Sunday, August 17, 2014

DR Moto: The MotoGP-spec Yamaha R1-powered bike you'd wish you could buy

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The DR Moto. BSB-spec 200bhp Yamaha R1 engine, bespoke chassis, £89,500 price tag. If you think you're the next Valentino Rossi, you'd definitely want one of these...

The UK-based Reynolds Engineering, set up by Dean Reynolds back in 1993, specialise in producing precision-machined components and have worked with a range of demanding clients, including F1 and MotoGP teams. The Company currently builds complete billet swingarms and race-spec chassis components, which they supply to BSB, WSBK, Moto2 and MotoGP teams, as well as a few specialist motorcycle manufacturers.

Back in 2012, Dean Reynolds, apparently a big motorcycle and MotoGP enthusiast, decided he wanted to build a motorcycle that would be eligible to get on the MotoGP grid, and the result is the DR Moto, which is powered by a BSB-spec 200-horsepower Yamaha R1 crossplane-crank engine and features a totally custom-built aluminium beam chassis and carbonfibre bodywork. The chassis has been designed by Barry Ward (who used to work with Kenny Roberts' team in MotoGP), and top-grade components from Brembo, Ohlins, Marchesini and Motec are used on the DR Moto. "Our vision has been to bring MotoGP level technology and performance to a bike for the discerning enthusiast," says a blurb on the Company's website. Of course, since the DR Moto costs all of £89,500 we suppose the bike is only meant for very, very rich enthusiasts.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The story of Marvin Webber and the World's Best 1994 Kawasaki ZX-7R

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That's Marvin, and his 1994 Kawasaki ZX-7R. For those who love 1990s superbikes (yeah, that's us...), there's nothing else quite like this in the world!

Here at Faster and Faster, we absolutely love 1980s and 1990s Japanese race-replica 750s. These bikes haven't been around for a very long time now, but we still can't stop dreaming of machines like the Honda RC30 and RC45, the Yamaha FZR750R OW-01 and YZF750, the Suzuki GSX-R750 LE and the Kawasaki ZXR750 and ZX-7R.

We've always been huge fans of the original ZXR750. In the late-1980s, nothing else looked like the ZXR, with its hoover-tube air intakes and iconic green-white-and-blue paintjob. And then there was the equally hard-core ZX-7R. We used to watch Doug Chandler and then Scott Russell race the ZX-7R in the early-1990s and absolutely loved the bike to bits. We wanted one back then. We still do. Some dreams just never go away.

We've never actually been able to get the Kawasaki ZX-7R out of our dreams and into our garage, which is maybe why we envy Marvin Webber so much! Based in the United States, born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, Marvin has the very best ZX-7R that currently exists on the planet. We caught up with him for a quick chat about his Kawasaki and here are some excerpts from what he had to say:

On how he got started with motorcyles

I always thought motorcycles were free-spirited and sexy. I grew up during the 1950s and if you rode a motorcycle you were a bad person, because motorcycles had a bad reputation. I had a part-time job at the local newspaper and I had been saving my money for this 1958 Triumph 200cc scrambler at the local motorcycle dealership. I would hang out there and eventually became friends with the owner, and he would teach me how to work on motorcycles.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

@UPFORADVENTURESS: Motorcycling in NYC


This is what motorcycling in NYC is all about...
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Two years ago, we carried #upforadventure, Stan Evans' story of his 4,000-mile ride across the Unites States on a Triumph Speed Triple. Written by Stan himself, this was, we believe, one of the best-ever travel stories published on Faster and Faster. " A few years ago I did a video and photo-essay called #upforadventure I didn’t really think of it much at the time. It just happened to be a short documentary of my motorcycle vacation but it resonated with people and I kept getting questions of when I would do another. Shortly there after I moved to NYC and I was amazed by the different style of motorcycle riding here. Everything is on a grid, stop and go is the norm and I rarely ride at over 30 mph. With that being said, it is still an intense experience so I wanted to tap into that world," says Stan.

And tapping into that world he is, with @UPFORADVENTURESS. So what is this all about? "@UPFORADVENTURESS is simply being up for whatever, whenever, with whomever. People sometimes are so afraid of the unknown that they get handicapped. I wanted to open the door to the idea of adapting to whatever comes my way and embracing the accidents that transpire along the way. On road trips, things happen, you may have to put your trust in a person you just met. When it works out, it restores our faith in humanity," says Stan. "From a motorcycle point of view, I wanted to showcase a different riding experience - 99% of photos and videos feature a male rider, in sweeping turns, at sunset. It’s a hard question to ask 'do I need to tell another story like that?' and realizing the answer is probably not, but that opened the door to what could be explored. I wanted to break away from conventional, not by being drastic but in subtleties," he adds.

