STUNNING SPIRIT TRIPLES UNVEILED
New British firm unleashes four high-tech Triumph-powered treats
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.
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.
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.