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!



Also see:
Twenty Years of the Suzuki GSX-R
2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
KTM Nitroduke: The world's most powerful KTM!
Drag Race: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Kawasaki ZZR1400

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

Shelby and Rucker build 150bhp chopper


Okay, it won't corner, but at least it packs a 150bhp v-twin

Carroll Shelby International and Rucker Performance unveiled a custom cruiser at the recent Cincinnati V-Twin Expo. The bike was co-developed by the two companies and will be built by Rucker Performance. Shelby, known for his American muscle cars, has gone with his tried-and-tested formula – lots of horsepower combined with a lightweight chassis – resulting in a package which has the potential for eye-opening straight-line performance.

The Shelby-Rucker bike is fitted with an S&S X-Wedge fuel-injected v-twin that makes 150 horsepower. There’s an electric gear-shifting system, ceramic brake rotors, high-spec front forks, and what the company calls “air ride” suspension. Wheels are carbonfibre and aluminium body panels are used to keep the weight down.

Only 25 bikes will be made initially, with the possibility of another batch going into production towards the end of this year. Of course, owners will have endless customisation options in terms of paintjobs and accessories.



Also see:
Jesse James seven-cylinder Aero Bike
2007 Suzuki B-King
What your bike says about you!
2007 Buell XB-RR

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!

Epic Ride: SPEED TV’s new moto-show


Love bikes? Watch Epic Ride on SPEED TV

SPEED TV has announced Epic Ride, a new ‘motorcycle lifestyle’ television series that’ll be hosted by multi-time motocross and supercross champion, Ricky Johnson. The weekly show will go on air in the US on the 20th of February. Go here for the telecast schedule.

SPEED TV also offers other motorcycle-related shows like Super Bikes!, American Thunder, The Motocross Files and V-Twin Motorcycle TV, in addition to MotoGP and World Superbikes racing coverage.


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

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