What would you think of a 297 pound, single cylinder hand built motorcycle? What would you think if it was $20,000? Crazy? Desirable? Both? The Vun, built by Cafe Racers and Superbikes of Italy is, perhaps, all of those things but ordinary would never apply.
I had never heard of this small company or the motorcycle they offer but Performance Bikes had a feature on it and it’s quite a bike. The perfect item for the purist who wants a very high quality hand built and obviously very rare and collectible bike. Is it practical for daily use? It could be, because it’s designed for the type of riding most riders actually encounter on a daily basis, 90 mph or less. It’s light and agile and probably a lot of fun to ride.
Power comes from a 652cc 4 valve, fuel injected, Rotax Bombardier single with a standard version (Euro 3) at 54 hp or tuned up version at 68 hp which they say is not certified for road use. Though a bit under powered compared to a 600cc inline 4, they go out of their way to talk about power to weight ratios which, considering the bike is 297 pounds, could be quite favorable.
The $20k price tag is a bit harder to swallow but if you ride bicycles, you know you can buy a bike for a couple hundred dollars or you can buy a bike for many thousands, the weight, components and materials used make all the difference. The same applies here, light weight, high end components and materials and, according to their web site, 11,000 possible configurations for the finished motorcycle. Chances are, if you buy one, yours will be the only one ever made just like it.
It’s available throughout Europe and according to the US web site, undergoing EPA/DOT certification for sale here. The actual price for a U.S. spec version isn’t stated, nor is the actual configuration. I rather doubt there will be a rush of orders but I would imagine there are probably a few well heeled bikers who will ante up the required cash.
It’s a very nice bike and I like the concept but is there a market? We’ll see.
More images and links below:
Link: Cafe Racers and Superbikes via PB July 2007
Link: CR&S US web site