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’
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!