Monday, July 16, 2007

Fast and frugal: The FuelVapor Alé

225km/h on three wheels? Yes if you're driving the Alé

Yet another mad trike – the Alé has two wheels at the front, one at the back, carbonfibre bodywork, and is fitted with a turbocharged, SOHC, 1.5-litre VTEC engine (sourced from Honda) that makes 180 horsepower. Zero to 100km/h takes just five seconds and top speed is limited to 225km/h.

Based in Canada, FuelVapor Technologies Inc have developed the Alé as a high performance yet frugal, super low emissions trike. The two-seater, front-wheel-drive vehicle runs on fuel vapour rather than normal liquid petrol and is capable of doing about 30km/l. The company website says that while most petrol engines run a 14.7:1 air-to-fuel ratio, the Alé runs a ratio of over 20:1, without compromising on performance.

Its calling card is that it runs on fuel vapour rather than normal liquid fuel...

More pics, details and video on the FuelVapor website here.

Other mad trikes:
Tiff Needell tests the mighty Campagna T-Rex
The amazing Gilera Fuoco 500
The trendsetting Piaggio MP3
The KTM-based Brudeli 625L
Volkswagen GX3: The Darth Vader of trikes!
Born in the USA: Can-Am Spyder

Sunday, July 15, 2007

German MotoGP: Rossi crashes out, Pedrosa on top at the Sachsenring!

Dani Pedrosa brought hope back to the HRC camp with his (and HRC's...) first win of the 2007 MotoGP season!
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The German MotoGP at the Sachsenring – the 10th round of the 2007 MotoGP season – turned out to be an amazing race. Dani Pedrosa, who started from the first row on the grid (behind Casey Stoner, was in the pole position), made a brilliant start and immediately proceeded to break away from the rest of the pack. Stoner did manage to put some pressure on Pedrosa for the first few laps, but then faded into a distant second place.

Valentino Rossi, who had won the Dutch TT at Assen two weeks ago, lost the front end of his bike while overtaking Kawasaki man Randy de Puniet and crashed out of the race on the 6th lap. Stoner, who was in second place for some time, failed to capitalize on Rossi’s crash and was passed by Loris Capirossi, Nicky Hayden and even Colin Edwards.

Finally, Pedrosa came first by a huge margin, taking HRC’s first win of the 2007 season in dominant style. Capirossi, proving that he isn’t finished yet, finished in second place and a newly resurgent Hayden took third – his second podium finish in the last two races. Definitely a good race for Honda!

Stoner now leads the world championship by 32 points ahead of Rossi, who’s now only 20 points ahead of Pedrosa. With the American MotoGP at Laguna Seca only a week away from now, the 2007 MotoGP world championship is still pretty much wide open…

Also see:
Quarantasei: Valentino Rossi comic book DVD
Would you buy a Honda NSR500?
990cc MotoGP-replica MotoCzysz C1 gets closer to production...
John Hopkins signs up with Kawasaki's MotoGP team for 2008
Down memory lane: The mighty Yamaha YZR500
Kevin Schwantz back in MotoGP in 2008, as team manager...

Quarantasei: Valentino Rossi, the Milo Manara way

For a glimpse of Valentino Rossi away from the racetrack, maybe you need to watch Milo Manara's animated series, Quarantasei

Italian writer and illustrator Milo Manara, famous for his wildly erotic and highly stylized comic books, has turned his redoubtable talents in an unlikely direction – Valentino Rossi. The 62-year-old Manara has been working on Quarantasei, an animated series on the life and times of The Doctor.

Talking about Manara on Wikipedia, Rossi says, ‘Manara has drawn some kind of a mythical history of my life, in cartoons, with some of my heroes such as Steve McQueen, Enzo Ferrari, Jim Morrison, and other characters such as my dog Guido, the chicken Osvaldo and a lot of beautiful women! I really like Milo – he’s a person whom I have admired for a long time.’

A peek at the Quarantasei video

More details, pics and video on Milo Manara’s official website here.

Also see:
2007 Dutch TT: The Doctor is back!
Mighty mite: The supercharged Peugeot Satelis
Now available: The BMW HP2 Megamoto!
Motorcyclists: Straight up now...
Troy Corser: Just how good is the new Yamaha R1?
Malaguti's Loris Capirossi tribute...

