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In recent times many on this forum have expressed concern at the demise of our beloved GRiSO, and that Piaggio seem to be pursuing a design philosophy based on what the Hipster Cruiser set desire. I have previously stated, "If they don't make what you want, build it yourself"
I hope to dedicate this thread to that end ............................ what I plan to build next.WARNING TO THE FAINT OF HEART
- THIS COULD END UP AT $100K ................. PLUS!
Every other week I transport a custom barge arsed chopper that costs more, yet can't be ridden. That is a WOFTAM!
Ray and Colin from Moto Inno have created something special, today I visited them and viewed their test mule. The main frame, 2 swingarms and all the HCS paraphernalia made from billet alloy with a true dry weight of 161kg (from a donor bike that weighed 198kg dry). Recreating the same peices in carbon fibre would bring the weight down by more than 30kg (est.) The front wheel is a BST carbon fibre item originally designed for the Bimota Tesi, however it is all the componentry from the hub back that is different from other designs. All the details are on the above website.
My personal design philosophy has been, a bike should always be comfortable enough to ride all day long, but not be so heavy and cumbersome that I can't ride it in a spirited fashion when the corners finally come. My Bellagio has dropped from 237kg to 202kg wet, it has also been transformed from a slow cornering (Tonti framed) 3 toed Sloth into a lithe and light fast steering easy riding ball of fun. Think Triumph 675R Sreet Triple. The real essence is in how little effort is required from the rider
to hustle along in a spirited fashion on a tight winding road. Well I like it. As I get older my premium riding pleasure comes from the ease with which I can maintain good pace, I no longer have the strength or stamina to wrestle the bitches I owned when I was 21 (Yamaha XS1100 - 280kg+). I will ride my Guzzi off a cliff before I commit to ridding a 1500 Vulcan or any other piece of shiite!
The unreachable dream has always been 3 x 100. 100HP, 100ft/lbs, 100Kg. With a 1200 8V roller unit I'll have more than 100HP, 80ft/lbs torque and if we get under 150Kg wet, I'll be over the moon.
Colin will be in Canberra soon, hoping he has time to meet Mr.Roper, they have had lots of interest from Guzzi riders looking for alternatives to where the factory is heading, (we're all nutters).
The more the merrier, and the cheaper it will get.