SCORPA, which will soon celebrate its 30th Anniversary, is intimately linked to the history of Trials in France and abroad. At the current time the commercial brand offers 2 complete ranges of motorcycles. A trial range from the 125cc to the 300cc model. It also offers a Leisure range with a TY 125 model and a TY 125 Long Ride model. Marc Teissier, its initial founder, always wanted to make motorcycles dedicated to leisure and riding pleasure. The brand's desire is to offer its customers models that are accessible and easy to ride on all terrains. Some of the world's best riders have recently joined the orange and black brand to compete in the World Trial Championship. The sales and marketing team has also grown. SCORPA is writing a new page in its rich history in the motorcycle world.
Founded in 1993 by Marc Teissier and Joel Domergue, the SCORPA Company designed, developed, and commercialized trials 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 trialS 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 its fresh design, over 300 units were sold.
The new version of the “Easy” was very technically innovative and used a very advanced rear brake system and a sonance 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 4th in the World Championship Trials also with Graham Jarvis at the controls.
SCORPA is contacted by Yamaha Motor Corporation. They want to develop a partnership, resulting in the provision of 250 cc two-stroke and 125 cc four-stroke engines and the new 250 cc 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. An incredibly unique motorcycle was created that was technically advanced and esthetically pleasing. It included the world premiere of many aluminum components that were fitted as standard (footrpegs, upper and lower tees, caps, Swingarm) and several parts in chrome molybdenum steel and ergal alloy.
Due to the limited size of the competitive motorcycle market, the SCORPA SY250 SYRacing 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 a new 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 hither to neglected, the leisure-discovery trial. This new motorcycle is a worthy successor to the YamahaTY125: 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 to expand the range and meet the English-speaking markets (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia...). Designed to succeed theSY-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 15CDV6 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 trials 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 and comfort. The Long Ride kit including the tank and seat, are adaptable to all the racing versions. One of the most impressive products released by SCORPA is 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 250Fwas 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 175Ffor training of all future police motorcyclists. Commercial distribution was based on a network of French dealers and 23official importers for export markets, representing approximately 60% of turnover. The SCORPA brand now represented 18% share of the annual global market which was estimated at 11,000 motorcycles. The brand had already sold more than 10,000 machines worldwide
In the fall of 2009, SHERCO and its founder bought SCORPA after the Commercial Court of Nîmes ordered its liquidation. This is a second rebirth and a return to its roots for the brand. The 2-stroke models of the trial range are equipped with SHERCO engines and the 4-stroke models with Yamaha engines.