Saturday, July 14, 2007

990cc MotoGP-replica: MotoCzysz C1 gets closer to production

If you have about US$100,000 to spare, you should soon be able to buy this bike. It has a 990cc MotoGP-spec engine, so yes it should be quite fast... :-)

We first spoke of the MotoCzysz C1 back in August last year, when we said deliveries of the 990cc MotoGP-replica would begin in early-2007. That has not happened but the bike is now finally inching closer to becoming a production reality.

MotoGP test rider Jeremy McWilliams has been putting in some development work on the C1 and he says, ‘I was surprised at how nimble the bike turned, steered and changed direction. This motorcycle easily took the least amount of effort for a bike of this capacity. The MotoCzysz changes direction with minimal input and I always found that I had room to push harder.’

Umm... well, we do think the significantly cheaper Ducati Desmosedici RR is much better looking than this MotoCzysz C1

Michael Czysz, the man responsible for designing and developing the C1 says, ‘We can now consider the design frozen for the first model and focus entirely on final engine development and prepare the bike for production.’ Well, better late than never, we suppose! More information, pics and videos on the MotoCzysz website here.

Also see:
The Kalex AV1: MotoGP-spec performance for the street?
Just how good is the 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR?
Ecosse Spirit ES1: Reinventing the superbike?
The world's most beautiful motorcycles are...?
The one motorcycle which SUV drivers will fear!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Old motorcycle advertisements...

Those, indeed, were the days... :-)

If looking at old motorcycle advertisements - from the 1960s and 70s - makes you smile, you should go here. Lots of pics of Harley, Norton, Triumph, BSA, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki advertisements. The Norton ads are, of course, the coolest ones... :-)
More nostalgia:
The absolutely amazing Kawasaki ZXR750
Sublime: The Honda RC30 and RC45
The early-1990s Suzuki GSX-R750
Blow hard: The Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo!
Eddie Lawson replica: Kawasaki ZRX1200R
The mighty Honda NR750
1980s: The pathbreaking Suzuki Katana
NRV588: The Norton Rotary lives again!

Team Roberts to say goodbye to MotoGP at the end of 2007?

Is this the last year we'll see Team Roberts in MotoGP? Probably...

According to a report on Motoblog, Kenny Roberts may not get engines from Honda for the 2008 MotoGP season. While Satoru Horiike, managing director - HRC, has confirmed the supply of engines to Honda's satellite teams – Hannpsree Gresini, LCR and Konica Minolta – he has also implied that it may not be possible for HRC to make and supply any more 800cc MotoGP-spec engines.

If Kenny Roberts is not able to get engines from Honda for the 2008 season, it may mean curtains for him, his sons and his team as far as MotoGP is concerned. We don't believe Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki or Kawasaki will provide engines to Team Roberts, who've anyway been doing very poorly this season, with riders usually finishing in the last spot. However, if Kenny Roberts can somehow join forces and work with Ilmor, who are looking at making a comeback to MotoGP in 2008, things may get interesting for both parties.

Also see:
2007 Dutch TT: The Doctor is back!
Rossi vs Pedrosa: The battle that's not happening in 2007...
The Unstoppable Casey Stoner!
2007 MotoGP bikes: Which one is the best?
MotoGP bikes: Three decades of evolution
Now you can buy a MotoGP bike...!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

From Belgium: The Krugger Goodwood

Some people just won't buy an R1 or a GSX-R1000...

Freddie 'Krugger' Bertrand is a two-time Belgian national enduro champion and an ex-rally driver. These days, he builds whacky, eccentric, one-off motorcycles like the one you see here. This bike, the Goodwood, is built around a Harley-Davidson v-twin engine, which also acts as the chassis. The front forks are blade-type, with a single centrally-mounted shock absorber.

The Goodwood: Harley engine, alternative front suspension, cafe-racer styling

Speaking to Bike magazine, Krugger says, 'I think the 70s cafe-racer look is the coming thing. In the future, the big manufacturers will make bikes like this.' Er... don't think so, mate. Anyway, more pics and details on the Krugger website here.

Other custom bikes:
Krugger Goodwood: Amazing picture gallery!
The limited edition Piaggio Ape Calessino
Fiat 500 paintjob for Rossi's Yamaha YZR-M1
Very fast, very unconventional: The Ecosse Spirit ES1
Alfa Romeo-engined one-off...
A Ferrari chopper...?
The Kalex AV1: MotoGP-spec performance for the street!
Fight Machines: The gloves are off...
The Freddie: Retro SBK's Spencer tribute

Gary McCoy's 1998 Honda NSR500 up for sale!

