> Edited by Russell Evans
After 10 years of development, Czech company FGR will
sell a low volume of luxury exotic streetbike, the Midalu.
This muscular mount is powered by a 2.5-liter, 90-degree
four-stroke V-six that produces 240 horsepower and tons
of torque, and with a reported weight of 578 pounds, the
power-to-weight ratio is gargantuan.
Despite the monstrous performance potential, this
bike is tuned to be civil. The design is entirely too stylish
to be paired with such grotesque power, yet even
its hulking white exo-frame and twin triple
exhaust cans fit sensibly into the dynamic
naked bike scheme.
The Midalu is built with some of the
finest components in the game, including fully adjustable Ohlins suspension
and gigantic Brembo race-spec brakes
carbon bodywork and a geometric ma-chined-aluminum swingarm.
TURISMO VELOCE 800
With the Turismo Veloce 800, MV Agusta has developed a “
Touring” concept motorcycle the company describes as agile, lightweight and quick: Highly unusual features in this fiercely competitive segment. The Turismo Veloce produces a robust mid-range
power curve, with a 15 percent bump in torque while average fuel
consumption is reported to be reduced by about 20 percent.
In contrast to some competitors, the power of the three-cylinder
engine from Schiranna has been limited to 110 hp, though that is
likely to be ample for most with a dry weight of 419 pounds. These
refinements are largely responsible for production of the bike’s
extremely agile and intuitive dynamic, one capable of meeting the
needs of a wide range of users. MV Agusta invested two years of
R&D to find maximum riding comfort, including evaluation of aerodynamic protection, seat padding, the hydraulic anti-slip clutch
system, and the shape of the handlebar and hand guards.
The MV comes well equipped, with full LED lights, instrument
cluster with a 5-inch TFT color display and Bluetooth and adjustable windscreen —all standard. The advanced electronics package includes traction-control, EAS 2.0 electronic gearbox and four
engine maps: Touring and Rain at 90 hp maximum power; Sport
with 110 hp; and Custom for setting torque curve, limiter, throttle
responsiveness and engine braking. There is also the WEB 2.0 application, to share GPS routes and Turismo Veloce data with other
owners through a special App. Pricing starts just under $18,000.