Posts by tag: Nera

Bimota September 24, 2018 posted by

Unobtainum alert: 2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero with 5 miles

2011 Bimota Oro Nero with 5 miles on ebay

Back in the early days on RSBFS there was an ongoing debate about what made a bike a true rare sportbike and  was mostly centered around Bimota models such as the SB6 which seemed to be available on eBay pretty much constantly.  Some  claimed that any bike that was readily available couldn’t be a rare sportbike while the other side claimed availability wasn’t as big an issue as factors such as technology or condition.   While I can’t remember who got the final word, a set of criteria did result that I often use to evaluate whether a bike is truly a rare sportbike.  These criteria are

► extremely low availability/production numbers
► technological or historical significance 
► location 
► desirability 
► condition
► high original price, especially compared to other models in the same manufacturers lineup

Obviously not every bike posted on RSBFS has all these criteria but the more of these criteria that a bike has the more it seems to qualify as a rare sportbike.  Perhaps most importantly, if a bike has ALL the criteria listed above then its considered to be “unobtanium” and definitely worth a post.  Today’s post is a 2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero, a bike that seems to meet all the unobtainum criteria.

Let’s run through the criteria starting with availability.  According to Wikipedia, only 10 Oro Nero were built.  The seller indicates this Bimota Oro Nero is #11 of 11 produced which seems odd at first but the seller has a plausible explanation for this which can be read on the Bimota forum (link here) and anyone who has dealt with the Italian manufacturers knows how a few extra models tend to appear here and there based on supplies.

As for technology, the Bimota Oro Nero wasn’t just a pretty carbon-fiber face; it was actually  the first production bike to offer the combination of a carbon fiber frame, subframe and swingarm.

Location?   It’s currently located in California, the heart of sportbike country in the USA.

Desirability?  Well if you are like me and you like the pure carbon fiber look then damn this thing is sexy.   The pics provided by the seller aren’t the best (they seem to  indoors and don’t give a full walk around on the bike) so I reached out to the seller and they were kind enough to share some additional video links along with pictures on the ebay listing, see below

Vid 1 – coming home in the sun

Pic 1 – Upper frame in carbon

Video 2 – Walkaround

Pic 2 – Rear swingarm in carbon

Video 3 – rolling it into the garage

As for condition/maintenance, with 5 miles since new there isn’t a lot to talk about on this one.   The pics the seller includes on the ebay listing do seem to show recent maintenance (not sure where/when this was done though) and I think I spot a new tire sticker in the last video.  The fluid in the brake reservoir does look its due for a change though.

The last criteria for being a rare sportbike is OEM price.  The Oro Nero was originally offered for $80,000 USD so the sellers Buy-It-Now price of $91,000 USD isn’t as outrageous as it might first seem (and the ebay auction indicates that offers will be considered).

Now that we have reviewed this bike’s unobtanium qualifications we arrive at the final question – is this this bike something to put on your collection list?  $80,000 USD is still a fair chunk of change for a bike that has a plastic gas tank cover and what appears to be a phantom pillion seat pad (no footrests for a passenger).  Also the full carbon look isn’t really exclusive to the Oro Nero; other options include the Aprilia Nera, the Kawasaki H2 carbon or if money is really no object there is the MV Agusta F4cc.

Even though the Oro Nero is definitely worthy of a post here on RSBFS it doesn’t seem likely it will appreciate much in the near future.   It seems like its more of a long term investment that will appeal to a deep pocketed and patient collector or perhaps to a Bimota collector looking to complete their lineup.   While it will probably never ellicit a reaction like an RC30 or Desmosedici whomever buys it will be able take comfort in the fact that have something that even the famous Barber and Solvang museums don’t have.

Martin G/Dallaslavowner

Unobtainum alert:  2011 Bimota DB8 Oro Nero with 5 miles
Aprilia May 30, 2015 posted by

Noale Carbon Dream: 2004 Aprilia Nera in the UK

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Here is a bit of carbon fibre dreamery from Italy, an engineering flight of fancy if you will…a 2004 Aprila RSV 1000 Nera.   Listed for sale on gumtree but apparently located in Ireland near Belfast, only 200 of these beauties were built back in 2004 during a time when Aprilia dreamed of launching an ultra-exclusive “dream series” of bikes.   Carbon fibre everywhere, Ohlins suspension, Brembo braking, lightweight titanium used not just for the exhaust but all the bolts and fasteners, magnesium wheels…it all came together in what was to that point the most light-weight (under 400 lb) and powerful RSV1000 Aprilia had ever offered.