A two-stroke, 500cc GP racer for your garage...?

There's a bit of two-stroke racebike history up for sale on Ebay right now. Anyone who's ever seen a 500cc grand prix racer in action will probably want one and if you're rich enough, you can now park Gary McCoy's 1998 HRC Honda NSR500 in your very own garage. That's right, you can buy a 170 horsepower, 300km/h, 500cc GP racer!

According to the advertisement on Ebay, the NSR500 is in perfect running condition and the engine was rebuilt before the bike retired from racing (presumably at the end of the 1998 racing season.) It doesn't have a V4 engine though – the bike is one of the 33 units developed by HRC, which had twin-cylinder, two-stroke 500cc engines.

The bike comes with various HRC bits, including a single-sided swingarm, carbonfibre fuel tank, Showa forks with titanium-nitride coated tubes and lots of other stuff. There's also a 'certificate of authenticity' from Shell Advance Honda. The current bid is US$50,000 and asking price is US$120,000. More details on Ebay here. And a brief history (with hi-res pics) of the Honda NSR500 here.

Also see:
1987 500cc world champ, Wayne Gardner talks to Faster and Faster
An interview with five-time 500cc world champ, Mick Doohan
MotoGP bikes: Three decades of evolution
From Italy: The Honda Hornet Cup racer
The unimitable No.34: Kevin Schwantz!
Down memory lane: The mighty Yamaha YZR500

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

BMW K1200R stars in Resident Evil: Extinction

Good bikes go to heaven. Evil ones become movie stars...

Sony Pictures' Resident Evil: Extinction, due to come out by the end of October this year, stars Milla Jovovich and... a BMW K1200R! BMW Motorrad have prepared a special bike for the movie and artist Georg Huber has worked on the paintjob – half of it airbrushed and the remaining done by hand – completing the work in just three weeks.

Also see:
MAB's turbocharged BMW K1200R
AC Schnitzer-tuned BMW K1200R Sport
The amazing BMW HP2 Megamoto!

2008 Harley Davidson XR 1200: It’s on!

Not just the coolest Harley, the XR 1200 is one of the coolest, most stylish bikes anywhere, ever

The flat tracker-style XR 1200 is one of the best looking Harley-Davidson prototypes ever and the good news is, Harley have finally decided they’re going to put the bike into production. The XR 1200 will hit showrooms by mid-2008 and H-D expect the bike to do very well in not only the US but also Europe. The bike is not likely to cost more than US$16-17,000 which is definitely a good thing.

The XR 1200. Coming to a showroom near you in 2008...

Powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected 1200cc v-twin, the XR 1200 is not likely to offer outstanding speed or acceleration but in terms of style, we think the bike may be hard to beat. It really is very, very cool. Other details available at this time are twin-shock rear suspension, belt drive, 43mm Showa USD front forks, Nissin disc brakes at the front, and Dunlop Qualifier tyres – 120/70ZR18 (front) and 180/55ZR17 (rear). More details, pics and video on Harley’s XR 1200 minisite here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

MotoGP: John Hopkins to move to Kawasaki for 2008

Yes, it's confirmed - The Hopper moves to Kawasaki for 2008

MCN have a report on their website which says Rizla Suzuki rider John Hopkins has signed a contract with Kawasaki and will race a Ninja ZX-RR in the 2008 MotoGP season. An official announcement is expected during the German GP at the Sachsenring this Sunday.

2007 is Hopkins’ fifth year with Suzuki in MotoGP and the 24-year-old has been doing reasonably well this year – he’s currently fourth in the MotoGP world championship standings. While Hopkins is said to have already informed Suzuki of his decision to move, Kawasaki spokespeople have refused to comment.

While the MotoGP Kawasaki ZX-RR may be improving steadily, Rizla Suzuki pit girls are still the best... :-D

For 2008, the other ZX-RR ride may go to either Loris Capirossi or Marco Melandri, though neither has confirmed anything yet.

More MotoGP:
2007 Dutch TT: Return of The Doctor!
Kevin Schwantz: Back in MotoGP in 2008, as team manager!
Rossi vs Pedrosa: The battle that never happened...
Invincible: Can Stoner be stopped this year?
MotoGP: Three decades of evolution

Down memory lane: The mighty Yamaha YZR500

Randy Mamola, in action on the Yamaha YZR500

Today, when the 800cc Yamaha YZR M1 is struggling to do well against the Ducati Desmosedici GP7, it’s a good time to take quick peek at how things were two decades ago. Back in the 1980s/early-1990s, Yamaha – with their YZR500 machine and with riders like Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey – were pretty much on top.

