Velocity Learn, March 19, 2023


The latest motorcycle news, customs and auctions.
Your weekly dose of moto-goodness kicks off with two bikes that put the “Velocity” in “Velocity Learn.” We begin with a supercharged classic Triumph drag bike, then observe it up with a peek on the new KTM Tremendous Duke RR. Bringing us dwelling are a cheeky Suzuki DR650 avenue tracker, and a uncommon Swiss-made, Ducati-powered scrambler.

Supercharged Triumph drag bike by Weems
Supercharged Triumph 750 drag bike by Weems Motor Co. What, actually, is a motorbike? In its purest kind, we’d say it’s a body, two wheels and an engine. So the drag bike that Jared Weems of Weems Motor Co. has constructed right here is successfully the quintessential motorbike. What it lacks in bodywork, it makes up for in size… and energy.

Supercharged Triumph drag bike by Weems
That’s as a result of this unbelievable machine was constructed for one objective—to tear down a drag strip, quick AF. However what precisely is it?

Effectively, it’s a supercharged 1956 Triumph 650 motor, bolted to a hand-built body that has been stretched 5 inches with a 2.5” drop on the neck. The spine of the body is the oil tank, whereas the 2 ‘tanks’ on both aspect home the gasoline. The bars are customized, as are the interior clutch and throttle techniques.

Supercharged Triumph drag bike by Weems
It runs on alcohol, which is cooler than common gasoline (each bodily and metaphorically). That implies that Jared might get away with shaving the cooling fins from the heads, thus saving treasured ounces of weight. With new aluminum cylinders (bumping the displacement as much as 750 cc), the engine seems to be totally distinctive.

There are many particulars to get pleasure from. Be aware the uncovered rocker arms and pushrods, and the clear window that exposes the cam gears and oil pump. It’s mechanical artwork at its greatest.

Supercharged Triumph drag bike by Weems
As if that isn’t sufficient, Jared additionally bolted an AMR300 supercharger to it, operating a 1:1 ratio at 6 lbs of enhance. It’s bought a uncommon Wal Phillips mechanical gasoline injection system, too. Rounding out the spec are genuine Invader wheels, with an prolonged and widened swingarm.

Not surprisingly, Jared took out the highest spot for ‘Finest Competitors Bike’ on the final Born Free present. There’s just one factor left to do now; really run the bike down the drag strip to see what it could possibly actually do. [Via]

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
KTM 1290 Tremendous Duke RR Like an invading pressure of seafaring rapscallions, KTM agrees that the extra Rs, the higher. That is the 2023 Tremendous Duke RR, and its numbers are astounding. It’s a two-wheeled pirate ship that would depart even the Black Pearl useless within the ocean.

The Tremendous Duke RR’s 1,301 cc V-twin produces 140 Nm of torque and 180 hp, whereas your complete machine weighs 180 kilos [397 lbs]. Math was by no means my robust suite, however even I can acknowledge a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio once I see it. It actually places the “Hyper” in Hyper Bare.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
Placing all that energy right down to the street requires top-shelf suspension, which KTM had been completely satisfied to provide. Up entrance is a set of WP APEX PRO 7548 shut cartridge forks, tailored for the RR. The again finish is held in test by a WP APEX PRO 7746 shock absorber, and KTM additionally threw in a WP APEX PRO 7117 steering damper for good measure.

How did KTM shave 11 kg from the 1290 Tremendous Duke R Evo that preceded the RR? Intensive use of carbon fiber, for a begin. The subframe, single seat, and all of the physique panels are product of carbon.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
The wheels are ultralight cast items, and the usual battery has been changed with a light-weight lithium-ion battery. A full Akrapovič EVO line exhaust can be accessible for the bike as an non-obligatory additional.

Look, everyone knows that KTMs aren’t the prettiest of bikes—however we will’t deny their pursuit of kind. The RR is angular, aggressive and, frankly, kinda scary-looking. However that’s the concept behind a Hyper Bare, proper?

