Renewed kart and racing car brand Praga has launched a limited edition ZS 800 retro motorcycle.
Prague – Renewed kart and racing car brand Praga has launched to the market a limited series of retro motorcycle ZS 800, which is based on the BD 500 machine from 1928. 28 pieces will be produced and the price of one machine will be 86,000 euros, i.e. over two million crowns. The company has started accepting orders and will start delivering machines from the middle of this year. She said so in a press release today.
The motorcycle combines a whole range of very demanding production procedures with the use of top-quality materials, while retaining the character and to a large extent the design details of its predecessor from the late 1920s.
The Praga ZS 800 with its chrome-molybdenum steel frame, titanium exhaust system and unique woven carbon wheels weighs 142 kilograms. It is powered by an air-cooled four-stroke parallel two-cylinder with a volume of 773 cm3 and an output of 50 horsepower. The carbon rims and the hand-woven elaborate pattern of overlapping carbon fiber with spokes are reminiscent of the look of the wheels on the original model. The production of one wheel takes at least 75 hours of work.
The swinging front fork is also returning to modern times, whose nowadays unusual and specific design is possible to produce mainly thanks to five-axis machining and chrome-molybdenum steel. Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension with titanium spring is housed in the fork. The motorcycle has an 11.5 liter fuel tank. The interesting thing is that it is also a supporting element of the frame.
Engineer Jan Žuži and designer Radek Šebesta are behind the concept of the Praga ZS 800 model. It combines engineering knowledge and determination with the exceptional production know-how and technologies of the Praga company, because both authors of the concept are also involved in the development and production of the ultra-light hypersport Praga Bohema with a power of 700 hp.
“Strong and maximally lightweight materials such as carbon, titanium, chrome-molybdenum steel and aviation duralumin enabled us to reimagine the unsprung rear wheel suspension, front rocker fork, duralumin bearing tank and hydraulic drum brakes. Thanks to the materials of the future and modern production facilities, our company Praga managed to transfer these elegant historical design elements from the BD 500 model to the present day and build a motorcycle with modern driving characteristics and a unique riding emotion,” said chief designer Žuži.
The motorcycle is based on the BD 500 machine, which was created shortly after the merger of Praga and Breitfield-Daněk in 1928. Its then-modern design was originally created by the young aircraft designer and passionate motorcyclist Jaroslav František Koch.
The renewed Praga brand is primarily known as a go-kart manufacturer. It produces up to 7,000 go-kart chassis every year, making it one of the most successful go-kart manufacturers in the world. Her next project, the Praga R1 racing car, has become a popular racing car in the UK, Europe and North America in recent years. This year, the company wants to launch a new Bohema supersport. The 700-horsepower car will cost 1.28 million euros (roughly 30 million CZK) without VAT.