In the late-1980s/early-1990s, the YZR500 was the machine to beat!

Eddie Lawson won 500cc world titles aboard Yamaha bikes in 1984, 1986 and 1988. Wayne Rainey continued with Lawson’s and Yamaha’s winning legacy, picking up 500cc world titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992 aboard the Yamaha YZR500.

The Honda NSR500 was more powerful, but the Yamaha YZR handled better...

The YZR500’s two-stroke V4 made about 170 horsepower and top speed was in the region of 280 - 290km/h. While the Honda NSR500 was widely believed to be more powerful, the YZR500, with its aluminium twin-spar Deltabox chassis, was said to be better handling and more forgiving of rider error.

Wayne Rainey won three 500cc world titles aboard the Yamaha YZR500

Among others, Kevin Schwantz on his Suzuki RGV500 and Mick Doohan on his Honda NSR500 gave stiff competition to the Wayne Rainey/Yamaha YZR500 combo. With Rainey’s career-ending crash at the Misano circuit in 1993, Schwantz went on to win his first (and only…) 500cc world title that year, while Doohan and Honda were unbeatable from 1994 to 1998.

Wayne Rainey - 500cc world champ in 1990, 1991 and 1992
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Motorcycle News have a brilliant article on the evolution of the Yamaha YZR500 here, and here's how an R1 stacks up against the YZR500!

Also see:

An excerpt from 'Wayne Rainey - His Own Story'
Sport Rider's feature on Rainey, Schwantz and Doohan
Motorcycle News interviews Wayne Rainey
Kevin Schwantz talks to Faster and Faster
Wayne Gardner talks to Faster and Faster
Cycle World interviews Mick Doohan
The Yamaha RD500LC: Yamaha's 500cc GP racer for the street?
Two-stroke glory: The Suzuki RGV250!

Ferrari: 60th Anniversary Celebrations!

Ferrari. The Man. The Machines. The glory...

Fast bikes are our first love, no doubt. But we also like some fast cars. Most Lamborghinis. The R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezas. The Toyota Supra. 1980s Group-B rally cars. The Lancia Delta Integrale. Most Aston Martins. And above all, Ferraris. The 288GTO. The F40. The 355. The 430. The Enzo...

Ferrari recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Tons of pictures here. And here are dozens of Fifth Gear and Top Gear videos (including many Ferrari videos) that you can download!

Other Italian greats:
The MV Agusta F4 CC
The Ducati Desmosedici RR
The world's most beautiful motorcycles...
Special Fiat 500 paintjob for MotoGP Yamahas!
Valentino Rossi: One very special Italian...
The 1950s Piaggio Ape Calessino
Ducati SportClassic 1000 Paul Smart replica!

Monday, July 09, 2007

2008 BMW K1000RS under development!

For those who always wanted a German GSX-R1000, BMW might have the K1000RS ready for you in 2008! (This pic is sourced from Motociclismo)

BMW have been on a roll of late, what with powerful, funky new bikes and a return to top-flight racing. At one time, there were rumours of BMW coming to MotoGP, but while that’s been squelched, it’s now being said that BMW will go racing in World Superbikes in 2008. And no, it won’t be with a 1200cc boxer-twin, but a brand-new 1000cc four-cylinder superbike!

According to a report on Motociclismo, the BMW K1000RS will be the Bavarian company’s WSBK racer in 2008. The bike is expected to weigh in at 190kg and its four-cylinder engine is expected to make 190 horsepower, making for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. The bike will utilize a beam frame chassis, conventional USD front forks and chain drive.

Motociclismo also say that the BMW K1000RS may be fitted with some kind of semi-automatic gearshift system and an advanced version of traction control. The bike, it’s said, is already being tested extensively and may be launched by August 2008.

With KTM and Aprilia also going to WSBK in 2008, it’ll be terrific if BMW join the fray with an all-new 1000cc, four-cylinder superbike. We’ll definitely keep you posted on this one!

