Written on: 27/04/2005 by madmuppet (1 review written)
The B1R is a good cheap intermediate level minimoto, its competitive and powerful and can be upgraded for more power at a reasonable cost.
The B1R is not a toy and as such needs a lot of intensive care and setting up before it can be ridden. The build quality is poor and some of the parts are sub standard i.e. wheel bearings and cooling system hoses.
The B1R (Origami B1 Replica) is a fast and very competitive machine. As with ALL types of race bike it commands that it is very well cared for and checked regularly. If the B1r is cared for it will give hours of pleasure to its owner.
The B1R is NOT as powerful as the Original BLATA Origami, The B1R has an out put of approximately 8 horse power and the original at 14 horse power, never the less the B1R is not for the fait hearted or the beginner but it is an ideal way to enter the sport of minimoto racing.
The Cost of a B1R can vary between £250 and £400 for the latest models as apposed to the £1999 price tag for the BLATA original.
The B1R is not a bike that can be took out of the box and ridden straight away, The build quality is not to the greatest of standards, its a good idea to strip the bike to its frame and then re-build it, this way you know that the bolts are tight and that everything lines up correctly, there are also some major modifications that really need to be done before you even consider putting petrol in them. The first B1R's suffered from some huge problems such as overheating and inadequate clutch shoe's, Both problems can be over come at little cost, The later models have had improvements made at the factory and no longer suffer the over heating problem but it is still wise to modify the bikes no mater what model they are.
If the B1R is bought for the intention of racing, then you may find that there is very limited number of places and events that actually allow the B1R to compete, You can however attend an arrive and ride and practice sessions at many go-kart tracks through out the country, Safety clothing and equipment must be worn at ALL tracks.
Over the past 6 to 8 months the B1R has proven its self to be one of the best replica minimotos to have hit the uk shore line and it has enabled many people of all ages to enjoy the sport of minimoto racing.
I rate the Origami B1R as a good cheap intermediate level minimoto race bike.