Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trial without error: Dougie Lampkin

The MotoGP crowd probably can't do this. Lampkin can...

While Valentino Rossi is the best man for hurling 220-horsepower MotoGP bikes down twisty circuits at 300km/h, when it comes to riding motorcycles over seemingly impossible terrain, it’s 31-year-old British rider Dougie Lampkin who’s on top. Lampkin, who now lives on the Isle of Man, is possibly the best Trials rider ever, and has no less than twelve world championship titles to his name. He started off in Trials in 1991, and shows no signs of slowing down today.

What this 250cc, single-cylinder Montesa can do with Lampkin on board, simply defies belief

Lampkin rides for Team Montesa–HRC, and his bike is a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder, 250cc Montesa Cota 4RT. This Trials-special motorcycle has an aluminum twin-spar chassis, 5-speed gearbox, a computer-controlled digital ignition system, and PGM-FI electronic fuel injection. There’s a 39mm Showa cartridge-type telescopic fork at the front, with 22-step adjustable compression and 20-step rebound damping. Rear suspension is Showa single damper ‘Pro-Link’ with stepless compression and 12-step rebound damping adjustment. The bike weighs 73kg dry.

Watch this video to see what Mr Lampkin is capable of doing on his bike!

Also see:
Libero Liberati: 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ in 1957!
Kenny Roberts to build Fireblade-based sportsbike
The 2007 Cannonball Bike Run
Can you learn to live without bikes?

Friday, April 13, 2007

KTM 3B7801X Bikini Racing Flower R busts out!

Here's one woman who likes KTMs. Which one? Find out below... :-))

We are big KTM fans here at Faster and Faster. KTM motorcycles, most certainly, rock. And it's not just wheelies, stoppies, and other testosterone-fuelled fun - KTM also have a lesser-known side that's more caring, sensitive and female-friendly. Don't believe us? Have a look at the KTM below, then. It's the 3B7801X Bikini Racing Flower R, part of the official KTM catalog. And the company insists that we tell you that the pic has been shot by one Mitterbauer H. Never a dull moment, eh...

The KTM 3B7801X Bikini Racing Flower R. Get one for your girlfriend now!

Also see:
Dannii Minogue prefers the Yamaha Fazer
A woman's wisdom: What your bike says about you!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

MV Agusta announce partnership with JeanRichard

From left: Giovanni Castiglioni (MD, MV Agusta) with Massimo Macaluso (VP, JeanRichard)

MV Agusta will now partner with Swiss watch manufacturer JeanRichard. The first JeanRichard watch series with MV Agusta branding will be introduced at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, which will be held in Geneva between the 16th and the 21st of April 2007. And no, MV Agusta bikes will not be fitted with JeanRichard watches, so even if you buy an F4 CC, you'll still have to buy your own watch. Damn!

Also see:
MV Agusta F4 CC: God's own bike
MV Agusta F4R 312: The world's fastest production bike
MV Agusta F4 Senna: God's other bike
Moto Corse special edition MV Agusta F4

2007 World Stunt Riding Championship to be held in Hungary

Think you can do this? Get down to Kaposvar then...

For motorcycle stunt riders, Kaposvar, Hungary is going to be the place to be on the 19th of May, because that's where the 2007 World Stunt Riding Championship is happening. If you're good - really, really good - at wheelies, stoppies, burnouts and other forms of extreme stunt riding, book your tickets to Kaposvar now. Rider registration is on the 18th, while the main event starts at nine in the morning on the 19th.

For rules, regulations and entry form, go to the official website here

Also see:
July 18: 2007 Ride To Work Day!
Track riding for newbies: Ron Haslam tells you how
The mighty HRC Honda NSR500
Troy Lee's Canyon Chaser!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Marco Lucchinelli: The ‘Crazy Horse’

Marco Lucchinelli, 1981 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ!

Ask motorcycle GP racing fans to name some big names from the 1980s and you may get Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Gardner, Wayne Rainey, Randy Mamola and Kevin Schwantz. What you probably won’t get is Marco Lucchinelli, the man whom they used to call the Crazy Horse, and who won the 1981 500cc motorcycle GP world championship.

Born in 1954 in Bolano, Italy, Lucchinelli began his roadracing career in 1975 on a Laverda. But though he started with endurance racing, Lucchinelli moved to 500cc GP racing in 1976, with Suzuki. His wild, devil-may-care riding style earned him the nickname of Crazy Horse, and Mr Horse crashed hard, and often.

Lucchinelli moved from Suzuki to Yamaha for the 1977 season, but returned to Suzuki in 1978, which was also the year when he won his very first 500cc GP – at the Nürburgring, in Germany.

Riding a Roberto Gallina backed Suzuki in 1981, Lucchinelli took five 500cc GP wins and took his first and only world championship. Unfortunately for him though, it would all be downhill from here, and though he raced with Honda in 1982 and 83, and Cagiva in 1984 and 85, Lucchinelli never found his earlier race-winning form again.

Lucchinelli tried to go car racing in 1986, driving a Lola-Ford in the Formula 3000 series, and joined the Ducati Superbikes team in 1988, ultimately moving on to assume the role of team manager there – a position which he held for some years.

