• Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus

    Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus
  • The V-twin powerplant uses direct fuel injection Making it much cleaner than the traditional strokers we were accustomed to
  • At 210 lbs, it is the lightest quarter-liter
  • The frame is made of a carbon-fiber monocoque making it lightweight and rigid with extreme stability
  • Hossack-style forks, swingarm and wheels are also carbon-fiber
  • It costs around €40,000 ($48,000) This is around how much the 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale that can easily make around 225 hp cost!

Made by ex-Ferrari chaps, it beats the Euro-IV norms

If you were a kid before the ’90s began, you sure miss those 2-stroke throbbers which used to sputter the roads with thick fumes blazing behind. Especially the 250cc ones. The exhaust note was enough to make the hair behind your neck raise, and the thrill of riding such lightweights are somehow lost on the four-stroke ones.

Just like manufacturers trying to capture the essence of the ‘70s and the ‘80s in their retro-classic designs these days (like the Bonnevilles’, Z900s’, RnineTs’), an Italian manufacturer who goes by name ‘Vins’ is also bringing back the era in the form of a two-stroked glory.

Presenting the Vins Duecinquanta two-stroke quarter-liter sportsbike. And it is Euro-IV compatible. WHAT?.

Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus Exterior
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The V-twin powerplant uses direct fuel injection
Making it much cleaner than the traditional strokers we were accustomed to

Vins is a pretty new entry into the world of two-wheels and is made up of ex-Ferrari F1 designers who love playing the techie God. Why? Because I was under the impression that two-stokes is a long defeated play and these guys are proving me wrong and I am more than just happy about it.

The Duecinquanta (meaning TwoFifty) has a 250cc,90-degree, water-cooled, V-twin powerplant that uses direct fuel injection making it much cleaner than the traditional strokers we were accustomed to. Although no performance figures are revealed yet, you should see power no less than 70 hp.

Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus Exterior
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At 210 lbs, it is the lightest quarter-liter

As with all modern V-twins on the roads, this too gets counter-rotating shafts to keep vibrations to the minimum and are fed into a six-speed transmission. Large intakes flanked beside the headlights feed the small radiators hidden behind the front wheels to make things uncluttered.

At just around 210 lbs, it may not be the best looking quarter-liter fully faired bike, but it sure is the lightest one. The entire frame and body are made up of carbon-fiber monocoque setup making it lightweight and rigid.

Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus Exterior
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The frame is made of a carbon-fiber monocoque
making it lightweight and rigid with extreme stability

Attending the party also are the Hossack-style forks made of carbon fiber, with an adjustable monoshock, the carbon swingarm that gets a transverse-mounted monoshock via a pushrod and Dymag carbon-fiber wheels.

Given all this, you cannot expect this emissions-beating two-stroke machine to be cheap. If you want one, be ready to shell out around €40,000 ($48,000). This is around how much the 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale that can easily make around 225 hp cost!

I like the feeling of two strokes, yes. I like having carbon-fiber, yes. But I like having 225hp even more.

Vins Duecinquanta: A 250cc two-stroke carbon-fibre apparatus Exterior
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Hossack-style forks, swingarm and wheels are also carbon-fiber
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