Right from the first glance, it is not hard to figure out what that ‘E’ in front of the glorious Ossa name stands for. The resurrected Spanish brand comes up with this brand new electric prototype called ‘Monocasco’ - designed by renowned Barcelona-based studio Art-Tic - which can be considered as the first racer carrying an Ossa badge since the early 70s. The model is also meant to be a tribute to the successful Ossa GP racer of the late 60s/early 70s - ridden by the late and great Santiago Herrero - which was able to clinch 4 wins in the 250cc class.
As for now, this pretty original model is just a concept bike, but the manufacturer believes that the E-Ossa Monocasco could actually evolve into a proper electric race bike at a later time. Moreover, Art-Tic is probing the web to find out what sort of reaction the model is generating among motorists, and to do that they have launched an on-line survey to see which of the two versions the public prefer: the ‘regular’ race version or the ‘naked’ one (with the main difference between the two being the extra add-on piece of fairing at the front). Check them both out in our photo gallery.
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The Ossa TR280i trial bike debuted at the 2009 EICMA show as the first model in the revival of the Spanish offroad motorcycle brand. After heading to international trial bike competitions and hitting the market last year, a new version is available which Ossa describes as the “world’s lightest trial bike”.
Updates to the TR280i make it lighter, more ergonomical and agile, with new fork settings, smoother and more progressive power delivery and a better steering angle. Better air circulation and engine protection has been achieved with a new air box cap. MCN reports that upside-down forks were considered which are included in the spec list, but which can’t be seen in the pics. According to an Ossa spokesperson, the technology is still being refined.
The revival of the Ossa Spanish offroad bike brand will see the new Ossa TR280i compete in next year’s World Trial Championship after success at the trial nations event in Polond last weekend. Spain won for the seventh year in a row and the new Ossa trial team was presented at the event. The TR280i is a niche product but like all niche products, it has amazing capabilities and a loyal following. Deliveries of the first models will start in October this year.
The new Ossa trial bike showed off its prowess at the nations event with Marc Colomer, tester and developer, taking the reins of what should be the market’s lightest trial bike around. Ossa management had a meeting with FIM to present its team and its bike, and the upshot is we’ll be seeing a new competitor racing. Ossa will most likely have to make a few changes to its TR280i as its lighter than what regulations allow, but surely it’s easier to make a bike heavier than to get its weight down. Expect to see some excitement next year.
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Spanish motorcycle brand Ossa is undergoing a revival, starting with a new Ossa trial bike released this year. While the brand seemed to be history, there is plenty of past experience and pedigree to work with, as seen in this lovely little Ossa 250 cc bike which finished third in the 1969 World Championship. It was famous for its revolutionary monocoque chassis, which never really impressed the big players, though.
The Ossa 250 cc monocoque was designed by Eduardo Giró, son of founder Manuel Giró, and had single cylinder, two stroke rotary valve engine and six-speed gearbox producing 30 hp. While not a power machine, the magnesium chassis meant the bike weighed a full 20 kg less than its Japanese competitors, and with rider Santiago Herrero, the Ossa team soon had a few grand prix victories under its belt.
The 1969 championship saw the Ossa team leading going into the final race but a crash meant they couldn’t take the title. More success came in 1970 when the Ossa team led again, but a fatal crash at the Isle of Man TT took the life of Herrero, and the team withdrew from racing permanently.
Currently the Ossa revival sees a new trial bike in production ready for August, and another off-road model which will be presented at the 2010 EICMA show. The Ossa TR280i shows that the brand has lost none of its innovative capabilities in the intervening years, and we’ll be interested to see what else the company can come up with in the future.
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The Ossa TR280i, which we saw as a trial prototype at the 2009 EICMA show, has gone into production and will be going on sale from August this year. Ossa will produce 1,250 TR280i units this year, available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, while plans are to increase production to about 3,000 units in 2011.
A new off-road Ossa bike will also be on show at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan. The TR280i has a 280cc, two stroke engine with electronic ignition. Other features include a monobloc carter and innovative cooling system, which in theory allow for easy engine modifications to be performed. See what you think in the pics, and for more details, see the Ossa website.
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Here is the Ossa TR-i 280 prototype, which we first mentioned in October with news of the Ossa brand relaunch. The Spanish company was mostly active in the off-road and trial segments from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, and here is its TR280i trial model ready to roll off the production line before June next year.
The TR280i is a 280cc, two-stroke with electronic ignition, and a focus on weight distribution and correct engine cooling. The motor is compact, thanks to the monobloc carter, and the cooling unit is angled slightly backwards, using concepts from both enduro and trial models. Given this new placement and compactness, modifications to the motor can be achieved easily and economically. The fuel tank has a capacity of three litres and sits in front of the motor.
The radiator, however, is situated towards the back of the tank, and in front of the air box, which lowers the centre of gravity of the bike, but which also requires a fan cooling system as no air arrives from the front of the bike. For more details on the history of Ossa, and past models, see ossamoto.es. More official TR280i pics after the jump.
Spanish motorcycle brand Ossa is coming back, appearing at this year’s EICMA show with a niche range of trial motorcycles. Ossa originally made its name back in the 70’s with a range of enduro and trial bikes, and the occasional appearance in the road bike sector, too.
Ossa will present its first revolutionary prototype at EICMA, called the TR-i 280. We only have the name at this stage, and no pics, but they’ve certainly gained our attention and we’ll be interested to see what the bike is like.
The new Ossa prototype will also launch the brand back into the world of competition and should prove to be a highly innovative bike. We’ll be bringing you more details from EICMA.