsterdam in Holland, Bakker Framebouw has been constructing racing and roadbike frames since the 1970s. From the smallest 50cc racers to GP World Championship 500cc contenders, Nico Bakker has built them – and won.

You might be familiar with Bakker Framebouw from their consultant work with BMW on various telelever chassis designs as well as the stillborn boxer Superbike project, or perhaps the stunning and most current generation of Laverda, including the frame design for the Ghost Strike 750. It is reported that Nico was also responsible for the first single-sided rear swing arms for endurance racing. The picture above is the entire team launching the Grizzly – a naked bike designed around a GSX-R 1100 engine and transmission. Nico is standing second from the right.

The Bakker Framebouw workshop is a set of unassuming buildings set next to farming fields and canals. The entrance is a testament to past victories; a trophy case filled with racing spoils and a number of race winning bikes fills the vestibule. Beyond that, the work environment beckons – with lifts containing Moto3, Super Single, historical endurance bikes and restorations.

The world of a boutique motorcycle constructor in a small Dutch community goes far beyond bikes; with the ability to weld nearly any material, Bakker Framebouw might be called upon to repair anything, including farm machinery. When I was on site, one of the members of the staff was carefully TIG welding a repair to a lightweight wheelchair – with as much care and skill as would be applied to a racing frame. The team also builds mountain bike frames, performs alloy wheel repair and takes on restorations; during my visit the team was bringing a vintage Kriedler back to life. On another table the shop was building a new frame based on vintage specs for an endurance racing team. There was certainly a lot going on!

The Bakker shop has constructed race winning 500cc GP bikes, based on the Suzuki RG500 engine. In that top class, Bakker has won multiple times with 1970s and 1980s Dutch hero Wil Hartog. The Bakker shop still has one of those race-winning bikes, and the the craftmanship is simply breathtaking. The design of the frame and the lay of the welds are something worthy of a museum. Thankfully, this bike has been run in anger, and continues to do so at various events throughout the year.

The shop also had some road going designs on hand, including a Grizzly, a Barracuda (based on a Suzuki TL1000 engine) and a QCS (Quick Change System – built around a ’88 Yamaha FZR1000 powerplant). These were customer bikes, but as Bakker Framebouw has the ability to build any of their designs (including older race bikes), they can build one for you to order. Given the current exchange rates, this might not be a terrible idea. I can promise you that you will not be dissappointed by the craftsmanship.

Here is a quick video tour of the shop, with Nico Bakker presenting. This was not from my visit – and it is in Dutch – but you get a great look at the shop and their capabilities. Enjoy!

Undoubtedly this visit to Bakker Framebouw was the highlight of my stint at the European correspondence desk of RSBFS. The staff was very warm and friendly and they even spoke English – which is lucky as my Dutch is pretty much nonexistent. I was able to view current projects – such as the Moto3 machine – as well as completed road bikes like the Grizzly, Barracuda and QCS. Next time I go I will bring more money and return to the US with a REAL souvenier from Holland. Thanks to Nico and Iwan for their outstanding hospitality!

MI