SWISS BANKER

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

Swiss chas­sis builder Egli have been craft­ing frames for over 100 years, but the Fritz W.1300– named af­ter found­ing fa­ther Fritz Egli – is their first new bike for nearly 30 years. It fea­tures a Yamaha XJR1300 en­gine in an in­stantly recog­nis­able steel frame with Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and Beringer brakes – and weighs some 32kg less than its stan­dard en­gine donor.

Some­times the first few min­utes with a bike are the most telling and in the case of the Egli it was the first few cor­ners. Wind­ing out of the un­du­lat­ing hills in which Egli re­side, the bike made me feel like a chump. I was taking cor­ners at speeds that felt right but end­ing up far too tight, so I sped up. Then I sped up some more. Then more again un­til my jeans were cling­ing on for dear life and the three lit­tle dig­its on the speedo were danc­ing a jig that would il­lu­mi­nate even the most stone-faced Swiss po­lice­man.

The W.1300 car­ries its speed so well that the im­mense Beringer brakes are al­most re­dun­dant. Such is the fan­tas­tic poise of the Egli chas­sis and the way it holds it­self mid-cor­ner that you barely need to slow down at all. By stiff­en­ing the chas­sis and lift­ing the en­gine, Egli have cre­ated the bike that the XJR1300 Racer yearned to be.

If the Fritz was to be found lack­ing any­where, it would be on power. The XJR1300 en­gine has a de­cent amount of grunt, but it’s so out­classed by the steel sur­round­ing it, the big shove you want out of a cor­ner never ar­rives. The power is def­i­nitely there, but the chas­sis tem­pers it so well that it lacks any real drama in its de­liv­ery – which is half of the fun in my book.

Open road poise is su­perb, it just needs a lit­tle more power to match

As a tribute, Egil’s founder would be rightly proud

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