Roberto Crepaldi set up CR&S (acronym for Café Racers and Superbikes) in 1992 and two decades later, the company seems to be holding its own – they had no less than three new variants of the Duu musclebike on display at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this year. Their hard-to-pronounce names notwithstanding, the CR&S Duu Alegher, Duu Nottenbia and Duu Sbirluscenta are handsome machines and all three are powered by the same S&S ‘X-Wedge’ air-cooled OHV 1916cc American-made V-twin that produces 91bhp at 5100rpm and 148Nm of torque at 2,500-4,700rpm.
All three Duu bikes also share the same chassis – a compound structure made of one large-section stainless steel tube (which serves as the ‘backbone’ for the frame and also works, partially, as the fuel tank) and other smaller parts that are also made of stainless steel and connected to each other by light alloy components. The single-sided swingarm is also made of stainless steel tube and, according to CR&S, this chassis is built to stay free of rust and corrosion for the bike’s entire lifecycle.
The Duu trio rides on 17-inch machined-alloy wheels shod with 190/55 (rear) and 120/70 (front) tyres. There’s a 48mm USD fork at the front, adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload, and a fully adjustable monoshock at the back. Twin 320mm brake discs, with radial-mount 4-piston calipers (front) and single 260mm disc with 2-piston caliper (rear) handle the braking duties and the bikes weigh about 245kg, dry. Fuel tank capacity is 15.5 litres and according to CR&S, the Duu is capable of hitting a top speed of more than 200km/h.
At 37,000 euros, the 2013 CR&S Duu Nottenebia is the cheapest of the Duu trio. The Duu Alegher is priced at 41,000 euros and the Duu Sbirlucenta comes with a price tag of close to 47,000 euros. The difference in prices is due to differences in the three bikes’ suspension and braking components, though specific details are, unfortunately, not available.
For more details, visit the CR&S website