We inhibited ABS and traction control.
3-2-1; GO! We wanted to feel the exhilaration of a rally-style start and the marks left in the dirt are revealing. The gears are, rightly so, longer if compared to a true enduro, but the engine delivers regularly and is never difficult. On smooth terrain the bike seems on rails even at close to 150 km/h, the suspensions accurately follow in potholes and dips; taking on a bump we feel suspended in the air, the bike doesn’t break up its gait not even upon landing at least15 meters later. We repeat this fun stretch of trail time and time again almost as if searching for its limit which is way over our abilities; the single-shock absorber reaches the end of its stroke a few times, we harden it a bit using the useful solid-machined handle and the situation improves.
We continue the test on more difficult terrain. Rocks, roots, ditches, tight hairpin turns and more rocks; near the summit we also find powder snow, we shift to 2nd gear and continue climbing; the bike is easy to ride and at every curve we drift by simply playing with the throttle thanks to the steady delivery.
With the braided brake hose, front braking is easily modulated and even too powerful for off-road. We were amazed by the bike agility in stationary maneuvering, you can literally make a U-turn on a hanky.
We didn’t have the chance to try the new UPMAP system, supplied as standard, with which one can choose amongst several power pack configurations using the dedicated app.
We expected a lot from this bike but never thought it would fascinate us so much!
Congratulations to Paolo Ceci for the development and to REDMOTO for believing in this project.
Text and Tester: Pietro Bartolomei
Photos: Luca Pucci