NOZEM XS 850
For this bike we wanted to set up a date between our two favourite worlds; classic lines and racing. This meant building a bike that accelerates, turns and stops like a racer while maintaining the classic soul of the golden days of motoring. The bike started out as a standard R80 frame. Maybe not the first choice when thinking “racer”, but it had to be a beamer and we love a challenge. This meant we chopped off the rearas usual and welded new arches from the backbone to match the curve of the upper engine cover. We fortified the frame with crossmembers to reduce torsion & flex and created a more ridged ride. Next up was the swingarm which has alsobeen heavily modified to fit a fully adjustable Wilbers race monoshock. The trellis-style modifications were necessary due to the big chunk we had to cut out of the swingarm to fit the 17-inch rear rim. The front suspension was stolen from a CBR 900 Fireblade, offering proper performance without having to compromise on classic looks.
The custom set of trips compliments this classic look. The 17-inch front rim houses a Ceriani 230mm 4LS brake drum. This gives it some serious old-school stopping power. The switch to 17-inch rims enabled us to whip on a set of proper sticky tyres.
The stock R80 engine and gearbox were both given a complete rebuild. The engine is fitted with the full Siebenrock 1070 CC kit, hence the name R107. The electrics areupgraded to twinspark-ignition and a Mosfet charge system. Serving the engine’s new thirst capacity is a set of Dell’Orto40 mm carbs. A stainless custom 40 mm exhaust system ensures the necessary plumbing capacity ending with a titanium Laser can.
With the essential riding characteristics sorted, it’s time for style. The body is a full sheet metal monocoque to keep that sleek Nozem look. The grey paintjob keeps it classic and the orange stripes show off its naughty side. A small classic yellow rally-beamer is mounted on the front to light the upcoming corner. Two small taillights are integrated in to the frame that serve as blinkers, brake lights and regular lighting. The bike is equipped with the full Motogadgets electronic system, starting with the Motoscope pro mounted in the trips. The M-unit serving as backup ensures all the functions are enabled. Keyless contact deletes the necessity of an ignition key.
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