Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 12m
Designed for riders who appreciate versatile, predictable kite performance, the Moto kite is a triple threat for any type of riding in a wide range of conditions. It excels in three of the most exciting disciplines the sport has to offer: Freeride, Freesurf, and Foilboarding.
The all-new Moto leads us into a new era of performance kitesurfing that smashes all conventional thinking. This versatile Freeride / Crossover kite is light to the touch and provides a precise and linear power delivery. The lighter weight and quick response is made possible with its 3-strut hybrid plan form.
The Moto performs its best in challenging wind conditions. Generous depower tames the gustiest winds and widens its wind range considerably. The Moto’s fast turning speed not only puts this kite into a performance category of its own, it enhances the kite’s amazing versatility.
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Our Testers Say:
“Smooth power generation, quick sweeping turns. Loved jumping and unhooking on this kite. Great relaunch, upwind ability, fast turning speed and stable.” // Davey Beard
“Very direct and powerful kite, generates power through the turn, great pop but not as much hangtime.” // Dray Murray
“Cabrinha quality, predictable steering and power. Excellent stability, medium bar pressure, good turning speed and great power.” // Jeff Waldberg
The Moto is the latest kite from Cabrinha with an entirely new platform that delivers crossover performance that straddles the freeride, freesurf and foilboarding disciplines. What that basically means is that the Moto is built to be incredibly user-friendly while delivering responsive flying characteristics such as nimbler turning and easy to use power delivery. The Moto is a 3-strut platform that comes with a medium aspect canopy shape and has a sweptback leading edge with fairly squared wingtips. The Moto features the large diameter bayonet style inflation valve that requires no nozzle on the end of your standard pump hose for a quick and easy pump up. The Moto offers a fixed single setting front bridle with two attachment settings on the wingtips to choose between “lighter steering impulse/increased depower travel” or with the farther forward setting B, “direct steering/shorter depower travel.”
The first attribute we noticed with the Moto is its super comfortable light to medium bar pressure and easy sheeting action. In terms of power delivery, the Moto lands in the sheet and go category with more user-friendly power access. As you pull on the bar, the Moto tends to deliver a substantial amount of pull without having to aggressively fly the kite very hard to find the power. This kite sits a little bit deeper in the window and the steering feels very direct with a steering arc that is a bit wider than a tight pivot. Testers highlighted the Moto’s good depower upon sheeting out as well as its solid drift capabilities and stability in the air. In terms of lift and big boosting, the Moto’s intuitive steering makes big air fun and its jumping performance a respectable middle of the road. This kite doesn’t quite match the performance freeride lift of say the Switchblade, yet when aptly powered an experienced kiter will have no problem getting good altitude — it’s just this kite is built for all around usability and comfort rather than endless lift. The relaunch was fairly quick and reliable, with just a little bit of input into the bar, the kite rotated off its nose from the bottom of the window and relaunched dead downwind of the window and back into the air. The Moto is Cabrinha’s all-around kite that capably crosses over the categories of progression, surf, freeride, foilboarding and freeride while scoring high in comfort and user-friendly intuitive flying.
This year we tested the Moto with three bars, firstly the 1X with Trimlite (non-adjustable bar ends with above the bar cleat), secondly the Overdrive 1X with Trimlite (on-the-fly adjustable bar ends with above the bar cleat) and finally the Overdrive 1X with Recoil.
The Overdrive 1X with Trim Lite is a dual adjustable length bar (48cm/56cm) that riders can adjust on the water while riding. This bar features a streamlined single center-line safety depower system, low V, and a fixed length PU-coated sheeting/throw line which combines above the bar tuning via a cam cleat. The quick release is a clean system which integrates a below the bar hand swivel which doubles as a quick release travel guard and an easy to grab (white colored) push away quick release handle. With a little bit of practice, you can get the quick release handle to lock open with the gate in the open position when pointed down. When you insert the end of the loop back into the release you can just nudge the release handle and it closes. For most riders it is probably considered a two-handed proposition, but with practice and proper orientation it becomes a fluid and reliable process (some testers patted themselves on the back for proving the release can be opened and reset with a single hand…albeit with practice and not in the water and under fire). The Overdrive system is a fairly straightforward design for adjusting the bar length on the fly. It can be done on the water, but it does require two hands, one to hold the bar in place, a second hand to pull on the small pull tab that releases the lock. It then takes two hands to shift and lock the bar ends into the narrow or wide position.
When it comes to tuning the kite, the Overdrive 1X can come with either the Trimlite (above bar cleat) or the Recoil system (above bar power strap with extension handles). For those riders that prefer a simpler bar layout the Trimlite cleat system is probably the better option. Many testers commented on the extra weight and complexity of the Recoil system, but testers with shorter arms noted that it does deliver the tuning controls closer within reach.
For all the Cabrinha control bars, the center lines end in a knot, the outside lines end in loops and the bar ends are padded for those chaotic wipeouts. The floats are integrated and fairly unobtrusive and while the bar bungees are not retractable they do have a groove that stow away while riding to keep them from flapping about. Testers commented on the 1X’s slightly thicker grip diameter and liked the rubber texture of the hand grip. The adjustable Overdrive bar ends don’t feature adjustable length outside lines like the 1x Trimlitel this is mostly likely because the bar ends have the Overdrive mechanism taking up much of the bar end space.
1X with Trim Lite – We were also given the 1X with Trim Lite which is a fixed length bar (44cm, 52cm and 60cm) that features a streamlined single center-line safety depower system, low V and a fixed length durable plastic sheeting/throw line which combines above the bar tuning via a cam cleat (the alternative power control option to Cabrinha’s Recoil system). The center lines end in a knot and the outside lines end in loops. The outside lines are adjustable; simply pull the outside line through a small gap in the side of the integrated bar floats and you can adjust between three knots (stock is on shortest setting). Compared to the adjustable bar ends of the Overdrive, the 1X with Trim Lite is overall a lighter bar and requires smaller more streamlined floats. Testers commented on the 1X’s slightly thicker grip diameter, symmetrical in the hand, and liked the rubber texture of the hand grip. When it comes to bars, everyone is a critic, and Cabrinha has three great options to address just about everyone’s needs.
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