Would you believe it if we told you that French motorcycles monopolize the best places for sale of 125 motorcycles?!? Impossible ? But if: you have to watch the poker moves of Mash or Orcal, with machines like this Astor 125. How is it? Why do these bikes rise to the top 20 for all engines combined? ?
At the heart of the neo-retro wave, some manufacturers have done particularly well. Especially BMW with its NineT. This revival fashion also brings to light the glories of the past, brings out the rusty trapanels from the barns, and gives desire for machines with a vintage look without shooting the wallet..
And bim, it matches. With this Astor, we hit our heart with this nice little face of an old English motorcycle. Or Italian; because the connoisseurs could not help but a rapprochement with the Ducati SportClassic of the previous decade. The Astor has the face, the tinsel, and she does not hesitate to tickle her eyes.
An urban scent of the 60s, with attributes for pleasure. The recipe is well known and still works. Spoked rims, a stylish tank, an embossed saddle, a huge ugly as well as irresistible tail light, a round headlight, an ageless engine and chrome. Full of chrome. For fenders, passenger handles, headlight casing, mirrors, speedometers, turn signals.
The Astor can then be discovered with just as much charm. We appreciate the most demonstrative, such as the double counter, the aluminum triple clamp, the stainless steel blunderbuss exhaust, the fork bellows, the variable section handlebars. Most practical, like the hinged stopper or the central stand. The equipment and the finish have something to reconcile with the label "Made In China". Not yet flawless, but we are no longer in discount motorcycles.
And for the nostalgic pure juice, note the presence of a kick to start. The end of the day is to start the mechanics with a good click of the calf. Luckily for those intimidated by ankle molestation, an electric starter is also present..
Hey, what is this engine?!? As with Mash, we made it simple with a mono of the past, with oh so simple technology. A series of fins for cooling, 2 valves, overhead camshaft, 5 gears in the box and 10 horsepower in the throat. This moulbif advances as a guarantee of reliability a Yamaha design. Indeed, this engine is a copy of those used in the past for the 125 YBR. Not a thunderbolt of war, just enough to go everywhere on a daily basis. And slightly exceed 100 km / h when the urge to take a walk beyond the walls of gray and glass.
The line is from another era, so will bravery. One should not expect great enthusiasm from the engine, and chassis as long as the peripherals are of the same batch. It’s vintage, with a single brake disc up front, 300mm – there’s another at the rear, when the price and low-cost filigree could have implanted a drum. The frame is a very simple tubular steel structure, to which are anchored a 37 mm fork and two side shocks. Basic, but impossible to do better without moving to the upper price bracket. The Orcal, just like the Mash or Bullit, does not intend to stand out in the field of performance. The look above all, ultra tight fuel consumption, and the feeling of riding on a machine from the past.
Created from scratch by the DIP (like Mash by the SIMA), the Orcal brand signs here a beautiful little machine, which is a great success. While directly confronting the Seventy and Seventy-Five of the other French brand in the sector.
We will be far from being able and wanting to go to the bottom, but we will have a certain cachet during the civilities between the streets.
What you must remember
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The technical aspect
Orcal Astor 2015
- Tank: 16 liters
- Width: 800 mm
- Height: 1,100 mm
- Dry weight: 124 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(54 x 54 mm)
at 8000 rpm
at 6500 rpm