Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Riding Impression: 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000


King of the litre-bike class in 2007? Quite possibly...

The very lucky people at Motorcycle Daily have ridden the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000, which makes an absolutely mind-boggling 190 horsepower with ram-air-assist. MD’s Jordi Aymamí rode the new bike at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, and apparently, he was blown away by the experience.

With so much power on tap, the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is rightly fitted with S-MDS (Suzuki Mode Drive Selector), which lets a rider choose between three power levels: full power throughout the rev range, full power at the top end, but reduced power at low and medium revs, and reduced power throughout the rev range. These settings and the S-MDS system – often referred to as a form of traction control – lets riders deal with wet weather and/or slippery road conditions.


With 190bhp available, even expert riders might struggle to cope in full-power mode

Aymamí says that 2007 GSX-R1000’s chassis is lighter and more compact than the one on the older model, though the bike has gained a few kilos overall. “The swingarm is stronger and the fork has been improved a lot by a highly elaborate antifriction treatment, as well as both high and low speed compression damping adjustments. The new brakes feature 310mm discs clamped by four-piston, radial mounted calipers, powered by a radial master cylinder,” says Aymamí.

How’s the bike to ride? Aymamí says, “This new superbike feels much lighter, changes directions far easier and initiates turn-in more quickly than its predecessor, but we noticed that it drifted wide on corner exits. Nonetheless, this improved when we increased fork compression damping.” And how does the full-power-everywhere mode feel? “The new GSX-R1000 puts out so much power in position A that even the excellent Bridgestone BT-015 production tyres cannot maintain grip on aggressive corner exits…,” says Aymamí.

With the 2007 Yamaha R1 and the Ducati 1098 to contend with, we still don’t whether the new Gixxer will be top dog in the litre-class superbike segment this year. But if it turns out to be that way, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

Go here for Motorcycle Daily’s full riding impression of the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000.


MCN's 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 test ride video!

Also see:
Twenty years of the GSX-R!
The mid-1980s Suzuki GSX-R 750
The late-1980s/early-1990s GSX-R750
The late-1990s GSX-R750
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"

External link:
2001 vs 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000s!

Chris Pfeiffer wins Indoor Streetbike Freestyle World Championship in Zurich


Chris Pfeiffer in action...

BMW rider, 35-year-old Chris Pfeiffer has won the first Indoor Streetbike Freestyle World Championship during an event conducted at the Swiss-Moto Motorcycle, Scooter and Tuning Exhibition in Zurich.

Riding a BMW F800 as usual, Pfeiffer competed against 16 other riders, coming from nine countries, and won every single round on his way to winning the championship! Former World Stunt Riding Champion,
AC Farias from Brazil took second place, while Joni Tammela from Finland took third.


The BMW F800. Pfeiffer uses this bike in all his stunt riding

Said Pfeiffer, “I have to say that I wasn't expecting to find such a high calibre of riders capable of performing in such a limited space. The evolution of the riders in terms of their technical abilities is skyrocketing. We had 16 top riders from the US and all parts of Europe, and none of them had any problems in performing in the available space, which was only 54x15 metres! Tricks that were considered almost impossible just a short time ago have now become standard for many of the top athletes.”

Go here for more pics of Chris Pfeiffer in action!



And here's a video of the stuntmeister Pfeiffer, doing what he does best!

Also see:
Craig Jones' stoppie record on a Buell!
Video: Tiff Needell tests the mighty Campagna T-Rex
Tissot does a Nicky Hayden special edition watch
What not to do if you want to win that bike race!

Friday, February 16, 2007

United Motors: Going forward with Hyosung


The United Motors V2S 250R is mechanically similar to the Hyosung Comet GT250R

Based in Miami, in the US, United Motors (set up by the Villegas family more than 50 years ago) look like they're getting ready to hit the big time this year. The company had signed an 11-year agreement with Hyosung, of Korea, back in 2005 and this involves the distribution of Hyosung motorcycles in North America.

While Hyosung will also continue to sell the same bikes through their independent dealership network in the US, United Motors are putting their own colour schemes and graphics on Hyosung bikes and selling those alongside UM’s own sub-200cc machines!

