Tucson Motorcycles of France has been working on a new motorcycle for racing against the other twins in Europe. Their plan is light weight and small dimensions to offset any power disadvantage when taking on the Ducatis, Buells and Aprilias raced in the big twin classes. Their first prototype, powered by an SV650 engine, has been out racing and served as a proof of concept before building their BT550 Superleggera which will be powered by an Aprilia V2 550 engine.
Jeff Robert, engineer and owner, sent me a note to say the new Aprilia powered racer is now in the early stages of development. The design, the work of Yann Bakonyi of Bako Design is a very light and minimal racer. The prototype, Veloce 1, is 319 pounds ready to race, which could be shaved even more with a few parts changes, the top of the frame is less than 9 inches wide. They want to get down to near 125cc dimensions with the idea that cornering speed will level the field against their higher powered competitors. This prototype, by the way, is being offered for sale at 15 000 €, to help finance the project.
It looks like a very capable machine and the plan is sound, however, when your strategy is light weight, you have to make sure your rider is equally tiny and light weight, otherwise you lose the edge and I think how well the advantage works depends on the track, short straights and lots of turns would be key. Neat bike.
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Link: Tucson Motorcycles