Friday, October 13, 2006

2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto: BMW ups the ante again!


100 horsepower supermotard? That's the new BMW HP2 Megamoto!

Last year, BMW let loose with the awesome HP2 off-roader. This time, it’s the equally amazing HP2 Megamoto, which continues BMW’s continuing and big time image makeover. The German company is getting really, really serious about high performance motorcycles and seems to be firing on all fronts right now!

The HP2 Megamoto is essentially a street-optimised version of the HP2 dirtbike. It uses 17-inch wheels and street-oriented rubber, high-spec Ohlins suspension and an Akrapovic exhaust system. The Megamoto is fitted with BMW’s air/oil-cooled, 1170cc, four-valve-per-cylinder, Boxer-twin, which makes 105 horsepower at 7,000rpm. Shaft-drive, six-speed gearbox, Paralever rear suspension, and a tubular spaceframe chassis complete the package.

Should be interesting to watch the BMW HP2 Megamoto go head to head against the forthcoming Ducati Hypermotard!


If the HP2 off-roader is anything to go by, this new Megamoto should be an amazing bike!

Also see:
2007 Ducati Hypermotard
2007 BMW G650 XMoto
2007 KTM 690SM Supermoto
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
BMW HP2 video
KTM 950 Super Enduro R
2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory


Limited Edition MV Agusta F4 CC: Feeling rich today?


The MV Agusta F4 CC. Vastly expensive, very exclusive...

What’s beautiful, Italian, fast and very, very expensive? The new Limited Edition F4 CC, which is expected to cost US$125,000. MV will only build 100 units of the F4 CC – the CC being Claudio Castiglioni – so if you do buy one, it’s likely to be the only one in the neighbourhood.

The bike, which will debut at the Milan Motorcycle Show next month, will pack an all-new 1079cc inline-four, which makes 190 horsepower in street-legal trim and 200 horsepower with a free-flow racing exhaust system. Top speed is an electronically governed 315km/h, which should be enough to see you past stock Suzuki Hayabusas and Kawasaki ZZR1400s.

As you’d expect, you get an adequate amount of carbonfibre, magnesium and titanium bits for your money. And for added bling, buyers of the F4 CC will also have the option of buying a special Versace jacket and MV wristwatch. That’ll be about US$1,900 for the jacket and US$20,000 for the watch. Like 50 Cent says, get rich, or die tryin’…



Also see:
MV Agusta F4 1000R Senna Edition
MV Agusta F4 1000R sets Bonneville Speed Record
MV Agusta Brutale 910R Italia Special Edition

Thursday, October 12, 2006

2007 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport: Chug along now…


The brand-new Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, with 94 horsepower and reactive shaft drive. All right, calm down now...

As reported earlier, Moto Guzzi had been working on launching an all-new 1200cc sportsbike, and here it is – the 1200 Sport, which is being shown at the Intermot show in Germany. ‘New’ is a term which must be used sparingly for any Moto Guzzi, and the 1200 Sport is no exception. The bike uses an extensively reworked version of Guzzi’s age-old 1151cc v-twin, which now pumps out 94 horsepower at 7,800rpm. At least the chassis is supposed to be all new, and the suspension and braking components are said to be top-spec.

There’s also a revised six-speed gearbox, with ratios chosen with ‘sporty riding’ as the primary concern. The 1200 Sport uses Guzzi’s traditional shaft-drive which has been refined over the years. There’s a single-side swingarm at the back, and a right-side-up (non-USD) 45mm front fork. There are twin, petal-style 320mm brake discs up front, and ABS is expected to be available as an optional extra.

Moto Guzzi also plan to offer a racing kit – racing exhaust, remapped ECU, modified cylinder heads – which will boost power. We don’t know if the bike will be street-legal after this kit has been fitted. And in any case, Moto Guzzi bikes aren’t really your typical highly-strung, high-zoot Italian sportsbikes – sport-touring is more like it. Just chug along…


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

2007 BMW G650: Xmoto, XChallenge, and XCountry


The BMW G650 XChallenge is the most off-road-oriented among the three new XBikes

BMW have shown their new range of dual-purpose G650 motorcycles – the XMoto, XChallenge, and Xcountry. The bikes are powered by a retuned and lightened version of the BMW F650 engine – a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 652cc unit that makes 53 horsepower at 7,000rpm.


