Auction Preview – Bonhams Paris 2017

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Tomorrow, Bonhams is auctioning off a whole bunch of cars and 14 motorcycles in Paris.

There’s a few beautiful Ducati 750s that were restored with the guidance of Reno Leoni, a gorgeous Gilera 500 Gran Sport, and the bike I want to ride most out of all of them – 1 of the estimated 9 Bimota DB1R race bikes ever built. But the weirdest bike is the custom pictured above – the Motul Onirika 2853.

2016 Motul Onirika 2853 – estimated to sell for approximately $25,000, all proceeds go to charity. This bike started as a MV Agusta 800 Brutale, and then the Motul Corazon Foundation (charity founded by Motul) commissioned Officine GPDesign to create this one-off.

Onirika translates to ‘dreams’ and 2853 is one thousand years after the company was founded. In Bonhams words, “Boasting a dummy fingerprint recognition starting system, the Onirika 2853 features a handcrafted aluminium fuel tank with gears-themed decoration, which is finished by using the ‘cubic paint’ technique. Its cast-iron grey colour, the gear-shaped fuel cap, and the rich detailed textures are all references to Motul’s universe. The wheels take inspiration from the car world, while their golden bronze colour recalls technology of the past. The front brake lines, together with the headlight grille, are reminiscent of factories’ high-pressure hoses, while the chassis features paint with a unique metal oxidised finish. The LED taillight reminds the viewer of tiny oil droplets.”

It was first revealed to the world last year at the Motor Bike Expo and has been shown off at a few notable events: WSBK at Imola, MotoGPs in France and Assen, Wheels and Waves, and the Le Mans 24 Hours. It is being sold as a static display but the owner would be glad to help the owner turn it into a runner.

For a list of all of the available bikes, click here.