While Stan had used a Speed Triple for #upforadventure, he's gone with a Triumph Bonneville for @UPFORADVENTURESS. "It’s lower to the ground and good fit for female riders. It’s a pretty utilitarian bike - simple, works well, looks good and is easily customizable. I shot most of the video on a Canon 5D Mark III and Mark II but there is the occasional gopro shot from the DJ phantom and a few walk-around shots with the Movi 10. One of my main goals was to keep it simple and that you don’t need a Hollywood budget to tell a fun story. I shot a few of the POV shots with 5D, chest harness and a 40mm pancake lens because it has better low light capabilities and I wanted to get different perspective than ultra wide gopro. It’s still super shaky, so you have stabilize it with one hand while riding, which is tricky riding across a bridge at night. I don’t recommend it! For stills, I used a 1DX and Mark III I mixed some on camera flash along with the Profoto B4. On some images I cranked the ISO and shot in available light to get more of a gritty city feel," says Stan. "The bar scenes were shot during club hours. It was just Emma and I. The fact that they were having a Drag Queen Burlesque show while we were filming definitely made things interesting and crowded," he adds.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

End of the road for the RC8, KTM to launch V4-engined RC16 in 2016

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Soon, the KTM RC8 will be no more. And its replacement, the V4-engined track-use-only KTM RC16, will come with a stratospheric price tag

Speaking to Speed Week, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has said that the Austrian company is now planning to phase out the ageing V-twin-engined RC8 superbike. Unfortunately though, the succession plan doesn't seem to be very clear. 'Yes, we make a successor, the RC16. [But] we take responsibility as a manufacturer and say that any motorcycle that is beyond 200 horsepower has no place in public transport,' says Pierer.

Now this is where the confusion starts. 'We make a new superbike and the specification is relatively simple - it corresponds to the MotoGP regulations of 2016, so 1000cc,' says Pierer. So, instead of being a real successor to the RC8, the new RC16 will probably be a track-focused machine which anyone can buy, as long as that "anyone" is able to pay a very, very large sum of money to the Austrians.

'The first roll-out of the RC16 is planned for autumn 2015. In 2016, we will undertake final development and the bike, which will only be for closed circuits and not for road use, will be available by the end of 2016,' says Pierer, who adds that the KTM RC16 will be fitted with a tubular steel chassis, the best of WP suspension components and a V4 engine.

When it comes out by end-2016, the V4-powered KTM is likely to cost anywhere between 150,000 - 200,000 euros and the Austrian company expected to sell about 100 units of the bike per year. According to Pierer, KTM will also supply this bike to any MotoGP teams that might be interested, and will also provide technical back-up and support to such teams.

While the KTM RC16 project definitely looks very interesting, it's a pity that soon there will no longer be an affordable litre-class KTM superbike which 'regular' buyers can afford.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Ducati 1199 Panigale R takes on Audi RS6


The 190bhp L-twin-engined Ducati Panigale 1199 R goes head to head against the twin-turbo 560bhp V8-engined Audi RS6. Pure entertainment...

Huge collection of high-res pics of the 1199 Panigale R, after the jump...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

173bhp Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled superbike unleashed

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The Campagna T-Rex finally has a worthy competitor in this, the 173-horsepower Polaris Slingshot. Yes, do be afraid. Very afraid.  

Up until now, there was barely anything in the world of high-performance three-wheelers that could challenge the mighty Campagna T-Rex. That might just have changed though, with Polaris having unveiled the badass Slingshot, which is powered by a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine (an 'EcoTec' engine, sourced from General Motors) that produces 173 horsepower at 6200rpm, and 225Nm of torque at 4700 revs. With a kerb weight of 790 kilos, the Slingshot's power-to-weight ratio is definitely not comparable to that of a contemporary litre-class superbike. But if nothing else, the Slingshot should at least be able to corner harder and faster than almost any two-wheeled motorcycle...

Noteworthy bits on the new Polaris Slingshot include its light and stiff steel spaceframe, aluminum swingarm, carbonfibre-reinforced drive belt, forged aluminum roll hoops, electronic stability and traction control, ABS (on all three wheels) and 3-point seatbelts. "The Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions. First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear, and feel while riding in it. And second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at the Slingshot's unique and exotic styling," says Mike Jonikas, a Vice President at Polaris.

With side-by-side seating for two, including the driver (rider?), the US$19,999 Slingshot rolls on 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, while the more expensive (US$23,999) Slingshot SL gets 18-inch forged aluminium wheels at the front, a 20-inch rear wheel, a windscreen for some wind protection, a 'media console' with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth integration, and a 6-speaker audio system.

Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 World Ducati Week: Official high-res pics

2014 World Ducati Week. Ducati. Party. At Misano!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP unveiled at World Ducati Week

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The 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP. Same as ever before, just a bit more flashy with its new red-and-white paintjob

Ducati have unveiled the 2015 Hypermotard SP at the currently ongoing World Ducati Week, and according to the Italian company, the bike's Ducati Corse-inspired "new racy red-white colour scheme gives the Hypermotard SP a harder-hitting look." The new Hypermotard SP was unveiled by three-time (2001, 2006, 2008) World Superbikes Champ, Troy Bayliss, and 2011 WSBK Champ, Carlos Checa.

The 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP features the latest-generation 110-horsepower Testastretta 11° 821cc engine and Ducati's standard steel-tube trellis frame. The SP model also Race, Sport and Wet riding modes, which alter power delivery to suit riding conditions. There's 3-level ABS and 8-level traction control here, and if you're brave/talented enough, the Hypermotard SP can lean at an angle of up to 47.5°.

Running gear on the new Hypermotard SP is top-notch; a pressurized, fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi USD fork, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock, 17-inch Marchesini 3-spoke forged aluminium wheels, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 front, 180/55 rear). The front mudguard and engine covers are all carbonfibre and the bike weighs 171 kilos dry.

The new Ducati Hypermotard SP will be available from September this year. Prices remain unchanged over the previous model.

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