WINDS of change are blowing in Supertwin paddocks around the country, and everyone’s talking about new machinery that’s arrived to shake up the order this year.
New bikes have not only hit the short circuits, but they’ve also taken to the roads as teams push the boundaries of development to chase power, speed and ultimately lap times.
Less than two weeks ago, North West 200 Supertwin winner Martin Jessopp proclaimed he was on a ‘proper supertwin’ after having to contend with Joey Thompson and the Paton S1R for victory, a machine which took the win at last year’s Lightweight TT and, by all accounts, organisers have deemed rules compliant.
Just last night, TT star Michael Dunlop scorched the Mountain Course in the first practice session, as well as his first competitive outing on the Paton, to break James Hillier’s 2015 lap record and set a speed of 120.875mph.
North West 200 commentators mentioned on multiple occasions that the Italian 650 costs a whopping £75,000, but Team ILR boss Ian Lougher put paid to rumours and confirmed that the bike could be purchased for £35,000 – close to what some teams are spending on Twins already.
Over in short circuit city, Scottish championship riders are pedalling close to £25,000 already on bikes, and other club racers have claimed to spend nearly double that between parts, testing and development of the production-based machinery. For an out-of-the-box NW200 podium bike, surely then £35k isn’t so bad?
Some Supertwin riders claim that reigning Thundersport GB champ Jonny Towers is ‘ruining the class’ with the amount of time and money he’s putting into his and Ryan Farquhar’s development of the KMR Kawasaki.
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