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Bulldog spirit behind British-made superbikes

Triumph may have turned its back on the supersports market for now but a new British firm is looking to build a bang-up-to-date superbike for 2017 – and most of it is made in the UK.

Spirit Motorcycles has launched not one but four high-end sports bikes, based around a Moto2 chassis and heavily-tweaked Triumph Daytona 675 engine. Brakes, wheels and suspension are also British, by PFM (Isle of Man), Dymag (Chippenham) and K-Tech (Swadlincote) respectively.

Kent-based Spirit is a tie-up between Tony Scott’s T3 Racing and custom bike builder Spirit of the Seventies. T3 has been at the heart of Triumph 675 racing in the UK and has a wealth of experience building engines and chassis for the track. Spirit of the Seventies has built a reputation as one of the best, most original custom bike builders in the UK – so the partnership has sound credentials.

There are two versions of the bike – the GP Sport and the GP Street. The Sport is a full-faired sports bike, and the Street is a naked version. Both are available in ‘R’ versions with more power and higher spec. Spirit’s frame is a cro-moly steel tube trellis, with unique brazed construction, while the engines come in 675 or 750cc versions, a custom stroker crankshaft giving the extra capacity in the 750. Performance should be exceptional, with a claimed 180bhp and 143kg wet for the highest-spec version. The price is also exceptional: £65,000 for the ‘R’ versions, and £45,000 for the base bikes.




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