The bikes which United Motors are sourcing from Hyosung are 650cc and 250cc v-twin powered sportsbikes and cruisers. New for 2007 is the fully faired, 70bhp, V2S 650R, which is pegged at US$5,999 and the fully faired, 30bhp, V2S 250R, which goes for US$3,699. For those who like cruisers, there’s also the V2C 650S, which actually looks a bit like a Harley V-Rod but costs only US$6,399. And get this – while Hyosung only offer a two-year warranty on their bikes, United Motors actually offer a three-year warranty on what are essentially the same bikes!

United Motors claim that they’ll soon be launching a liquid-cooled 450cc engine (all the Hyosung v-twins are air-and-oil-cooled) that’ll power their off-road bikes. And in 2008, the company will also start redesigning the Hyosung bikes’ bodywork, headlamps, taillamps and other small bits.

For more details, visit the United Motors website here


And this is the V2C 650S cruiser...


Also see:
Hyosung Comet GT250 mods
2007 Hyosung TrendKiller and GT650X
Get ready for Chinese bikes!
Get ready for Indian bikes!
...but Italian bikes are still the most beautiful!

Bimota Tesi 3D: Coming to a showroom near you


Exotic, expensive and Italian - the Bimota Tesi 3D
First shown at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan last year, the Bimota Tesi 3D is now coming to showrooms in the US. The Tesi 3D is powered by a Ducati-sourced 1079cc, air-and-oil-cooled, desmodromic v-twin. It’s not really one of the more powerful litre-class engines around, and Japanese supersport 600s will probably blow it into the weeds in power and acceleration stakes. However, the Bimota boasts of something rare – hub-centre steering, which was first developed by Bimota in the early-1990s for the Tesi 1D.

The 168kg (kerb weight) Tesi 3D’s front and rear swingarms utilise a trellis frame made of stiff, light alloy, somewhat similar to what Bimota use on their DB5 and DB6 bikes. The hydraulic front suspension unit is located low, beside the engine, and the bike is fitted with Magneti Marelli fuel injection, carbonfibre bodywork, forged alloy wheels, and radial disc brakes.

For more details, go to the Bimota USA site here and for Motorcycle USA's riding impression of the Bimota Tesi 2D, go here

Also see: 
The Vyrus 985 C3 4V and other bikes with alternative front suspension

Thursday, February 15, 2007

2007 KTM Festival: September 7-9, Hungaroring, Hungary


Participate in the 2007 KTM Festival in Hungary in September this year, and you can show your riding skills to hundreds of screaming female fans... :-)

The 2007 KTM Festival will be held from the 7th to the 9th of September, at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, in Hungary. In keeping with the ‘Ready to Race’ KTM brand philosophy, the festival will offer KTM riders and fans a unique opportunity to ride a variety of KTM motorcycles.

The 4.4 km long Hungaroring racing circuit will play host to some spectacular moto-stunt shows, and the nearby motocross and supermoto tracks will mean that regardless of what KTM you own, you’d be able to thrash it to your heart’s content. Those visitors who do not own KTM machines will also be able to test KTM motorcycles on the racing circuit, or go riding as part of a guided tour in and around Budapest!

Want to register for the festival? Right-click and download the PDF here




Polaris ATV Quad vs KTM off-road bike. Who wins?


Also see:
2007 KTM Super Duke 990 in action!
X-Bow: KTM's radical new sportscar
Get ready for the KTM RC8 superbike!
Nitroduke: The world's fastest KTM!

MotoGP: Yoda’s Wisdom on Kawasaki’s 800cc Ninja ZX-RR


Olivier Jacque is right on the case on his ZX-RR. Can he possibly win a race in 2007?

Kawasaki’s Racing Director, Ichiro Yoda has spoken. This man, who joined Kawasaki's MotoGP project in 2005, has more than 20 years of grand prix engineering experience. For two years, Yoda has been the driving force behind the development of Kawasaki's 990cc Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP machine. And now, in 2007, with Yoda being in full charge of Kawasaki’s MotoGP effort, Randy de Puniet’s and Olivier Jacque’s fortunes are tied to his engineering expertise.