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
You can also’t argue with how properly the brilliant orange body pops towards all that carbon. That, and the truth that it makes 180 horses. Numbers are restricted to simply 500 items—so should you’ve all the time dreamed of turning into a pirate, now’s your time. [KTM]

Custom Suzuki DR650 by 485 Designs
Suzuki DR650 by 485 Designs I don’t know if it’s coincidence, web algorithms spying on me or each, however I’ve seen plenty of tasty Suzuki DR650s on the market these days. The dependable, go anyplace, do something motorbike can be a well-liked base for customized builds—from retro journey bikes to café racers, and all the things in between.

Custom Suzuki DR650 by 485 Designs
Nonetheless, above all they make for good avenue trackers and supermotos. Somebody who shares this sentiment is Nick Mercer of 485 Designs. He’s primarily based out of Colorado, and that is his excellently-proportioned customized DR650.

To be trustworthy, there isn’t a lot of the unique DR left—solely the principle body, engine and swingarm stay. The plastic bodywork is gone, changed by steel, steel and extra steel.

Custom Suzuki DR650 by 485 Designs
The entrance finish is from a Suzuki GSX-R, full with twin Tokico brakes; an enormous enchancment over the inventory DR650 single disc. The entrance finish has lowered the experience peak significantly, as has the brand new 17” entrance wheel. A brand new set of ProTaper Contour bars had been bolted on too, together with a full set {of electrical} upgrades.

The tank (painted black and gold to match the brand new entrance finish and wheels) is from a KZ-model Kawasaki. The engine seems to be largely inventory, which isn’t a nasty factor as a result of unbelievable quantity of weight it seems to be like Nick has shaved off the ol’ bush basher.

Custom Suzuki DR650 by 485 Designs
Nick did fabricate a brand new stainless-steel exhaust for the bike although, as a result of, nicely, have a look at it. It’s good. The entire manufacturing unit again finish went within the bin, changed by a customized subframe which Nick has ingeniously cantilevered over the again tyre.

With an identical 17” rear tyre, shod in sticky trendy rubber, it has been reported that this factor completely rails by the canyons. It’s straightforward to see why. [Via]

Vintage Condor A350 on auction at Bonhams
On public sale: A uncommon Condor A350 We love classic Italian motorbike and this one is excessive up on the ‘fairly cool’ record. This can be a Condor A350—and should you’ve by no means heard of them, that’s okay, neither had we till now. Fortunately, our buddy Ben Department over at Silodrome is a grasp of unearthing obscure bikes.

The Condor A350 was in-built Switzerland (of all locations) for the Swiss Military, with manufacturing beginning within the Seventies. Who knew the Swiss had way more at their disposal than only a cool multi-tool? That stated, that’s sort of the entire objective of the Condor A350—robust, dependable and long-lasting, you may say that is the motorcycling cousin of the Victorinox Swiss Champ.

Vintage Condor A350 on auction at Bonhams
Every little thing was in-built Switzerland apart from the engine and suspension. For these gadgets, Switzerland seemed to Italy, with Ducati supplying a 350 cc engine and Marzocchi initially supplying the suspension (earlier than Condor switched to Koni).

The cooling fins on the 90-degree bevel-driven overhead cam engines are instantly recognizable as Ducatis. The Ducati 350 Scrambler engines had been all specced for Condor with a decrease 8.2:1 compression ratio for when the military needed to run decrease octane fuels. The mufflers had been designed to be as quiet and stealthy as doable; they had been even coated in a non-reflective aluminum-based white paint.

Vintage Condor A350 on auction at Bonhams
Condor made about 3,000 A350s and, amazingly, they had been being utilized by the Swiss Military up till the Nineties. After they had been retired they had been supplied on the market to most of the people, making them very cool collector’s gadgets.

In case you’d prefer to personal a chunk of fascinating motorcycling historical past then you definately’re in luck—this explicit instance is on the market by The Market by Bonhams proper now. We will’t assist however really feel that the worth information of $1,500 t0 $2,000 doesn’t fairly replicate how cool this bike actually is. So go forward, seize your self a cheap-ish future collectable. [Via]

Vintage Condor A350 on auction at Bonhams