Guy Martin, a dynamic, helluva motorcyclist with lickety-split verbiage and no survival instinct whatsoever (see project involving a ‘turbine-engined speed cannon’), has apparently tested two new motorcycles from a British motorcycle brand called Dot (short for “Devoid of Trouble”) – and the two retro, Kawasaki-powered 650 twins have already secured a slew of orders upon the completion of the weekend’s NEC show.
They are the Reed Racer (named after company founder, Harry Reed, who took victory at the TT in 1908 on a Dot) and the Demon – two bikes that have had their engine taken right out of a Euro5-compliant Kawasaki Z650, with the end result punting out 67.3bhp @ 8000rpm and 47.2lb-ft @ 6700rpm.
Both motorcycles purportedly feature Brembodual 300mm disc brakes, with Bosch ABS and the added perk of adjustable 40mm Showa forks and a monoshock, both of which are purportedly “sprung to the riders’ weight before being delivered.” (it’s the little things, you know?)
“We’ve got CNC machines, we’ve got autoclaves, so we can make all the parts in-house,” says Dot’s Dr. Anthony Keating to MCN.
With that higher echelon of pampering comes a price – and it’s a tad stiff.
“The scramblers start at £18,500, and the cafe racers start at £21,000,” admits Keating.
“We can’t make the bikes for any less than that because everything’s made in the UK.”
The report also states that the company is currently working on an electric bike – so stay tuned for updates, be sure to check out other recent news from our archives, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.