Friday, March 26, 2010

BeOn - Affordable Track Bikes

Have you ever wished for a dedicated track bike that would be cheap enough to thrash around your local circuit without worrying too much about the costs when it all goes wrong?

An enterprising Spanish company, BeOn Automotive SL, may just have what you are looking for. They are producing a kit that will convert your 450 off-road single-cylinder chicken chaser into a serious track bike. One of the cool things about this kit is that it is non-intrusive, meaning you can convert your track bike back into an off-road at any time.

Turn this...
Into this...
With this!

The intention of this kit is to provide cheap and plentiful bikes for the new 450 GP race class. The 450 single cylinder class now is becoming popular in Europe and around the world.

At just over 100 kg, the BeOn 450 is similar in weight and power to a 125 GP bike. With slick tires, good suspension and brake components it would be a heck of a lot of fun to take one of these out on a track day. You could definitely give a fright to the average Joe on his super powerful, super heavy, super street bike.

Currently the kit is available for the current models...
This is perfect if you want to compete in the 450 GP class. Personally, I would prefer to have a nimble little thing to thrash about on track days. In that case it would probably be better to fit the kit to a KTM 530 EXC model which has pretty much the same frame, swingarm, suspension and other critical components as the KTM SXF 450, but has a slightly larger and more torquey engine.

So, just how easy is it to convert your KTM 530 EXC into a serious track bike? The video clip below shows you how it can be done in less than 2 minutes... assuming you can work in fast motion.

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