Paton S1 Strada for TT

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Paton S1 Strada

After revealing its first ever street legal race bike, the S1 Strada, at EICMA last November, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Paton has now confirmed its entry in the 2014 Isle of Man TT Race.

The company, which is based in Milan, Italy, will use its latest bike, the S1 Strada, which has a Kawasaki 650 twin engine but with a Paton designed frame. The S1 Strada was revealed at EICMA last year and marks the first time the company has built a machine that can be raced and legally taken on the road.

Paton has a long racing history and association with the Isle of Man TT. It was founded in 1958 by engineer Giuseppe Pattoni and designer Lino Tonti. They took their first bike that same year to the Isle of Man TT races, where it was ridden by future Grand Prix World Champion Mike Hailwood who was making his racing debut at the street circuit.

Paton Road Racer

For this year’s Isle of Man TT, the factory-prepared S1 Strada will be ridden by Englishman Olie Linsdell in the Lightweight TT class.

Linsdell is no stranger to the Isle of Man. The 26-year-old made his Mountain Course debut at the 2007 Manx Grand Prix and competed in the TT Races in 2008. The highlight of Linsdell’s career to date was his race win in last year’s Bennetts 500cc Classic TT on a Paton BIC 500 BL3 replica.

Linsdell’s Paton S1 Strada is an official factory entry and will be run at the TT by Flitwick Motorcycles. It’s powered by a Kawasaki Ninja 650 parallel-twin, prepared by Paton, with a claimed out put of 71.1 hp at 8500 rpm and 47.2 ft-lb of torque at 7000rpm. Paton says the S1 Strada has a curb weight of 348lbs and a top speed of more than 130 mph.

Paton Road Racer Isle of Man TT

Potential customers interested in buying a road legal Paton S1 Strada will get a near identical motorcycle to the version that Linsdell will ride in the TT with the major differences being in the way the engine is tuned. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Roberto Pattoni, Paton’s Technical Director, said: “Racing has been Paton’s goal since it started in 1958, and with modern classes it means making a street legal bike, which also carries the added motivation of increasing our small firm’s technical knowledge by having to solve problems it has never had to face before as well as providing a new challenge. It is a culmination of all our history into one single product.”

Paton Road Racer Isle of Man TT

“This is a challenging and thrilling opportunity for us but also for Olie as a rider and engineer to be the person who brings Paton back to racing on an international stage is a great honor.”

For further information about Paton Motorcycles and to download a brochure on the S1 Strada go to: www.paton.it

  • appliance5000

    a beautiful thing,

  • zedro

    So will people regard this as an exotic with that motor?

    • the antagonist

      I don’t know, but as long as the price isn’t exorbitant for what you get, I’d actually prefer something like this over a “true” exotic. All the cool points and exclusivity, but with a proven, reliable engine that has an large, established aftermarket and a huge supply of used and replacement parts available. Plus you won’t have to drive across three states to find someone who can work on it. It’s all the good things about an exotic, European bike, without any of the annoyances. It’s like an exotic you don’t have to be afraid to actually ride.

      • Justin McClintock

        Agreed, but I’d rather see Suzuki’s 650 V-twin in there instead.

  • Adam B

    Can’t wait to see it race. It’s perfect.

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    Rawr.

  • chris ordanez

    Gorgeous bike!

    The top photo kind of makes it look like a terrified frog.

    • mms

      his mouth hanging open wide in horror : O It’s beautiful but the headlights are hilarious

  • MichaelEhrgott

    So pretty. Why can’t manufacturers make performance bikes with these classic lines anymore?

    • 200 Fathoms

      As opposed to the ubiquitous Transformers look. Agreed.

      • MichaelEhrgott

        Bonnevilles, Thruxtons, V7s and Scramblers don’t count. They aren’t performance bikes. Way too heavy/under-powered.

    • Dan

      You can make it, the problem is getting people to buy. Ducati Sport 1000 was gorgeous, modern and rapid, but never sold well. This bike keeps the (incredible) looks, but removes the speed and equipment. I think I read this morning that the base price on this is north of $20,000. Would you personally pay that much for a bike with RSU forks, non-radial brakes, and an engine lifted from a Ninja 650?

      • MichaelEhrgott

        Absolutely not. Honestly, I just want Suzuki to give me an updated SV650 with dual round headlights and classic fairings. Also decent suspension. I’d be happy with that and could upgrade components from there.

        • Dan

          Updated SV650 – Suzuki’s Recursion concept looks nice, but that’s more modern than what you’re describing style-wise. For retro sillouette on a modern bike, check out Spirit of the 70s’ take on the Triumph Daytona (attached). Now that’s pretty.

          Decent suspension on the SV – never going to happen. SV is a budget commuter at heart. Only popular for racing because of cult status, not because its a great chassis. High-spec, low/mid power bikes simply don’t exist in the US this decade. The GP bikes (RS125/250) are gone, modern racing specials (MD250) are very low-production, and even the rare production mini-sportbike (RC390) is aimed at learner licenses and still isn’t confirmed for the US.

