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!