FIRST LOOK – VERTIGO’S COMBAT TRIAL BIKE
At last week’s EICMA show in Milan, Dougie Lampkin was on hand to unveil a brand new trials bike – Vertigo’s Combat.
The 12 times Trials World Champion and multi-time podium finisher at Erzberg has been instrumental in bring this two-year project to life. Acting as Vertigo’s Sports Team Manager and as brand ambassador for the Spanish company, Lampkin was proud as punch to lift the covers off two versions of the new bike – Camo and Ice Hell.
“I am immensely proud to have been able to lift the covers off the bike and show to the world what the new Vertigo looks like in the flesh,” told Dougie. “As a team we are delighted with what we have achieved so far and from the initial reaction the people love it too, which is great news for all of us.”
“After so many months and thousands of man hours to reach this point it was hugely exciting to reveal to everyone what we have been doing behind closed doors and in secrecy for so long.”
Vertigo Combat Camo
Designed from stratch, the 300cc two-stroke looks to set new standards within its field and boasts a series of technical developments to create an incredibly strong and balanced overall package.
Starting with a blank canvas, the basic principles were clear – lightweight, powerful and versatile – after that it was important to include reliability, size and its absolute Trial pedigree.
To ensure reliability, all the components (gearbox, starter, water pump, chassis, etc.) have been thoroughly tested in the toughest conditions for over two years.
As for the size, this was a critical point, because the smaller it could be the easier it would be to control, change direction and ride in a dynamic way in order to have the ability to conquer more difficult sections. The use of specially designed fan, radiator, water pump and compact engine has really helped to reduce the overall dimensions of the Combat.
The 300cc two-stroke engine knocks out 31hp at 9600rpm and combined with the impressive torque and power delivery provided throughout, allows confidence high in tackling even the most demanding terrain.
The 6-speed gearbox includes 4 Trial related ratios with the top 2 gears designed specifically for the road or trails (top speed limited to 110 km/h). All gears have 4 different and unique injection maps to provide an endless array of power options.
The revolutionary chassis combines two types of materials to create a lightness and stiffness like never before. The overall weight of just under 65Kg can be reduced further to 62Kg using the Powerparts option.
By having the fuel tank in a low central position fuel load plays no part in changing the feel or operation of the bike, and furthermore it is hidden from damage.
Vertigo Combat Ice Hell
The large capacity airbox, located at the highest part of the bike ensures a cool and clean air intake to provide consistent performance.
The suspension is designed to be used both for pleasure and performance, and offers an incredible level of traction.
The large diameter clutch diaphragm delivers a smooth and progressive action, giving the rider good control and instant action when the need arises.
The simple and clean lines with the high level finish of all the components shouts innovation and perfection.