Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ducati Hypermotard inches closer to going into production


Radical, eh? Supermoto fans should love this Duke...

Back in September last year, we had reported on the Ducati Hypermotard having been spotted testing and production having been confirmed. Well, the bike is now very close to being put into production and final tests are being carried out.

Vittoriano Guareschi, official Ducati MotoGP Team test rider has been testing Hypermotard prototypes at the Mores circuit in Sardinia, Italy. Says Guareschi, ‘The bike is fantastic! It's so much fun to ride that you lose all track of time, and you never want to get off it. The bike's just perfect, well balanced, smooth and, above all, a true Ducati. These tests have allowed us to define the setup and make a few final modifications before the bike goes into production . Everything is on schedule.’ Sounds good. This should indeed be one bike to watch out for...

Update (16th May, 2007): So now that the Hypermotard is finally out, here are some pics and videos of SBK rider Ruben Xaus having a bit of fun on the thing.


Ruben Xaus shows how the Hypermotard is meant to be ridden!

Also see:
Alfa Romeo join forces with Ducati WSB
Wonder scooter: Gilera Fuoco 500
New bikes from Benelli this year?
Radical new sportsbikes from Aprilia


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Buell to do trackdays, enter off-road bikes market


Buell plan to do trackdays in the US and allow people to experience their bikes

Buell have just launched what they’re calling the ‘Inside Pass,’ essentially a trackday program which will allow American riders to experience some of the best racing circuits in the US. All motorcycle riders can participate (including those who do not own a Buell...), and they will also have the opportunity to test ride some of the newest Buell bikes on the track. More details on the Buell website.

On a different note, the innovative American company is also planning to launch an off-road motorcycle, which would be a closed-course competition model. But don’t rush off to your local Buell dealership just yet – this new machine is still about two years away from hitting showrooms...

Buell babes
Buell babes

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The V-Rex: Sometimes, dreams do come true...


Should be just the thing for tootling down to the supermarket for a six-pack of beer...


Back in December 2003, Aussie designer Tim Cameron made a sketch of his dream cruiser and then made a 3D computer rendering of the bike. US-based Christian Travert, who had worked on the Y2K jet bike earlier, took it up from there and decided to actually build the bike. And it wasn’t just about building a one-off show bike – Christian wanted to put the bike into regular production.

Since then, Christian has set up Travertson Inc., in Fort Lauderdale in the US – a full-fledged factory where Cameron’s dream cruiser (now called the V-Rex) – would be made. And while the machine retains the far-out styling which Cameron dreamt up, it’s a fully functional real-world motorcycle. Guess dreams do come true sometimes!

For more details, go to the Travertson website

MV Agusta F4 312R: The fastest production motorcycle in the world!


Don't even think of racing your Hayabusa against this...

There’s a new MV Agusta F4 available now – the 312R – and guess what the ‘312’ in the name signifies? Yeah, the bike can hit a top speed of 312km/h – take that you ZZR1400 and Hayabusa owners!

Apart from the gorgeous styling, the new F4 312R also gets better suspension – 50mm Marzocchi forks (carbon-nitride treated, and featuring 13 compression and 22 rebound settings...) and a Sachs monoshock with double hydraulic compression settings (whatever that means...) It also gets very light, forged, Y-spoke aluminium Brembo wheels and brakes with radial mount calipers.

The F4 312R’s 1000cc inline-four makes more than 180 horsepower at 12,400rpm and is fully Euro 3 compliant. More important for many would be the fact that apart from new white and black paint schemes, the bike will also be available in the classic MV Agusta red/silver livery. Ooohhh... :-)

2007 Repsol-replica Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR


The 2007 Repsol-replica CBR1000RR. A must-have for Hayden fans...

To celebrate Nicky Hayden's 2006 MotoGP world championship, Honda are doing a limited edition Repsol-replica Fireblade CBR1000RR. The bike, which will be available in Europe and the US later this month, is the second Repsol-rep Fireblade – Honda did the first one back in 2005. Repsol first sponsored Honda’s motorcycle racing effort in 1995, with Mick Doohan riding the championship-winning NSR500 at that time.

The 2007 Repsol-rep Fireblade features PGM-DSFI dual sequential fuel injection (first seen on Honda’s RC211V MotoGP bike), a mass-centralised chassis, gravity die-cast aluminium frame, the Unit-Pro-Arm swingarm, radial-mount front brake callipers and an electronic steering damper. We don’t know how the bike stacks up to the 2007 GSX-R1000 or the latest R1 in terms of outright performance, but the Repsol livery alone should be worth an additional 2bhp at least, eh...?

