A motorcycle racer, mechanic and person of great character, he said many apt words after the ride.
It’s been a while since we last checked out his awesome Crighton CR700W in May 2023. As you may remember, this lightweight, rotary-powered monster was built by Brian Crichton, the engineer behind Norton’s 1980s and his 1990s rotaries during his racing glory days.
He and his talented team introduced his CR700W to the world for the first time in 2021. Powered by a 690cc twin-rotor engine, it claims to develop 220 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque at 9,500 rpm. The total weight of the bike is about 285.5 pounds. Bitubo Superbike suspension, Brembo brakes and lightweight BST carbon fiber wheels to reduce unsprung weight. If you’re wondering about driving aids, there aren’t any. zero. zipper. none.
This bike is all about the rider. It is also designed for track use only. Considering all these facts, the driver who wants to test a beautiful spinning monster on the racetrack immediately comes to mind. If you thought it was Guy Martin, congratulations, you were right. The Cryton and Rotron teams, who built the CR700W, used this bike to meet at the Cadwell Park circuit in Louth, England. In this video on his YouTube Motorcycles in the UK his channel I Like Motorbikes we see Martin driving his CR700W around the circuit most of the time.
First, of course, he gets briefed by the team on what to expect while driving, which we don’t get to hear. With the helmet over your head, though, you’ll need the best headphones (or earbuds) to get the most out of the sound of his racetrack-blasting CR700W.
For most people, stepping onto an unfamiliar bike for the first time can be a little daunting at first to get a feel for the new bike. An experienced racer, Martin may be a little slower on the first lap than he is after, but he still looks pretty quick, and then only gets faster over time.
No lap times are given during or after his run. Instead, Martin says, we experience pure, unadulterated joy and excitement at the CR700W’s incredible speed. After a few laps, he says most superbikes feel boring and “like a moped” because he’s so used to the instantaneous speed of his drag bikes he’s been riding for years. He says the Fireblade and other high-performance superbikes are getting a little boring, but the CR700W never gets boring.
His estimate is that it would just benefit from a quickshifter with an automatic blipper, and then it would be nearly perfect. He was quick to add that a few laps on the bike wouldn’t give him a well-informed review, but after riding it, he was visibly excited about it. So it’s contagious, he added. The Crighton CR700W 25 will be built for a retail price of £95,000 (around $120,006 in 2023), so it’s nice to see such a bike in Guy Martin’s hands.