With observed motorcycle trials getting a boost in attention thanks to the GasGas acquisition by KTM, the Vertigo marque out of Barcelona continues to up its game. Vertigo, with its chromoly trellis frame and fuel-injected two-stroke motor, is a high-end player in the trials world. The 2021 Vertigo Vertical Works, developed with the help of seven-time Trials World Champion Dougie Lampkin, continues the evolution of the breed. Here are the fast facts.
The 2021 Vertigo Vertical Works comes in five models 300, 280, 250, 200, and 125. The 250 is actually a 247cc, with the other names reflecting each motor’s displacement.
A new induction tube is used between the airbox and throttle body. According to a Vertigo spokesman, it does a better job of keeping water and dust from entering the fuel injection system.
There’s a new throttle body for more precise throttle response that is also more progressive.
The motor gets a new cylinder head for 2021. According to Vertigo, the head includes a combustion chamber redesigned for improved efficiency. The head is strikingly finished in Vertigo green.
The exhaust pipe on the 2021 Vertigo Vertical Works is now stainless steel.
The throttle maps have been updated for 2021, as has the location of the switch. Vertigo has worked on the wet and dry throttle maps to improve traction and power delivery, regardless of conditions. The mapping switch is now on the airbox cover—the traditional location of the fuel tank. On Vertigos, the fuel tank is under the ‘seat’. Maps are switchable on the fly.
The Vertigo Vertical Works continues to use a Tech Alu Black fork and Reiger shock. Both are fully adjustable.
For 2021, the chromoly trellis frame gets Vertigo green paint. Matching the frame is green, black, and white graphics. The seat area gets a modern camo treatment. The wheels use green hubs and black Morad rims shod with Dunlop D803GP tires—a tubeless radial in the rear.
The Vertigo handlebar and bar pad are home to the magnetic kill switch. When the rider becomes separated from the Vertigo, the engine dies instantly.
The claimed weight of the 2021 Vertigo Vertical Works is 150 pounds. Vertigo doesn’t claim a wet or dry weight, so it’s likely a weight without fluids. Knock off three pounds for the 125 and 200 versions.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!