Details: Tuscon BT550 Superleggera fairing

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Tuscon just sent us images of the BT550 in full race trim. We think the new fairing is the most refreshing design on a mid-size racer since the Ducati Supermono. Seriously. The edges are a bit jagged around the forced-induction vent, but so what? That’s nothing a little bit of dremeling can’t fix.>

The more we look at the Tucson BT550 Superleggera, the more we think they’ve nailed a flawless balance of grounded engineering with forward thinking design. The face looks like a dreamed up ’80s concept of the future, except its use of industrial materials and subtle line gestures are perfectly modern, leaving it free of cliché.

The lower fairing is just as elegant, exposing the best glimpses of the Aprilia v-twin. The lower overlaps the upper panel just enough like some kind of architectural element, accentuated by the dual fasteners. The angles are minimal and light, reminding us of origami, which for a French design is perfectly quirky, yet still works amazingly well.

The team is promising more technical information and photos on the finished machine for later this week.


  • Sasha Pave

    Freakin’ Awesome! I love this kind of thinking, a featherweight powerhouse. Slap some lights on this bitch and set me loose in the canyons!

    Interesting choice of materials, especially swingarm. You’d think greater stiffness/less weight could be achieved with alum. But I understand that greater deliberate-flex is becoming a bigger part of chassis design.

  • Remy

    I love this. It’s seamlessly retro and modern simultaneously without having to sacrifice usability to achieve either.

  • Ben Part

    Already judging the KTM RC8 rude, this is teen sex in an elevator. Give it to me baby! Also loving the Kimtab style snowflake mags.

    (see I’m not cynical about every HFL bike)

  • Nick

    Its sad a sad state of affairs when Suzuki’s annual face lift becomes a major event in motorcycle design. Perhaps it says more about my eye, but this might be odd enough to wake some people up.
    Oh, and- I love this bike.

  • lennard schuurmans

    crazy nice!
    without the lower fairing it comes very close to the perfect bike.
    looks damn expansive though…

    ten times sexyer than the roland sands aprilia thingy

  • Peter Lombardi

    Haha, that was great Ben!!

    I’ve been addicted to this bike since the fist time you guys posted about it some time back.

    They’ve really pulled it all together here at the end and did what they said they were gonna do.

    Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • fire

    Eh, Yamaha used a clear upper fairing on the FZ6.

    if you’re gonna compare it to a production street-legal bike design (say from Suzuki, Nick), then it’s only fair to compare apples to apples. Once you add the necessary bits to make it street legal (instruments, headlight, WIRING), you’ll wish the fairing wasn’t clear.

  • james

    I like the fairing also. I think it is the mixture of rounded shapes and creased edges that makes it interesting to look at. I like the fact that wires and gauges might be seen through the clear shield. Has that “works” racer look that the new race bikes don’t have anymore.

  • Ben(pi)

    I like it. I’d like to see a person on it for scale, as something doesn’t look right about the relationship between footpeg, seat, and size of tank. The clear screen/fairing is cool, and I’d probably yank the lowers off, but definately a fun bike.