A 750cc triple that churns out 180 horses and weighs just 140kg, ‘nuff said?
Every once in a while, there are motorcycles that almost defy the laws of physics and have the potential to go faster on two wheels than you can possibly imagine. Remember the Y2K? And then you have the ‘everyday’ sportsbikes, that can put to shame the best of sportscars out there in terms of outright acceleration. In between the two are Grand Prix machines or motorcycles inspired from Grand Prix machine.
Two such motorcycles, GP-Sport and GP-Street, have recently been revealed by Spirit Motorcycles. For those of you less aware, Spirit of the Seventies (SOTS) is a British motorcycle manufacturer builds custom and concept motorcycles. They recently joined hands with Tony Scott and T3 racing for all their future projects. The GP-Sport and GP-Street are the first two motorcycles of their joint effort.
Both these bikes produce 180bhp from a 750cc three-cylinder motor. But it starts to sound even more mental when you consider its 140kg weight giving it a power to weight ratio of, wait for it... 1285bhp/tonne.
At the unveil, the company released a brief statement, “These exciting new road & track bikes feature a first from a British manufacturer - a Grand Prix-inspired fully adjustable chassis, from headstock to swingarm. Coupled to a tuned 750cc 3-cylinder engine, lightweight carbon fibre monocoque bodywork, top quality equipment & running gear and cutting edge, F1-style electronics, these bikes will redefine the phrase British Performance Motorcycle.”
Only 50 of these motorcycles will be produced, so expect them to be priced exorbitantly. But then, when you buy such offerings, you are paying more than just the engine. You pay for the snob value!