Way back in 1999, we wrote about the unique Midual flat twin placed lengthwise in a motorcycle design that appeared headed for production. In 1999, French brothers Olivier and Francois Midy relied on English designer Glynn Kerr for their simple presentation of a 900 cc motorcycle.
While the old Midual never quite made it into production, the new bike (pictured here), featuring additional bore and stroke for a 1036 cc displacement, is planned to be available for purchase by 35 discerning, and wealthy customers at a price approaching $200,000 per unit.
Called the Midual Type 1, the machine has a bespoke look and top notch components from Olhins and Brembo, among others.
The finish of the machine is gorgeous, and the design attractive, to our eyes. Some things seem rather impractical, however, including placement of the numerous gauges on the tank where they should be quite difficult to examine while riding.
Midual claims that the unusual engine design, placed lengthwise in the frame and angled downward at 25 °, puts out 106 hp and 74 foot/pounds of torque. Cylinders are a modern DOHC, four-valve design. Midual claims the unique engine layout contributes to a “low center of gravity and low longitudinal inertia”, allowing for “extraordinary handling and maneuverability”.
While we would rather just look at the photos, you can find more technical details at Midual.com.