Ouroboros Zaeta: Graziano Rossi's street tracker

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The Ouroboros is an ancient greek symbol of a snake eating its own tail that’s meant to represent cyclicality, so the name is likely a riff on the oval laps of a flat track race. The Ouroboros Zaeta is a competition-ready flat tracker powered by a 450cc Yamaha single-cylinder housed in a bespoke J&M frame. Attached to that are 38mm Showa forks, Braking discs front and rear, an aluminum gas tank and little else. The total weight is just 101kg (wet). Graziano Rossi (his kid’s famous or something) and his business partner intend to get the contraption homologated for street use in Italy, then begin selling them for about €13,000 ($18,400). When that happens, it’ll become the first production motorcycle that’s capable of winning both flat track races and riding to work in a semi-legal fashion.

via Sideburn and TwoWheelsBlog

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    If this comes to the states, steel soled boot sales will skyrocket, saving the economies. Here’s hoping.

  • JR

    If a major manufacturer would build us something like this, what do you think the cost would be?

    Liq. cooled 450cc dirtbikes can be up to $8k or so right?

    They could be very basic though. I would love something like this for running around town and being able to blast around offroad a bit, scrambler style.

  • ollieboy

    Nice looking bike, do you think Graziano is actually riding/sliding there or did they just spray some mud on his face for a seperate shot?

    • monkeyfumi

      Yes, Graziano can ride (GP winner) No need for posing here.

  • http://leovinceusa.com jon@leovinceusa

    … and a leovince pipe for the win. Perfetto.

  • Paolo

    Graziano did ride the bike and loved it ( 68 hp in this version with the 101kg) and we will be’ testing new suspensions here in Italy with him and together with present UK short flat champion

  • http://www.mulliganmachine.blogspot.com CAPTAIN AWESOME


    sure is a steep price though….

    what would it take to get a 450 framer in the states street legal?

  • paolo

    I agree it s a steep price and the conversion in US Dollars does not help with present exchange rate. Please take into account that the final price is still under discussion and we have the obiective to bring it lower. Consider also that in Europe the homologation is a quite expensive process as standards for pollution and noise are very strict.The price we indicated includes also this kind of costs.

  • Elaine

    I like the bike. Could I have Graziano free with it too please :)