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Personally I don’t think the pictures of this bike do it justice…the full carbon fibre bodywork with just a hint of glaze looks incredible in the sunlight and in person the bike looks incredibly purposeful….kind of like a stealth fighter, very function oriented but not raw.

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2004 Aprilia Nera for sale in the uk

The Nera was was marketed as a bike for the “cognoscenti’, for people who knew how rare and special is was intended to be.  Aprilia even offered a dream package with its dream bike; on top of the $30,000 USD sales price buyers could plop down another $10,000 for an invitation to attend a MotoGP track session in the country of your residence, exclusive memorabilia, and a customized set of leathers.

While Aprilia was aiming high with its $40,000 dream package, it soon found out that aiming high and hitting the mark are two different things. Despite the first bike going to actor Matt LeBlanc of Friends TV show fame and overall excellent reviews, rumor has it that not a single buyer took Aprilia up on the additional “dream package” and that many of the bikes languished on the sales floor for more than a year. Perhaps its not surprising that the company soon ran into financial difficulties and in 2004 Aprilia and Moto Guzzi were acquired by Piaggio who quickly put an end to engineering flights of fancy like the Aprilia Nera/dream series and Moto Guzzi MGS-01.

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The base Aprila RSV1000 has proven to be a very reliable motor and this particular product of Noale is listed as having only done 5000 miles so its barely broken in but no service information on this bike is offered.  Realistically fluids and fresh rubber would have to be factored into the price.

Speaking of price, the last few of these we have been fortunate enough to have on RSBFS seem to have gone for prices around 6000 GBP/$12,000 USD so while the asking price of 7250 GBP price is about double of a standard RSV its still right in line with the price trend on these and is actually the lowest price I have seen for one of these to date.  Perhaps that’s due to its location.

If full on carbon, exclusivity and italian-ness are what you crave, you probably cant do much better than a Aprilia Nera; the 200 unit production number already qualifies the Aprila RSV 1000 Nera as a Rare Sportbike. But I have to be honest say I don’t think the Nera will be a bike that undergoes dramatic price appreciation anytime soon. It is undeniably beautiful and rare but its not based on a true race bike, didnt herald the launch of any major technology and the performance wasn’t significantly different from the standard RSV1000 it was based on.  The Nera is instead a bit of designer dreaming that I doubt we will likely see again soon…then again so were the Delahaye and Henderson motorcycles so you never know..

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Noale Carbon Dream:  2004 Aprilia Nera in the UK
Aprilia June 28, 2013 posted by

2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 R Nera in Oklahoma Portland, Oregon

Update: 15 minutes after I posted this Nera, RSBFS readers have noted that this auction is a scam and that the motorcycle is actually available at Turn 2 Motorcycles (MotoCorsa) in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for the heads up guys! Links updated. -dc

2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 R Nera For Sale

Based on the RSV 1000 R Factory, the Nera was limited to just 200 examples worldwide. It sports a very subdued exterior but upon closer inspection you’ll see a package that drops the weight to 385 pounds with carbon fiber bodywork, magnesium wheels, full titanium exhaust, titanium nuts, bolts and fasteners. The engine, suspension and brakes all get upgraded as well. This particular example is slim on details with just 2 pictures and a description that states it is as new (5500 miles). The good news is that there is a current winning bid of $10,100. While we don’t have any sales data in our database for a Nera, we have seen asking prices over double what the current bid shows.

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2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 R Nera For Sale on eBay Turn 2 Motorcycles

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Aprilia April 18, 2012 posted by

Carbon Beauty – 2004 Aprilia Nera RSV-R

Update 4.18.2012: Originally posted by Andrew in September of last year, our friends at MotoCorsa/Portland Used Bikes have relisted this special limited edition on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Only 100 miles since 2004 and loads of carbon fibre as well as other premium parts from Ohlins and Brembo. The RSV 1000 R Nera goes even further than the RSV R Factory… it goes beyond the common materials, and even further in performance and refinement. Carbon, titanium and magnesium are brought together to form a unique, light-weight, more powerful and more aggressive bike. It was described as “A motorcycle for an elite” and so was made in a limited edition of 200 certified and numbered bikes. The very first one in the USA was delivered to Matt LeBlanc. The Nera was the first in Aprilia’s “Dream” series where they planned to product limited number of exotic bikes. I have to say I love the look of that tank in carbon. You know you would like to have one.

