Since we’re looking at interesting motorcycle designs these days, the Tul-aris is worth a look back. The Tul-aris was the work of Dr. Rob Tuluie, who designed and built this 2 stroke wonder about six or seven years ago. I remember when this popped up in the motorcycle press but it then faded away and I never saw much more about it.
The fine Doctor, a Ph.D that is, worked for MTS Systems Corporation at the time, a vehicle testing company with a lot of racing and motorcycle companies for clients. With the swirl of such things in mind and previous motorcycle work with Victory to his credit, along with having already designed and built a racing motorcycle, he got the idea of taking a 700cc Polaris 2 stroke twin from a snowmobile and building a high performance motorcycle around it. The result was the Tul-aris, a 140hp, 273 pound racer. That’s power to weight we can all appreciate!
He evidently had his sights on some WERA racing classes and talked of a 500cc version of the engine for GP racing but , of course 2 strokes went away, though at the time, I don’t know if that had anything to do with whether it raced or not and I don’t know if it ever actually raced anywhere, but, for a design outside the norm, it rates high marks for creative engineering and it certainly deserves attention for being a great looking motorcycle.
The most information I ran across were these old Roadracing World articles that have quite a few photos of the bike and it discusses the engineering behind it. If any of you have any more information about what became of it, drop us a line.