If you’re the kinda guy that drives a Reventon, won’t tap on a laptop unless it’s a Luvaglio, and only sails Mangusta, then… Can I borrow some money? Er, also, have I got the motorcycle for you! It’s called the Ecosse Titanium Series - so called because it sports the world’s first all-titanium frame.
The brainchild of American (who would have guessed?) Donald Atchison, every single detail of this muscular roadster screams “you can’t afford me!” - from the 2150cc polished billet aluminium v-twin donk, to the MotoGP-spec Ohlins bouncy bits at either end, to the radially-mounted 6-pot billet ISR front brake calipers - with an individual brake pad for each of the 12 pistons. The mind boggles, then boggles again.
After the jump is a photograph of a frame tube, steering stem, triple clamps and forks. It nearly makes me burst into tears, like the first time I heard Stevie Wonder singing “Lately.” Is it wise to admit that here? I don’t know - but I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this way about a frame tube before.
The overall look is perhaps not as stirring as some of the details, although it’s nice and hairy and masculine in an “MT-01 seduces Ducati Sportclassic with lots of jewellery” kind of way. The kitchen-sink fitment probably doesn’t help - 12-way adjustable footpegs, gel seats to coddle the ‘tocks, adjustable seat height and tuneable throttle travel understandably tend to add up to a slightly busy picture. But zoom in a little closer, and there’s all sorts of little treats to enjoy, like the machined brake reservior/switchblock below. It gives me tingles. Click to zoom:
That monstrous, gleaming engine (imagine the size of the piston bores… you could curl up and go to sleep in one!) hammers out in excess of 200 horsepower, and a caravan-pulling 210 ft-lbs of torque… Too much power for a naked bike? I’m not sure, I think I’ll have to ride one to make up my mind. Can somebody arrange that for me? Quickly if possible, there’s only 10 to be made.
The price? Well, it’s US$275,000.00 - which I agree might sound a touch on the unreasonable side, given that Ducati’s Desmosedici RR GP replica only costs about US$65,000, and has the ability to go around corners exceptionally fast. However, Ecosse have offered to sweeten the deal by throwing in a free (and very spiffy) watch with every Ecosse Titanium Series sold - so, frankly, it’s a bit of a bargain if you don’t have a watch. And if that doesn’t convince you, here’s another angle on those mouth-watering triple clamps:
You can purchase the Ecosse Titanium Series from the good burghers at RobbReport.com, to whom we owe picture credits and probably an apology for maybe not taking this bike as seriously as we could. But then we’re not the target market. Incidentally, if anyone out there happens to know somebody who buys one of these, please put them in touch with us - we’d dearly love to hear about the Ecosse ownership experience.leave a response, or trackback from your own site.