Also see:
2007 BMW K1200R Sport
Limited edition MV Agusta F4 CC
Limited edition Moto Corse Ducati and MV Agusta bikes
Looking inside the 2007 Honda RC212V

Monday, March 12, 2007

The saga of the HRC Honda NSR500


The great American racer, Freddie Spencer, with his Honda NS500
Starting with 1985 and ending with the 2001 season, the Honda NSR500 won no less than ten 500cc motorcycle roadracing world championships. And that’s not counting the 1983 500cc world championship, which Freddie Spencer won on the NSR’s predecessor – the three-cylinder Honda NS500. Spencer later went on to win the 1985 500cc championship on the NSR500, and amazingly, also won the 250cc world championship that year, aboard a Honda NSR250!

Fiesty Australian, Wayne Gardner won the 1987 500c world championship aboard his Rothmans Honda NSR500
Aussie rider Wayne Gardner took the 1987 500cc crown riding his Rothmans Honda NSR500, and then American rider and multi-time world champ, Eddie Lawson won the 1989 500cc championship – again on a Honda NSR500.

American racing legend, Eddie Lawson won 500cc world championships with Yamaha in 1984, 1986 and 1988. He then moved to Honda for 1989 and won his last 500cc title aboard his Honda NSR500
From 1990 to 1992, Rainey picked up three world championships aboard his Yamaha YZR500, and Kevin Schwantz won the 1993 title on his Suzuki RGV500. But from then onwards, the Honda NSR500 ruled the 500cc class for six straight years, with the mighty Mick Doohan winning five world championships from 1994 to 1998, and Spanish rider Alex Criville taking the 1999 500cc title.

There was no beating Mick 'The Dominant' Doohan between 1994 and 1998. Mick's talent combined with NSR500 power meant five successive world championships for the Aussie rider
With the two-stroke era coming to an end, the NSR500 had its last outing in the hands of Valentino Rossi, who won the 2001 500cc championship aboard this bike. Of course, he went on to win another two MotoGP world championships aboard Honda machines – the five-cylinder RC211V – but even he agrees that the two-stroke NSR500 was much more exciting to ride.

Rossi won his first 500cc world title in 2001, aboard this NSR500. From 2002 onwards, it would be the four-stroke Honda RC211V...
Throughout its fifteen-year saga, the two-stroke, V4 Honda NSR500 was the very personification of raw, unbridled power, speed and acceleration. Eddie Lawson’s 1989 machine made 165bhp@12,000rpm and was capable of doing 300km/h. With its chassis struggling to cope with all that power, and with the mighty V4 making mincemeat of the bike’s tyres, the late-1980s NSR was a barely-contained wild animal, and needed the supreme riding talents of a man like Lawson for the bike to be able to win consistently. That, and the genius of HRC’s ace mechanic, the legendary Erv Kanemoto.

With five 500cc world championships won aboard the Honda NSR500, Mick Doohan was by far the most successful HRC rider in the 1990s. And going by this pic, his popularity has not diminished... :-)
By the early-1990s, the NSR500 had evolved into a friendlier machine. With computer-controlled engine management systems replacing carburetors, the NSR’s two-stroke V4 was making its 190-200 horsepower in a more controllable fashion. The ‘big bang’ engine debuted in 1992, where the firing order was such that the NSR’s V4 would behave more on the lines of a big single, rather than a vastly more frenzied four-cylinder unit. This made the bike more controllable and ultimately, reduced the chances of a highside.

Later, in the late-1990s, when other manufacturers also started building ‘big bang’ engines, Doohan actually went back to the earlier type of firing order to again get an edge over other riders! So yes, a large part of the NSR’s success was also due to rider skills and sheer talent, but that takes away nothing from the fact that the Honda 500cc GP bike was the very pinnacle of two-stroke racebike engineering. Pedrosa and the RC212V may be a great combo, but we still miss the sight of Doohan going sideways on his Repsol Honda NSR500…

Awesome video from the 1996 500cc motorcycle GP racing season. Honda NSR500 riders Mick Doohan and Alex Criville go hammer and tongs at each other. Superb!

Monday, March 05, 2007

American Borders: A Motorcycle Misadventures Journey


If you think you're tough, try going around the US on a Russian-made Ural, with a sidecar attached to it. Otherwise, just read Carla King's story...

