Little-known Estonian brand revived with new V-Twin musclebike
LOOKING AS sturdy as the Forth Bridge, complete with touches of modern day technology, this is the Renard concept V-twin.The Estonian company was originally formed in 1938, making motorised bicycles and went to the wall in 1944 when the factory, based in Tallinn, suffered a direct hit from an Allied bomb.In 2008 a bunch of Estonian businessmen, together with a group of dedicated enthusiasts, set about reviving the brand. The Renard 'Grand Tourer' (eh? - Ed) is the fruit of the new company's vision.The GT features a carbon-fibre monocoque, which weighs just 11 kg. It's reinforced with Kevlar to make it resistant to impact and vibration. The construction also houses the motorcycle’s petrol tank and air box into a single load-bearing structure - in a Buellesque kind of way. The GT also boasts suspension CNC milled from solid aluminium, combined with fully adjustable Ohlins dampers. The package is powered by Moto Guzzi's V-twin shaft-drive 1151cc lump.No word on price. Just don't expect to see (m)any on UK roads.
Posted: 26/10/2010 at 12:05
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Looks like they've built it strong enough to survive another allied bomb.
I thought it was a Confederate as well.
Posted: 27/10/2010 at 19:14
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