Friday, November 17, 2006

Three Spree: Gilera Fuoco 500

The radical-looking Gilera Fuoco 500 scooter. Should be fun!

Gilera looked at Piaggio’s MP3 three-wheeled scooter and decided they also want to do one. So here it is – the Gilera Fuoco 500, which has been unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan. While we don’t know how practical it is, it sure looks terrific and it’s slated to go on sale in a few weeks from now. Cool!

Want to practise getting your knee down? The almost-impossible-to-crash Fuoco should be the ideal tool...

The three-wheeled Fuoco (Italian for ‘Fire’) is based on the Piaggio MP3’s chassis but has been modified and optimised for sportier handling. Power comes from a 500cc single-cylinder engine, which makes around 40 horsepower, and the transmission is of course a CVT system. Like with the MP3, the Fuoco’s main advantage over a conventional two-wheeler is said to be greatly improved stability and safety, especially on wet and slippery road surfaces. But hell, we’d buy it for its looks alone!

'Lose' the front end on this and it'll merely slide. On your GSX-R, you may end up in a hospital...

Also see:
Hi-res Gilera Fuoco wallpaper
Piaggio MP3
Brudeli 625L three-wheeler
Volkswagen GX3
Campagna T-Rex three-wheeler

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Aprilia show new bikes at the EICMA in Milan

The all-new Aprilia NA 850 Mana features a fully automatic CVT-style transmission which can also be operated as a sequential-shift 7-speed gearbox!

Aprilia are going all out in Italy – they’ve unveiled the new NA 850 Mana and SL 750 Shiver bikes, and also their new V4 engine with which they will go racing in world superbikes in 2007.

The NA 850 Mana features a very innovative electronic transmission control, which can be configured to operate either as a fully automatic CVT system (you can choose from three different mappings – touring, sport and rain) or a sequential-shift seven-speed gearbox. The engine is an SOHC, 8-valve, 75 horsepower, 90-degree v-twin, while the chassis is tubular steel trellis frame, which is supposed to offer excellent torsional rigidity.

The new Aprilia Shiver packs an all-new 90-degree v-twin that makes 95 horsepower

The SL 750 Shiver gets ride-by-wire (like the 2007 Yamaha R1) and features Aprilia’s all-new DOHC, 90-degree v-twin engine that makes 95 horsepower. It’s a high-tech unit which uses a very sophisticated engine management system and has a CAN (Controlled Area Network) line to the instrument panel, which also acts as a diagnostic terminal. The CAN line uses just two wires to transmit all data, thereby simplifying the electrical system and helping reduce overall weight. The gearbox is a conventional six-speed unit, while the chassis is tubular steel trellis for a lightweight yet strong and stiff package. (Update, 23rd Jan., 2007: The latest news is that Aprilia will also offer a fully-faired version of the Shiver 750, and perhaps pitch it as an alternative to supersport Japanese 600s...)

Finally, Aprilia’s first four-cylinder engine – a V4 with which Aprilia will go racing in world superbikes next year – is extremely light and compact and makes more than 210 horsepower. Aprilia sure looks like the one company that’s going places in 2007!

The all-new Aprilia Atlantic is powered by Aprilia's new 400cc, liquid-cooled, 34bhp, single-cylinder engine. Looks like this could be the coolest machine ever for learners...

Update (26.02.2007): The latest word on the 750 Shiver is... (no, they're not changing the name!)... is that Aprilia will build an all-new sportsbike around it. The new bike will retain the Shiver's 95bhp v-twin, but will get a half fairing (a full fairing might be optional), uprated brakes, wheels and tyres and is likely to cost about US$12,000. While the name has not been finalised yet, it could be called the Aprilia Shiver S or the Aprilia Shiver R. Watch this space!

External link:
Aprilia 850 Mana picture gallery

Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT unveiled at the EICMA in Milan

The 2007 Lightning Super TT XB12STT. Looks weird but should go quite hard...

Buell have shown the new Lightning Super TT XB12STT (whew!) at the EICMA in Milan. Billed as an ‘urban supermoto,’ the streetfighter-style Lightning Super TT is powered by a 1203cc v-twin that makes 103 horsepower. There’s a 43mm USD Showa fork up front, while the rear shock is also Showa and both ends are fully adjustable. Dry weight is 181kg and while the bike is sold as a single-seater, a passenger seat can be added later.

A company press release says ‘The Lightning Super TT is just the bike to attack city streets. It is powerful in every gear, rpm and twist of the throttle. The air/oil/fan-cooled V-Twin engine features DDFI II electronic fuel injection and the Buell Interactive Exhaust is tuned for the ultimate in performance and control.’

With its belt drive, unique chassis and braking system and well-sorted suspension, the Lightning Super TT could possible worry riders of more conventional superbikes. Yours for US$10,300 – deliveries start in January 2007.

Also see:
2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss
2007 Buell XBRR
2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto
2007 Aprilia Tuono R Factory
2007 KTM 990 Superduke R

Monday, November 13, 2006

2007 MV Agusta updates

The ultra-exclusive MV Agusta F4 CC. Only 100 will be made. Each will carry a price tag of US$130,000
The 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R. Still the most beautiful motorcycle in the world

MV Agusta are updating their motorcycles for 2007. First up is the F4 1000R, which now gets a divine new black and white paint scheme and a new one-piece exhaust system. The most beautiful motorcycle in the world is now fully Euro 3-compliant, but still packs 174 horsepower and is capable of hitting more than 300km/h.

MV are also showing the Claudio Castiglioni edition F4 CC at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan. Only 100 of these bikes will be made. The F4 CC is powered by an all-new 1078cc inline-four, power output for which is expected to be in the region of 200bhp. Top speed is restricted to 315km/h, which should be enough for most! Each bike will cost US$130,000 and owners will be able to buy exclusive accessories like a Trussardi leather jacket and a Girard Perregaux watch. So it's worth being really rich then. 

2007 MV Agusta 910R. Cool!

Apart from new paint schemes, the 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910 S gets a new ECU, which helps it meet Euro 3 emission norms. It also gets redesigned valves and pistons, which result in a 2bhp power hike (there’s 139bhp available now) and smoother power delivery. There’s also the new 910 R variant with better suspension, radial monoblock brakes (Brembo) and other minor detail changes.

The 2007 MV Agusta 910S. The future is bright. The future is orange...?