STUN­NING SPIRIT TRIPLES UN­VEILED

New Bri­tish firm un­leashes four high-tech Tri­umph-pow­ered treats

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Spirit Mo­tor­cy­cles have been formed by the al­liance of T3 Rac­ing and Spirit of the Seven­ties, and they’re mak­ing their de­but with the launch of four new mod­els – the GP Sport, GP Sport R, GP Street and GP Street R, all of which will be made in the UK.

While the stun­ning brazed steel trel­lis frame and body­work are all be­spoke, the en­gine is de­rived from Tri­umph’s Day­tona 675 triple – now boast­ing a 750cc ca­pac­ity thanks to an in­creased stroke. The sharp and en­velop­ing body­work of the Sport is all made from car­bon-fi­bre, as are the sub­frame and the wheels, lead­ing to a claimed wet weight of 140kg. The chas­sis is ad­justable, too, so you can al­ter the rake, trail, head an­gle, wheel­base and swingarm po­si­tion.

Tan­ta­lis­ing triple

Pow­er­ing all four mod­els is the same 750cc triple, de­rived from Tri­umph’s 675. Spirit say they have done so much work to it that pretty much the only things left from Tri­umph are the cases.

“When we made the en­gine I wanted ev­ery­thing in­side to be per­fect,” says Tony Scott, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Spirit Mo­tor­cy­cles. “I wanted bil­let crankshafts that are ni­trile coated and per­fectly bal­anced. The pis­tons are, too – there’s just 0.1g be­tween them.”

The ca­pac­ity hike is achieved purely by chang­ing the stroke, while the bore re­mains the same, and has re­sulted in a power in­crease from 126bhp at

11,900rpm to 156bhp at 14,200rpm – and a whop­ping 180bhp on the R mod­els. Peak torque of 70ft.lb thumps in at a high-revving 13,500rpm.

Dream cloud

Where the Spirit bikes re­ally stand out from the crowd is with their im­pres­sive ar­ray of elec­tron­ics, es­pe­cially on the R mod­els, which use a Motec M130 ECU that en­ables Spirit to fit a vast range of sen­sors. But that’s not even the clever bit. The Sport R and Street R are con­stantly trans­mit­ting via a Voda­fone 4G sim that keeps them con­nected to a cloud. So, while you’re on track, the bike is record­ing your data and send­ing it back to Spirit. Then you can call Spirit, talk through the data and they can make changes to the ECU set­tings and push them back to the bike over 4G.

Spirit will have the first pro­duc­tion mod­els ready over the win­ter, so they can take peo­ple who have or­dered a bike out to Spain for test­ing in Jan­uary. As for the price, the GP Sport and GP Street will both set you back £44,999 plus any ex­tras such as be­spoke paint or a fancy ex­haust. The R ver­sions are pricier: the Sport R starts at £64,999 while the Street R starts at £69,999.

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