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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 323 February 2017 > THAT’S THE SPIRIT!


New British brand, Spirit Motorcycles, launched two stunning MotoGP inspired motorcycles last month (plus R versions) – and we went along for the big reveal…


An invite to a bike launch at the Bikeshed almost always involves the covers being pulled off some sort of café racer thing, with the assembled ranks of tattooed hipsters stroking their beards in admiration, before heading back to the bar for another gluten free pale ale. But something stirred our loins when we saw the word ‘sportsbike’ on the invitation.

Held tightly under wraps, literally (they were draped in silk), the covers came off to lay bare the firm’s new GP Sport and GP Street. The former is the fully faired race version, the latter the naughty street naked.

The headline numbers are staggering; 180bhp and 140kg for the R versions, 156bhp, and 150kg for the more civilized road variants. But before you go reaching for your wallet you’ll probably need to head back to the cashpoint for a top up. Bar the shouting, the R versions are £65k and the non-R £45k. Punchy, to say the least.

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