Malaguti shows shape of things to come

Published: 16 December 2001

Developed as a prototype, Malaguti’s Super Climber has been debuted in Bologna to gauge public reaction.

" We want it to show people that Malaguti is thinking about motorcycles. We will see how people react to it before we decide whether to put it into production, " said a spokesman.

Malaguti is best known for its scooters and kids bikes. But, the spokesman said: " There is talk in the air about increasing the line up. Malaguti is a strong brand, and we are keen to expand. "

The Super Climber owes much of its styling to the American flat-track racers, which explains the minimilistic look. The frame is designed to show off as much of the engine as possible. It is a combination of an alloy rear and steel tube spars running over the top of the cylinders. As the bike is a one-off the swingarm has been hand made out of tubular steel.

To keep the retro styling, and in keeping with most flat-track racers, the suspension is quite basic. The forks are unadjustable, right-way-up units and the rear abandons rising rate linkage in favour of twin rear shocks mounted directly on to the swingarm. Twin short-cut pipes sit either side of the bike again mimicking flat-trackers.

The engine is a Yamaha XT600E trail bike motor producing 43bhp and 35ft.lb of torque However, with handlebars that resemble the ape hangers usually seen in films like Easy Rider, top speed is not really a consideration.

See more on this bike in MCN dated December 26 but on sale from December 24

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