The Italian raced with the Honda team in 1982 and 83, but with little success

At the end of the day, Lucchinelli only won a total of six 500cc GP races ever, and one 500cc world championship. With his long hair, earrings, multiple divorces, the propensity to rebel against everyone and everything, controversies galore, and popularity with women everywhere, Marco Lucchinelli lived a rock-star’s life. They don’t make motorcycle racers like him anymore.

Marco Lucchinelli today. Once a world champ, always a world champ!

Other great racers from the past:
John Surtees: The only man ever to win motorcycle GP and F1 world championships!
"Barry Sheene was a cheeky sod!", says Stephanie...
Freddie Spencer: The Sultan of Slide
Wayne Gardner: The Wild One!
Wayne Rainey: Mr Consistency
Kevin Schwantz: The Cowboy from Texas

In this rare video from 1988, Marco Lucchinelli tests the legendary Ducati 851 Tricolore!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Rapom V8: 1,000bhp supercharged monster-bike

Nick Argyle, with the bike he's made - the Rapom V8

For most people, Hayabusas and ZZR1400s are more or less sufficiently powerful. Not for the UK-based Nick Argyle though, who probably thinks normally-aspirated, 1400cc, 190bhp inline-fours are for pansies. Which is why he’s built his own motorcycle – powered by a supercharged, 8.2-litre V8 taken off a monster truck.

It'll do zero to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds...

Called the Rapom V8, Argyle’s bike runs on pure alcohol and packs more than 1,000 horsepower. It weighs more than 500kg, but even then, power-to-weight ratio is twice that of, say, a GSX-R1000 or ZX-10R. Which is why if you ever meet Mr Argyle at a stoplight, you probably shouldn't try to race him down the street - the Rapom goes from zero to 100km/h in less than three seconds, and does the quarter-mile in less than seven seconds. Madness…

Some other really, really fast bikes:
Top fuel motorcycles: A lesson in acceleration!
KTM Nitroduke: The world's fastest KTM!
Turbo Hayabusa sets new streetbike speed record!
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Acabion GTBO 70: The fastest bike in the world!
KillaCycle: The world's quickest electric bike!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Kenny Roberts to build Fireblade-based superbike

Would you buy a Fireblade from this man?

Three-time 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ, Kenny Roberts doesn’t believe in slowing down. In January this year, Kenny had announced his new venture, KR Tuned, which is all about high-end, high-performance exhaust systems and chassis components for sportsbikes.

Now, from components, Kenny’s moving to building complete motorcycles. He plans to build 50 units of his own ‘trackday special’ superbike, using Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade engines. The engines will be supplied by Honda, but the chassis, bodywork and exhausts will come from Kenny’s own outfit.

Expect a 180 horsepower machine that goes very hard and handles extremely well. Also expect to pay a lot – you’ll need about US$50,000 to get your hands on one of King Kenny’s finest. Could be worth it though…

Update (6th Sep., 2007): 2008 Honda Fireblade revealed!

Also see:
NRV588: Norton Rotary racer lives again!
Down memory lane: Yamaha RD500LC
Faster and Faster: The pros tell you how!
Two-stroke glory: Suzuki RGV250

New developments at Moto Morini

The Moto Morini MM3 is indeed going into production, though it may be detuned from 140 to 125bhp...

Morini Franco Motori, who previously owned a 50 percent stake in Moto Morini, has now purchased the remaining 50 percent from the Berti family, and is now the sole owner of Moto Morini.

The company has decided to put the MM3 ‘adventure bike’ (first show in Milan last year) into production, but with a few changes from the initial prototype. Some of the electronics (the show bike had traction control, ABS and fly-by-wire throttle) will not make to production, there will be some changes in the bodywork and the engine will go down from around 140bhp to 125bhp, in the interests of reliability.

The Moto Morini MM3 will essentially compete against bikes like the new Triumph Tiger 1050, the Ducati Multistrada 1100 and perhaps the KTM 950 Supermoto, and will be priced accordingly. But that’s not all – Moto Morini are also expected to start work on a full-blown 1200cc superbike which would go head to against the Ducati 1098, Aprilia RSV-R and other litre-class machines from Europe and Japan. We wish you all the best, Mr Motori.

Also see:
Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas
Significant firsts in motorcycling!
Fischer MRX 650 riding impression
American Muscle: Shelby & Rucker's 150bhp chopper

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The future’s bright, the future’s Benelli?

Fancy having a turbo'd version of this? Benelli may be working on one right now...

With development fuelled by Chinese money, Qianjiang-owned Benelli could be on to big things in the near future. The historic Italian marque, which built the six-cylinder Benelli Sei sportsbike in the 1970s and 80s, is now again working on a 1,000cc V6 superbike. The new machine is likely to have more than 200 horsepower on tap and Benelli may race this bike in World Superbikes in 2009.

The 750 Due, which Benelli showed at the Intermot last year, is due to be launched soon and Benelli are also working on a 600cc inline-four sportsbike, as well as a new 900cc, three-cylinder Tre-K dual-sport machine (the existing 1130 Tre-K will still remain in the lineup). And finally, Benelli are said to be developing a turbocharged TNT for the power-crazed, so Ducati, Bimota and MV Agusta had better watch out!