The XMoto wears street-oriented rubber and should be the sportiest of this trio

The XMoto is in the supermoto mould, with 17-inch wheels shod street-oriented rubber. The XChallenge is more off-road-oriented and sports 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, wearing dirt-oriented rubber. It’s also the lightest of the three bikes in the G650 range. The XCountry lies somewhere between the other two, with its 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. ABS will be available as an optional extra on all three bikes, and riders will have the option of switching it off on the run.

And here’s a surprise – these new BMW bikes have been designed with the help of Aprilia, and all three XBikes will actually be built at Aprilia's factory in Scorze, Italy!


The XCountry should be a 'funmoto' and is positioned between the street-oriented XMoto and the off-road XChallenge

Here's a first ride report of the BMW G650 X series bikes

Also see:
Schnitzer HP2 - the ultimate supermoto!
2007 KTM 950 Super Enduro R
2007 Husaberg FS550e supermoto
2007 Ducati Hypermotard
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
2007 KTM 690SM

Singularly Powerful: 2007 KTM 690SM


The 2007 KTM 690SM. Serious supermoto riders had better get used to the way it looks...

KTM have shown their 640-replacement, the new 690SM. This new machine is fitted with KTM’s 654cc fuel-injected single, which makes 65 horsepower – one of the most powerful single-cylinder engines ever fitted to a production motorcycle anywhere! The bike is, supposedly, capable of top speeds of up to 200km/h and features top-spec suspension and braking components.

While KTM’s much-awaited RC8 superbike will only be shown next year (and may be available as a 2008 model…), the company is expected to have something up its sleeve for the upcoming EICMA show in Italy this year. Stay tuned!


The KTM 690SM should be one hell of a performer!

Also see:
Fight Club: KTM Super Duke 990
Schnitzer HP2: The ultimate supermoto?
KTM NitroDuke: The world's fastest KTM!
2007 KTM 950 Super Enduro R
2007 Husaberg FS550e

Faired Deal: 2007 BMW K1200R Sport


The 2007 BMW K1200R Sport. Interesting...

The new BMW K1200R Sport, shown at the Intermot show this week, sports a half fairing and is probably a slightly saner alternative to the stark-naked bad-boy K1200R. While the new fairing offers some amount of weather protection, twin vents below the headlamp optimize airflow to the radiator, and help with cooling the engine.

The K1200R Sport uses the same four-cylinder engine as the K1200R, and makes a claimed 163 horsepower at 10,250rpm. Six-speed gearbox and Duolever/Paralever front/rear suspension complete the package, while BMW’s latest generation ABS is on the options list. The K1200R Sport should be a damn interesting option for those looking at an alternative to Japanese sport-tourers…



Also see:
The ultimate BMW HP2
Moto Morini Corsaro 1200
Yamaha FZ1
KTM Super Duke 990
AC Schnitzer BMWs
2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory

2007 Ducati Sport 1000 S: Go Biposto


The 2007 Ducati Sport 1000 S Biposto - one of the most beautiful bikes in the world gets even better..!

Ducati have unveiled their 2007 Sport Classic range at the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany. The new bikes continue to use Ducati’s proven 1000cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected L-twin engines, which feature Desmodromic valve actuation and a new wet clutch. The latter is said to be longer lasting and offers decreased clutch lever effort.

While the Paul Smart 1000LE is no more, the new-for-2007 Sport 1000 S Biposto takes its place. Pegged at close to US$12,000 the 1000 S Biposto gets new paint schemes, a classic-style mini fairing, and can accommodate two people.

The 2007 Sport 1000 Biposto features better ergonomics – taller clip-ons and lower footpegs – which should make a lot of riders very happy! There’s no fairing here, but you do get a removable tail-cover for the times when you want to flaunt that solo seat look. Otherwise, the bike will be happy to carry two. The Sport 1000 Biposto can be yours for US$11,500 and will be available in red, black and yellow.

