Modern Cafe Racers I - The BORILE CR500

BORILE motorcycles is, by the name and awesome looks has to be a Italian company and it is.
Started in 1988, by making hand built bikes, they are slow in processing the designs, but the finish product shows their passion towards motorcycles.
Now they are into mass production but like true Italian genes, mass production will be of a very few numbers.

They have started out with a 500cc engine in1988 while the BORILE B500T got them the recognizance and they also make an off roader MT500, which has a monoshock and a very small tank to go with it.

The B500T & The MT500

The Borile B500T, showcased in 1997 at EICMA exhibition in Milan, Borile took the direction of retro, proposing the classic look of the “60’s” inspired by the classic English school, powered by modern mechanisms. But its their CR500 that has the biking world hooked. Nor a offroader, nor a roadstar, neither a true Cafe Racer, it embodies the 3 different concepts into one and the result has been a visually stunning motorcycle.

The B500 CR was first showcased at the Milan fair in September 1999, followed by succesful reviews at the Paris Expo at the NEC show in Birmingham and at the Intermot in Monaco.

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Specifications : CT500
Type: Borile single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled with GM head and cylinder, over head camshaft 4 valves
Bore & Stroke / Displacement: 87 x 82 / 487 cc
Compression ratio: 10,3:1
Carburettor: Mikuni TM Ø36
Ignition / Starter / Lubrication: Electronic / By pedal with manual compressor / By pump
Gear box / Clutch: 5 speed / Multidisc in oil bath
Main transmission / Final transmission: Gear couple / Chain
Frame: Cradle of round tubes in 7020 alloy
Suspensions - front / rear: Ceriani upside down fork Ø41, range 130 / mono Paioli with no levers, range 145
Brakes - front/ rear: Disk Ø 315 mm/ Disk Ø 220 mm
Tyres - front / rear: 120/70 // 150/70
Dimension: Length - 1990 mm. Width - 720 mm. Wheelbase - 1400 mm.
Ground clearance: 1120 mm. Height at saddle: 850 mm
Tank capacity: 8,5 lt.
Weight (empty): 117 Kg

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