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Friday, 26 December 2014

Friday bike

Here's a single that you might not choose to tour on:
2015 KTM RC 390

I bet that's fun!





TECHNICAL DETAILS

ENGINE

Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Wet sump
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 15:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

CHASSIS

Frame Tubular space frame made from steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel front 125 mm
Suspension travel rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs - diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs - diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” X‑Ring
Steering head angle 66.5°
Wheel base 1,340±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 178.5 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 820 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 10 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
dry weight 147 kg          Website 

Let there be light....

Remember the days when you could switch your car lights on from a switch on the dashboard? On later cars it was moved to a stalk next to the steering column. All the lights needed was a switch, some wire, and if you were lucky, a fuse.
Well, this is what my car 'needs' to make the lights come on! It's hidden near the footpedals, and mine decided to stop working. I don't mind working on bikes, but can't be bothered working on the car, so into the garage it went. Wasn't that expensive, but it seems to be an overly complex way of doing what is a simple function.



Monday, 15 December 2014

Friday bike

One we're not likely to see.....
Suzuki TU250X

A fairly basic 250cc single with cool retro styling. Doubt I'll ever see one due to the UK's non-existent market for 250cc bikes.

Technical specs from Suzuki USA's website. $4300 = £2798 = 3536 Euros. 3.2 US gallons = 12 litres.

Engine
Engine249cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
Fuel SystemSuzuki fuel injection
StarterElectric
Drive Train
Transmission5-speed constant mesh
Final DriveChain, DID520V, 108 links
Chassis
Suspension FrontTelescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension RearSwing arm type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes FrontDisc brake
Brakes RearDrum brake
Tires Front90/90-18 M/C 51S, tube type
Tires Rear110/90-18 M/C 61S, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity3.2 US - Including Reserve
ColorMetallic Mystic Silver/Glass Sparkle Black
Electrical
IgnitionElectronic ignition (transistorized)
Dimensions and Curb Weight
Overall Length2070 mm (81.5 in)
Overall Width750 mm (29.5 in)
Wheelbase1375 mm (54.1 in)
Ground Clearance165 mm (6.5 in)
Seat Height770 mm (30.3 in)
Curb Weight148 kg (326 lbs)
Warranty
Warranty12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday bike update, update, update............

Back in January I featured the Honley 250 Venturer.
This turned out to be the Zongshen RX3 rebadged by the British importer. It is also sold in Belarus badged as M1NSK, and now in the USA as the CSC Cyclone!
Looks like the importer in each country gets to stick there own badges on it!
If anyone out there owns one, or has even ridden one, please let us know what it's like.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Friday bike

Arch KRGT-1


The story goes that actor Keanu Reeves approached a custom builder to build him a bike, then decided to put them into production.
And this is the outcome - a 2000cc V-twin sort of bobber (or whatever they're called this week).

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Arch Proprietary S&S Cycle T124 Twin Cam; 124 Cubic Inches (2,032 cc); 45° Downdraft Fuel Injected V-Twin
Max HP @ Rear Wheel: 121.53     Max Torque @ Rear Wheel: 121.77

Transmission

Arch Proprietary 6-Speed Baker Drivetrain w/ Custom Compact High Torque Mainshaft

Drive

Primary: Arch Proprietary Bandit Dry Belt w/ Compact Clutch Basket
Final: Right Side, 530 O-ring Chain

Chassis

Frame: Arch Tube & Billet Steel w/ Billet Aluminum Structural Members
Swingarm: Modular Billet Aluminum with Titanium Axle Adjusters

Suspension

Front: Ohlins Inverted 43mm; Fully Adjustable
Rear: Race Tech Single Shock w/ Reservoir and Hydraulic Preload Adjustment; Fully Adjustable

Wheels

BST Ultralight Carbon Fiber; Front: 3”x 19”; Rear: 8”x 18”

Tires

Front: 120/70ZR19
Rear: 240/40R18

Brakes

Front: Dual ISR 6 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Calipers; Dual ISR Floating Dampened Discs
Rear: Single ISR 4 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Caliper; ISR Semi-Floating Disc

Lighting

High-output LED Headlamp w/ Integrated High Beam, Low Beam
MotoGadget Bar End LED Front Turn Signals
Arch Cove-Reflective LED Tail Light w/ Unitized Brake and Turn Signals

Battery

Ultra lightweight, compact Lithium Ion power cell w/ Up to 700 CCA in a sub 4 lb package

Instrumentation

MotoGadget Motoscope Pro Digital Instrumentation w/ Programmable at Your Fingertip Function

Geometry

Wheelbase: 68” Rake: 30° Trail: 5.0” Seat Height: 27.8”

Weights & Measures

Dry Weight: 538lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5 US Gallons     Range: 185-210 Miles

Ergonomics

Each Arch can be custom tailored to enhance ride comfort and performance. Ergonomic options include Forward or Mid Controls, Narrow or Wide Mounted Foot Pegs and 2” or 3” Handlebar Pull-Back Risers


Price

$78,000 USD (Introductory Offering)
$12,000 USD Reservation Deposit



$78,000 = £50,000 = 63,000 Euros (don't all rush at once!)

