Saturday, January 05, 2008

CR&S Vun Racing ups the ante

Light, flickable and fitted with all the right bits, the CR&S Vun Racing is a proper trackday special for those who can afford one...

Pics: Caradisiac

Back in May last year, we had first written about the CR&S Vun, a rather whacky sportsbike (?) from Italy. Powered by a single-cylinder, 652cc Bombardier-Rotax engine, the standard Vun packs only 54bhp – just about adequate for its 135kg kerb weight we suppose?

Anyway, for those who want more performance, there’s also this racing version where the same engine, now liquid-cooled, has been tuned to make 68 horsepower. Oh, and dry weight has been pared down to 128 kilos. The running gear is high-spec: 46mm Ceriani forks (with DLC for reduced stiction), Ohlïns rear shock, 320mm Brembo brake disc with radial-mount calipers at front, magnesium alloy wheels from Marvic, an exhaust system made of titanium and various carbonfibre bits throughout. Tyres are racing slicks and the bike cannot, of course, be used on the street.

The CR&S Vun Racing isn’t cheap. In fact, at US$35,260 it’s quite expensive. And if you want carbonfibre wheels, Ohlïns steering damper, Magura hydraulic clutch, and a close-ratio gearbox – all of which are on the options list – you’d have to be prepared to pay even more!

Still, like we said earlier, CR&S is headed by Roberto Crepaldi, who’s worked with people like Enzo Ferrari and John Britten – we wouldn’t be surprised if his bikes are a bit special. So if you’ve always wanted to surprise your GSX-R riding mates on trackdays…

For more details and pictures, visit the CR&S website here.

Other small-but-capable machines:
Memorable: The Yamaha RD500LC...!
Two-stroke glory: The Suzuki RGV250...
Italian racebikes: The Colnago Ferrari series!
Master blaster: The BEST 500cc bike in the world...?
Ride this: Small, but perfectly formed...
The KTM 690 Stunt prototype. Radical!

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