The GT 1000 also gets a paint scheme update and will now be available in metallic black/cream, in addition to the earlier red and gray.



Also see:
Ducati to make the radical Hypermotard
2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100
MV Agusta Brutale 910R Italia
2007 Ducati Monster S4R Testastretta

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Funkytown: 2007 Honda CB600F Hornet


The 2007 Honda Hornet. Stylish, eh?

Honda have unveiled the 2007 Hornet, and apart from the new styling, the 2007 Hornet uses the new CBR600RR’s 600cc engine, which should make it a proper tool. There’s a new, currently-in-fashion low-slung exhaust, new five-spoke alloys, revised chassis and 41mm USD forks. Overall, the new bike is five kilos lighter than the old Hornet, which can’t be a bad thing. And ABS will be on the options list when the bike goes on sale early next year. If you’re looking to buy your very first motorcycle, the 2007 Honda Hornet could very well be it!


Are there shades of the erstwhile Cagiva V-Raptor, and the Kawasaki ER-6n here...?

And here's a pic of the mighty 2007 Honda CBR1000RR, in Repsol livery. But Repsol colours or not, can it possibly take on the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kawasaki ZX-10R and the Yamaha R1 machines? We think not...


2007 Yamaha R1: 'The One' fights back!


Yeah, you really can ride the 2007 Yamaha R1 like this...

The Yamaha YZF R1 has been one of the fastest, most powerful and best handling litre-class sportsbikes since 1988, when it was first launched. Almost a decade on, the R1 is still getting better and better with each passing year. The 2007 model is no exception. It isn’t an-new, totally radical R1 replacement that we were expecting, but the 2007 R1 still looks awesome. In fact, Yamaha Motor Italia have gone ahead and signed Noriyuka Haga and Troy Corser, who'll be riding the new bike in the 2007 Superbike World Championship!

For 2007, Yamaha have dropped their five-valve-per-cylinder design (first seen on the mid-1980s Yamaha FZ750) and gone in for the ubiquitous four-valve layout that’s favoured by all the Japanese manufacturers. The 2007 R1’s 31mm intake valves are made of titanium (25mm exhaust valves make do with steel…), the combustion chamber is more compact, and compression ratio is up to 12.7:1. Bore and stroke remain unchanged (77.0 x 53.6mm), as does the redline, at 13,750rpm. Con-rods have been strengthened for even greater durability.

As expected, the new R1 gets Yamaha’s ‘YCC-T’ fly-by-wire throttle control system, which scans changes in various parameters and adjusts fueling at up to 1,000 times a second! And that’s not all. The new bike also gets YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake) (YCC-I), which is how Yamaha describe the R1’s variable-length intake trumpets. This system is optimized for better torque output at lower rpm and maximum power at higher revs. 178 horsepower (at the crank) at 12,500rpm is what you get, which is just perfect!

The underseat exhaust system is now made of titanium and features dual catalyzers and an EXUP valve, which allow the 2007 R1 to conform to Euro 3 and 2008 EPA emissions norms. A slipper clutch is now standard, but last year’s LE model’s Ohlins bits are no longer available. At least for now.

Front brake discs are now 310mm (down from 320mm on the last year’s model), but Yamaha have fitted six-piston calipers on the new bike, so braking prowess should be mindblowing. Tyres are super-grippy Pirelli Diablo Corsas, which should offer near-limitless grip.

At US$ 11,600 we can only say the 2007 Yamaha R1 is a bargain. Just get One!

Update (11th September, 2007): First pics: The 2008 Yamaha R1!

Right-click and download this old Top Gear video, where a first-generation Yamaha R1 goes head to head against a Porsche Carrera...!

Go here to watch this very cool video of Valentino Rossi riding the 2007 Yamaha R1 and discussing the bike's performance.

...and here's the bike in action. Amazing video!
Another video of the 2007 Yamaha R1 in action
Hi-res Yamaha R1 wallpaper here.

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