Talking about the new 800cc Ninja ZX-RR, Yoda says, “We knew from the start that we would have to rev the 800cc engine harder and higher if we were to liberate enough power to be competitive.” And he adds that “Quick, and accurate turning is critical to a good lap time, especially with the new 800cc machines.”

How different is the new 800cc machine from last year’s 990cc racer? Says Yoda, “The 800cc machine is an evolution of the 990cc bike, in that we have taken what we learnt during the past four years and incorporated those lessons into the design of the new machine. Yes, there are some parts that remain from the 990cc machine, such as the running gear and the bodywork, but the major components like the engine and the chassis are all new.”

What about power delivery? “The 990cc bikes had so much power that a lot of our development time was spent trying to counter the tendency to lose grip at the rear under acceleration. The bigger bike could feel quite nervous to the rider on the throttle, and when it did lose rear traction it did so suddenly. The characteristics of the 800cc machine are such that it is easier to control on the throttle, and the transition between grip and no grip is both smoother and more predictable. Because the engine is smoother with the 800cc bike, it means the whole system is more stable,” explains Yoda.

Finally, what are your goals for this year? “I think a first win in the MotoGP class for Kawasaki is a realistic goal for us this year. In terms of the championship, I think a position in the top seven at the end of the season is a reasonable expectation for us,” says Yoda.



Also see:
Remembering John Surtees
The Mighty Kawasaki ZZR1100
Wayne Gardner: The Wild One from Woollongong!
Honda V4: Racers for the road
1990s: The first liquid-cooled Suzuki GSX-R750s

2007 Honda CB600F Hornet: Smooth Character


It's the perfect tool for the daily commute...

The first thing you want to know about the 2007 Honda CB600F Hornet is that it’s now on sale – you can buy one from your local Honda dealer right now. And the second thing is, it’s fitted with the CBR600RR’s engine. Keeley Hazell in a nun’s garb, eh? Though riding the new Hornet, with its UJM-style ergonomics, might actually be a bit easier than mounting Ms Hazell…

…but seriously, the new Hornet, with its MotoGP-inspired four-into-one exhaust (which also ensures Euro 3 emissions compatibility) and freshened-up styling, could be just the ticket for those looking for a relaxed, comfortable, all-around capable sportsbike. Here, the CBR600RR’s engine gets different cams and intake valves, which results in a lower peak power output figure (102bhp), but the power is available over a wider rev range.

The six-speed gearbox is slick, Bridgestone BT012 rubber is said to offer lots of grip, and 41mm USD Showa front forks (non-adjustable) and preload-adjustable Showa monoshock are firmly sprung and work well for a wide variety of riders. The Hornet also gets a new aluminium mono-backbone chassis and a new aluminium swingarm, which help keep the kerb weight down to 198kg. ABS is available as an optional extra, though standard brakes are not too bad on their own.

The Hornet can’t really be hugely exciting we suppose, but if race-rep CBR, GSX-R and ZX-R 600s are not for you, then maybe this CB600F is what you’ve been waiting for.


UJM ergos + CBR600RR engine = perfect motorcycle for the city!



Also see:
Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport
Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Biposto
BMW G650 X-Moto
2007 Kawasaki Z750

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

2008 Can-Am Spyder. Man!


If you can't afford a Campagna T-Rex, this Can-Am Spyder just might be the next best thing...

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), the company that makes Sea-Doo watercraft, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Rotax engines, and Can-Am ATVs, is now going to start building a brand-new three-wheeler – the Can-Am Spyder.

The 316-kilo Spyder is powered by a 998cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, Rotax v-twin that makes 106 horsepower at 8,500rpm. The power is transferred to the (single) rear wheel via (foot-operated) five-speed manual transmission, and the vehicle uses a belt-drive system. An electronic, push-button gearshift mechanism will also be made available on the Spyder, as an optional extra.

The Can-Am Spyder also uses what BRP calls its Vehicle Stability System (VSS), where no less than four computers continuously monitor things like wheel speed, engine speed, and load. Working in conjunction with the Spyder’s anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems, VSS automatically adjusts power and braking parameters if it is senses that something is going to go wrong.

