Michael Rutter did pretty good at the TT this year, taking a well-deserved win aboard the beautiful Paton in the Lightweight Supertwin race. It got us thinking about what other motorcycles would be eligible to race in this class and what would make a good base bike for a Minitwin or Supertwin racer.
The SV650 dominates club racing paddocks across the country, it’s cheap enough, simple to work on and provides a great base bike for a Minitwin racer. This one has come up and is in decent nick, having covered only 3,800 miles from new.
The natural enemy to the SV, the ER-6 offers another option to budding racers. While not as popular for those who race in the Minitwin classes, the ER-6 offers more tuning potential, making it great for those who might be thinking about Supertwin races.
While it’s from exciting on the road, nor a looker for that matter, the Gladius still makes a great base bike for a mini-twin racer. It’s basically an SV dressed up in some less appealing clothes, which also makes it a more exciting prospect as you can pick them up for pretty decent money.
It might be a little down in power in its stock trim over the ER-6 it replaced, but it’s still based around the same 649cc engine, packaged in a lighter chassis with a revised suspension linkage. If you want to know about this bikes potential, look no further than Martin Jessop, who won the North West 200 and came second to Michael Rutter’s Paton (which is also powered by the same engine) on one.
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