The Vento 400 Cafe GT. A small capacity, fun, utility motorcycle. Able to commute, scratch, anything. A low seat height, low weight and moderate power makes it suitable for a large range of riders and especially appealing to learners.The Vento 400 Cafe GT was instigated by Nic Butti a Industrial Designer working for PTS Motors in Wuxi City, P.R.China. Nic saw the possibility of utilising the PTS 400cc triple cylinder motor, initially destined for the Vento Reptile Sports ATV, in a small, stylish, utility motorcycle.
PTS Motors began developing the machine and Nic introduced Mario Cisneros (Vento Motorcycle USA) and Richard James (The Model Citizen) to the project to help develop the design. Richard had worked with Drysdale Motorcycle Co to develop the engine and was very familiar with it’s layout.
Due to financial constraints, PTS discontinued the project. Nic and Richard discussed the situation and decided that the opportunity to continue the project was too great to dismiss and, using their own money and time, developed the machine to a “proof of concept” prototype. Drysdale Motorcycle Co, who developed the engine, help with assembling the machine and Craig Longhurst (The Mischief Makers) fabricated the frame.
The “proof of concept” was shown to Vento Motorcycles and PTS Motors (the “to be” manufacturer) and Vento commissioned a pre-production prototype to be built. The brief stipulated by Vento was that as many existing componets were to be used and that Vento had input into the styling of the machine.PTS Motors requested Drysdale Motorcycle Co to act as project managers for the production of the prototype and the machine was built in their workshop with Nic and Richard retaining creative control and overseeing the fabrication and production specific detailing.
When the pre-production prototype was completed Mario Cisneros traveled to Australia to evaluate the machine. He rode it for several days, on varying roads and terrain and approved the design without hesitation.
Vento Motorcycles is coordinating with manufacturers in P.R.China to take the prototype into production.
Vento 400 Cafe GT pre-production prototype, as presented to Vento Motorcycles USA
(all pre-production photos: Greg Parish)
The Vento 400 Cafe GT was featured in many magazine worldwide including Two Wheels (Aust) and Australian Motorcycle News. MCN (UK), Motorcycle Sport and Leisure (UK), Cycle (US) and on internet motorcycle news websites and forums.http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2009/10/23/vento-400-cafe-gt-348-pound-400cc-3-cylinder-urban-commuter-from-pts-motors/
Engine: 392cc, 4 stroke, Air + Oil cooled, Carbureted inclined 3 cylinder
Bore x Stroke & Compression Ratio: 56.0 x 53.0 mm & 9.9:1
Max Power & Torque: 27 kW ( 35.5 HP ) /7500 rpm & 33 Nm ( 25 ft.lb ) /5000 rpm
Transmission & Drive Train: 5 speed manual clutch & 520 O ring chain
Ignition & Starting System: DC – CDI & Electric Start
Fuel tank & Oil capacity: 14 Litres & 2.2 Litre
Front & Rear Brakes: Single 300mm Disc & Single 200mm Disc
Front & Rear suspension: 40mm USD Forks – 120mm travel & Single shock with linkage – 150mm travel
Front & Rear tyres: 110×70-17 & 140×70-17
Wheel Base & Seat Height: 1400 mm & 750mm
Weight: 155kg (half wet)