Website

Article




SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Arch Proprietary S&S Cycle T124 Twin Cam; 124 Cubic Inches (2,032 cc); 45° Downdraft Fuel Injected V-Twin
Max HP @ Rear Wheel: 121.53     Max Torque @ Rear Wheel: 121.77

Transmission

Arch Proprietary 6-Speed Baker Drivetrain w/ Custom Compact High Torque Mainshaft

Drive

Primary: Arch Proprietary Bandit Dry Belt w/ Compact Clutch Basket
Final: Right Side, 530 O-ring Chain

Chassis

Frame: Arch Tube & Billet Steel w/ Billet Aluminum Structural Members
Swingarm: Modular Billet Aluminum with Titanium Axle Adjusters

Suspension

Front: Ohlins Inverted 43mm; Fully Adjustable
Rear: Race Tech Single Shock w/ Reservoir and Hydraulic Preload Adjustment; Fully Adjustable

Wheels

BST Ultralight Carbon Fiber; Front: 3”x 19”; Rear: 8”x 18”

Tires

Front: 120/70ZR19
Rear: 240/40R18

Brakes

Front: Dual ISR 6 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Calipers; Dual ISR Floating Dampened Discs
Rear: Single ISR 4 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Caliper; ISR Semi-Floating Disc

Lighting

High-output LED Headlamp w/ Integrated High Beam, Low Beam
MotoGadget Bar End LED Front Turn Signals
Arch Cove-Reflective LED Tail Light w/ Unitized Brake and Turn Signals

Battery

Ultra lightweight, compact Lithium Ion power cell w/ Up to 700 CCA in a sub 4 lb package

Instrumentation

MotoGadget Motoscope Pro Digital Instrumentation w/ Programmable at Your Fingertip Function

Geometry

Wheelbase: 68” Rake: 30° Trail: 5.0” Seat Height: 27.8”

Weights & Measures

Dry Weight: 538lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5 US Gallons     Range: 185-210 Miles

Ergonomics

Each Arch can be custom tailored to enhance ride comfort and performance. Ergonomic options include Forward or Mid Controls, Narrow or Wide Mounted Foot Pegs and 2” or 3” Handlebar Pull-Back Risers


Price

$78,000 USD (Introductory Offering)
$12,000 USD Reservation Deposit
- See more at: http://archmotorcycle.com/specifications/#sthash.NSEhBdwo.dpuf

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Arch Proprietary S&S Cycle T124 Twin Cam; 124 Cubic Inches (2,032 cc); 45° Downdraft Fuel Injected V-Twin
Max HP @ Rear Wheel: 121.53     Max Torque @ Rear Wheel: 121.77

Transmission

Arch Proprietary 6-Speed Baker Drivetrain w/ Custom Compact High Torque Mainshaft

Drive

Primary: Arch Proprietary Bandit Dry Belt w/ Compact Clutch Basket
Final: Right Side, 530 O-ring Chain

Chassis

Frame: Arch Tube & Billet Steel w/ Billet Aluminum Structural Members
Swingarm: Modular Billet Aluminum with Titanium Axle Adjusters

Suspension

Front: Ohlins Inverted 43mm; Fully Adjustable
Rear: Race Tech Single Shock w/ Reservoir and Hydraulic Preload Adjustment; Fully Adjustable

Wheels

BST Ultralight Carbon Fiber; Front: 3”x 19”; Rear: 8”x 18”

Tires

Front: 120/70ZR19
Rear: 240/40R18

Brakes

Front: Dual ISR 6 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Calipers; Dual ISR Floating Dampened Discs
Rear: Single ISR 4 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Caliper; ISR Semi-Floating Disc

Lighting

High-output LED Headlamp w/ Integrated High Beam, Low Beam
MotoGadget Bar End LED Front Turn Signals
Arch Cove-Reflective LED Tail Light w/ Unitized Brake and Turn Signals

