Saturday, May 05, 2007

CR&S Vun: Single, naked, Italian…

The CR&S Vun, from Italy. Where else could it be from anyway?
Based in Italy, CR&S (Café Racers and Specials) are doing what Italians do best – building whacky motorcycles that look and feel a bit special. The spec is not that impressive – the Vun is powered by a 4-valve, DOHC, 652cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled Bombardier-Rotax engine that makes a mere 54 horsepower. But since the bike only weighs 135kg dry, performance is entertaining.

That's Massimo Tamburini himself, having a go on the Vun

For those who think 54bhp may be a bit much, there’s also an ‘underpowered’ 29bhp version (that’s what the factory website says it is!) available, as is a 68bhp racing version, which is for track use only. All versions of the Vun are, however, fitted with a steel-tube chassis, Ceriani 46mm front forks, adjustable Paioli monoshock rear suspension and 320mm single-disc brakes at the front. Prices start at around US$20,000 for the basic Vun, and there’s a near endless options list for those who want to spend more money.

Here's a video of the Vun being ridden the way it's meant to be

CR&S is headed by one Roberto Crepaldi, whose credentials are impressive. He’s worked with men like Enzo Ferrari and John Britten among others, so he probably knows a bit about making fast, fun machines. About the Vun, he says ‘It’s a bike for what we Italians call mistostretto – twisty roads. When we built the first Vun, we took it to our local weekend meeting place in the hills, and plenty of riders on much more powerful bikes were surprised by how quick it was!’

Interesting, eh? Get more information and details on the CR&S website here.

Riding through Libya, on the CR&S Vun...

Some very cool Italian bikes:

The limited edition MV Agusta F4 CC. Awesome!
2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory
2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100
2007 Ducati Monster S4r
Piaggio MP3. Icy cool!
Gilera Fuoco 500. Even cooler than the Piaggio MP3!

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