Fabrizio Di Bella, who brought us the McDeeb series of Royal Enfield specials inspired by early classic British designs, has been hard at work and using the Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500 EFI as the platform, brings us a new classic motorcycle, only this time the inspiration comes from Italy. The new Taurus G28 is inspired by the original 500cc Taurus G27 built in the 1940s by Vittorio Guerzoni.
Here’s Fabrizio’s story of how it came about:
I was a fan of this antique brand since I was a child when my dad bought a small Taurus racing bicycle for my Chistmas present: the old man who sold it to us was one of the two makers of that awesome bike: the Taurus 500 G27.
After looking at a picture of this old bike in the Taurus bicycle company office, I started to search photos, drawings and all roots of this forgotten Italian motorcycle brand. I contacted the nephew of the factory founder, still involved in bicycle manufacturing, but also very passionate about motorcycles, and together, we decided to bring the G27 back to life, so some months ago I started to work on a new re-edition, the G28.
Based on a modified Royal Enfield Classic 500 EFI, this bike has the same output and maximum speed of the ancient version: 32 HP and 100 mph (160kmh). We improve the engine power through a higher fuel pump pressure to 3.4 bar, a modified injection system, a special air filter, but mostly thanks to our own stainless steel pipe and silencer complex you can see in the photos (copied from the original Taurus item).
We also focused on weight distribution and rolling chassis: the front fork has progressive spring, modified hydraulic and different oil, while the rear shocks, (entirely machined in our workshop with an aircraft alloy body) are 25 mm longer than standard equipment.
But the most obvious upgrading is the look: all the body is re-worked through the finest handcraft process, to make a perfect surface finishing, then polishing and nickel plating (instead of the more common chrome) to give a “warmer and antique” aspect to all parts.
After the above process, we make the paint and pinstriping exactly the same as the original Taurus, with the suggestive brand name then a final process (glass-look) of seven clear coats.
Smiths classic cockpit gauges and other vintage items give our “instant classic” the final touch, but also the customer, as in the old Taurus, will have a large choice on optional equipment like lower or higher sport pipe, leather seat covers, 540cc overbore, different rims and tire sizes and bike sizing, too.
A Taurus “signature” merchandise collection is already scheduled for the next months and some orders for the bikes were already taken during the EICMA show in Milan, just ended.
The first bike is running and already sold (a few minutes after finishing it) and we are taking orders and working on other versions (a “vintage” with a girder fork, another with a rigid tail, really evocative, then maybe a sport version with a 540cc carburetor engine, too …)
The Taurus G28 retail price is 11.000 euros, tax included.
Well, it looks like Fabrizio and the Classic Farm team have done another fine job of transforming a Royal Enfield into a brand new classic. I think the Taurus may find greater interest in Italy or from those countries where knowledge of the history of the Taurus brand would be a strong consideration, as opposed to the more universal appeal of the retro British look of their other designs. The workmanship and design, however, are as high quality as ever and that is always in demand.
The Royal Enfield continues to impress as a very flexible and affordable platform for all sorts of custom work and Fabrizio Di Bella has a pretty good eye for what can be done with it. Nice job!
Link: Classic Farm Motorcycles