Saturday, March 24, 2007

Acabion GTBO 70: Mad Max lives!


That's the Acabion GTBO 70. Imagine blowing past your boss's Porsche in this!

If you thought your Hayabusa or ZZR1400 is the fastest thing around on two wheels, you probably wouldn’t want to meet the Acabion GTBO. This 300-kilo two-seater is powered by a turbocharged, DOHC, 16-valve, 1400cc inline-four (with twin intercoolers), which makes 700 horsepower. Yeah, that’s right, 700bhp. And that gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 2.3:1, while even the latest GSX-R1000 potters around with a humble 1:1.


"I wonder if there's steak for dinner today...?"

The GTBO 70’s top speed is in the region of 600km/h, which should come in handy if you’re ever running late for office. Then again, if the wife thinks that’s a bit too much, you can always tell her that the Acabion is limited to a really sensible 450km/h for road use. What the hell, you’d still blow the doors off your boss’s Lamborghini. Even a Bugatti Veyron would be toast if it went up against a GTBO 70 – the Acabion can do things like accelerate from 200km/h to 300km/h in less than 5 seconds…


With its 700bhp and 600km/h top speed, the Acabion is the 'bike' to have if you like riding fast...

Made in Switzerland of all places, the Acabion GTBO 70 has carbonfibre bodywork and chassis, sequential six-speed gearbox, and two Swiss-made MAXON electric engines for low-speed operation. Yes, it’s a hybrid! And its manufacturers claim that the Acabion is far more fuel efficient than any existing petrol or diesel car, and that it can do up to 40km/l.

Between 2007 and 2011, Acabion plan to build only 26 units of the GTBO. If you’re rich and/or mad enough to want one, visit the company website here for more details.

Update (9th October 2007): From January 2008 onwards, the Acabion GTBO will be fitted with the new Hayabusa's 1340cc engine, tuned to 750bhp. Yeah, that's right, seven hundred and fifty horsepower!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

July 18: The 2007 Ride To Work Day


Park the car, get the bike out...

Whether you ride a GSX-R1000 or a Harley Fat Boy, motorcycles are definitely a good thing. Worldwide, traffic and parking congestion is a huge problem in most big cities these days, and motorcycles can and do help reduce this problem. So why just use your bike on Sunday mornings, why not ride your bike to work?

The 18th of July is the 2007 Ride to Work Day, and your participation will help demonstrate that bikes will play an increasingly important role in urban transportation systems, in the years to come.

Do support the 2007 RTWD and visit the official website here

Thursday, March 22, 2007

BMW may get into a JV with Husqvarna!


BMW may acquire a stake in Husqvarna!

According to some reports, BMW may either get into a joint-venture agreement with Husqvarna and perhaps acquire a stake in the company. To begin with, BMW may acquire one of Husqvarna’s factories in Italy, and development work on BMW’s high-performance off-road bikes may be done in cooperation with Husqvarna.

BMW’s motorcycle division, with its aggressive new lineup of sporty machines, was very successful last year (the company sold more than 100,000 bikes in 2006), and it seems the Bavarian Express will continue to steamroll the competition this year as well…

Update (20.07.2007): BMW buy Husqvarna from Claudio Castiglioni!


This video shows why it may be a good idea for BMW to co-develop their off-road bikes with Husqvarna!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

MBI 2007 Awards announced


The BMW F800S has won MBI's 'Best new-in-2006 every day motorcycle' award

Faster and Faster is a member of the Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI), and MBI have just announced the winners of their 2007 Riders Choice Awards. Nominees and winners are chosen by motorcycle riders around the world. And yes, thousands of riders – from as many as 88 countries – voted for these awards (a system of storing and analyzing IP addresses was put in place to minimize duplicate voting…), so the winners have to have something going for them!

Here’s a quick look at some of the MBI Riders Choice Star Awards

Best looking new-in-2006 motorcycle
Triumph Daytona 675

Best manufacturer’s website
BMW Motorrad

Best new-in-2006 every day motorcycle
BMW F800S

Best new-in-2006 motor scooter
Piaggio MP3

Best new-in-2006 motorcycle
BMW F800ST

Object of lust
Ducati Desmosedici RR

Get the full list of awards here and visit the MBI homepage here

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ilmor MotoGP team shuts shop


You won't be seeing this bike in Spain next week... :-(

The Ilmor MotoGP team has ceased operations, possibly due to a lack of sponsorship money. The UK-based Ilmor, who've been in MotoGP since the 2006 Portuguese GP, have reportedly been losing large sums of money running their MotoGP outfit. With their exit, Ilmor riders Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt are left without a ride for the 2007 MotoGP season.

Mario Ilien, Ilmor team boss says, "Obviously it was an extremely difficult decision for us to make. However, once we went through all the options, we decided that the best course of action for the sake of the project as a whole, would be to put the racing side of things on hold."

Mario Illien, one of the founders of Ilmor Engineering, and of the most respected engineers in F1, reportedly spent anywhere between US$6-9 million of his own money on the Ilmor MotoGP project. Another UK-based automotive engineering company, Cosworth had worked with the Aprilia MotoGP team between 2002 to 2004, with little success. Last year, when asked about why he thought Ilmor may succeed where Cosworth-Aprilia had failed, Illien had said 'Other teams like Team Roberts, Aprilia and KTM have mistakenly used too much F1 technology on their bikes. We haven’t. We know that a successful four-stroke bike engine is all about driveability and bottom-end power.'

Well, the ways things are now, it looks like if sponsorship money comes in, Ilmor may continue developing their MotoGP racebike. If not, things look bleak for them. What a pity...

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Suzuki announce limited edition 100th IoM TT GSX-Rs


The IoM TT Limited Edition Suzuki GSX-R1000

Suzuki recently announced their Isle of Man Centenary Special Edition GSX-R range, where all the models (GSX-R1000, 750 and 600) are being produced under licence from the Isle of Man government. Suzuki are building these bikes to celebrate 100 years of racing at the IoM. Unique colours, and graphics that incorporate the TT logo - on the fairing and the rear seat cowl - will distinguish these LE Gixxers, and each bike will be individually numbered. The bikes will also be fitted with the Yoshimura GP Evo exhaust system and a tinted screen. A total of 500 units will be made (including all three engine variants), and will cost US$19,300 for the GSX-R1000, US$15,900 for the GSX-R750 and US$13,900 for the GSX-R600.


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DVD Watch: The World's Fastest Motorcycle


561km/h on a motorcycle? Er, yes...

The BUB Racing Team, and its pilots Denis Manning and Chris Carr notched a land speed record of 561.41km/h on the BUB Streamliner in September last year, at the Bonneville salt flats in the US. Now, their newly-released DVD, 'The The World's Fastest Motorcycle,' shows what went into making a motorcycle go that fast. For a mere US$24.95 you can watch the drama unfold in your very own living room. Go here for details on how you can order your copy.

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