The Can-Am Spyder will become available in US dealerships in September this year, and will cost US$14,999. A higher-spec variant, with automatic clutch and push-button shifting, will be pegged at US$16,499. For more details, visit the company website here or see Motorcycle-USA's riding impression here.


Powerful, yellow, funky and thoroughly impractical. Should be good fun then!

Other interesting three-wheelers:
Sin City: Volkswagen GX3
Tiff Needell tests the mighty Campagna T-Rex!
Brudeli 625L: Radical new KTM-based three-wheeler!
Piaggio MP3
Gilera Fuoco 500

Monday, February 12, 2007

MAB Power: BMW K1200R Turbo


The future is bright, the future is orange. It's also turbocharged, powerful and very, very fast...

What do you do if you want a funky, bright orange, turbocharged, 250bhp streetfighter? Well, if you live in Germany, you simply run out and buy a BMW K1200R and then take it to MAB Power, who’ll paint it orange, slap on a turbo, and tweak the engine so that it makes as much power as a brand-new MotoGP bike.

Then, depending on how skilled (or not…) a rider you are, you can either go out and impress your mates with your wheelie skills or fall off at the next roundabout, trying to get your knee down. In either case, right-click and download this video to see the MAB Power K1200R in action.


So your neighbour owns a Hayabusa, eh? Show him this!



Also see:
KRV5 MotoGP-powered Board-tracker!
More details on the Honda RC212V
Significant firsts in motorcycling
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Kawasaki GPZ 750 Turbo

Saturday, February 10, 2007

2007 KTM 990 Super Duke video


The KTM 990 Super Duke goes dragon-slaying... :-)

We like KTM and their hard-edged bikes, which is why we couldn't resist posting this 990 Super Duke video (which shows KTM taking on Japan Inc.) here. One showdown we'd love to see is the 990 Super Duke vs Kawasaki Z1000 vs Aprilia Tuono R vs Triumph Speed Triple. Now wait till we find a video that has all these bikes in it! In the meanwhile, see Grant Parsons' riding impression of the 990 Super Duke, on the AMA website, here

Friday, February 09, 2007

“GSX-Rs are for moped riders…”


He'll accelerate to almost 400km/h in less than six seconds...

“GSX-Rs are for moped riders. My bike will run the quarter mile in 5.809 seconds, crossing the line at 392km/h. It pulls 3G in acceleration – the same as a space shuttle. Some guys black out. It’ll drain blood from your head fast enough to make you faint.”

If you think MotoGP riders are tough (which of course they are…), meet Larry McBride, multi-time motorcycle drag racing champion from the US. His Top Fuel Dragster is powered by a supercharged 1400cc inline-four that makes more than 1200 horsepower. That power is transferred to the rear tyre – a 31-inch slick – via a two-speed gearbox, the bike weighs about 450 kilos, and talking to Performance Bikes magazine, McBride said that “A modern performance bike feels like a restricted moped compared to this.” Which isn’t surprising when you consider that while McBride’s Dragster weighs about twice as much as most litre-class superbikes, it’s also seven times as powerful. Cool!


We wonder if the good Professor would really agree with McBride...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

MotoCzysz gets Robb Report Design Award


Always wanted a MotoGP-replica? This is it...

The Robb Report Motorcycling magazine’s Achievement in Design Award has gone to MotoCzysz, for the MotoCzysz 07 C1 990 MotoGP-replica. Jeff Buchanan, talking about the 07 C1 990 in the February/March 2007 issue of the magazine, says that “Michael Czysz's creation represents a deep, intense and deliberate detour from the accepted norm of motorcycle engineering in pursuit of advancement.”

The MotoCzysz 07 C1 990 is the first production motorcycle that MotoCzysz will be offering, and it’s the second 990cc MotoGP-replica (the first being the Ducati Desmosedici RR) to go on sale this year. The bike is being readied for a limited production run of only 50 units, which will be sold worldwide. Delivery is scheduled to begin in July this year.



Also see:
The Ducati Desmosedici RR
Top Fuel Motorcycles: A lesson in acceleration!


