Megelli Motorcycles

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Megelli Motorcycles
Type Private
Founded 2004
Headquarters North Hykeham, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Key people Barry Hall, Simon Brown
Products Motorcycles
Website www.megelli.com

Megelli Motorcycles is a British motorcycle manufacturer, which made its debut at the Milan EICMA exhibition in November 2007.[1] Megelli motorcycles was founded by the Managing Director of SLD UK Ltd, Barry Hall, who previously specialised in off road Aeon all-terrain vehicles, Mini bikes and Pit bikes. The Megelli range is currently sold in 37 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America and South America.[2][3]

Development[edit]

Megelli Motard 125 cc

Barry Hall's access to specialist 'virtual' motorcycle design centres and established UK vehicle production and engineering facilities enabled the company to progress from the initial vision to production of motorcycles in three years.[1] The original design sketches were produced in July 2005 and test production began in September 2007. By December 2007 the range was on sale worldwide.[3] Megelli Motorcycles are designed and engineered in the UK using new bespoke tooling for the majority of components with final assembly in China. Approximately 75% of the components are from Taiwanese companies. This includes the engines with high specification ceramic coated cylinders from SYM and speedometer from KOSO. The main frame, swinging arm, sub frame and engine cradle, all forged components are also from Taiwanese based companies.

Model range[edit]

There are three bikes in the Megelli motorcycle range,[4] all featuring the same 125 cc, 11 kW (15 bhp), four-stroke engine, and frame.

The Motard is a supermoto-styled road bike. The 125M has a seat height of 860 mm (34 in) and a wheelbase of 1,400 mm (55 in), longer and higher than either of the street-styled bikes due to the length of the suspension and shocks. There is also the racing styled 125R, full faired with a split twin headlamp assembly. Seat height: 800 mm (31 in). Wheelbase: 1,349.6 mm (53.13 in). Finally, the Naked 125S version is almost identical to the 125R all be it with significantly less aero parts and a single front light assembly. Seat height: 800 mm (31 in). Wheelbase: 1,349.6 mm (53.13 in).

All three bikes feature an under seat exhaust.

Megelli has finished working on a 250 cc engine version for the American, Asia and Australian markets. The bore and stroke was increased from 56.5 mm × 49.5 mm (2.22 in × 1.95 in) to 65.5 mm × 68 mm (2.58 in × 2.68 in). Keeping with the single-cylinder four-stroke design has meant that horsepower was increased from 11 hp to around 26 hp. Weight was increased from 110 to 112.5 kg (243 to 248 lb). The 250 is available as in the same three configurations as the 125R/S/M.

Megelli's manufacturing agreement with Huansong Industries (group) Co Limited Hsun ended on 31 December 2013. All production of Megelli motorcycles stopped on this day. Megelli's page states that Hsun will continue carrying supplying parts to distributors around the world.

Specification[edit]

All three models share the same four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a compression of 10:1, DENI carburettor and CDI ignition. Drive is via a six-speed gearbox and it has electric start and disc brakes.[5] The 4 Valve OHC 26 HP single-cylinder engine provides smooth power delivery in addition to an aluminium multi twin spar trellis frame and T6 aluminium trellis swing-arm. The suspension consists of a telescopic front fork with aluminium dropouts and a mono pre-load adjustable rear suspension.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crowe, Paul (October 23, 2007). "Megelli Motorcycles to Debut at EICMA in Milan". "The Kneeslider". Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.megelli-parts.com/acatalog/dealer-locator.htm
  3. ^ a b "Megelli News". Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  4. ^ http://www.megelli.com/megelli-motorbikes.shtml
  5. ^ "www.bennche.com". 
  6. ^ "www.megelli250.com". 

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