It was just last October when The Kneeslider gave you your first look at the Nembo 32 inverted 3 cylinder engine and the construction photos later. There was a spirited discussion in the comments about whether the design would even work, whether it would fit into a chassis without running into the ground, and many similar comments, you know, the normal reaction when someone tries something radically different. Well, the Nembo 32 had its first track test session this past weekend at the Franciacorta circuit in Italy and in the words of test rider Samuele Sardi, “it’s so small and lightweight that’s easy like a bicycle.”
The original comments had quite a lot of discussion about how the driveline couldn’t work due to the inverted arrangement so I included this closeup to give everyone better look.
Road holding and handling was reported as being very good, very quick, especially in the bends and S turns. Adding to the handling is the sound of the 3 cylinder engine, especially at 9000 rpm, which Daniele Sabatini describes as spine chilling.
The engine under test is the 170 horsepower 1814cc version. Daniele Sabatini stressed the 32 is not designed as a pure race bike, it’s a road bike you can enjoy on the track.
The second 1814cc prototype is now being assembled for further tests and refinement and then the 1925cc production bikes will be built on request after releasing the price. The production bikes will look much like the bike you see here, a minimal, spartan appearance, but with even more power and torque.
Buyers will have many choices in the areas of engine mapping, tuning, suspension and brakes though the bike itself will maintain the look of the first prototypes.
Daniele said the project is the result of the hard work of their entire team: Giovanni Mariani, Alessandro Sobacchi, Fabio Falcone, Carlo Vercellone, Marco Fasani, CNC expert Luca Signorelli, test rider Samuele Sardi, and mechanic Sandro Carò.
This is a very small team to bring a radical engine to life and in such a relatively short period of time. It’s amazing what you can do when you simply focus on your goal and go to work. Congratulations guys. Great job!