Sunday, March 09, 2014
Ducati recently unveiled the new, 2014-spec Diavel at the Motodays show in Italy and the Motorräder Dortmund show in Germany. The new Diavel gets the latest version of Ducati's Testastretta 11° 'Dual Spark' L-Twin engine that produces 162 horsepower, a new exhaust system and a new full-LED headlamp. Of course, the bike still has its full suite of electronic rider aids - ABS, traction control and multiple riding modes that tailor power delivery to suit road and weather conditions.
Colour options for the new Ducati Diavel include red and matte carbon, with red frame, and white and matte carbon, with white frame. Black forged wheels from Marchesini are standard with both paint schemes. The new Diavel will be in Ducati showrooms worldwide from April 2014 onwards.
Friday, February 21, 2014
The 200bhp Lotus C-01 is here...!
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Lotus Motorcycles, announced last year as a joint project between Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group, have now released the first official high-res renders of their first motorcycle, the C-01. Kodewa now have a license from Group Lotus plc to produce motorcycles, and the C-01 prototype is said to be production-ready.
The Lotus C-01 is powered by a 1200cc V-twin that produces 200 horsepower and the bodywork, made of carbonfibre, titanium and aerospace-spec steel, has been designed by Daniel Simon. Some of the available liveries, as you can see from the pics here, pay homage to Lotus' racing heritage. And production of the C-01 will be limited to just 100 units.
"We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both; state-of-the-art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic," says Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. "I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath-taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational," adds Günther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group.
"The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics," concludes the bike's designer, Daniel Simon.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
It's superbike vs supercar again, as the Ducati 1199 Panigale S takes on the McLaren MP4-12C
Massive collection of high-res Panigale pics after the jump...
Saturday, February 01, 2014
We have to admit, we have no idea why MV Agusta have done this to the Brutale 800. What's the raison d'etre for the Dragster? Still, here's the bike's specs, high-res pics and video...
2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster: Tech Specs
• In-line three-cylinder engine, 798 cc
• Bore 79.0 mm, stroke 54.3 mm
• Maximum power 125 HP (92 kW) at 11,600 rpm
• Maximum torque 81 Nm at 8,600 rpm
• Limiter at 13,000 rpm
• Dry weight 167 kg
• Power-weight ratio 1.34 kg/HP
• Tyres Pirelli DIABLO Rosso II, 120/70 - ZR17, 200/50 - ZR17
• Colours White, Matt metallic gray
• Price €13,490 (with ABS)
Official video and more high-res pics after the jump...
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Paul Sleeman: “We aren’t changing what Hesketh is about, we just want to bring it into the 21st century…”
The new Hesketh 24 (top) is a revial of the 1970s/1980s Lord Hesketh-James Hunt legacy. Those red and blue stripes still look cool as ever...
In 1972, when he was all of 22 years old, Lord Thomas Alexander Fermor-Hesketh founded his Formula 1 racing team and, with James Hunt, went on to win a few races in the early- to mid-1970s. Hunt, famous for his playboy lifestyle (Rolls-Royce cars, private helicopters, endless bottles of champagne and, of course, copious amounts of… er, “crumpet”), finished in 4th place in the 1975 Formula 1 world championship, driving the Lord’s Hesketh 308 F1 race car.
Shortly thereafter, Lord Hesketh withdrew from F1 but did go on to build motorcycles – the Hesketh V1000 and the Hesketh Vampire – in the early 1980s. It was all over by the mid-1980s (you can read the full story on Wikipedia) but now, after a 30-year hiatus, Hesketh are back. This time, with British entrepreneur Paul Sleeman at the helm, the company plans to build a range of new, Hesketh-branded motorcycles, starting with the Hesketh 24, which will go on sale from February next year.
As you can see in the photograph above, the Hesketh 24 gets a paintjob that’s clearly inspired by James Hunt’s 1970s Hesketh F1 race car, which also used to bear the number '24.' The bike, only 24 units of which will be built, is powered by a 1,950cc V-twin, which produces about 120 horsepower. Spec is top class – Ohlins suspension, Beringer brakes with 4-piston calipers at the front, BST carbonfibre wheels, TIG-welded chrome-molybdenum chassis, bespoke 2-into-1-into-3 stainless steel exhaust system and, interestingly enough, a 22.7-litre fuel tank that’s mounted beneath the engine.
We were quite intrigued with the new Hesketh 24 and fired off a few questions to Hesketh. Here are some excerpts from what Paul Sleeman had to say about the Hesketh 24 and his future plans for the brand:
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
With 200bhp and 200Nm of torque, the battery-powered Voxan Wattman is not scared of any Hayabusa or ZX-14 Ninja....
We’d believed that French motorcycle manufacturer, Voxan, had gone bust and shut down. However, they are apparently still around and have unveiled an all-new electric motorcycle – the Wattman – at the le Salon de la Moto, which is currently underway in Paris.
