Hypertek’s Sport Bike
Mention the name Pierre Terblanche in any circle of moto tifosi, and you will get an instant reaction of respect and appreciation. As the former Director of Design for Ducati, Terblanche was responsible for designing some of the famed Italian marque’s most distinctive models. However, in the years since his departure from the Bologna-based Ducati factory, the South African designer has largely been out of the spotlight.
Given the crush of the crowds and packed aisles inside the halls of EICMA, sometimes even the most wildly designed bike has difficulty attracting the attention of the masses. And, of course, doubly hard for any e-moto maker is the silent nature of most e-bikes, which can make gaining the needed spotlight even more difficult. That was one challenge that Terblanche capably handled.
Terblanche traveled from South Africa with his latest concept sport bike with a simple strategy: show up with a bike that boasted true head-turning appearance with a built-in sound generator that when “fired up” emitted a high-pitched motor roar that echoed through the aisles—talk about attracting an audience!
Built-in partnership with carbon wheel maker BST, the bike’s massive monocoque carbon fiber backbone frame is the basis for which the Hypertek was indeed a sight (and sound) to behold.
Motor: DHX Hawk water-cooled PMS
Torque: 120 N/m
Weight: 205 kg
Travel: 130mm front/140mm rear
Brakes: Ceramic-infused aluminum rotors
Wheels: 17” BST carbon fiber
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