The seller gives us a bit of detail here

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Italian history
#27 of 200! Aprilia RSV-R Nera with only 100 original miles!
Aprilia’s Nera edition boasts a boatload of carbon fiber. It’s everywhere! No expense was spared with the carbon fiber panels and bodywork. If that wasn’t enough, the magnesium OZ wheels plus the full Akrapovic Titanium racing exhaust simply ooze perfection!
With only 100 miles to speak of, it’s never been dropped or abused…heck, it hasn’t been licensed, titled or really ridden (was never sold and remained in the dealer principal’s collection as a display bike). This is the closest you’ll come to a new Aprilia Nera ANYWHERE. They simply do not exist!
Without a doubt will become a VERY collectable bike. Grab this one before it gets away!

Save big $$$ over new MSRP of $39,500.
Now featured at at $27,999!

Would make a great addition to a collection, all-purpose sport bike or hard-core trackday weapon! Big power, torque and reliability from the 998cc, Rotax dual-spark powerplant! Magnesium OZ wheels, Ohlins fork, Ohlins steering damper, Ohlins shock, carbon fiber upper, carbon fiber tank, carbon fiber tail, carbon fiber fairings (just about carbon fiber everywhere) complete the package!

The auction on eBay is here. I would suggest you take your time and look through the pictures to see the finish on the carbon body. A true delight.

The listing is priced about where these bikes were a year or so ago. With the current economy perhaps it is asking a bit much now but then again this is a true rare exotic. You can always hit that “Make Offer” button and see how you get on!

AS

Aprilia April 24, 2011 posted by

Aprilia RSV 1000 Nera For Sale in Germany

The top of the line RSV1000, the Nera was a very limited edition with only 200 units produced worldwide. This one belongs to one of our readers in Frankfurt, Germany. I’m very flattered that our readership extends this far and hope we can help our friend find a new home for his special machine!

quote from the seller:

the Bike is as new, only 953 km!!! Collectible condition

Number 81 of 200 Bikes worldwide.

Km. Stand: 953 km

Date of first registation in Germany: 26.08.2004

Horsepower: 141 Horsepower’s

MOT test, only for Germany: 10.2012

Engine: 998 cm³

NOT crashed, NOT damaged!

The Bike has got of course German vehicle registration document, user manual, 2 key’s and service plans (check book), passenger Parts

An original racing exhaust Akkrapovic Titan Racing is also for sale, price for exhaust 1300 Euro. I don’t sell the exhaust separately only with the bike.

Tyres are new, Continental Race Attack

If you have a question, so please call me: 0049 178 46 83 058 (Mobile Phone Number) or write me a mail: bilekv@gmx.de

The Bike stays in Germany near Frankfurt am Main.

For international buyers:

transport worldwide by forwarding agency is possible. The Price for international transport is dependent on destination.

A few details about this limited edition:

– Retail price was nearly $30k USD.
– A “Dream” package was available for an additional $10k that provided an invitation to attend a MotoGP track session in the country of your residence, exclusive memorabilia, and a “racing uniform”.
– Carbon fiber fairings and gas tank
– Magnesium wheels
– Full titanium exhaust, bolts and fasteners
– Uprated Öhlins suspension
– Weight was under 400lbs!

Sounds like a fantastic mount and we wish the seller luck with the sale!

dc

Aprilia April 26, 2010 posted by

2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera #21 Of 200

Here is another RSV Nera in Southern California!  Located in Los Angeles, California is a 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille R Nera Edition #21 of 200.  No real information about the bike or it’s condition is given other than the production number.  A month ago, we actually saw Nera #22 on eBay which had a Buy-It-Now price of $25,000 but, was only bid up to $13,750–It can be seen here.  This example, #21, looks to be at a dealer and has an asking price of $19,000; However, we can’t pass judgment without more information from the seller.

The Nera was a bike from the Dream Series, I believe the only one so far, and was based on the Factory but featured carbon, titanium, and magnesium pieces with all fairings, even the tank, coming in carbon fiber.  The engine features titanium bolts with magnesium valve and clutch covers, new molybdenum disulphide coated pistons and a stainless steel oil tank.  The suspension is top of the line Ohlins units which are fully adjustable.  The wheels are forged magnesium with titanium nuts and bolts.

This is a very special bike which still isn’t cheap but, should you go broke, you can always take some bits to the scraper to pay for some tires.  See this bike on Craigslist here.

AG