A brilliant video showing the MotoCzysz bike in action

Alfa Romeo team up with Ducati Corse for World Superbikes


The Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon (on the left) will be the official car for World Superbikes this year

Alfa Romeo have teamed up with Ducati Corse for the SBK Superbike World Championship series. No, Alfa aren’t building a superbike just yet – they’ll only be the official sponsor, the official car and the safety car supplier for World Superbikes. In fact, Alfa Romeo will be present at all 13 SBK World Championship race meetings (11 in Europe, one in Australia, and one in Qatar).

The Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon TI will be the official safety car in the 2007 World Superbikes series and Alfa Romeo will extend cooperation to the Ducati Corse team in MotoGP as well as the SBK Word Championship. Alfa Romeo will even take part in the fifth World Ducati Week, which will be held in the Romagna region of Northern Italy from the 28th of June to the 1st of July this year.

The 2007 World Superbikes series kicks off on the 24th of February, at the Losail circuit in Doha, Qatar. Start checking your local television schedules now!



Also see:
2007 Ducati Hypermotard
2007 Ducati Sport Classics
Ducati-powered Fiat 500
2007 MotoGP predictions

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Fischer MRX 650: Riding impression


Certainly looks more distinctive than a CBR600RR

We wrote about the Fischer MRX some time ago, when ‘America’s first proper sportsbike’ was still in the development phase. Well, the bike is ready now and is being produced in small numbers at the Fischer Motor Company’s factory in Maryland, in the US. Fischer is also in the process of setting up a dealer network in the US.

The Fischer MRX 650 is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 650cc v-twin engine (sourced from Korean motorcycle manufacturer Hyosung) that makes 79bhp@9000rpm. 39mm Mikuni carbs are used for now, but these are expected to make way for fuel injection soon.

The machine has been designed by Glynn Kerr, the chassis has been engineered by Gemini Technologies (who were responsible for creating the 1990s Harley-Davidson VR1000 superbike), and the bike is fitted with an Öhlins shock at the rear and a high-performance Micron exhaust system that’s made in the UK.

Fischer plans to manufacture 700 bikes in 2007, going up to 2,500 units per annum by the year 2010. Pegged at US$7,999 the MRX seems to be good value for money. Here’s hoping they’ll do well!

Here’s Motorcyclist magazine’s riding impression of the Fischer MRX 650.


Finally, an American sportsbike that isn't a Buell



Also see:
2007 Kawasaki Z750
The fab new Ducati 1098
Gilera Fuoco 500: Funkytown!
2007 BMW K1200R Sport

Die Moto: Biodiesel-powered motorcycle aims for landspeed record


Yeah, it's an oil-burner. And it's pretty fast. For a diesel

Biodiesel specialists, Greenline Industries recently showed the Die Moto – the world's first biodiesel land speed record motorcycle – at the National Biodiesel Conference in San Antonio, in the US. This bike was built at The Crucible, an industrial arts education facility in California.

Running on pure biodiesel, the Die Moto has already clocked speeds in excess of 208km/h. And in September this year, The Crucible team plans to break the diesel motorcycle land speed world record (currently 168km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

"We believe in proving the simple point that diesel fuels are exceptionally efficient in smaller engines, and that biodiesel is the ultimate form of diesel," says Greenline CEO, Ted Lavoie. Sure thing Ted. Wish you all the best!



Also see:
TRACK T-800CDI: Diesel dual-purpose
Faster and Faster: The best of 2006
Significant firsts in motorcycling

Harley-Davidson Nightster rumbles out


Black-out paintjob, solo seat, low-rider styling. Cool...

Harley-Davidson recently unveiled the latest addition to their Sportster range – the XL 1200N Nightster. This funky little machine is basically a low-riding Sportster 1200 and is powered by Harley’s fuel-injected 1200cc Evolution engine. Of course, no power or torque figures are quoted.

H-D say that the “New Sportster model fuses fiendish formula of performance and style,” that it offers “a wicked combination of exceptional performance, unique design and a low seat height,” and that “the Nightster has a gritty, urban feel, offering a sharp ride for the street.” Ahem. But still, with its belt-drive, v-twin engine, black-out paintjob and solo seat, the Nightster will probably appeal to some North American riders. Which is just as well because the bike will only be made available in North America.


