Praga ZS 800 debuts with retro design details


That’s right, Praga is getting back into the motorcycle business after a long time with the Praga ZS 800—which apparently, is a modern iteration of the 1928 Praga BD 500. According to reports, Praga is building only 28 units with each costing €86,000 (US$ 92,446 or INR 76.5 lakh).

As you can probably tell, the ZS 800 boasts a lot of things and complicated design details, but I guess that’s what makes this an automotive art—something along the lines of a Pagani. These would include a sculpted girder front fork that incorporates a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension unit; a 11.5-litre fuel tank that is a structural part of the frame; forged carbon wheels, and the usage of premium materials throughout including the finest available steel and titanium.

Titanium takes the centre stage, with screws, axle, nut and bolt of the chassis and engine made from the material. The full titanium exhaust system contains multiple 3D-printed titanium elements.

The Praga ZS 800 borrows its 773 cc parallel-twin engine from the Kawasaki W800. Here it offers 39 kW (53 metric hp) and 65 Nm (48 lb-ft). The engine is coupled with a 5-speed gearbox. Braking duties are handled by 200 mm drums at both ends. The motorcycle weighs 142 kg (313 lbs) dry.

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