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bass gt3

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5,058 posts

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As you lot know, i have a serious soft spot for Ducati's, and to this end, specials or one off's of the marque.
And in the world of Ducati, there is little more special or exquisit than the NCR Millona, especially in R or 'One Shot' guise.
And so it was, today, during a discussion with a friend at his shop, it transpires that a certain NCR Millona R was available for sale at a seriously spectacular price, considering what these bikes cost from the factory.
The bike is a full factory R with a host of 'One Shot' upgrades, including full Zard Ti exhaust system, Ti axels, rear sets, nuts bolts, filler cap, basically the works. Brembo billet one piece CNC calipers and full Brembo braking system. The bike has full AIM MXL Pista dash and telemetry, the list goes on. Full carbon body work including self supporting carbon tail, and an NCR built and tuned motor.
For the statisticians amongst you, the figures are this. Circa 114bhp last time on the rollers. Wet weight of 122kgs. The bike is well known in terms of provenance, with my mechanic looking after her for the last few years.
Basically due to the owners circumstances of not being in the country, it's sat idle for a year plus so will be getting a full service and fresh rubber.
I've been looking at this bike for several years as it is simply a work of art. Sadly the pics don't do it justice (thanks Samsung!!) but this little beauty shall be sitting in my lounge in a couple of weeks. She'll get used now and again, but really, i think of it as a piece of art. Sad, but i'd rather look at this than any Monet!!


Ladies and Gentlemen,
May i introduce you to... Adrianna










smack

8,794 posts

77 months

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Mmmmmmmmmm !

lookatmypussy

1,639 posts

51 months

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Look at the top yolk! That is minimum! Very, very nice mate. I am extremely envious.

Enjoy - and pleeeeeease, for the love of god - post some decent high res pics!!

Be interesting to know how she is on track.

bass gt3

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5,058 posts

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This si the write up from Motorcycle USA, which i'm copying with all due reference.
Everyone i know who has ridden these things says exactly the same thing. Un F#$%in' believeable!!


Climbing on board it is everything I might have imagined the original race bike to be: tight as a guitar string, no steering lock and no way of restarting if I stall. Making a slow, wide circuit around the pit area to get situated, lightly blipping the throttle to warm the booming V-twin, I feel my mouth go dry in anticipation. The controls feel light and slick, and I stop for a few moments to set the multi-adjustable levers to my preferred levels of comfort. The gearbox, with its conventional road-shifting pattern, slips easily into neutral, and the basically stock Ducati motor idles with ease.

My first session is to get comfortable and scrub in the new slicks. Riding with the novices, I gently roll around to re-acquaint myself with the technical Pahrump racetrack while trying to forget this is a $35,000 hand-built machine. Six laps later, I return the bike to the pits, where another journalist heads out with the Intermediate riders. This gives me chance to talk to John and learn a little more about the bike we are riding.

In 2001 the Poggipolini Group bought the NCR (Nepoti Caracchi Racing) brand, the Millona you see here being the result of their first project. NCR? Yes the NCR responsible for Mike Hailwood's comeback in '78 and Gary McCoy's WSBK ride last year. Intended to be one of a limited number of hand-built bikes for the well-heeled track addict, the company leaves the Ducati Multistrada-sourced engine basically stock for reliability, except for the ignition and the HPE Italian titanium and Inconel (F1 material) undertail exhaust. Poggipolini offers some significant tuning options for those interested in going racing, and another eight large will buy you 105 rear-wheel horsepower from an over-bored 1200cc motor. The firm is currently developing new camshafts and expects to see an additional 10 horsepower soon as the bike is doing extremely well in a domestic racing series.

It is quickly time to get back onto the track with the advanced riders, and I tuck in behind a GSX-R1000 to get up to speed. A couple of laps later, pulling out of his draft down the front straight, I dive up the inside into Turn 1 for the pass and go in search of my next victim. Forcing some internal dialogue inside the helmet to remind myself this is the first time I'm really on the gas, I back off and start experimenting with lines and braking points. It quickly becomes apparent that, on a 260-pound race-bred motorcycle, I can take any line I want, any time I want.



The Poggipolini Company manufactures parts for MotoGP, World Superbike and F1, so you know this bike has got the best of the best.
As the day unfolds, the racetrack is suddenly a very different place as I go faster than I have ever gone before. Where Pahrump used to have two blind right hand corners that are a cause for concern on the Ducati 999R we have with us, they are now my favorite places to attack. Like a WWII Spitfire diving down out of the clouds on its unsuspecting foe, I can stay on the throttle while the heavier multi-cylinder bikes are on the brakes, and out of nowhere slip past. With the near linear power curve from the throbbing V-twin, I short-shift out of the corners using the bike's superb midrange grunt to power away before they know what is happening.

Putting some serious trust in the front 120/75 Dunlop KR106 slick, I find myself diving into turns at speeds I have never dreamed of, the Millona not fidgeting or protesting my actions anywhere in this process. It is all too much, and returning the bike to John the words, "I'm ruined" are the only sounds I can utter in response to his questions: This thing is just un-f@#kin- believable.

During my next couple of sessions, I progressively get deeper into the fast right-hand turn at the end of the back straight. Every time I seem to pull up short and have to get back on the gas. Responsible for this braking overkill is a front end that wouldn't look out of place on a Superbike. Using race-spec 43mm Marzocchi forks, the radial-mounted Brembo brakes use 4-piston calipers to grab the dual 320mm wave rotors. With just the lightest brush of a single digit, I can scrub off the desired speed for corner entry, faster than Jennifer Lopez turning me down for a date. There is no dive from the fork, which is so compliant everywhere else on the track they make the surface seem like it could be a billiard table. Later in the day, bouncing and wobbling around on a CBR1000 confirms the track is not that smooth, and I am just more impressed with the Poggipolini's suspension.

