Michael Czysz is planning to publicly unveil the MotoCzysz C1 factory racebike at the 2006 Red Bull USGP, July 21-23. Deposits for the first 50 production bikes will also be taken on the MotoCzysz website, starting at midnight, July 23rd. Asking price is expected to be $100,000+. What the “production bike” will be exactly, isn’t completely clear.
According to a new and lengthy article in the August Cycle World, speculation of potential sponsorships include Michelin and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (nothing is signed) for competition in MotoGP, late this season! Can that be true? If so, Michael Czysz has managed to pull off an extraordinary feat by conceiving, designing and building a racebike from scratch for the purpose of competition at the ultimate level of the sport.
The proof of concept engine in the test mule, seen in all previous coverage, has been replaced by a brand new engine, still designed with twin counter rotating crankshafts, mounted longitudinally in the bike for the purpose of maximum reduction in frontal area. The engine has triple overhead cams due to the narrow angle V4 configuration (twin exhaust cams). Intake ports are to the center. The engine utilizes a right angle drive to convert engine rotation to the front drive sprocket for the final chain drive.
The cylinders and head are cast as a single piece, eliminating head gaskets and sealing problems, valve seats can be machined with access straight through the cylinder bores. Engine prototypes were made with a rapid casting process that dramatically speeds production from computer design to finished piece enabling quick changes as necessary.
To go from zero to MotoGP competition with an entirely new design is a tremendous achievement. If an entirely U.S. made racebike makes it to the grid anytime soon, we’ll all be cheering. Go Michael!