          Hence the “entry level,” 120bhp 600. Also hence why American racers don’t tend to do well on the world racing stage.

          • Dan

            Better picture to show fairings.

            • Robotribe

              That plank for a real saddle aside, this would be brilliant. C’mon, Triumph! They’re just plastics! At the very least, it could be an SE model. PLEASE!

            • Randy S

              Wow. I love this.

          • Guy

            I would much rather spend the money on this bike.

          • Y.A.

            SV is a budget commuter, but the FZ 09 has adjustable rebound front and rear + upside down forks for the same price as the current SFV650. CB500F is a budget commuter. SFV/Ninja 650R are currently very overpriced.

            Then again, for a street bike adjustable shocks might not be necessary- IF the manufacturer gets it right the first time.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Purty.

  • JP

    Man, what an awesome looking bike. It shames the Yamaha R1, the headlights and placement are basically the same. It seems like Ducati is the only big motorcycle company that designs clean looking bikes without all the clutter.

    • appliance5000

      Maybe 20 years ago – apart from a couple of models they look like cakes left out in the rain.

  • Randy Singer

    This Paton’s styling is attractive, in a classic sense, but unfortunately that’s not the only thing about it that appears “classic.” It looks like it was designed about 30 or 40 years ago. Right-side-up forks, non-radial brake calipers, twin rear shocks, no ram-air, etc. It’s hard to tell, but it looks like the frame is made of mild steel tubing using a variation of the Norton featherbed design. There doesn’t seem to be a large volume tuned airbox either. 71HP isn’t at all impressive these days for a racing 650. A bone stock Suzuki SV650 made more power than that for the street in 2003. This bike might have been a competitive racer in the ’70′s , but I don’t see how it could be competitive today.

    • TP

      Found this on google.

      It looks like what’s on the show bike is different, but this is a modern looking frame.

    • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

      It’s not about the power. It’s about the style and character of a 1970s racebike, but usable on the road. It appeals to folks like myself, who find the average household fridge or kettle more interesting than bikes like SV650s, or 675Rs, or CBR600s. Different market segment.

      • Randy Singer

        I understand the concept, but I don’t expect it to be popular. The Ducati Classics weren’t particularly popular, and they used a real Ducati engine instead of a common budget Japanese engine making a pedestrian amount of power. This bike is supposed to be suitable “for racing,” but it’s not going to be competitive. If the Paton used an approximation of a classic Paton engine, then I would expect the bike to be popular. (Actually, that would be the coolest thing on two wheels…)

  • MichaelEhrgott

    I know after Tron:Legacy came out, everyone wanted the Bip model.

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    I somehow doubt dealerships ever had a hard time selling SportClassics. Older motor, different suspension components, nothing shared with the rest of the lineup could’ve meant margins were thinner on the SC. My guess would be they didn’t sell enough of them for shareholders so ducati cut the odd duck out of the lineup.

    BMW’s new retro bike sold out on preorders.

    • Richard Gozinya

      For awhile, the motor was definitely current, it was the same one as the S2R 1000 and Monster 1000, which sold at the same time as the SportClassics for three of the five year run. It was also used for the Multistrada at one point. The last two years it was the only family of Ducatis to use that engine, but that just likely means it was using leftovers.

    • mms

      Those darn bikes sold so poorly that the occasional dealership still digs one out of the back room fresh in its crate. Of course by this point the SCs are selling for so much, they can pretend it was forethought and call it an “investment”. The suspension was cheap crap. I say this with the utmost respect as I have one and love it dearly.

    • Guest

      I think it was largely a timing issue, Ducati were ahead of the curve with the retro revival cafe thing by a few years and killed it too soon. BMW the prevalence of old airheads as customs and wisely jumped on that, bringing in established builders to help with their marketing was a shrewd move too , coolness by association etc etc. I was amused to see BMW motor ad claim on their Facebook page that the new r nineT was the source of inspiration for the prevalence of airhead customs in fact it was the other way around.

      The Paton is beautiful.

  • zombarian

    Are those stats supposed to be impressive? Or do the rules prevent them from doing something along the lines of these flat trackers with likely upwards of 90hp and the potential for less than 313 lbs?
    http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/12/19/howerton-motorsports-and-bryan-smith-storm-ama-pro-flat-track-racing/

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    Another really good example of bike manufacturer creativity – the older guys are really gonna eat this up.

  • Piglet2010

    The Ducati Sport Classic was in a movie?

    My lasting impression of the bike was its owner pushing it back to pits with a blown clutch.

  • Justin McClintock

    Nice lookin’ bike, and the 348 lb. curb weight is certainly appealing. Kind of a shame they couldn’t stick an SV650 motor in there instead though.

    • Y.A.

      Indeed. I love my Ninja 650 but you can’t beat that v twin thrum.

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    That suit is way cooler than that bike will ever be.