THIRTY YEARS IN THE MAK­ING

Af­ter a long ab­sence, leg­endary Swiss frame­builders Egli have re­turned ‘Egli at­trib­uted his vic­tory not to his rid­ing but to the chas­sis’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Fritz Egli made a name for him­self in the 1960s when he stormed to vic­tory in the Swiss Na­tional Cham­pi­onships aboard a 1000cc Vin­cent that sported a frame of his own de­sign – and he at­trib­uted the win not to his rid­ing skill but to his chas­sis.

Egli went on to build a 20-year ca­reer pro­duc­ing frames for al­most every ma­jor firm but af­ter a three-decade hia­tus the brand have re­turned.

This new bike, dubbed the Egli Fritz W.1300, started life as an XJR1300 but only the en­gine, ex­haust and rear shocks re­main. Due to strict ho­molo­ga­tion rules the en­gine has re­mained stock, pro­duc­ing 98bhp and 79ftlb of torque. The frame is steel, with the sig­na­ture Egli oil tank in the top tube and al­though the en­gine has been lifted by 3cm, the head an­gle and wheel­base are vir­tu­ally the same. Match­ing the frame is a stiff­ened, braced swingarm.

The forks are Öh­lins while the head­light, clip-ons and foot con­trols are by LSL. A Mo­to­gad­get M:unit takes care of the bulk of the wiring, nes­tled away in a 3D printed un­der­tray. Mo­to­gad­get also sup­ply the switches, speedo and in­di­ca­tors. Keep­ing you in con­tact with the ground are a Ki­neo wheels, while rein­ing the mad­ness back in are Beringer brakes – six pis­ton up front, twin at the rear.

Com­plet­ing the look is the hand­made alu­minium tank, with match­ing al­loy seat and mud­guard. All this means the bike is now just 208kg fully fu­elled, so it’s lost 32kg com­pared to the stock Yamaha. It does come at a price though, £40k, to be pre­cise.

Only six bikes are be­ing pro­duced and five of them have al­ready been sold, but Alexander Frei, Owner and Pres­i­dent of Egli Mo­tor­cy­cles, says that af­ter the suc­cess of this model they will be re­turn­ing with an­other next year that will be pro­duced in greater num­bers. Start sav­ing!

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