A further attempt by the factory to introduce a more exclusive and hence higher priced model, the 650 Formula was intended as a road legal race bike, based on the 650 I.E.  Supplied in black only, these bikes had performance modifications made to improve top speed, particularly hotter cams, as well as a number of carbon fibre fittings and Lanfranconi exhausts, skinned in carbon fibre.  Racing Termignoni's were also available.  Unfortunately, the engine tuning changes make the bike a far less civilised package at lower speeds and many reviewers commented at the time that they had a power output profile very similar to that of two stroke motors.  Early Formulas have fibreglass fairing parts, later bikes have plastic.

These bikes suffered from the poorer quality Tognon era engine castings and are fitted with the Ducati regulators.  They also had the expansion box exhaust system, so would benefit from the later X piece.

Engine No

Frame No

Notes

1628

1628

1995, Steve de Groot, NZ, bike has suffered bottom end problems, needs new conrods and big end pins

1669

1669

1995, David Pound, NZ, very low mileage bike

1673

1673

1995, Auckland NZ

1680

1680

1995, Lou Aitken, NZ, over 40,000 kms travelled, has suffered two broken gear lever return springs, various oil usage related problems, possibly for sale

1620

1620

1995, Alistair O'Grady, UK, plastic bodywork, fitted with race Termi's. 

650 Formula factory photo

650 Formula

© Steve Carr, 2001-2007

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