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Meet the FGR Midalu V6: 2.5 liters of Czech-built, luxury, exotic, naked grunt

Meet the FGR Midalu V6: 2.5 li...
The naked body shape accentuates that huge motor at the heart of the FGR Midalu
The naked body shape accentuates that huge motor at the heart of the FGR Midalu
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FGR Midalu: not the enormous front profile you might expect from such a beast
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FGR Midalu: not the enormous front profile you might expect from such a beast
FGR Midalu: trellis frame is the standout design feature
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FGR Midalu: trellis frame is the standout design feature
FGR Midalu: 262 kg of luxury grunt
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FGR Midalu: 262 kg of luxury grunt
FGR Midalu: Ohlins suspension and Brembo stoppers
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FGR Midalu: Ohlins suspension and Brembo stoppers
FGR Midalu: chesty stance
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FGR Midalu: chesty stance
FGR Midalu: low seat and high tank reminds you what lies beneath
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FGR Midalu: low seat and high tank reminds you what lies beneath
FGR Midalu: a compact, muscular package
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FGR Midalu: a compact, muscular package
FGR Midalu: 2,442cc, 90-degree V6 engine puts out ~240 horses and ~160 Nm of torque
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FGR Midalu: 2,442cc, 90-degree V6 engine puts out ~240 horses and ~160 Nm of torque
The naked body shape accentuates that huge motor at the heart of the FGR Midalu
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The naked body shape accentuates that huge motor at the heart of the FGR Midalu
FGR Midalu: looks over-engineered until you read the spec sheet
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FGR Midalu: looks over-engineered until you read the spec sheet
FGR Midalu: reasonably slim for such a monster
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FGR Midalu: reasonably slim for such a monster
FGR Midalu: sure to be a superstar presence in any company
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FGR Midalu: sure to be a superstar presence in any company
FGR Midalu: six-shooter exhausts almost have a military vibe to them
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FGR Midalu: six-shooter exhausts almost have a military vibe to them
FGR Midalu: reasonably conservative headlight, screen and mirrors
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FGR Midalu: reasonably conservative headlight, screen and mirrors
FGR Midalu: what a backside!
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FGR Midalu: what a backside!
FGR Midalu: machined aluminum swingarm is a work of mechanical art
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FGR Midalu: machined aluminum swingarm is a work of mechanical art
FGR Midalu: 18-liter carbon tank
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FGR Midalu: 18-liter carbon tank
FGR Midalu: menacing looks in carbon black with flashes of red
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FGR Midalu: menacing looks in carbon black with flashes of red
FGR Midalu: a 240-horsepower beast for the road
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FGR Midalu: a 240-horsepower beast for the road
FGR Midalu: exotic Czech musclebike now on sale
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FGR Midalu: exotic Czech musclebike now on sale
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After 10 years of development, Czech company FGR is finally ready to start selling its low-volume, luxury exotic streetbike. The Midalu is built around a 2.5-liter V6 that roars its way to a thoroughly indecent 240 horsepower peak, and the engineering on this naked brute looks exquisite.

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.

FGR Midalu: sure to be a superstar presence in any company
FGR Midalu: sure to be a superstar presence in any company

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.

FGR Midalu: six-shooter exhausts almost have a military vibe to them
FGR Midalu: six-shooter exhausts almost have a military vibe to them

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.

FGR Midalu 2500 V6 - Promo video ENG

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.

FGR Midalu: not the enormous front profile you might expect from such a beast
FGR Midalu: not the enormous front profile you might expect from such a beast

Take a look through the gallery for a heap of fantastic photos.

Source: FGR

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4 comments
4 comments
Dan Parker
Appears to be made out of pure unobtainium.
Martin Hone
As you indicated Loz, the PGM V8 is a better mouse-trap...
snave
Yes, but it's not exactly a looker, is it..? Pass the sick bag
GeoffProven
I really wanted to like it or love it......but canny, looks like a bag of spanners and plumbers' spares with tacky carbon panels tacked on. And I watched the video, hoping for the amazing sounds you guys promised........err, there weren't any- just what seemed to be an old Honda 4 , with dumbell musak track ruining any chance of hearing a V6 howl? Hey, these guys seem to be genuine engineers, but boy they need help. I hereby apply to be their PR film and promo executive.