A failed experiment, it may have been, but one good thing to come from the Claiming Rule Team (CRT) regulations in MotoGP was the ability for private teams to own the GP machines they were racing, rather than be victim to the lease programs imposed by the factories.
As a result, from time-to-time we get to see these truly special motorbikes come on the market, and today is one such occasion. Listed for sale on eBay is the Forward Racing’s Kawasaki-FTR race bike that was campaigned by Colin Edwards during the 2013 MotoGP season.
For those who don’t know, the Kawasaki-FTR MotoGP bike uses an engine from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which has been built out by France’s venerable Akira tuning house, as well as a custom chassis that has been built by the UK’s FTR-Moto.
With a dry weight of 157 kg (346 lbs), and a peak horsepower figure of 245+ horsepower at the crank, this might be the ultimate Kawasaki on the market.
Other features include Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and an Akrapovic exhaust, and the lucky owner will receive a tech briefing and track shakedown with a MotoGP technician, as well as two VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix, with hospitality from the Forward Racing team.
Asking a cool £62,000 ($103,664 at the current exchange rate) for the truly unique machine, some lucky owner is about to grab the ultimate Kawasaki track bike. We’ve had some time up-close with the Kawasaki-FTR in the paddock, as well as at FTR’s factory in the UK, and we can safely say that the details of this bike are truly impressive, even if its racing results are not.
To clarify, the eBay ad is really just a marketing piece for Historics at Brooklands, which will be selling two Forward Racing GP machines at auction (the other is Claudio Corti’s), on Saturday June 7th, 2014.
So, it’s times like these where you really have to ask yourself do your kids need to go to college? Could a second mortgage on your house be possible? And, are you really are using that second kidney/lung at the moment? Stop with the excuses, and be worshipped for the track day deity that you are.