Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Battleship Italia: 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R


Fast, sexy and very high tech - the 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R

Back in November 2006, at the EICMA show in Milan, Aprilia had unveiled two radical new sportsbikes – the NA 850 Mana, with a CVT/ sequential-shift seven-speed transmission, and the SL 750 Shiver, with ride-by-wire tech.

And now, it’s the 2007 Aprilia RSV1000R, which has been suitably fettled in order to comply with Euro 3 homologation norms. There’s new fuel injection mapping, new catalytic converters, and other changes to the bike’s intake valves and exhaust pipes in order to make it cleaner.

The 2007 RSV1000R gets 43mm Öhlins forks at the front, with titanium nitride coated stanchions and radial caliper mountings. The Sachs monoshock at the rear is adjustable for preload, as well as compression and rebound damping. Ride height at the back is also adjustable. The bike’s new fairing has bigger air vents, and the tail section has been redesigned and now incorporates an LED taillamp.

There’s also a new ram air intake which is supposed to boost power at higher speeds. The engine uses a sophisticated new engine management system made by Siemens VDO, and power output from the Aprilia’s 1000cc, DOHC, 8-valve, 60-degree v-twin stands at 143bhp at 10,000rpm. Top speed is 280km/h. So yeah, looks like it’ll be one hell of a bike!



Also see:
2007 Aprilia NA 850 Mana, SL 750 Shiver
2007 MV Agusta updates
Massimo Tamburini designs new Husqvarna STR 650 CC
Vyrus 985 C3 4V: Different strokes

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Valentino Rossi: The biggest earning star in MotoGP!


Rossi takes home US$29.25 million per annum, while Nicky Hayden doesn't

The results of an earnings survey conducted by Forbes magazine are out, and Valentino Rossi is right there among the top 10 earners in the world of sport! He is, in fact, at eighth place, with an annual pay packet of US$29.25 million.

Golf maestro Tiger Woods came in at first place (US$87.75 million), F1’s Michael Schumacher was in second place (US$56.55 million) while footballer David Beckham was in 12th place (US$26.33 million). So that settles it then – not only do motorcycle racers have more fun (riding a 220bhp racebike at 300km/h, versus kicking a ball around some mucky old field, hah!), they also earn more money. Cool!

Right-click and download this Valentino Rossi homage video here


Monday, January 15, 2007

Shutting Off? You’re not winning then!


That's Mick Extance, and he's keeping that throttle wide open

Mick Extance has been one of the UK’s top riders in the grueling Dakar Rally. Recently, while talking to British bike magazine, Performance Bikes, about his life and times in the Dakar Rally, Extance said, “Shut off and you fail. On the fast days, when you have a moment and you’re kissing the front mudguard at 160km/h, your heart’s going, and you hesitate. Well, the guys that win don’t hesitate. Marc Coma, David Fretigne and Fabrizio Meoni don’t back off. I’ve seen them full-lock, sideways at 160km/h and they haven’t even twitched. You’re behind and you go ‘urghh..!’ You back off and they’re gone…”

So now we know what it takes. And to tell you the truth, we’re a bit scared.



Also see:
Faster and Faster: The pros tell you how
Singularly Powerful: 2007 KTM 690SM
What your bike says about you!
On the pace: Read before you ride

Moto Morini 9½: The Better Half?


It's an... err... Italian cruiser. Probably

Moto Morini Nine-and-a-half..? Err…, yeah, that’s the strangely named, weirdly styled (by Luciano Marabese) cruiser you see here. And while the bike was first shown back in 2003 at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy, it’s gone on sale only now.

The Moto Morini 9½ uses a detuned version of the 1200cc v-twin used on the sportier Corsaro 1200, with smaller intake and exhaust valves, and reduced cam lift and valve overlap. The engine still makes 117bhp though, which should be quite enough for this type of motorcycle.


With 117bhp and high-grade suspension bits, the 91/2 should do just about all right for itself

Chassis is a tubular trellis (steel) structure, 50mm USD Marzocchi forks are used up front, and there’s an adjustable Paioli shock at the back, fitted to an oval-section tubular swingarm.

Go here for Cycle World magazine’s riding impression of this bike.



Limited Edition BMW R1200ST


If you have the heart to pay US$20,000 for this, you're a brave man

It might be a competent tourer, but from most angles, the BMW R1200ST looks just plain ugly. And it seems BMW haven’t really been able to sell as many of these muthas as they hoped to, because now they’re doing a Limited Edition (only 500 of these LE bikes will be made) R1200ST, which is absolutely packed with BMW-tech.

For US$19,600 you get a motorcycle fitted with anti-spin traction control (ASC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic suspension adjustment (ESA). It’s still ugly though…

On the other hand, the year 2006 was a good one for BMW, as the German company sold 100,064 motorcycles worldwide. This was the first time in the history of BMW that they sold more than 100,000 motorcycles in a single year! Germany, Italy, the US and Spain were BMW's biggest markets, while the R1200GS (and the GS Adventure) were the bestselling BMW bikes. And going by the number of new bikes that BMW are going to launch this year, it seems the good times will continue for them in 2007.


With sales of more than 100,000 bikes in 2006, it's celebration time at BMW!

Also see:
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto
2007 BMW G650: Xmoto, XChallenge, and XCountry

Nicky Hayden: Watch out!


Wearing this limited-edition Tissot will make you a riding god. Maybe...

Want a piece of 2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden? Hayden is brand ambassador for Tissot, the official timekeepers of MotoGP. And the Swiss company has created a Nicky Hayden limited-edition quartz-movement watch, based on its T-Race model. The watch is made of carbonfibre composite, bears Hayden's signature, and takes various design cues from MotoGP.


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