If I asked you to name a bike built in Italy, you’d have no problem coming up with Ducati, Moto Guzzi or even Aprilia (although I’d give you bonus points if you said MV Agusta). If I asked you to name a bike from Germany, I’m sure you’d say BMW or even Munch. If I asked for a Chinese manufacturer, you might get Lifan, and you could probably identify Hyosung bikes as coming from South Korea. Now name one bike from the Czech Republic.
If you’re old school (like me), you may come up with CZ, but it’ll probably take you a while to remember them since they stopped building bikes under their own name in 1993 and folded in 1997. There’s a new Czech motorcycle manufacturer about to launch an uber-premium naked bike, and it’s one that you’ll probably want to pay attention to. FGR has spent six years developing the Midalu 2500, funded largely by the Czech government. In case you’re wondering what the 2500 refers to, that would be the bike’s displacement in cubic centimeters; yes, this thing rocks a 2.5 liter, V6 engine under it’s naked, industrial strength flanks.
The engine is said to be good for 240 horsepower, which should prove sufficient to move the bike’s 594 pounds. Weight savings is achieved via the generous use of carbon fiber (seat pan and gas tank) and aluminum (check out that stunning swingarm). FGR also builds 125cc Grand Prix bikes, so it’s a safe assumption that the Midalu will corner and stop as well as it accelerates. There’s no detail available on the fork or suspension (other than Ohlins), but you’re probably safe in assuming “best in class” components.
FGR plans to spend 2011 ironing out the bugs on pre-production bikes, and a limited run of six bikes in planned for 2012. With only six available, pricing will likely be stratospherically high but worth every penny. Where else can you get a Czech made bike that sports a 2.5 liver V6?