Guess it may be a bit of fun after all. In a weird way. If you are into this sort of thing... :-)


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Monowheeling in Michigan


Valentino Rossi should try doing this, eh?

The contraption you see here has been built in Michigan in the US. It’s four feet high, weighs about 60kg, is powered by a 5-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and costs US$8,500.

How is it to ride? A Cycle World journalist who rode the thing, says “Imagine balancing while sitting on a chair, which is on top of a piece of plywood, which is on top of a golf ball.’ And he adds, “Accelerate too fast and your boots are above your eyes as you rotate forward inside the wheel. Brake too hard and now you're looking straight down at the pavement.”

Interesting? Get the full riding impression here


Imagine rolling up to the local pub on this...



Also see:
Embrio: The one-wheeled wonder
The Mighty Quadzilla
Tiff Needell tests the Campagna T-Rex. Insane!

KTM developing new 2WD system for bikes


2WD - coming to a KTM showroom near you?

After ABS and traction control, two-wheel-drive (2WD) just might turn out to be the next big thing in motorcycling. Though Yamaha have tried their hand at building a 2WD motorcycle in the past, the Japanese company has now given up further development in this area.

But KTM may pick up from where Yamaha left off. Unfazed by Yamaha’s 2-Trac 2WD system not having taken off, the Austrian company has developed its own 2WD system and is already testing it on some of its motocross bikes. KTM’s 2WD mechanism uses a mechanical/hydraulic system to apportion torque between the front and rear wheels. It uses a small hydraulic motor inside the front hub, which drives the front wheel.

According to the company, test results have been good and ‘the 2WD system allows the bike to accelerate much harder out of corners, due to less slippage.’ The flip side to both wheels being powered is a tendency to stand up and run wide. Also, the 2WD mechanism adds six kilos to the bike, half of which is directly to the front hub – definitely not a good thing.

Still, it’s early days yet, and with further development, KTM’s 2WD could benefit some motorcycle riders, especially those who ride dual-purpose bikes and those who ride off-road. KTM bikes have dominated the Dakar Rally for quite some time now, and a new 2WD system may extend that domination in the years to come!



Also see:
The KTM RC8 superbike
X-Bow: KTM's radical new supercar!
Norton NRV 588: The rotary lives again!
Brudeli 625: KTM-based trike
2007 KTM 990 Superduke R

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Significant Firsts in Motorcycling


Can you tell which of these was the first ever road bike to have fully adjustable suspension?

An interesting little list of significant 'firsts' in the history of motorcycles. The list was compiled with some help from the UK-based Performance Bikes, one of the best moto-mags in the business right now. Do visit their website here

Right, and now on to the list...

Genuine 100bhp
1978 Kawasaki Z1300. Six-cylinder engine. 225km/h top speed. It weighed a bit more than 300 kilos though, and handled liked a sack of potatoes. Not that it stopped nutters like Artie Nyquist and Gary Rothwell from pulling big wheelies on this beast!

10-second quarter-mile
Mid-1980s Kawasaki GPZ1100. (The 1984 GPZ 750 Turbo did the quarter-mile in 10.99 seconds, and the 2006 ZZR1400 does it in about 9.5…)

100bhp in a bike that weighed less than 200kg
1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100. 102bhp, 197kg. Also had the first cartridge fork on a road machine.

150bhp in a bike that weighed less than 200kg
2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Aluminium beam frame
1987 Yamaha TZR250 and FZR1000.

Fully adjustable suspension on a road bike
1988 Honda RC30. Full compression and rebound damping adjustments. (The 1990 GSX-R750 was the first bike with fully adjustable suspension that real people could actually afford to buy…)

200bhp/litre engine
1989 Suzuki RGV250. 50.4bhp@11,000rpm. 202.4bhp/litre. Even the 2007 Yamaha R1 or GSX-R1000 can’t match that!

Ram-air that actually worked
The 1989 Kawasaki ZXR750 had those OTT pipes snaking over the fuel tank and the green/white/purple paint scheme was the business, but the 1989 Yamaha OW01 had ram air that really worked, with real world measurable effects. First exhaust valve too.

First radial caliper
2003 Aprilia RSV-R.