Battery

Ultra lightweight, compact Lithium Ion power cell w/ Up to 700 CCA in a sub 4 lb package

Instrumentation

MotoGadget Motoscope Pro Digital Instrumentation w/ Programmable at Your Fingertip Function

Geometry

Wheelbase: 68” Rake: 30° Trail: 5.0” Seat Height: 27.8”

Weights & Measures

Dry Weight: 538lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5 US Gallons     Range: 185-210 Miles

Ergonomics

Each Arch can be custom tailored to enhance ride comfort and performance. Ergonomic options include Forward or Mid Controls, Narrow or Wide Mounted Foot Pegs and 2” or 3” Handlebar Pull-Back Risers


Price

$78,000 USD (Introductory Offering)
$12,000 USD Reservation Deposit
- See more at: http://archmotorcycle.com/specifications/#sthash.NSEhBdwo.dpuf

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

Arch Proprietary S&S Cycle T124 Twin Cam; 124 Cubic Inches (2,032 cc); 45° Downdraft Fuel Injected V-Twin
Max HP @ Rear Wheel: 121.53     Max Torque @ Rear Wheel: 121.77

Transmission

Arch Proprietary 6-Speed Baker Drivetrain w/ Custom Compact High Torque Mainshaft

Drive

Primary: Arch Proprietary Bandit Dry Belt w/ Compact Clutch Basket
Final: Right Side, 530 O-ring Chain

Chassis

Frame: Arch Tube & Billet Steel w/ Billet Aluminum Structural Members
Swingarm: Modular Billet Aluminum with Titanium Axle Adjusters

Suspension

Front: Ohlins Inverted 43mm; Fully Adjustable
Rear: Race Tech Single Shock w/ Reservoir and Hydraulic Preload Adjustment; Fully Adjustable

Wheels

BST Ultralight Carbon Fiber; Front: 3”x 19”; Rear: 8”x 18”

Tires

Front: 120/70ZR19
Rear: 240/40R18

Brakes

Front: Dual ISR 6 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Calipers; Dual ISR Floating Dampened Discs
Rear: Single ISR 4 Piston Monoblock Radial Mount Caliper; ISR Semi-Floating Disc

Lighting

High-output LED Headlamp w/ Integrated High Beam, Low Beam
MotoGadget Bar End LED Front Turn Signals
Arch Cove-Reflective LED Tail Light w/ Unitized Brake and Turn Signals

Battery

Ultra lightweight, compact Lithium Ion power cell w/ Up to 700 CCA in a sub 4 lb package

Instrumentation

MotoGadget Motoscope Pro Digital Instrumentation w/ Programmable at Your Fingertip Function

Geometry

Wheelbase: 68” Rake: 30° Trail: 5.0” Seat Height: 27.8”

Weights & Measures

Dry Weight: 538lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5 US Gallons     Range: 185-210 Miles

Ergonomics

Each Arch can be custom tailored to enhance ride comfort and performance. Ergonomic options include Forward or Mid Controls, Narrow or Wide Mounted Foot Pegs and 2” or 3” Handlebar Pull-Back Risers


Price

$78,000 USD (Introductory Offering)
$12,000 USD Reservation Deposit
- See more at: http://archmotorcycle.com/specifications/#sthash.NSEhBdwo.dpuf

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Friday bike

Some more exotica that you're unlikely to ever see, and certainly not afford!
Midual Type 1

1036cc canted, boxer twin putting out a fairly lowly 107 bhp should give a nice broad spread of power. Fairly sensible riding position and high spec suspension and brakes should make it fun to ride. Not sure about the styling though! The instruments set into the top of the leather (?) covered tank look good, if a bit impractical, and the line of the exhausts is just 'wrong'.






TECH SPEC
Price: €140,000 starting price (around £112,000) (US$174,000)
Engine: Water-cooled, eight-valve, 180° flat-twin four-stroke 1036cc
Power: 107bhp (79.8kW) @ 7800rpm
Torque: 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 6000rpm
Wet Weight: 239kg
Seat height: 810mm
Tank size: 14 litres

Review


More details on the Website.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Friday bike

Now for something completely different.........
The Krugger NURBS


BMW K1600 engined bike by Belgian builder Krugger.

Article.Website.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Friday bikes

Two this week, but variants on the one design.
Husqvarna 401 'Vitpilen'

Husqvarna 401 'Swartpilen'


Couple of prototypes shown recently by Husqvarna. The Vitpilen (White Arrow) and Swartpilen (Black Arrow) are road and trail versions of the same bike, not much in the way of detail other than they've got a 401cc engine. Whether or not you'll ever be able to buy them, or even something similar, we'll have to wait and see. Husqvarna have produced a promo video that's so pretentious that I assume it's a parody. Judge for yourselves!