Also see:
The amazing new BMW HP2 Megamoto!
Bikes really are the best traffic busters...
The SR8LM: Two Hayabusa engines, 455 horsepower...!
Motorcycle throttle control: Man vs machine
Enertia: The next step in motorcycle evolution?
New FIM regulations for World Superbikes 2008

Sunday, July 08, 2007

2008 Buell 1125R: Serious performance!

The 2008 Buell 1125R. Its BRP-Rotax v-twin makes 146bhp
2008 Buell 1125R video. This bike should be awesome...

Buell have announced their new sportsbike – the 1125R – today. In the past, Buell motorcycles have been a bit hard to figure out – they used slow-revving Harley engines, but the chassis, suspension and braking systems were fairly unconventional and very sports-oriented. A strange mix...

1125R - the first Buell streetbike with a liquid-cooled engine

Anyway, moving on, the all-new Buell 1125R is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1125cc, 72-degree v-twin built by BRP-Rotax, that makes 146 horsepower at 9800rpm. The bike gets a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch, belt drive, and an updated version of Buell’s trademark single-disc brake (mounted at the wheel rim rather than the hub) system at the front. The aluminium twin-spar chassis doubles up as the fuel tank and the bike weighs 170kg dry. The 1125R will be in US dealerships by the end of this year and is expected to cost about US$12,000. More details on the Buell website here.

Cycle World's tech guru, Kevin Cameron takes a look at the Buell 1125R here, and Motorcycle-USA has an interesting story on the evolution of Buell Motorcycles here (you may also want to have a look at their report on 2008 Harley-Davidsons here) and here's an interview with Erik Buell, on The Kneeslider. Finally, also look at what Kenn Stamp at 2WF has to say about the bike, here.

Update (24.08.07): Here's MCN's test report on the Buell 1125R.

Also see:
Hi-res Buell wallpaper
The 2007 Buell Lightning Super TT XB12STT
The 2007 Buell XBRR racer
The 2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12Ss...
Fischer MRX650 riding impression

Should be interesting to see how this Buell does against, say, a GSX-R750... :-)
Fringe benefits of owning a Buell: People are willing to help you clean your bike!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Chris Vermeulen working with Dainese on motorcycle rider airbags

Dainese and Chris Vermeulen are working on a rider airbag system, which chould be an important safety aid for motorcyclists in the future...

Dainese have been working on rider airbag systems for quite some time and now their work and research is being supported by Rizla Suzuki MotoGP rider, Chris Vermeulen. Says Dainese's sports marketing manager Lerrj Piazza, ‘Inside Chris’ riding suit, we have a special data logger and with this we store a lot of data about the dynamics of the rider on the bike. We need this to develop the airbag system.’

An ‘intelligent’ crash protection system for motorcycle riders, Dainese’s airbag system might be ready by next year and should be an important advance in rider safety when it finally goes on sale.

Also see:
Chris Vermeulen on top in French MotoGP!
Memorable: The 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
Which is the best-loved naked in Italy...?
Retro SBK's Freddie Spencer tribute
Bikes vs cars: Fireblade takes on Civic Type-R!
Italian stallion: The mighty Bimota Tuatara

Electric and expensive: Enertia to go on sale early next year

The Enertia is clean and green, but will cost US$12,000 when it goes on sale next year!

For those who like their bikes clean, green and environment-friendly, you now have the Enertia electric motorcycle to look forward to. Engineered by Brammo, the bike boasts of a carbonfibre monocoque chassis, which houses the six Lithium-Phosphate batteries that power the Enertia’s electric motor.

The Enertia has performance comparable to most conventional scooters. It sprints from zero to 50km/h in about 3.8 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 80km/h. It’ll also do 70km on a single charge, which should take care of most city commutes. And yes, the batteries will last for more than 600 charge cycles…

The Enertia will cost US$12,000 and above when it goes on sale in early-2008 and that makes it quite expensive. More details on the Enertia website here.

Also see:
The 190bhp Kawasaki 1400GTR Concours. Boring?
The SR8LM. For those who think a stock Hayabusa isn't powerful enough!
Missing no.34, Kevin Schwantz...
Peugeot Satelis: A supercharged scooter!
Motorcycle riders: Watch out!!!
What happened to the Rossi vs Pedrosa battle?

Friday, July 06, 2007

Throttle control: Motorcycle rider vs electronics

Definitely no electronics at work here!

