I’ve wanted one of these since they first arrived on the market during 1995/96. It took 8 years before it was within realistic economical reach, and even though I was extremely pleased with my Le Mans I decided to change.

I found my new bike in Germany with less than 20.000 kms on it, and two previous owners (both above 40 years of age). All original except for a Stucchi cross-over.

It looked very nice, a little dusty as it had been stored in the show room for 6 months, but obviously a virgin: Engine had never been taken apart, and no one had tampered with it. This means that you don’t have to correct other peoples errors, that means apart from the errors made by the factory!!!

For even though its a 20 years newer construction, it still have the Italian heritage: The owner still have to finish a number of details to make the bike what it should have been from the factory. Details about this in the box below.

What’s it like, then ?

Absolutely amazing is not a very detailed answer, so I’ll try to be more specific in the following:

  • Riding position – more sporty (stretched) than on the Le Mans. A lot of weight on your hands in city traffic, but nicely balanced from 100 kmh and upwards.

  • Fairing – covering you nicely, wind pressure on your helmet, but no turbulence.

  • Steering – quicker than the Le Mans, but just as stable. An easy ride, and as soon as its rolling you dont feel the weight.

  • Suspension – Worlds apart, this one actually works. You’re an easy victim when your previous bike was a 20 years old Le Mans whish is hard as a rock, but still: Its obvious that this one is a modern construction (suspension vise) and that quality components has been used. Very nice on the bumpy back roads.

  • Brakes – top note! 320mm Discs and four pot Brembo Calipers are state-of-the-art equipment for Italian sports bikes.

  • Engine – not that different from my modified Le Mans. It pulls more willingly between 6 and 8 thousand RPM, but feels otherwise more or less the same. The travel of the throttle is only approx. 60% compared to bikes with 40 mm Dell Orto’s. This means that you are going really fast when you wind on the throttle as you are used to. A significant psychological effect, really.

  • Gearbox – business as usual. This one has a somewhat higer gearing, which meant that I had to change my gear changing pattern, but after a couple of days I had the hang of it.

  • Fun factor – the most important measurement: That’s how happy you are after a ride. The scoring here is Five stars plus bells and whistles……