Suppose, for a minute, that you were going to ride around the United States of America, and that you were going to do it alone. What bike would you choose? A Honda Goldwing? A BMW K1200LT? Perhaps a Yamaha Fazer or a Honda VFR800? Well, Carla King chose to do it on a Russian-made Ural. With a sidecar attached to the bike. She did go on to complete this epic ride of hers, and American Borders is her account of what happened along the way.

Says Carla, ‘My proposed route hugged the edges of the Continental United States, on back roads following the coastlines and weaving in and out of Canada and Mexico. It was a long trip – up to ten thousand miles – with a loose estimated time frame that could extend anywhere from three to six months. With that kind of timeline, I didn’t care that the Ural’s top speed 65mph downhill with the wind at my back. I planned a back-roads trip and I didn’t want to be rushed…’

We suppose it would take uncommon courage and fortitude to embark upon a 10,000-mile ride on a Russian-made motorcycle-sidecar combo, knowing that things would not go smoothly and that the bike could, and would, break down unexpectedly. As the story unfolds, the Ural does break down regularly all over America and yet the feisty Carla takes it all in her stride. The way she handles herself in every situation, the people she meets along the way and the small-town America she experiences – all of these combine to make a great, heartwarming story.

Like us, if you keep dreaming about setting out on that really long ride on your motorcycle someday, American Borders could well provide the inspiration you’ve been looking for...

Visit the Motorcycle Misadventures website here

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Ninja Nation: 1988 Kawasaki ZX-10 vs 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R


Back in 1988, if you wanted to do 260km/h on two wheels, you'd be riding this Kawasaki ZX-10

Kawasaki
have been building seriously high-performance sportsbikes since the early 1970s. Witness the 1972 Z1, which could do the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 210km/h. Or the 1978 Z1300, which packed a six-cylinder engine and weighed in at close to 300 kilos. And the 1984 GPZ900R, which boasted of 100 horsepower and 240km/h top speed.

But Kawasaki’s first proper rocketship was the 1988 ZX-10, which used a 997cc inline-four (based on the GPZ900R motor) that made 110 horsepower, and which could push the bike to a top speed of nearly 260km/h! The bike also had a proper alloy beam chassis, highly optimized aerodynamics, and proper wheels, tyres, brakes, and suspension to go with all that speed. The 1988 ZX-10 was probably Kawasaki’s first superbike as we know them now.



Twenty years on, the ZX-10R continues the legacy of the original ZX-10. And this 2004 ZX-10R is, in some ways, even better than its current, more toned-down sibling...

Compare the old ZX-10 with the all-new ZX-10R which Kawasaki launched in 2004, and you see just how far superbikes have come, and how they’ve evolved. The first ZX-10R had around 150bhp (40 horses up on the old ZX-10) from its 998cc inline-four, and came with high-spec, race-bred chassis, suspension and brakes that are as much at home on the track as they are on the street.

In fact, the 2004 ZX-10R was such a wild beast, that over the last three years, Kawasaki have been spending time taming its behaviour and trying to make more of its mind-boggling performance accessible to normal, ordinary riders. But we sure would love to ride the 1988 and 2004 ZX-10s back to back – what a trip that would be!

Also see:
Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo: Blow hard!
The Mighty Quadzilla
Eddie Lawson tribute: The Kawasaki ZRX1200R
Mad Kaws: H1 and Z1
The very memorable Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R
2007 Kawasaki Z1000 promo video

Update (12th September 2007):
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: First pics and details!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Valentino Rossi: “Capirossi has impressed me many times…”


Rossi has won all those MotoGP world championships, but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that Capirossi is also a brilliant racer...

Here at Faster and Faster, the supremely talented Valentino Rossi and the fast, feisty Loris Capirossi are two of our most favourite riders in MotoGP. Both have been slugging it out on racetracks around the world for years, and though it’s Rossi who’s won all the MotoGP world championships over the last few years, that doesn’t take away anything from the fact that Capirossi is a brilliant rider – one of the few who have the talent to face a full-on Rossi onslaught.

So what does Valentino Rossi himself have to say about Capirossi? Speaking to BIKE magazine (our all-time no.1 favourite motorcycle mag…) a few months ago, Rossi said “I think I’m very good at understanding when another rider is fast and there have been a few times when another rider has impressed me. I suppose Capirossi has impressed me many times.”

