A specialist dealer in Japan is selling what are probably the rarest and most evocative bikes in existence. They only come as a pair and the price may be an eye watering £496,388.80 ($800,000 US) at today’s exchange rates but there’s no denying the desirability of these historic motorcycles.
They are Freddie Spencer’s title winning 1983 NS500-triple Honda and the legendary NSR250 from the now infamous 1985 season, the year Spencer clinched both the 250 and 500 World Championships – a feat never likely to be replicated as the rules were changed to prevent riders from undertaking this Herculean physical and mental task again.
The 1983 500cc battle between fellow American Kenny Roberts and Spencer was mooted as being one of the most epic Grand Prix seasons since the titanic 1967 scrap between Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini. The '83 500 title would not be decided until the last race of the season. Ironically, Agostini was Kenny Robert's Yamaha team manager for the '83 season.
These two almost priceless bikes currently belong to a man (who wishes to remain anonymous) that Spencer owed money to. The bikes acted as a form of collateral. When the bikes are moved on some of the money will be placed in trust to pay for the education of Freddie’s kids.
We don’t know about you but if our kids were worth half a million we’d be flogging them straight away to park this pair in our garage.