Saturday, December 23, 2006

Straight Torque: TRACK T-800CDI


Who'd want a GSX-R1000 if they can have this?

If a weird-looking diesel-powered motorcycle is what you always wanted, you just got lucky. Netherlands-based Eva Products have started making and selling a shaft-driven diesel motorcycle that uses a three-cylinder, 800cc, 54-horsepower engine. And while 54bhp may not sound like much, the 800cc diesel triple also makes 150Nm of torque, which is more than what some litre-class superbikes have! For more details, go to http://www.dieselmotorfiets.nl/

Also see:
Mad Scooter: Gilera Fuoco 500
Derbi Mulhacen 659 X-vision
French luxury cruiser: Wakan 1640
Other weird bikes!
What your bike says about you!

Win a 2007 Yamaha YZF R1…!


Yeah, the 2007 Yamaha R1 rocks. And you could take one home for free!

If you love the new, 189-horsepower, tech-laden Yamaha R1, and if you happen to live in the UK, this could be the chance of a lifetime. All you have to do is go to http://www.yamaha-motor.co.uk/, fill up a simple form and enter this competition where you can win a new R1.

You’ll have to visit an authorised Yamaha dealer (you can specify which one…) on the 19th of January 2007, when the 2007 R1 will be first shown in the UK. Winners will be chosen at 8:00 p.m. that evening, so just go to the website and read the instructions.

Along with the bike, you can also win an all expenses paid trip to Catalunya, for the 2007 Spanish MotoGP event. You could get to meet the riders and also ride the circuit on a fleet of specially prepared R1s. And there’s still more – you could also win a set of new Dainese-made Yamaha race leathers to match your new bike!


That's Carolina Kostner, who replaces Valentino Rossi as the face of Dainese

Speaking of Dainese, international figure-skating star Carolina Kostner has been chosen as the new face for Dainese’s latest advertising campaign. Carolina, who replaces Valentino Rossi as the face of Dainese, was the Italian flag-bearer at the opening ceremony for the Turin 2006 Olympic Games. We’re sure she’s a great athlete, but replacing Rossi…? So this is what happens when you lose the MotoGP world championship, eh Valentino…? We can’t wait for The Doctor to come back in 2007 and sock it to ’em all!



Also see:
Twenty years of the Suzuki GSX-R750
Memorable: The Kawasaki ZXR750
Remembering Freddie Spencer
Insanity Express: Kawasaki 1400GTR
2007 Yamaha R1 – the best litre-class superbike ever?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Motogiro D’Italia: 20th - 24th May 2007


If you're a vintage/classic bike enthusiast, the Motogiro D'Italia is an absolute must-attend!

The oldest long-distance motorcycle roadracing event in Italy – the Motogiro D’Italia – is scheduled to take place from the 20th to the 24th of May, in 2007. The first Motogiro D’Italia was held back in 1914, was resurrected in the 1950s and then re- resurrected in 2001. It’s been held every year since then and today, it’s an important event for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts the world over.

Participants in the 2007 Motogiro D’Italia will start from central Italy and head towards Sicily in southern Italy, where they will have the opportunity to ride on some of the most beautiful roads in Europe. The route will comprise of five legs of about 250km each.

Enthusiasts, collectors and ex-racers will take part and hundreds of vintage and classic bikes are expected to be there for the event. All the names from Italy’s golden age of motorcycling – Ducati, Morini, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, Benelli, Bianchi, Piaggio, Gilera, and Motobi among others – will be represented at the event, though Ducati are the prime event sponsors.

The Motogiro is open to all motorcycles and all marques authorized for road use, and the event is divided into three classes – Vintage Racing class (for bikes up to 175cc, manufactured prior to 1957), Taglioni Memorial class (street-legal bikes, 350cc or higher, produced between 1968 and 1978), and the non-competitive Touring class, open to all bikes. For more information, visit http://www.motogiroditalia.com/

Also see:
2007 Ducati SportClassic range
Limited-edition MV Agusta F4 CC
Remembering John Surtees
2007 Aprilia motorcycles

Monday, December 18, 2006

Bike videos: Yo Mama!


Cars vs bikes? Click the link below and watch the video

If this video doesn't get you out of your car and on to a motorcycle, nothing will. Ha ha..!

And while on the subject of motorcycle videos, also check out this new site: www.bikechannel.com This new website is dedicated to bike videos and they have a fair collection across various categories. And yes, you can also submit your bike videos to them which they'll show on their site.

Another absolutely awesome site for bike videos is http://www.spoletti.ch/ Do check it out!

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