Going on to describe one of his many battles with Capirossi in their 250cc class days, Rossi says “Maybe the most impressive was Capirossi at Assen in 1999. Usually another rider impresses you when you are in good shape, with a good bike, and he’s still able to beat you. That day I was very fast but Capirossi was faster than me – he was in fantastic shape.”

Of all the races where the two have gone head to head against each other, why does Rossi remember the 1999 250cc race in Holland? Rossi says, “Capirossi amazed me at the last chicane. What he did that day was impossible. That race wasn’t a race, it was a battle. That sometimes happens – you stop with the right lines and just fight – like remove one chip from your brain and put in another.”

Ah, well, with both riders being at the top of their game right now, let’s see how the Rossi/Capirossi rivalry shapes up in 2007. Bring ’em on..!

Also see:
Valentino Rossi: The highest-paid star in MotoGP
Remembering the great Barry Sheene
Kevin Schwantz speaks to Faster and Faster
Wayne Gardner speaks to Faster and Faster
Loris Capirossi's 16 years in motorcycle GP racing

Thursday, March 01, 2007

MotoGP '07: All play, no work!


Want to play with the big boys, but are on a tighter budget than Rossi? THQ Inc. have you covered!

Gaming giants THQ Inc. have announced that MotoGP '07 – the definite motorcycle racing game – will soon be available for the Xbox 360TM game console. New 800cc MotoGP bikes, new tracks and an ‘Extreme’ mode that allows players to race on city streets around the world means this should be perfect for days when you can’t actually go out and ride. Go to the MotoGP '07 official website for more details.

Also see:
Lazareth Motorcycles: Custom cool!
Angelina Jolie more popular than Rossi, with motorcyclists
Bigger is better: Why bikes aren't the only things the Brits are good at!
Bimota Tesi 3D: Sticking with the alternative route
Can-Am Spyder: One cool trike!

Sizzler: 2007 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000


Bright Sunday morning, smooth and twisty roads, no traffic, no speed limits and this Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000. Well, at least we can dream...

Here’s the one bike we’d really love to get our hands on – the 2007 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000, which was recently unveiled at the Almeria circuit in Spain. Riders Cal Crutchlow and Chris Walker put in some hot laps over a three-day testing session on this 4.3km long Spanish circuit and were happy with the results. Visit the Rizla Suzuki website for more updates.

How's this Rizla Suzuki different from the stock bike? Read all about it here

Also see:
Riding Impression: 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Twenty years of the Suzuki GSX-R
GSX-Rs are for moped riders!
Two-stroke glory: The Suzuki RGV250
Rizla Suzuki unveil the new XRG0 GSV-R800

Dainese’s RDRS data-logging system for motorcyclists


Here's one rider who definitely needs a lap timer for his home-office-home commute...

Always wanted to time yourself commuting from home to office on your ZZR1400, and compare it with your mate’s time on his Hayabusa? But of course. So Dainese, manufacturers of top-quality rider apparel, will soon launch a data-logging system for riders which will let you prove, conclusively, that you’re the fastest man in your neighbourhood.

Called the ‘Rider Dynamics Data Recording System’ (RDRS), Dainese’s little gizmo uses GPS technology and will allow riders to deeply analyse things like braking points, corner entry and exit speeds, acceleration and so on – all so that you can see where you’re losing speed. And so that the next time you go out, you’re that 0.014 seconds quicker than your mate.

And if you’re scared of crashing, you’d be happy to know that Dainese are also working on an airbag system for motorcycle riders. Research and development work is still on for this one, but once it’s ready, the airbag triggering mechanism will be able to differentiate between ‘normal’ rider movement, and the (presumably) more sudden and violent actions which may indicate an impending crash. If Dainese get it right, we may finally be able to crash in peace, without fear of broken limbs and mangled bodies…

Also see:
GSX-Rs are for moped riders!
The very cool Harley-Davidson Nightster
Significant firsts in motorcycling
Team Cristofolini build the maddest scooter in the world!
Phase-change material: Can it revolutionise motorcycle rider apparel?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Troy Lee creates the Canyon Chaser


The Canyon Chaser should be just the thing for sliding around city streets and pulling a few wheelies and stoppies...

Troy Lee probably saw the Massimo Tamburini-designed Husqvarna STR 650 CC Supermoto, and decided to do one of his own. The result is this Honda CRF450R-based ‘Canyon Chaser’ concept bike, which Troy Lee (the man who owns Troy Lee Designs) has created. This streetfighter is based on the machine which Lee’s team races in the AMA Supermoto series.

