You wait ages for a British-built, £40k superbike to appear and then…
If the launches last week of Ariel’s Ace R and the Norton V4 SS weren’t enough British-born metal (or rather Carbon-Fibre) for you, now there’s a new kid attempting to gain entry to the exclusive club.
Say ‘hello’ to Spirit Motorcycle’s GP Street and GP Sport.
Aficionados of the UK’s custom bike scene of the past few years will have recognised a notable absence recently from one of the most prolific, early builders of the early 2010’s; Spirit of the Seventies.
From 2010 through to 2015 they were responsible for some of the most well-thought out and planned machines to have graced the doors of shows like The Bike Shed, but then almost as quickly as they arrived, they seemingly vanished.
They weren’t just resting on their custom bike awards though, because this week, they resurfaced and announced that they have joined forces with Tony Scott and the team from engineering firm T3 Racing to become Spirit Motorcycles. And – if their press bumpf is anything to go by – they are here to ‘bridge the gap between the fashion and styling of the custom world, the real-world functionality of large-scale production bikes and the outright performance of the true racing machines’.
All was revealed at the launch of the two, new Spirit machines – fittingly – at the Bike Shed in London’s Shoreditch earlier this week.
The two, new models are the fully-faired GP-Sport and the naked GP-Street roadster. Whilst a single bike with the looks of either the Sport or the Street would have been enough to satisfy most firms’ first bike announcement, it’s the technology packed into each machine that has quite rightfully set tongues wagging.
Each motorcycle comes with a GP ‘inspired’, fully adjustable chassis – from headstock down to swingarm – and ‘F1 style’ electronics, carbon-monocoque bodywork and a 180bhp, liquid-cooled 750cc three-cylinder, blueprinted engine.
The weight of all that cool? A staggeringly tiny 140kg. The power-to-weight ratio must be tiny.
The MoTeC ECU system isn’t just restricted to local set-up either. With additional GPS and 4G cellular access, not only can the bike be tailored on the fly to any individual’s needs, but it can also be accessed remotely – allowing garage analysis, monitoring and editing of almost every parameter available.
The GP-Sport is wrapped in bodywork made formed from the now customarily described ‘luscious carbon-fibre’ and the naked GP-Street is – well… – naked.
Both machines can be customised of course – with limited runs of the ‘R’ models offering up bespoke paintwork, custom exhausts and carbon wheels.
We’ve reached out for information on interest and potential sales, but with the R models of both being set at around £68,000, this is another motorcycle purchase for those with extremely deep pockets and large garages.
It’s admittedly a good time for the rich collectors, but it’s also a good time for fans who enjoy oogling over British-built motorcycles.
Full specifications can be found over on the company website of course. But we’ve always been fans of a pretty picture and the entire gallery of photographs from the event is available below.