While most of us agree that the increased use of electronics in modern-day motorcycles is a good thing, are manufacturers are going too far already? We’d support most things that enhance rider safety on the street. ABS and traction control etc. are all fine by us as long as they can be controlled/modulated by the rider, and switched off if the rider wants, what about motorcycle racing? How far should electronic aids be allowed to go before it becomes less of a motorcycle race on the circuit and more of a contest between computer scientists?

Umm… we don’t really know. We don’t have answers to the above question. But motorcycle tech guru, Kevin Cameron has written a brilliant article at the Cycle World website, which you may want to read. It talks about how building a racing motorcycle has gone from being all about ports and pipes and cams back then, to being mostly about electronic chips and computer software these days.

Learnings from racebike development ultimately filter down to streetbikes, so where we finally go with motorcycle electronics will have a very large impact on a very large number of riders...

The article is a fascinating read and might possibly even give you new insights into why a young rider from Australia has been regularly beating a multi-time world champion from Italy in this year’s MotoGP season! Get the article here.

Also see:
Suzuki RM-Z450: The first fuel-injected motocrosser!
Beringer brakes: New system to allow harder, safer braking
MotoGP: Can a new paintjob make a bike go faster? Yes!
MotoGP bikes: Three decades of evolution...
Frank Melling: Memories of the Isle of Man TT
David Howard's amazing Aprilia RSV-R 550
The world's most beautiful bikes...!!

Kawasaki 1400GTR Concours: Can a 153bhp bike be boring?

190bhp, 1.4-litre engine, variable valve timing and 300km/h top speed. And we still don't want the Kawasaki 1400GTR!
We are big fans of big, fast and brutish Kawasakis here and yet somehow we don't really like the 2008 Kawasaki 1400GTR Concours too much. How could that be? The bike is powered by the ZZR1400's engine (detuned from 190bhp down to 153...), is packed with cutting-edge technology and going by most road test reports, is fast, smooth, safe and comfortable.

We guess our problem with the bike is that it looks a bit dull. While it may be efficient and hassle-free, shaft-drive belongs on old-school BMWs and Moto Guzzis. And the 1400GTR also looks too big and bloated. Since the ZZR1400 can't possibly compete with GSX-R1000s and R1s on twisty mountain roads, isn't it already a hyper-fast sports-tourer? Where's the need for a GTR1400? Fast it may be, but isn't the Concours too much of an old man's bike?

While we don't like the GTR too much, we guess the bike would have some fans among our readers. If you like the 1400GTR, read Lance Oliver's first ride report, at the AMA website here.

No, the 1400GTR doesn't do anything for us. We'd much rather take the ZZR1400 or even the 2008 Hayabusa...

Ducati Desmosedici RR makes its first public appearance in action at Misano!

With Vittoriano Guareschi aboard, the Desmosedici RR struts its stuff

The absolutely glorious Ducati Desmosedici RR made its first ever public appearance at the recently concluded 2007 World Ducati Week. Ducati MotoGP Team test rider, Vittoriano Guareschi rode the bike around the Misano Circuit for a few demo laps.

Powered by Ducati’s pre-2007 MotoGP-spec 989cc, 200bhp L4, the Desmosedici RR is indeed a MotoGP bike for the road. Ducati Motor Holding CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio says, ‘This is a dream motorcycle that is destined to become an icon, endorsed by the fact that so many of the world’s top sportsmen and celebrities alike have placed orders to own one.’

Apart from its GP6 MotoGP bike-spec engine, the Desmosedici RR boasts of bits like sand-cast aluminium crankcases, magnesium engine covers, a cassette type six-speed gearbox and hydraulically actuated dry multi-plate slipper clutch. The engine’s double overhead cams actuate four titanium valves per cylinder and are gear driven from a crankshaft which has titanium connecting rods.

Ducati Desmosedici RR. Perhaps the most lust-worthy motorcycle in the world

Says Claudio Domenicali, Director of Product Development at Ducati Motor Holding and the CEO at Ducati Corse, ‘We are extremely pleased with the final result – the bike is fantastic both statically and dynamically. The chassis is rigid and the engine crisp, just like the racing Desmosedici and this is the very essence of the project – to leave the owner with a taste of our MotoGP bike!’

Also see:
Limited edition MV Agusta F4 CC
V-Roehr 1130: The all-American superbike
Could you learn to live without bikes...?
New developments at Moto Morini
Allen Millyard's V12 Kawasaki!
Aprilia to enter WSBK in 2008
EZ Tuning: The school of cool

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