Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Subaru to make bikes?

Can the company that makes the car you see on the left, start making the bike you see on the right? Hmmm....

According to some rumours doing the rounds on the Internet, Japanese car manufacturer, Subaru, may soon also start building bikes. Given that the Subaru Impreza, in its various avatars, has been such a big hit on the World Rally Championship scene, you’d probably expect Subaru to make a radical new sportsbike or a wild, hot rally-raid machine. But no, it seems they’re working on a rather homely little bike – the HS500 – that’s powered by a single-cylinder, 500cc engine that makes a humble 50bhp. (What?! The makers of the mighty Impreza WRX STi will put the Subaru name on a 50 horsepower motorcycle…?)

The Subaru HS500 is, supposedly, the work of one Kazuo Sasaki, who apparently worked with Honda in the 1980s and 90s. The only other details available at this time are that the Subaru bike will be fitted with Showa suspension components, Tokico brakes with radial-mount callipers and a twin-spar aluminium beam chassis that’ll be made in China.

While Cagiva are probably not going ahead with the single-cylinder Mito 500, maybe Subaru will fill that slot with the HS500. But how we wish they were making the two-wheeled equivalent of the mighty WRX STi. Now that would have been something to watch out for!!

Also see:
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Force-fed: The 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo!
Ducati PS1000LE: Paul Smart rides again...
Street survival for motorcyclists: The 50 things you must know!
Superbikes vs Police helicopters...?!

External links:
Something for fans of purple-painted choppers. No, really...
...and something for trike enthusiasts!
Motorcycle USA: 2008 Yamaha R6 first ride...
Desmo-trike: The three-wheeler from hell!
Suzuki GSX-R trike. Wild!
Micron makes the world's ugliest exhaust system for the Hayabusa...
Suzuki Hayabusa quad!

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