You can see more of the Vitpilen here.


Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday bike

2015 BMW S 1000 XR

BMW's sort of touring/roadster/'adventure sport' (or so they claim!) version of the S 1000 R.

Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 XR:
  • Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc. Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm.
  • Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling.
  • BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable).
  • ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”).
  • Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves.
  • Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra.
  • Light-footed handling and raised seating position.
  • Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features.
  • Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.
More.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Rare bike

Saw an example of a very rare bike on Ebay:
1974 Maico MD250


I have never seen one of these and the only mention I'd ever heard of it was in an American magazine back in the 70s.
Maico were a German company that mostly made off road bikes, but also made a few road bikes as well. You can see the off road influence on the engine, which was a 250cc two stroke single with rotary valve induction.
Ebay listing end this coming Saturday (8th Novenber), so bid early if you're interested!

Some technical details here.




Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday bike

Now for something a bit different....
Black Douglas 'Sterling'


The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company are selling the Sterling either as a complete bike or as a kit for you to build yourself.
Engine options are between 125 and 230cc, and their are a number of options of finish. They also have suitable luggage...

Despite their British name and web address, they are built in Italy and are currently undergoing European Homologation tests. More on their Website.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday bike

MV Brutale 800 Dragster

Does that not just look mental?
Love the exhausts!

SPECIFICATIONS

In detail, the main features of MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster:
  • In-line three-cylinder engine, 798 cc
  • Bore 79.0 mm, stroke 54.3 mm
  • Maximum power 125 HP-EC (92 kW) at 11,600 rpm
  • Maximum torque 81 Nm at 8,600 rpm
  • Limiter at 13,000 rpm
  • Dry weight 167 kg
  • Power-weight ratio 1.34 kg/HP
  • Tyres Pirelli DIABLO Rosso II 120/70 - ZR 17 front, 200/50 – ZR 17 rear
Most important bit: 13,490 Euros = £10,623 = US$ 17,092

More.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday bike

Not really my type of bike, but I really liked the look of it.
Indian Scout

Watercooled 1130cc V-twin with 6 speed gearbox, and priced in the UK at a reasonable £10,339.
More details on the British importer's website.
Needless to say, there are plenty of 'bolt on goodies' available for it.
An interesting addition to the 'big cruiser' market, and MUCH cooler than a Harley-Davidson!



Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday bike

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Saw reviews of this online and really liked the look of it. Love the way that everything seems to 'flow' and fit together well.
Loads of electronic technology as well!
Read more here.



Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday bike

Chak Motors 'Molot'

Built in Russia and based on a Honda CBR 1000 RR, the 'Molot' boasts loads of technology and interesting styling.
More here,  and on the company website. No mention of price or availability, though!


Thursday, 18 September 2014

....and you can tour on small scooters

Found this on the Web. Sorry, don't know who the author is, if anyone does please let me know.
I don't own a car but my wife and I ride Suzuki AN 125 Scooters . We live in Durban and we have been to the Cape and back. Last December we went to Mozambique and back. We love camping and fishing we carry a double dome tent, double bed blow up mattress, 2 sleeping bags , our feather pillows, 2 chairs, Poetjie , braai , charcoal , food .clothing , a boat (Marina 3 inflatable ) battery engine, battery , fishing rods, tackle and more on our scooters . Everything you carry on your bukkie and trailer we have . People cant believe it . We are really having fun and saving loads of money 
Poetjie = cooking pot, and braai = barbeque grill. Not sure what 'bukkie' means, but you get the idea. Carrying an inflatable boat? That is superb!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday bike

You're going to have to raid the piggy bank to buy one of these!
Hesketh 24

First bike for a very long time from Hesketh of F1 Racing car and exotic and expensive V twin motorcycle fame.
Powered by a 1950cc S&S X-Wedge engine, the 24 is so named as there will be only 24 of them built. This probably means that they will go into collections and never be ridden on the road.
Whether this signals the start of bike production  by Hesketh or not remains to be seen, but at £35,000 each (44,000 Euros, US$57,000) it's a bike only for the well heeled.