Says Lee, ‘I'm an artist at heart and I love to create cool things. This project was my pursuit of the ultimate fun bike for in the city. This 450cc motocross/supermoto platform is the workhorse of the racing world, yet there is nothing on the street or in the showrooms at the moment that excites me more…’


The engine is from a Honda CRF450R, so the machine should always be reliable...


Also see:
Husaberg FS55e supermoto
2007 KTM 690SM
2007 BMW G650 X-series
Wild! The BMW HP2 Megamoto

Monday, February 26, 2007

NCR Ducati Millona: Got US$80,000...?


Fast, cool, exotic and very, very expensive - the Millona

What has the power-to-weight ratio of a Yamaha R1, but costs about seven times as much? Why, the recently revamped NCR Ducati Millona racebike of course! Powered by Ducati’s 116-horsepower, 1100cc v-twin, the Millona weighs just 121kg, hence the very exciting power:weight figure.

The Millona also packs uprated pistons, titanium con-rods and valves and a new 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust system that’s made of titanium. Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension and carbonfibre bodywork complete the package. Price? You know what they say. If you need to ask, you probably can’t afford it. But still, if you've got US$80,000 you should be able to take a Millona home. As for us, if we ever had that kind of money, we’d much rather have a Desmosedici RR

Go to the NCR Ducati website for more information on the Millona.


The usual suspects are all here - carbonfibre, titanium, Brembo, Ohlins - and at US$80,000 they'd better be!


Also see:
The magnificent Ducati Desmosedici RR!
Insane three-wheeler: The Campagna T-Rex
Freddie Spencer: The Sultan of Slide
Fabulous Five: The racing bikes we love
Go faster tips from Kevin Schwantz!

2008 Moto Guzzi Stelvio to take on BMW, Triumph, Ducati...

After months of rumour and speculation, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio is finally getting ready to hit dealerships across Europe by the end of this year. Like the Triumph Tiger and the Ducati Multistrada 1100, the Stelvio is styled like a big dual-purpose bike, but is essentially street-oriented.

The bike uses Guzzi's traditional shaft-drive system, the chassis is all-new and the Stelvio will be available with 4-valve 850cc and 8-valve 1200cc horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder engines. To be honest, we’re not big fans of Moto Guzzi here, and we really don’t know if the Stelvio will be able to take sales away from Ducati, BMW, Aprilia or Triumph – all those manufacturers have bikes in their lineup, which we think should have the Stelvio beat in terms of engine performance, handling, and sheer engineering finesse.

Sorry, we have no pics of the Stelvio that we can post here, but you can see the bike here. Or, try visiting the the Moto Guzzi homepage for more information.


Also see:
2007 BMW G650 X-series
2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100
2007 Triumph Tiger
2007 KTM 990 Super Duke R
2007 BMW HP2 Megamoto

Lazareth Motorcycles: Custom Cool


That's the Lazareth Dokujya. Honda VTR1000 engine combined with a bit of French madness...

If Lazareth’s bikes are anything to go by, the French sure do know a thing or two about customising motorcycles. What you see here, for example, is the Dokujya, which is fitted with a v-twin engine from the Honda VTR1000. However, the engine has been supercharged, using a supercharger from the Mini Cooper S hot hatch. And if that wasn’t enough, the bike also gets a very beefy single-sided front fork, uprated brakes, custom-fabricated chassis and a very cool style makeover.


It could be all about looking cool, but then again, this bike looks quite capable of going very fast indeed...

For those who’d rather buy a scooter, Lazareth also do the Yamaha T-Max 500R Compressor which you see here. No word on how much power the Max’s supercharged engine makes, but we’re sure performance will not be lacking. Imagine taking on some supersport 600s with this!


A supercharged 500cc scooter? Just the thing to beat Monday morning blues, eh?

In addition to motorcycles, Lazareth also do quads and cars. For more information, visit the company website here


Also see:
Wakan: 1640cc of French eccentricity...
Bikes vs Cars: One more round!
Hardcore: KTM 950 Super Enduro R
The ramblings of Fred Gassit!
Mad Kaws: H1 and Z1
Super-scooter: The three-wheeled Gilera Fuoco 500

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Could Fiat sponsor Rossi and Yamaha in 2007 and 2008?


Could this be coming to a MotoGP circuit near you?

With tobacco sponsorship money on its way out, who’ll bankroll Yamaha’s MotoGP team in 2007? According to Italian website Motorbox, it could be Fiat! And why not – with Rossi on board with Yamaha, it would make sense for Fiat to back the man from Tavullia. Then again, if not Fiat, could it be Google? We really don’t know. Just enjoy these pictures and for the full story (in Italian…), visit Motorbox here.


