Friday, December 01, 2006

Triumph Daytona 675 wins International Bike of the Year

Yeah, the Daytona 675 is the International Bike of the Year

The Triumph Daytona 675 has won the International Bike of the Year award. Fifteen of the world’s leading motorcycle magazines voted in the IBOTY poll, where the Triumph Daytona 675 got 26 votes, followed by the Yamaha YZF R6 at 11 votes and the Kawasaki ZZR1400 at 9 votes.

Earlier this year, the Daytona 675 had also won the Supersport class in the world’s biggest sportsbike shootout – the Masterbike – with 27 votes, as opposed to only 7 votes which went to the Suzuki GSX-R750, which came in second place. Looks like Triumph are on to a good thing with the 675…

Update (22.02.2007): According to some news articles on websites and in some magazines, Triumph are all set to launch a new Street Triple 675. This naked streetfighter will take styling cues from Triumph's own Speed Triple, but will use the Daytona 675's engine, chassis and suspension components. Hope this gets confirmed in the next few days!

Also see:
2007 Triumph Tiger
Triumph Speed Triple
Daytona 675 vs GSX-R750!

Triumph Daytona 675 road test video

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Derbi Mulhacen 659 X-Vision: Record your ride

Forget performance - this one has cameras that let you record your ride!

Car and SUV owners can watch TV while driving, but does television go with motorcycles? Yes, if you ask Derbi. The Spanish motorcycle manufacturers have developed the Derbi Mulhacen 659 X-Vision prototype, which has built-in cameras and a TV screen!

The bike allows you to place micro-cameras all around your motorcycle and you can then record your ride from various angles. And watch the video on a small LCD screen mounted on the bike. Then, of course, you can upload the video on to your PC and the Internet.

We think the engineers at Derbi are spending too much time on YouTube…

Record your ride and then watch the video on a small LCD screen mounted on the bike...

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Craig Jones: Stop This!

Craig Jones and Wing Chui, riding a Buell Firebolt XB12R at the Donington Park circuit in the UK. On the front wheel only. For 305metres...

Somebody stop British stunt pro, Craig Jones. Back in 2003, Jones, riding a Buell, had set the world’s longest solo stoppie record at 225 metres. In 2004, he beat his own record and did a 266 metre stoppie on a Buell Firebolt. Now, he’s done it again – a 305 metre stoppie on a Buell Firebolt XB12R, at the Donington Park circuit in the UK. And this time, Jones’ co-rider Wing Chui was also along for the ride.

Craig Jones took his Buell Firebolt to speeds in excess of 200km/h before applying the front brake, lifting the rear wheel off the ground and balancing the bike on its front wheel for 305 metres. Impressive, eh? And equally impressive was Chui, who was precariously mounted on the front wheel spindle as he hung on to the front fairing bracket for those 305 metres!

Says Jones, ‘We think we managed to conclusively prove that Buell motorcycles are capable of some pretty extraordinary things.’ Er, certainly…

Monday, November 27, 2006

NRV588 - The Norton Rotary lives again!

With a 170bhp rotary engine and 130kg kerb weight, the NRV588 should offer amazing performance!

The now-legendary rotary-engined Norton F1 from the early ’90s could possibly make a comeback. The mega-expensive (about US$45,000 back then…) F1 had a liquid-cooled 588cc rotary engine that produced 95bhp@9500rpm. The racebike based on the F1, the Norton F1 RCW588, won the British F1 series in 1989, and was also raced at the Isle of Man.

Now, there’s an all-new Norton – the NRV588 prototype – powered by a 170-horsepower Wankel rotary engine. Displayed at the recent NEC show in the UK, the new bike has been developed by Brian Crighton, the man behind the Norton racing team in the late-1980s and early-1990s. The machine is essentially based on the old F1 and the National Motorcycle Museum in the UK (where some of the old Norton rotary racers are displayed) has paid for development costs!

The engine is still a 588cc twin-rotor Wankel unit, but now it gets fuel injection, variable inlet tracts, and fly-by-wire technology. Chassis is a Spondon-made twin-spar aluminium frame and the front forks are Ohlins-made. The bike weighs in at a featherweight 130kg, and with 170bhp on tap, performance should be phenomenal. Here’s hoping the bike makes it past the prototype stage and gets into production. Should make for one hell of a giant-killing superbike!

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Rotary-engined Suzuki RE-5
Norton Ala'Verda: Daniel Delfour's Anglo-Italian hybrid...

Video footage of some rotary-powered Norton racebikes from the late-1980s