Technical stuff:


Spec sheet
 Engine Air-cooled, 1950cc, V-twin
 Ignition/ Start Digital / Electric
 Security Keyless ignition & immobiliser
 Exhaust Two into one into two – stainless steel & carbon fibre
 Frame Chrome-moly tube cradle frame
 Swing Arm Steel box section with integral oil tank
 Front & Rear wheel 17” BST Blackstone carbon fibre
 Front & Rear tyre 120/70/ZR17, 190/70/ZR17
 Handlebars  Renthal tubular tapered steel Fatbars (UK made)
 Fuel tank capacity 19 litres
 Seat height 820mm
 Wheelbase 1550mm
 Gearbox Baker 5-speed with overdrive
 Clutch Baker wet multi-plate KingKong clutch cable actuation
 Front suspension 43mm Öhlins USD forks, adjustable preload, compression & rebound damping, fully machined billet yokes
 Rear suspension Öhlins reservoir-style twin shocks, adjustable ride height, preload, compression & rebound
 Power 125PS @ 6000RPM
 Torque 196Nm @ 3000RPM
 Front brakes Beringer 300mm floating discs, 4 piston Beringer Aerotech caliper, Stainless steel braided hoses
 Rear brakes Single Beringer 250mm disc, 4 piston Beringer Aerotech caliper, Stainless steel braided hoses

More reading: here, company website here.


Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday bike

Following on from last week's 'Friday bike', I was still looking for a replacement for my BMW. Another bike I seriously thought about was:
Kawasaki GT550

As a tourer the GT had a lot going for it: sensible riding position, shaft drive (was thought important then), big (22 litre) fuel tank, and low exhaust that allowed panniers to be easily fitted.
A very popular bike at the time with many racking up huge mileages at the hands of couriers.
My plan would have been to fit panniers and a screen/small fairing, and use it as a general runaround/commuter that I could also use for European trips.

When I was looking on the Internet for pictures of a GT550, I came across this example. You can't deny its got a lot of luggage carrying ability!

General information
Model: Kawasaki Z 550 GT
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 553.00 ccm (33.74 cubic inches)
Engine type: In-line four
Stroke: 4
Power: 50.00 HP (36.5 kW)) @ 8500 RPM
Compression: 9.5:1
Bore x stroke: 58.0 x 52.4 mm (2.3 x 2.1 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: DOHC
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 6-speed
Transmission type
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Physical measures
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 221.0 kg (487.2 pounds)
Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions: 100/90-19
Rear tyre dimensions: 120/90-18
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Expanding brake
Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 177.0 km/h (110.0 mph)
Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 22.00 litres (5.81 gallons)




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Drink!...drink!....drink!


Friday bike

Another 'bike I nearly bought', but this time it I didn't buy it due to the seller.

On my regular commute back in the 80s, I used to see a white Honda VT250F fitted with Krauser panniers, then one weekend saw it for sale in a local bike shop. I knew one of the guys in the shop and he told me that the customer had bought it from them new, had it regularly serviced, and had only used it for commuting into the city centre. My BMW was getting a bit 'tired' at this point and I was looking for something smaller and more modern, so the Honda potentially filled the bill.
Never a common bike in Britain, it had lots of typically 80s features - hydraulic clutch, anti dive forks, watercooling, 4 valve heads, plus some that weren't so cool like Comstar wheels and enclosed disc.
I'd been offered £515 by a friend of a friend for the BMW, and as the Honda was priced at £599, it looked like a deal was on the cards. I told the shop owner that I was interested, and he arranged to move the bike nearer the door so I could take it out for a test ride the following weekend (the shop was quite small and the Honda was near the back).
The following week arrived and I noticed that the panniers and frames were missing and the price tag now read £699. I questioned the shop owner about this and he said that the panniers weren't part of the deal and it had always been priced at £699. Meanwhile, I could see my friend that worked there shaking his head and mouthing 'no' over his shoulder! I told him to forget it, and walked out. The bike was probably worth £699 even without the panniers, but I wasn't going to be taken in by a blatent con like that.
Shame really as I always thought it a really pretty bike (in an 80s sort of way), and it probably would have been a fun bike to own.

Specifications

Engine Two-cylinder 90° V Twin, Four-stroke
Displacement 248 cc
Bore & Stroke 60 mm x 44 mm
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 11:1
Maximum power 26.1 kW (35 hp) @ 11,000 rpm
Maximum torque 21.5 N·m (15.9 lb·ft) @ 10,000 rpm
Starter Electric
Cooling system Water-cooled
Transmission Six speed
Drivetrain Chain
Seat Height 780 mm (30.7 inch)
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Brakes Front: single inboard disc
Rear: drum
Dry weight 149 kg (328.5 lb)