Superbike Roundup: Motorcycle Live 2021
Motorcycle Live 2021 – The Superbikes that caught my eye…
After the write off that was 2020, it was a very welcome sight to see that the 2021 rendition of the famous Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham, was going ahead. Although there was slightly less on offer than previous years, possibly due to everything been spread out to encourage social distancing, there was still plenty to see and do.
There was a big emphasis on electric bikes at the show, like it or not that is the direction the industry is heading, along with ample offerings of new adventure and commuting bikes. All well and good, but we went along to see what was on offer for us Superbike fans. Here’s what caught our attention:
The bikes specs are equally as impressive.
– 185 bhp from Nortons own 1200cc V4 engine
– Carbon Fibre body work
– Carbon Fibre fuel tank
– Full Ohlins suspension, with a unit designed specifically for the Norton at the rear
– A dry weight of 193 kg
– A full quickshifter and auto blip setup along with a full package of electronic rider aids
There isn’t yet any real world information, the bike is still in it’s development phase. However, this bike is the successor of the V4RR before it. That bike was born and developed on the Isle of Man TT. That same bike managed a +130mph lap and has provided a plethora of information for Norton to build from. I’m expecting big things from Norton in the near future.
The CR700W is the accumulation of 40 years worth of experience building and developing rotary powered race bikes from the creator of the worlds most successful rotary powered race bikes, Brian Creighton. Brian is famously the brains behind Norton’s RCW588 project that ran in the late 80’s and early 90’s which made huge waves on the British racing scene at the time.
The rotary engine is tiny in comparison to a traditional inline four and they have barely any moving parts…the engine in the CR700W is less than 35cm long and only weighs 24kg, yet it’s capable of producing 220 bhp. Those numbers are quite difficult to get your head around.
Only 25 CR700W’s are to be built, all hand built by Brian himself, so you’ll need to be pretty lucky if you ever manage to get to ride one.
Maybe that’s actually a good thing. After riding a bike that weighs less than a two stroke but has more power than a new era superbike, the bar in terms of performance has been raised to a level that will be incredibly difficult to replicate.
You can read more about this incredible project on their official website.
Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR
It’s cafe racer inspired looks are a nod to Triumphs racing heritage, the bike is finished beautifully.
From a performance perspective, the Speed Triple produces just under 180 bhp from its 1200 triple, it’s sporting semi active suspension and is packed with electronics such as an up and down quick shifter, ABS, cruise control and keyless ignition.
We hope to do a road test on the Speed Triple in the New Year so keep an eye out for that.
KTM RC 8C
That’s some track bike.
Energica Ego, the first ever all electric Italian superbike. First time seeing one in the flesh, really impressive.
It’s not every day you get to get up close and personal with an RCV. There was two at Motorcycle Live this year.