Re­mem­ber The Mon­ster? No, not that one. The proper Mon­ster that Steve Burns built

The spe­cial that was nuts

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents -

It’s 1992 and a new type of spe­cial is born. This is Steve Burns’ Mon­ster (pic­tured here with pro­fes­sional Cum­brian Mart Far­south up top).

This was when spe­cials build­ing changed from be­ing an ex­er­cise in cos­met­ics to an ex­plo­ration of the far­thest reaches of per­for­mance. Burns is an en­gi­neer­ing nat­u­ral who, when he turned to max­imis­ing mo­to­rycle per­for­mance, shaped the way we look at spe­cials.

Se­ri­ous street­fight­ers were spawned from the Mon­ster, and a cer­tain pro­duc­tion Tri­umph of 1997 owes much of its sales suc­cess to its homage to Burns’ orig­i­nal cre­ation.

The Spon­don-framed, Gsx-en­gined Mon­ster ran a 1498cc MTC block and a Ray­jay FF40 tur­bocharger. It pro­duced [email protected] at 13.5psi of boost and [email protected] run­ning the same pres­sure. It was top speed tested at 183.5mph (the rider couldn’t hold on at any greater speed). It would eas­ily have cracked the dou­ble ton with a fair­ing. But more than that it was the new tem­plate for brute per­for­mace.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.