Aldo Drudi, the man responsible for designing Valentino Rossi's helmets, has now moved up from helmets to designing a full motorcycle, and it's just brilliant. Drudi, in collaboration with Air Garage and Honda Italia, has created the Burasca 1200, which is based on a Honda VFR1200F. The aim was to showcase Italian creativity and design flair, coupled with Japanese precision engineering and build quality. Mission accomplished!
With the Burasca, Drudi and team have completely and radically modified a VFR1200, making it sportier and more aggressive. The bike gets an Öhlins NIX 30 fork and Öhlins TTX GP 36 monoshock at the rear, both being fully adjustable in every which way possible. With lightweight aluminium wheels from Fast Mec, extensive use of carbonfibre and titanium, and an Akrapovic exhaust system, weight has been reduced by 30 kilos. The bike's low-slung stance at the front, along with single round headlamp, give it a nice hint of subdued menace, and its carbon-gray / gray-gold matte paintjob, with small bits of red trim and black anodized wheels, is just perfect.
The Burasca's 1237cc Honda V4 remains stock, with 180bhp, 6-speed transmission and shaft-drive. Suspension has been upgraded with Öhlins units at both ends but the chassis remains unchanged. Brakes have also been upgraded, with twin 320mm discs up front, and Nissin monobloc radial-mount 4-piston calipers. Kerb weight is 240kg. Yes, we love this bike!