The Renaissance of Scorpais more apparent now than ever. In effect Scorpa has performed a homecoming with its acquisition in 2010 by its original founder Marc Teissier who also owns the Sherco brand. It must be remembered that Scorpa started in 1994 with the Works 294 model that was 20 years ago. Now in 2014 which is the 20th anniversary of its creation a brand new model is being released.
The new 2014 Scorpa was named the Twenty to recall the 20th anniversary of the brand. For the recent show two engine sizes were displayed, the 125 and the 280. For the series, a full range will be available, there will be models from 125cc to 300cc.
Founded in 1993 by Marc Teissier and Joel Domergue, the Scorpa Company designed, developed and commercialized trial bikes with the goal of designing high-performance motorcycles,with a strong identity, offering a high level of quality.
Designed and built in 8 weeks, the prototype was called the “Type 293″,it was equipped with a Rotax engine and participated in the World Championship and the French Trials Championship at the hands of Bruno Camozzi. Sporting successes as well as enthusiast’s interest in this new trial bike contributed to the development of industrial production and a distribution network.
In November of 1993, after its official presentation, the first mass-produced Scorpa Works 294 was manufactured and 100 copies were sold. In October of 1994 its successor, the Works 295 which was an improved version sold 250 copies.
A new model called “Easy” was presented at the World Two Wheels show in Paris. It was very advanced because of its technical features and design identity, over 300 units were sold.
The new vintage of the “Easy” was very technically innovative and used a very advanced rear brake system and a resonance intake and exhaust system. The model was produced in two displacements, 250 and 280cc.
Victory in the Scottish Six Days with the English rider Graham Jarvis and 4 thin the World Championship Trials also with Graham Jarvis at the controls.
Scorpais contacted by Yamaha Motor Corporation. They want to develop a partnership, resulting in the provision of 250cc two-stroke and 125cc four-stroke engines and also the new 250cc four-stroke.
While the “Easy99” still received some technical improvements, Scorpa began developing a new model that was 100%unique, designed around a new engine, the launch was planned for 2000.
This is the year that the collaboration with SY250 Racing was born. The research and development of a novel frame geometry which did not use damper rods. A very unique motorcycle was created that was technically advanced and aesthetically pleasing.
It included the world premiere of many aluminum components that were fitted as standard (footrest, upper and lowertees, caps, Swingarm) and a number of parts in chrome molybdenum steel and ergal alloy.
Due to the limited size of the competitive motorcycle market, the Scorpa SY250 Racing model was cancelled and in its place the 250 Long Ride was released, thus changing the focus to customers who were more interested in trail riding than competition. This model had a larger fuel tank (5 L.) and a seat kit.
In its desire to expand its customer base, Scorpa will launch anew model, the TY-S 125F. It is the fruit of a new collaboration between Yamaha and Scorpa and is designed to meet the high expectations of a market hit her to neglected, the leisure-discovery trial.
This new motorcycle is a worthy successor to the Yamaha TY125: it will take the name “TY” with the permission of the Japanese manufacturer.
The engine will have a displacement of 125cc and be accessible to all. It is a 4 stroke engine and meets all of the European environmental standards through 2008.
A version called the TY-S 175F with an engine with a greater displacement was released in order to expand the range and meet the English speaking markets (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia…).
Designed to succeed the SY-250, the Scorpa SY-250F uses a Yamaha four-stroke engine. Basically created for the enduro,this engine has been modified to adapt to the world of trials had a weight of only 2.7kg. The 15CD V6 chrome molybdenum steel frame provided increased strength and durability.
The world champion Marc Colomer participated in the development of this bike. The SY-250F Long Ride is both a trial bike and motorcycle trail bike.With its 4.5 liter tank, the comfortable saddle and the Yamaha 250cc four-stroke motor, it can run in all kinds of terrain with autonomy, comfort. The Long Ride kit including the tank and seat, are adaptable to all of the racing versions.
One of the most impressive productions by Scorpais the 4 Tricks. This is a mountain bike equipped with a 70cc motor. It consists of a single beam frame with the motor suspended under the beam. The beam frame also served as the fuel reservoir.
Scorpa also proposed a concept bike that was a cross between the trial and enduro. T-Ride 250F was supposed to offer the capabilities of a trials bike with the relative comfort of an enduro bike.
Starting in 2005 Scorpa motorcycles were also distributed by the Yamaha Motor network in France. The approach was identical to the Belgian Yamaha distributor network that started in 2006.
In addition, the partnership with Yamaha motorcycles penetrated the Japanese market, and obtained contracts with the Tokyo Police School to use the TY-S model 125F.
More recently the National Police Academy of Sens were equipped with the model TY-S 175F for training of all future police motorcyclists.
Commercial distribution was based on a network of French dealers and 23 official importers for export markets, representing approximately 60% of turnover.The Scorpa brand now represents 18% share of annual global market which was estimated at 11,000 motorcycles.The brand has already sold more than 10,000 machines worldwide.
The Tribunal of Commerce in Nîmes ordered the liquidation of the Manufacturer Scorpa. In the autumn of 2009 the company is purchased by Sherco. 4 stroke models are equipped with Yamaha engines and two stroke models are equipped with Sherco engines.