Only one motorcycle company from the Czech republic has ever raced a full season in the World Championships, and it's not CZ or Jawa, which to be frank I never knew were Czech either.
No, it's a plucky bunch called FGR, who came out of 125 GP racing and managed to get a bike together for the 2012 Moto3 series, eventually placing 7th out of 11 manufacturers and generally putting in a very solid showing for a small company.
For the last 10 years or so, though, FGR has had another project in mind, and now, it's ready to pull the covers off a truly extreme piece of machinery.
The FGR Midalu is a brick poo-house of a naked bike, built around a 2,442cc, 90-degree V-6 engine. With around 240 horsepower and fat gobs of torque everywhere up to a peak of 160 Nm, it's tuned for a luxury ride that can scare the most firmly affixed trousers off whenever necessary.
Weight comes in at 262 kg (578 lb) – not too shabby, considering the fearsome Kawasaki H2's only 20-odd kg lighter – but the Midalu won't trouble the performance figures of the Australian-built PGM V8, which crams 300 horses and two more cylinders into just 242 kg (534 lb) with a similarly no-nonsense, barrel chested design.
The Midalu is a premium beast through and through, from its Ohlins suspension and gigantic Brembo race-spec brakes through to its gorgeous trellis frame, carbon bodywork, violently chunky six-shooter exhausts and ultra-technical machined aluminum swingarm. It sounds terrific, as you can hear in the video below.
This is a beautifully put together machine that appears over-engineered even for the outrageous power and performance it offers. And apparently it's now available for purchase in very small numbers by anyone who's got the cojones to ask how much it costs. I sure don't. But I'd give my right arm to open the throttle on this thing and feel the power of those two and a half liters of naked, raging grunt.
Take a look through the gallery for a heap of fantastic photos.
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