Another cool offering from EICMA 2012 that almost fell through the cracks is this flyweight Italian flat tracker, the Zaeta DT 530. Like Roland Sands scooter, this little ripper has been stripped down to essentials, tipping the scales at a claimed curb weight of 115 kg (254 lbs). Its aluminum frame, swingarm and triple clamps have been machined by hand from billet. A 530cc DOHC TM Single with a claimed 50 hp will get the rear wheel spooling up quickly. The rest of the package includes a Showa fork, Ohlins shock, and galfer wave brakes with Brembo calipers. The guys at Zaeta are stoked this year because the DT 530 is now street legal and meets Euro 3 homologation.
The Zaeta was born after a trip by Paolo Chiaia to Daytona back in 2007 where he took in the short track races. He “fell in love with the discipline and aesthetics of those bikes, basic, small, with nothing to them.” The idea to build his own dirt tracker was further fueled by a meeting in December 2008 with Graziano Rossi, father of Valentino Rossi. The two discussed a lightweight bike that could be used to train MotoGP riders, the discussions expanding into a dirt track-style motorcycle that could be ridden on the street and dirt. Once flat track champ Marco Belli entered into the equation, Zaeta’s direction was solidified and the DT 530 was born.Top of Page
One of the most exciting limited production bikes is the Zaeta 530 DT from Italy. So far, it’s been confined to the dirt track—but it will soon be available in road-legal scrambler and café racer configurations. Powered by a DOHC single built by TM, the Zaeta is nimble and fast, weighing around 115kg (250lbs).
This image shows the latest incarnation of the bike. It has a new aluminum frame—three kilos lighter than the previous tube design—and improved rear suspension geometry.
To get the bike productionized and road legal, Zaeta founders Paolo Chiaia and Marco Belli have joined forces with builder Mr Martini, engineering specialist In-Motion and the Milan motorcycle dealer Officine Mermaid.
The quality of construction is obvious from these new images, and if Zaeta can translate the bike’s track pedigree into road-going manners, they should be on to a winner. Fingers crossed.Top of Page
The limited production Zaeta 530 DT may be the most exciting bike from Italy. Powered by a TM 530cc motocross engine, with six speeds, a slipper clutch and a healthy 60 horsepower, the Zaeta is nimble and fast, weighing just around 115kg (250lbs).
The latest design features an aluminum frame (almost seven pounds lighter than the previous tube design), with an improved rear suspension geometry. The Zaeta standard equipped with a floating disc 320 mm, which acts on a piston calliper of Brembo. The quality of construction is obvious from these latest images, take a look!!Top of Page