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The Vins Duecinquanta: Built By Former Ferrari F1 Engineers

For The Ultimate Power To Weight Ratio, Check Out The Vins Duecinquanta!

Published November 30, 2017

The Vins Duecinquenta is what happens when five ex-Ferrari Formula One engineers get their heads together: a 244cc, 90hp, 187 lbs, two-stroke motorcycle? Yes please. You might be thinking that 244cc’s aren’t enough to sate your appetites but you’d be wrong. With a fearsome 90 horses on tap from the Duecinquanta’s race-tuned two-stroke v-twin engine, and a top speed of 149 miles per hour, it might be time to reassess your definition of the word “small capacity.”

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If you’re not familiar with Vins, then allow me to explain. Vins Motors was founded by a group of ex-Ferrari Formula One engineers, and they know their shit. A few years ago, they displayed some off some ideas they had for a little racing machine at Milan’s EICMA show – basically, it was a tiny 100cc V-twin engine and an impressive carbon fiber chassis…but that was it. Fast forward a few years and the firm have presented a fully realized model – that’s now in production.

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This Is The Vins Duecinquanta!

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The Vins Duecinquanta (which means Vins Two-Fifty, effectively) now wears a 244cc two-stroke engine that can be tuned to shoot out a fearsome 90 horsepower. We’ve already been over the impressive speed and power, but the real “wow-factor” lies in the bike’s impressively low weight of around 187 lbs. If you put that in metric, that’s 85kg, and 85 kilos with 90 horses on tap is a very impressive power to weight ratio. The low weight is down to the bike’s carbon fiber bodywork, chassis, and wheels – but there’s more on offer than a fancy direct-fuel injection two-stroke engine and some lightweight materials.

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Vins have outfitted the Duecinquanta with an interesting front suspension system that features a double triangle arrangement that’s similar in nature to a BMW Telelever setup, and at the rear they’ve opted for a horizontal rear shock that looks a lot like the Yamaha OW61 – unusual, but effective. The Vins engineers were also clever about their radiator mounting, sticking it under the “gas tank” to make the most of airflow and keep everything cool easily. So far so good? Yeah? But then there’s the matter of the price…

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The Vins Duecinquanta will be offered in two models: a track-only competition model, and a road-friendlier version. The track-only model will be priced at (take a deep breath)…$59,420! But for a motorcycle designed by Formula One Ferrari eggheads, that’s probably appropriate. But what about the road model? Well, that’s priced at a staggering $47,545 – and that is expensive, especially when it weighs around 10 kg more than the other model and will generally have watered down performance specs since it has to conform to the strict Euro4 emissions laws… But who cares about the price? We’re just happy to know that someone still cares about the humble two-stroke two-fiddy, and cares enough to make them awesome.

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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