When designer Kar Lee put collectively an Italian mashup of the Ducati Panigale V2 and an Italjet Dragster scooter in 2018, many thought he was loopy. However now the scooter is a actuality.
This good-looking scooter is so radical, it’d even change some rider’s attitudes towards scooters altogether.
Lee was inspired by the unique Dragster design from the Nineties, however with a Ducati-like trellis body and centre hub steering.
The reborn Italjet 200 will quickly be out there for $9990 trip away in any respect Italjet sellers within the 5 predominant states of Australia.
However in contrast to the 155hp (115kw) 955cc Panigale V2, the Italjet 200 is powered by a 181cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve, Euro 5 four-stroke single-cylinder engine producing 19.8hp (14.5kW) and 15.5Nm, embedded in bundle that weighs simply 112kg dry.
A prototype of the resurrected Italjet with fashionable designs and supplies was first unveiled on the 2018 EICMA bike present in Milan, adopted by a three-year interval of refinement and collaborative enter from Italian MotoGP rider and now model ambassador Andrea Dovizioso.
With some pandemic-enforced delays additionally thrown into the combination, manufacturing of the Italjet started in October 2021.
The quirky Dragster 200 contains a molybdenum-chrome body strengthened with die-cast aluminium plates, whereas the signature trellis body – in addition to offering a powerful, light-weight construction that simplifies placement of engine and elements – connects the steering head to the swingarm pivot and gives rigidity attributable to its interwoven construction.
The centre hub steering, in the identical mould because the well-known Bimota Tesi 3D, separates the steering, braking, and suspension capabilities for improved stability.
It’s claimed to filter roughness, with out transmitting vibrations to the handlebar.
There’s a Paioli monoshock on the entrance and rear with preload adjustability whereas, remaining true to its Italian heritage, the Italjet is fitted with Brembo brakes and Pirelli tyres.
The bundle is accomplished by an aluminium entrance swingarm, MotoGP-style hand/lever guards, passenger seating and a regular scooter centrestand.
Italjet Australia’s Fredy Arnet says he was “greatly surprised on the Dragster prototype proven on the EICMA present 2018” .
“However ‘prototype’ in all probability isn’t the perfect phrase, as a result of the manufacturing mannequin that’s occurring sale in Australia is remarkably comparable in design and spec to what we noticed in Italy,” he says.
“And the centrepiece of that’s after all the centre hub steering, however in lots of different methods it’s above and past the rest in the marketplace – the distinctive styling considered one of them.
“Fairly merely, the Dragster is a shocking instance of Italian ingenuity, consideration to element and, most significantly, a ardour to create a automobile that excites.
“We’re trying ahead to showcasing the Italjet model to a brand new batch of devotees, in addition to those that keep in mind the model with fondness from the Nineties and the flip of the century.”
Italjet was based in 1959 by Leopoldo Tartarini, who was an integral a part of the Ducati racing and enterprise household earlier than embarking on his personal two-wheeled journey.
The Dragster is the best-known of the Italjet fashions, with the two-stroke 50 and 180cc platforms beforehand bought in Australia.
The 2022 Dragster 200 might be out there in three liveries – gray/white/crimson, gray/yellow and black/gray – and comes with a two-year unlimited-kilometre manufacturing facility guarantee.