While all this praise is being rained on the GP-spec front end, I have to add the rear to the kudos committee. It is just as good as the fork at keeping the rear wheel solidly in contact with the Pahrump track surface, while not exhibiting any signs of squat or squirm under acceleration. With the fat 195/65 KR108 Dunlop melding with the asphalt exiting corners, it becomes another fantastic place to gain ground on any unsuspecting victims that happen to be in front. Interestingly, the shock is made by Double System, an Italian company, and was picked over an Ohlins alternative by Frankie Chili. It uses a cantilever system, compared to the more modern linkage used these days, which has the advantage of being lighter. It works great for me, and if Frankie says it's okay, who I am I to argue?



With the fat 195/65 KR108 Dunlop melding with the asphalt exiting corners, it becomes another fantastic place to gain ground on any unsuspecting victims.
We all know the old adage, there is no replacement for displacement, and the same can be said for raw horsepower. No matter how good my drive down the back straight, the open-class bikes consistently pull away. This matters not, as I am still accelerating while they are squeezing their brake levers and I slip by. Riding hard and fast with my buddy (and former MCUSA contributor) Jeff Buchanan on a CBR600 for a few sessions, the Poggipolini just has the nuts to pull him at the end of the back straight, though I have to get my best drive and stay well tucked to make the pass.

Back in the pits, I am higher than a coed on Red Bull and Vodka and jibber incessantly at John Murray about his incredible machine. He has the biggest st-eating grin and tells me about all the titanium goodies sprinkled around the bike. Screwed into the chrome-moly frame are dozens of bits (nuts, bolts, footpegs, brackets and subframe) made from the precious metal. The wheels are made from magnesium, while the swingarm is aluminum.

The Poggipolini Company manufactures parts for MotoGP, World Superbike and F1, so you know this bike has got the best of the best. John also points out all the bodywork and air scoops are carbon fiber, which I personally feel are a little too understated, but who asked for my opinion?

"Advanced class two minutes," comes across the airwaves, and it is time to take my last ride. Normally the boogieman time of the day, I hook up with Buchanan and Orange County wildman Will Tate, and we go out and do it to it. Passing anything that gets in our way, and running a three-rider freight train, this is the most fun I have ever had on a racetrack, or on a motorcycle for that point. As fast as we are running, it is the safety margin the Poggipolini has that impresses most. I could turn it up a notch and take off, but there is no need. We are having a blast, I know the end-of-session bullst fest is going to be animated, and this is what this bike is all about.

Aimed squarely at the very wealthy, dedicated track addict who wants to go fast as safely as possible, the Poggipolini NCR Millona is one of the most incredible motorcycles on planet earth. Easily able to outperform most riders, it is going to make heroes out of its limited number of owners, while remaining a fantasy machine to me. At least this time I got to actually ride it.

Fleegle

12,676 posts

62 months

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Didn't they also make tills?
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moto_traxport

2,528 posts

107 months

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lookatmypussy said:
Enjoy - and pleeeeeease, for the love of god - post some decent high res pics!!

Be interesting to know how she is on track.
+1

Love air cooled Dukes and NCR's are one of the best.

They do need to be excercised though. Just like good plonk don't just hoof it, enjoy it til you smiling like an eeejit then park it up.

Chipchap

1,631 posts

83 months

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Steve
If I knew you, I could actually grow to dislike you [lol] what a fortunate position to be in to manage to accumulate such lovely toys. Health to enjoy them all.

Now then, get some token lights on that and head off to ET on it !


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bass gt3

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Chipchap said:
Steve
If I knew you, I could actually grow to dislike you [lol] what a fortunate position to be in to manage to accumulate such lovely toys. Health to enjoy them all.

Now then, get some token lights on that and head off to ET on it !


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Thanks Allan. This one has really topped my garage off. Thats it for me(maybe!!)
There's only 4 in SA, 3 of which are owned by the same guy, so i've got the only other one. And what a peach.
I'm off to Malawi and Mozambique tomorrow for a fortnight working so i'll post up pics once i'm back in town.

BigHeartedTone

1,119 posts

103 months

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Congratulations on the purchase Steve - looking forward to some proper pics.

redtwin

7,259 posts

68 months

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Lovely, I have one of those on my lottery list.

If I send you my camera, will you promise to take some better pics. biggrin

RemaL

21,569 posts

120 months

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Steve looks dam sexy mate and better pics are a must like yesterday bud

hostyle

1,158 posts

102 months

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Steve, it's now official... I HATE YOU!

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Cracking bike. Get some better pics and do some riding vids, please!

Freakuk

789 posts

37 months

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Excellent, love them and I've spent many an hour drooling over them at Assen a few years ago when racing out there, like you say the photos don't do it just the detail is immense.

Enjoy.

bob1179

13,734 posts

95 months

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That is sex on two wheels mate. Congratulations on another epic purchase!

It will set the living room off nicely!

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Pothole

20,260 posts

168 months

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Fleegle said:
Didn't they also make tills?
Yep, and ATMs

Biker's Nemesis

26,266 posts

94 months

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Gis a go mister.

shoestring7

4,952 posts

132 months

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An interesting answer to the morning commute question......

SS7

srob

9,448 posts

124 months

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Cracking looking bike. I have to confess to not knowing much about the things, details look great though.

It's always nice when something you've always loved ends up in your garage, hope you enjoy smile

Herman Toothrot

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84 months

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http://www.ncrfactory.coms said:
MILLONA aims at a specific market niche.
It is meant for those who can appreciate a unicum,
???? confused


MJDM

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65 months

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I had no idea these even existed. Looks amazing. Really quite jealous of your garage...
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