Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rights to Brough Superior trademark up for sale

The Brough Superior SS100. Each bike was test-ridden at 160km/h before being delivered to a customer

On the 5th of May, one of the most legendary names in motorcycling – Brough Superior – will be put up for sale by Bonhams & Butterfields. UK, EU and Japan rights to the trademark, company name ‘Brough Superior Engineering Limited,’ and its associated logos will all be included in the sale.

Referred to as ‘the Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles’ by The Motorcycle newspaper, Brough Superior bikes were high performance ‘superbikes’ of their era. The company was set up in the year 1919 in Nottingham, England, by one George Brough. Around 3,048 Brough Superior machines were made between 1919 and 1940, and about a thousand of those still exist.

Brough Superior bikes were always extremely well-finished and quite expensive – they remain eminently collectible by mega-rich collectors today, with prices touching US$3.0 million for some Brough bikes! The marque had many celebrity enthusiasts, including T E Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw.

Of the 19 different models produced by Brough in their 21 years of operations, some of their most famous machines include the SS100 and the SS80, both of which were powered by either J A Prestwich or Matchless, 1000cc, OHV, v-twin engines. Brough closed shop in 1940, but parts were made up till 1969.

After George Brough's death in 1970, his motorcycle company was reorganised and in 1974, the name was changed from George Brough Limited, to Brough Superior Engineering Limited. It is the rights to the latter name that will go on sale on the 5th of May. More information on the Bonhams website.

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PAL-V One: The bike that’ll fly

A flying bike sounds very sci-fi, but who knows...

The Personal Air and Land Vehicle Company and their PAL-V One project has been around for some time, and it seems they’ve got some fresh new investments now. The company is moving from Belgium to Holland, where they hope to be able to use the Dutch National Aerospace Lab for further development work on their three-wheeled ‘flying motorcycle.’

If the PAL-V One ever makes it to production, WE WANT ONE!!!

If it ever makes it to production reality, the PAL-V One will be a car/motorcycle/gyrocopter hybrid, powered by a conventional petrol engine. With two wheels at the back and one at the front, the PAL-V will handle like a motorcycle (a bit like the Carver machine which we reported on earlier…), but here’s the sci-fi part – it’ll also have a single rotor and propeller which will allow it to fly.

The machine will fly at heights of under 1,500m so it won’t be a threat to commercial aircraft, and will be free of restrictive air traffic control regulations. The PAL-V will use autogyro flying technology, and like a helicopter, it will be able to take off and land without needing a runway. Top speed is expected to be in the region of 200km/h, on both land and in the air.

Visit the official website for more information.

Here's a gyrocopter video. Yeah, these things do fly...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

AC Schnitzer-tuned BMW K1200R Sport now available

The lighter, faster, and funkier-than-stock AC Schnitzer K1200R Sport

We’ve reported on some pretty funky AC Schnitzer-tuned BMW bikes before (take a look at their BMW HP2 and various other bikes), and the German tuning experts are at it again. This time, they’ve used their talents on the BMW K1200R Sport, giving it lightweight wheels and exhaust system (which you can also have without a catalytic converter!).

They’ve also given it a new steering head which alters the steering geometry, and makes it more suitable for sportier riding. Prices have not been announced yet, but visit the AC Schnitzer website for more details.

Here's one they did earlier - the AC Schnitzer BMW R1200R

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Turkish MotoGP: Stoner on top in Istanbul

Ducati rider Casey Stoner in action in Istanbul. We think this Aussie is going to be Rossi's no.1 challenger this year

We wanted Rossi to win, but it was not to be. Ducati rider Casey Stoner stormed to an impressive victory at the Turkish MotoGP in Istanbul today, while Rossi finished a distant tenth, partly due to tyre problems with his Yamaha. Gresini Honda rider, Toni Elias came in second, while another of our favourite riders, Ducati rider Loris Capirossi took third spot. Says Capirossi, "I feel like the father of these two guys, because I'm really old! I tried to catch Casey, but he's really fast so I didn't want to risk too much..."

Go to the official MotoGP site here to see what other riders had to say about Turkish MotoGP.

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2007 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show

Bikes + chicks + partying = LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

Long Beach, Los Angeles is the place to be on the 14th and 15th of July, when Pro Class bike builders from around the US and the rest of the world will gather for the annual LA Calendar motorcycle show. The organizers claim that more than 200 motorcycle, parts and accessories manufacturers will be taking part, and more than 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to attend the two-day show.

Here's a video from last year's LA Calendar bike show...

Many celebrity custom bike builders, including Roger Goldammer, Russell Mitchell, Jesse Rooke, and Roland Sands are taking part in this event. And their custom-built bikes will be competing for the ‘Performance Machine Best of Show’ Award in the in the Iron Works magazine-sponsored Calendar Show Bike Building Championship. With US$70,000 in cash going to the winners, competition should be tough!

That's Tamara Witmer, the 2007 LA Bike Show MC and hostess

And oh yes, Playboy Playmate Tamara Witmer will be LA bike show MC and hostess this year, and even otherwise, the show’s T&A factor should be quite high. More details on the 2007 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show on the Fast Dates website here.

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