Separate high/low speed damping adjustment
2006 Yamaha R6. Also first fly-by-wire throttle linkage.

Yamaha UK: The Vale Collection


Lo and behold! The Vale Collection!

Rossi-obsessive? Then you may want to get these no.46 Rossi shirts, caps and bags etc., which Yamaha of UK have just launched. The shirt lets you corner harder, the cap psyches out other riders in your neighbourhood and the bag has enough space for the missus’ kit. More details on the ‘Vale Collection’ here


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Team Cristofolini Racing’s 350cc, 112bhp scooter


Yeah, that's a 112bhp, 350cc V4. In a scooter!

What would you want in a scooter? A 100cc, 8-10bhp engine and some underseat storage space? Not if you’re Team Cristofolini Racing. These Italians have built a scooter which is fitted with a carburetted 350cc V4 that makes 112 horsepower. The chassis is modified Malaguti F12. And we suppose you'd have to be Valentino Rossi himself to be able to ride this machine, which, with its small wheels, short wheelbase and 112bhp engine, should be a right nightmare.

Get more pics and details here


Benelli readying the Tre-K 1130 Amazonas


The Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas: Mud in your eye!

Benelli are reported to be in the final stages of readying their Tre-K 1130 Amazonas. When the big dual-purpose Benelli hits showrooms in April this year, it will be up against some very capable and well-established competition – bikes like the BMW R1200GS and the KTM 990 Adventure. But with its powerful, 1130cc three-cylinder engine (which makes 123 horsepower at 9000rpm), funky styling and high-spec suspension and chassis components, the big Benelli might just pull it off.

The only thing is, it’s expected to cost about US$16,000. Uhh..hh…

Also see:
2007 Benelli Due 750
2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto
2007 BMW G650 X-Challenge
2007 KTM 990 Superduke R

External link:
Cycle World: 2007 Benelli Tre-K first ride

Monday, January 22, 2007

Kenny Roberts announces KR Tuned


Kenny Roberts. Brilliant rider and racer. And a never-say-die businessman

Kenny Roberts (500cc motorcycle grand prix racing world champ in 1978, 1979 and 1980) has announced his new venture, KR Tuned, which will focus on high-end, high-performance exhaust systems and chassis components for sportsbikes.

Kenny says KR Tuned will apply learnings from MotoGP while creating exhaust systems and other performance accessories for street-going sportsbikes. Apart from his racing successes in the late-1970s with Yamaha, Kenny Roberts has been running his own MotoGP racing team for the last many years, albeit with limited success. In 2007, he will be running his KR212V MotoGP bike, which uses an 800cc engine supplied by Honda. Kenny Roberts Jr. (Kenny Roberts’ son, and 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ in the year 2000) will be riding the KR212V.


Expect to see (and hear...) this in your neighbourhood soon

KR Tuned products will be marketed through an alliance with Hotbodies Racing, who also sponsored Kenny's MotoGP team in 2006. For more details, visit http://www.hotbodiesracing.com/ and http://www.krtuned.com/


2008 Victory Vision: A stylish new luxo-tourer...


The Victory Vision luxury-tourer. Coming to a showroom near you, by October/November 2007

Based in Minnesota, in the US, Victory describe their new Vision as ‘the most progressive American luxury-touring bike ever built.’ Well, it certainly doesn’t look like any other touring bike we’ve recently seen…

But seriously, the Victory Vision, designed by one Michael Song, is the culmination of six years of research and development. When it goes on sale in October this year, the bike will be available in two versions – the full-house touring-oriented Vision Tour, and the slightly smaller Vision Street. Both bikes, say Victory, ‘define 21st-century cool.’

The Victory Vision will be powered by a 1600cc v-twin (though this is not confirmed yet, and engine capacity may go up by the time the bikes goes into production), and will feature a low-maintenance belt-drive. Spec is likely to be high, with toys like MP3 stereo, GPS navigation, and satellite radio being fitted as standard equipment.

For Victory Vision wallpaper, video and more details, go here. For riding impressions, go here, here and here.


Imagine rolling up to your girlfriend's house on this!

Also see:
Wakan: 1640cc of French eccentricity
2007 Buell XBRR
2007 Suzuki B-King
2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss

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