One of the greatest names in competition motorcycles is back: after a 28-year absence, the Spanish company Ossa has restarted its production line. And this is its headline bike, the remarkable 67kg TR 280i. Yes, that’s just 67kg—or 148 lbs, for those of you with imperial leanings. Like most motorcyclists, my knowledge of trials is mostly limited to those eye-popping videos of Dougie Lampkin riding through English stately homes. But this new Ossa looks genuinely interesting. The motor is a 272 cc two-stroke, with its single cylinder tilted backwards and the injection system and filter box on top.
The radiator is behind the fuel tank and filter box, where it won’t get splattered with mud. This unusual but logical arrangement also lowers the center of gravity—obviously critical on a trials bike—and also results in a shorter exhaust system. The suspension is equally well thought out: Marzocchi provides the forks, and Öhlins has adapted its TTX system for the rear mono shock. An oversized 40mm upside-down fork configuration is in the works, which will keep unsprung weight even closer to the ground. And the chassis is a mix of aluminum and chrome molybdenum steel, designed to keep welding to a minimum. I bet you can throw this one around like a mountain bike … if it just had a seat, it’d be perfect.