Search this!

Note: Both the images here have been taken from Motorbox, a brilliant site for motorcycle enthusiasts who can read Italian...


Also see:
Ducati 999-powered Fiat 500!
2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
On the pace: Read before you ride
Riding Impression: Rizla Suzuki GSV-R
Valentino Rossi: The biggest earning star in MotoGP!

Update (06.03.2007): It’s true after all – Fiat are indeed sponsporing the Yamaha MotoGP team, which will now be called the Fiat Yamaha Team. The Fiat Automobiles SpA sponsorship deal has been inked for 2007 and 2008, and together with Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, the Italians could be destined for greatness this year and the next.

Says Fiat Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio, “It’s a new start for us – a new bike, a new sponsor and a new challenge as we try to win back the title!” Sure thing, Brivio. Just make sure you give Rossi a bike that can beat the Ducatis on top speed...


It's official! Fiat and Yamaha have joined forces for 2007 and 2008

Rizla Suzuki unveil the new XRG0 GSV-R800


John Hopkins' office for 2007...!

Rizla Suzuki recently showed the new GSV-R800 at Jerez, in Spain. Codenamed XRG0, this 2007 MotoGP machine gets what Rizla Suzuki say is a retro inspired paintjob, and Rizla Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen also get the same theme on their racing suits.

For the GSV-R800, Suzuki have followed the fundamental engine layout of the 2006 990cc machine, but the new engine’s bore, stroke and cylinder pitch have been redesigned and optimised for the 800cc engine displacement. Rizla Suzuki say that the aim was to ‘achieve the best possible horsepower and reliable high rpm operation, and to provide the riders with user friendly power delivery and predictable engine character.’

The GSV-R800 also gets a new Mitsubishi ECU, and is said to produce around 220 horsepower at 17,500rpm. Chassis layout and wheelbase length have remained the same as on the XRE4, the last 990cc MotoGP bike, while the fairing has been redesigned for better high speed stability.

Now let’s see what the bike does on the 10th of March, when the 2007 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Yamaha Fazer: Totally Hot!


Who'd have thought the Yamaha Fazer could be one of the hottest bikes on the planet right now...

We don’t much care for the Yamaha Fazer on most days (give us this R1 anytime…!), but with the very delectable Dannii Minogue draped all over this one, we thought you’d want to look.

2008 Moto Morini MM3 to go into production soon


The MM3 will pack 125bhp, and a load of gizmos...

First shown at the EICMA show in Milan in 2006, the Moto Morini MM3 is now all set to go into production. Though the MM3 has vague off-road/dual-purpose bike styling cues, it’s very much a street-oriented sportsbike and is perhaps similar to bikes like the 2007 Triumph Tiger, the Benelli TreK, and the Ducati Multistrada 1100.


Looks all right, eh?

The Moto Morini MM3 will be fitted with an 1187cc twin-cylinder engine that makes a healthy 125 horsepower. The more interesting thing, for some, would be that the MM3 will also feature high-tech electro-trickery like fly-by-wire throttle control, anti-lock brakes and even traction control. Take that, all you Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1 owners! No word on pricing and availability yet, but stay tuned.


Moto Morini have been building bikes and painting them red for a long time. This is a Moto Morini 175GT, from 1959!

Also see:
Benelli 750 Due and TreK
Moto Morini 91/2
2007 Ducati Sport Classic Biposto: Beautiful!
2007 BMW K1200R Sport

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ducati 1098 wins Motorcycle Design Association’s 'Best Design Of 2006' award


Oh yeah, the 1098 looks good!

Ducati
have received the Best Design of 2006 award for their new 1098 superbike, from the Motorcycle Design Association (MDA). The MDA was established in 2001, by noted freelance motorcycle designer Glynn Kerr, and Francois-Marie Dumas. Today, MDA comprises of around 120 motorcycle industry designers.

MDA members, clearly besotted by the lines penned by the Ducati 1098’s designer, Gianadrea Fabbro, voted the bike as best in its class within the Supersport category, and also the overall best design of 2006. This is the second year in succession when Ducati have won this award, with the 2005 trophy going to the Ducati Hypermotard.

The Jury for this award comprised of motorcycle designers, journalists and representatives from various motorcycle manufacturers.

Ducati 1098R Ducati 1098R Ducati 1098R

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!

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