If you’re into trials you’ll know all about Vertigo. In recent years the firm has had some serious success, with trials legend Dougie Lampkin amassing an impressive five wins in the notoriously tough Scottish Six Days Trial since 2015.
Having proved itself in the world of trials, Vertigo has decided it’s time to get into building bikes for the road, too. And that’s exactly what’s about to happen, with some recently filed design registration documents in the EU confirming that there’s a road-legal ride coming in the not-too-distant future.
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This actually won’t be the first time Vertigo’s had a crack at building something for the Tarmac. Back in 2015 it revealed the Ursus, a funky scooter which combined a twist-and-go transmission with some hardcore off-road styling. It never happened – but Vertigo decided it was about time to try again. This time it’s sticking to what it knows, with the leaked designs showing a bike that’s a kind of crossover between its tried-and-tested trials bike and a more conventional dual-sport enduro machine.
As yet there’s been no official word from the factory, and as such details are scarce, but a close inspection of the design shows a bike powered by what appears to be a liquid-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder motor. Elsewhere it features a trellis-style frame which looks very much like an extended version of the ones it uses for its trial bikes. And the same goes for the swingarm, which is nearly identical to the design on Vertigo’s competition machines.
But arguably most importantly there are lights, indicators, a registrations plate bracket and some grab rails, which all suggest that this is indeed going to be a bike that we’ll see on the road. When that’ll be is another question, but considering the details of the drawings and the fact it’s filed official documents to register the bike, hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer.
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