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PATON S1 (2014-on) Review

Published: 14 November 2014

We were expecting a little more for the price

PATON S1  (2014-on)

We were expecting a little more for the price

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  72 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  164 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • New: £19,074

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Meet Paton’s all new, hand built S1, the road going version of their Lightweight TT bike. The mix of old and new works together very well and from two feet away it’s a stunning throwback. But after the initial admiration you start to notice a few niggles and we were expecting a little more for the price.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

On the country roads you have to remind yourself the S1’s only a 650 twin with just over 70bhp. Initially I was slowing down too much for the corners and gassing it on the exit, but you soon learn to ride it like a 250 and carry the corner speed. The handling and suspension allow you take liberties, too. The S1’s incredibly light, 45kg less than a standard Kawasaki ER6N, and it has a shorter wheelbase, too. Both make it much sportier – it’d run rings around the stock ER6N.

Engine 3 out of 5

Like the racer, power is by Kawasaki’s ER6 parallel twin but on the move I’m a little deflated by an exhaust tone which, with baffles fitted, sounds too conservative. The S1 looks like it will sound amazing, as the race bike does, but the road version has its amp turned down far too much. Overall, though, once you recalibrate your brain and remember the Paton’s ‘only’ a 650 twin it’s enjoyable to ride. You end up having fun, attacking corners, revving the little twin to the redline and all the time you aren’t doubling the national speed limit.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

We can’t ignore the poor build quality. The bodywork doesn’t match up perfectly, the backlights don’t line up 100% and there are wires and block connectors flapping about freely.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

We love the looks, the styling, the history, the light handling and the exclusivity but we can’t ignore the poor build quality and the fact it needs more character, sound and emotions considering you don’t get much change from £20,000.

Equipment 3 out of 5

It’s got some top notch kit, like fully adjustable Ohlins shocks, Brembo calipers and twin exiting Termignoni exhaust, as you might expect for the price, but elsewhere it’s a bit basic, with standard Kawasaki clocks for example.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £19,074
Used price -
Warranty term One year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax -
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 72 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Specification
Engine size 649cc
Engine type 8v liquid-cooled parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 158kg
Front suspension 43mm Ohlins telescopic forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Twin Ohlins shocks, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 295mm discs, four piston calipers
Rear brake 190mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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