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2011 Renard Grand Tourer

Posted on October 14, 2010 by Andrew in Other. 17 comments

I was trawling through the threads on Yay Hooray the other night and found the image above posted in between animated gifs of kids being hurt and photoshop jobs of fathers and sons with their faces swapped. I was blown away by the look of the bike about as much as I was by the fact that I didn’t have a clue what it was or where it came from.

Turns out it’s by an Estonian company called Renard that has a history dating back to before the Second World War. Their factory was destroyed in 1944 by Soviet bombers and the brand has lain dormant ever since. In 2008 it was revived, and what you see here is their first production model – the Grand Tourer. The first sales are planned for next year.

The specs on the bike are as sweet as they are simple – it’s essentially a carbon fiber and kevlar monocoque chassis supporting a v-twin Moto Guzzi engine which is all held off of Mother Earth by Ohlins best. Sprinkle it with the best accessories money can buy and you’ve got a 190 kg, 230 km/h, 125 hp beautiful black beastie. I mean just look at the thing. And yes, it obviously takes a little inspiration from a certain Alabamian motorbike maker; but if you ask me they have beaten those good ol’ boys at their own game…

Find out more on Renard’s website.

  • Patrick LPatrick L

    A few thoughts; It's really ugly, it's obviously high-tech and how did they get 125 ponies from a Guzzi mill?

    I worry that the carbon-fibre/kevlar frame and tank will not stand the test of time.

    Even so, I wish Renard all the best!

  • Jim

    Grand Tourer implies that the rider will travel further than the local coffee shop on the bike and that his/her travels can extend across multiple days. Lacks the capability for even a duffel.

    It is an interesting roadster though.

  • Jimmy C.

    Modern and clean lines. Me likes.

  • Andrew

    @Patrick L the 1200 4V Guzzi engine puts out about 105-ish hp as standard, so I don't think 125hp would be out of the question after a few tweaks.

    Interesting thoughts on it's looks. Actually, the guys here at Pipeburn were wondering if you could maybe approach some of the "really ugly" girls around where you live and get them to shoot us an email or two?


  • Chris

    I like the idea of putting the retro Guzzi V-Engine in a modern kevlar chassis. Despite the fact that there is hardly a place for my saddle bags, which makes it not easy for trips the way i do it, but… that beast is killer, definitely an eye and earcatcher.

  • Patrick LPatrick L

    More like a head-scratcher!

    So the factory techs will only allow 105 horses to leave the barn, but Andrew thinks 125 horses should leave the barn. I think a Rotax two-stroke 1800cc mill can be stuffed in there! I mean, why the fu(k not? You've come this far, let's GO!

    Umm, sorry, I was dreaming…

  • Patrick L

    Reminds me of Sir Winston Churchill:

    When, at an official function a prim and proper dowager said to Winston,"Winston, I see that you are again drunk", he retorted, "Madam, I may be drunk, but you are ugly. Tomorrow, I shall be sober. You, however shall still be ugly!".

    I paraphrase of course but you get the point.

  • Eunice

    Hi. my name is Eunice and I'm ugly. Well, fairly ugly. If you're drunk I can be sweet. Patrick said to call. I have fairly ugly friends if you heroes want to get something going…I love New Zealanders too. And Tazmanians. they're HOT!
    Nice bike but it's ugly. Well, fairly ugly.

  • Andrew

    You guys are weird.

  • john
  • Jamin

    By a long meandering country mile… undoubtably, the most beautiful bike ever made. Head and shoulders above all.

    Power by Guzzi is a master-stroke. I'd love to ride this in battered boots and a leather loin-cloth – 200 miles of sex.

    To hell with the snivelling knockers and mockers of this world, hush now – no-one listens to ugly bile.

  • Matt

    I could put a steeper rake on a Moto Guzzi Griso and call it mine also.

  • Touring is a possibility on this bike. I went 7 days & ~ 3000 miles on a V11 Sport Naked with nothing but a backpack & a stuff sack strapped to the tail section (no saddle bags). Not boasting, just saying it is possible.

    There's nothing ugly about the Guzzi powerband combined with that weight loss

    105 bhp vs. 125 bhp? Don't really care. Guzzi's shine when you are in the low-to-mid rev range…where the road matters the most.

  • KIK


  • i love it. great lines. might be nice if the seat looked a little more integrated vs. attached, but what a great design!

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