Thursday, May 20, 2010

Paton vs VUN PPP

Last weekend's ASI Classic motorcycle event at the Autodromo di Varano de’ Melegari (Italy) hosted a track demonstration pitting the awesome 1968 Paton BIC500 Grand Prix bike against a VUN PPP (Pronto Per la Pista).

Roberto Pattoni readies the VUN PPP for the track.

While the Paton is wheeled onto its starting rig

The Paton BIC500 (1968)
Engine type Two-cylinder 4-stroke, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement (cc)498.8cc
Bore x stroke78x52.2
Max power74 hp at 11,000 rpm
TypeSix speed cassette gearbox
Frame typelightweight steel double loop frame
Front forks35mm Ceriani
Rear shockTwin Ceriani R units
Front210mm Fontana drum

The VUN PPP (2009)
Engine type One-cylinder 4-stroke, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement (cc)720cc
Max power85 hp at 8,500 rpm
TypeFive-speed gearbox
Frame typeSteel tubes and machined light alloy plate
Dry weight125 kg
Front forks42mm Ceriani
Front320mm radial Brembo single disk

On paper, these two bikes should be pretty evenly matched. At least in terms of power to weight. It was a delight to see them together on a race track. Unfortunately the track conditions were wet and slippery calling for caution, so we didn't get to see them going hard at it.

Giovanni Cabassi with the VUN PPP

According to the programme for the weekend's events there was supposed to be a VΨRUS on track with these two which would have made for a wonderfully eclectic mix of exotic Italian bikes. I am guessing that the terrible weather was the reason for the VΨRUS staying indoors.

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