With 200 horsepower and 200Nm of torque from its electric powerplant, the new Voxan Wattman can, according to claims made by its manufacturer, accelerate from zero to 160km/h in just 5.9 seconds. What’s even more amazing is that the bike’s 12.8kWh battery, which can be 80% charged in just 30 minutes, is able to provide a range of 180km with a full charge.
The Voxan Wattman’s chassis is as cutting-edge as its electric powerplant. No steel tube trellis-type or aluminium beam frame here. Instead, Voxan have gone with a very rigid exoskeleton, which integrates all the components of the powertrain, including the batteries and the electric motor.
Since its inception back in 1995, Voxan have seen a lot of ups and downs and was taken over by one Gildo Pallanca Pastor in 2010. Now, with this new electric bike in the pipeline, which looks like it may well be slated to go into limited production sometime soon, Voxan might just be back on track.
Video and more pics of the Voxan Wattman after the jump...
Monday, December 02, 2013
Marc Marquez, 2013 MotoGP world champ and Superman on two wheels, says he wouldn't ride fast on the street...
Having won the 2013 MotoGP world championship at just 20 years of age, Marc Marquez is pretty much Superman on two wheels. We caught up with him recently, for a quick chat. Here are some excerpts from what Marc had to say to us:
On being MotoGP world champ at 20
I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, I’m still living in a dream! For me, it’s knowing that all the hard work in the season has paid off. It’s my way of thanking Honda and Repsol for taking a chance with me and showing their belief in me.
On how closely fought the 2013 MotoGP season was
If you look at the points at the end of the season, all three of us (Dani, Jorge and I) were over 300 points, which is incredible. Only 34 points separated us three by the end of the season so you can see how close we were. Dani and Jorge were very unlucky in their crashes this season and without those it could have been a very different story. I was also lucky not to be more seriously injured in my accidents.
On whether the current Honda RC213V is clearly better than the Yamaha YZR M1 and the Ducati Desmosedici GP13
I think everyone always tries to say the Yamaha or the Honda is the better machine, but for me it’s very similar. Both bikes have positive and negative points. Both bikes won 9 races this year. It’s very close. Also, I’ve only ridden the Honda so I can’t say which is better!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
In one of the most candid interviews he’s ever given in his entire career, master tuner Jeremy Burgess, speaking to French publication GP Inside, has openly expressed his views on Valentino Rossi’s brilliant past, current situation and future prospects in MotoGP. While Rossi won seven premier class MotoGP world championships with Burgess, between 2001 to 2009, the last three years – two with Ducati, one with Yamaha – have not gone so well. And recently, The Doctor announced that Burgess would no longer be a part of Yamaha MotoGP team in 2014, with his position going to Silvano Galbusera.
In the interview he’s given to GP Inside, Burgess doesn’t seem to be upset or annoyed with Rossi’s decision, though there is a slight tinge of sadness in his words. Here are some excerpts from what Burgess had to say:
On why he thinks Rossi has decided to replace him with a different crew chief, and whether he thinks it will work
Elite athletes, when they approach the end of their careers, are often tempted to change the coach. In the case of Valentino, he wants, he believes, or he needs a big change to try to regain the status that was his. He knows that he takes a big risk, but he needs to try something. I can only say that I hope that's probably the right decision.
On where Rossi’s career seems to be going
I have immense respect for Valentino, for what he has done in the past, but we also know that he is now much closer to the end of his career. Like all athletes who reach this stage of their lives, he probably does not understand why his opponents are faster than him. He might say he can do whatever he could 10 years ago, but somewhere in the ‘processor Valentino,’ the information no longer comes as quickly as it used to.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
For 2014, BMW have announced a new iteration of the K1600 tourer – the K1600 GTL Exclusive. Still powered by BMW’s 175Nm, 160-horsepower inline-six, the K1600 GTL gets more equipment as standard – central locking with anti-theft alarm, ESA II electronic suspension adjustment, traction control (DTC), ABS, hill start control and even a ‘film antenna’ for the radio that is embedded in the topcase lid.
The 2014 K1600 GTL also gets a new, redesigned seat, revised instrumentation, heated backrest and comfortable armrests, LED auxiliary headlights and DRLs, adaptive xenon headlights, a tyre pressure monitor, engine protection bar, fully chromed exhaust system, floor lighting and, for the first time on a BMW motorcycle, ‘Keyless Ride.’
As befits the K1600 GTL Exclusive’s top-of-the-range luxury tourer status, the bike gets a new, high-gloss “mineral white” paintjob, with contrasting shades of magnesium metallic matt and silver metallic radiator fins, plus colour-coordinated upholstery for the seat cushions, backrest and pillion passenger armrests.