Friday, August 31, 2007

From Switzerland: Quantya FMX and Evo1

The Quantya FMX. Top speed is 60km/h...

You would, of course, expect the Swiss to do electric bikes. And now, they do. According to their website, Quantya is a Swiss company that's “concentrated in the development and industrialization of a range of electric sportive vehicles.” The two machines which they currently make are the FMX and the Evo1, both of which are motocross/dual-purpose type of bikes.

The Quantya FMX runs on a lithium polymer battery, which takes about 75 minutes to charge and is good for 1,000 charge cycles. (After which you buy a new battery, for a mere US$3,500. Ouch!) The FMX's top speed is 60km/h and depending on how hard you wring the motor, the battery will run for anywhere between 30 minutes to three hours on a single charge. With the equivalent of 12 horsepower and 31Nm of torque from its electric motor, the 90-kilo FMX won't outrun any GSX-Rs, but is still said to have reasonably decent acceleration. The smaller, lighter Quantya EVO1 offers more of the same.

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

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Motorcyclists to be penalized for making too much noise

Aftermarket exhaust? That'll be US$400 please, sir

MSNBC and Forbes have done stories on how American authorities are clamping down on motorcycle riders who fit aftermarket exhaust systems on their bikes, which often results in noise pollution. Here at Faster and Faster, we love fast bikes that sound good (reasonably fruity, but not ear-shatteringly loud...) but we suppose the noise threshold would be different for each individual. And i'ts understandable if non-riders don't want to put up with too much motorcycle noise...

Bill Wood, spokesperson for the AMA, says, 'From our perspective, this creates enormous problems for us because people notice the one motorcycle that makes a lot of noise, they don't notice the fifty that don't. So there's a perception that motorcycles are noisy.' While that may be correct, the US government is all set to come down heavily on those who insist on putting loud pipes on their bikes – there will be no getting away from hefty fines for such people.

We love Yoshimura and Akrapovic systems as much as you do, but the reality is, the days of aftermarket pipes may be numbered. Anyway, get the full stories on MSNBC and Forbes websites.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Triumph Hurricane 1300: Another 320km/h sports-tourer?

A Photoshop job of course, but this is what the new Triumph Hurricane 1300 may look like
pic: Oliepeil

Triumph are, reportedly, testing their all-new sports-tourer (see pic below) which will be powered by a 1275cc inline-four that churns out 200 horsepower. Top speed of the bike would be around 320km/h, putting it in the same league as the Hayabusa and the ZZR1400. If you can read French, more details here.

The new, 200bhp, 320km/h Triumph Hurricane 1300? Perhaps...
pic: MotoSecure

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BMW HP2 Sport to go into production soon!

The R1200S-based BMW HP2 Sport! More pics and updated details here

According to this report on MCN, the BMW HP2 Sport is all set to go into production in the next few weeks. After the HP2 Enduro and the HP2 Megamoto, this will be BMW's third 'HP2' machine and going by the other two, should offer awesome performance. In fact, BMW have been going endurance racing with this R1200S-based machine and have done quite well.

With production of the KTM RC8 Venom having been confirmed for next year, Aprilia getting their four-cylinder 1000cc superbike ready for 2008, and BMW also working on the K1000RS, a four-cylinder, 1000cc superbike, the Europeans sure are taking the fight to the Japanese! Bring 'em on...

Here's Trevor Franklin of MCN, riding the all-new BMW HP2 Boxer Sport for the first time!

Still think you can't have fun on BMWs...? :-)

Update (28.09.2007): 2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

1952: When Ducati made scooters…

The 1952 Ducati Cruiser. Ride this, Stoner...

Those who’ve grown up seeing Ducati 851s, 916s, 999s and the latest 1098, would probably find it hard to believe that at one time, Ducati used to make scooters. Yes indeed, the 175cc Ducati Cruiser, the first four-stroke Italian scooter, was shown at the Milan Motorcycle Show back in 1952!

Styled by Ghia, the Cruiser was Ducati’s first scooter, and the first Italian scooter to be fitted with an automatic transmission. The 54-kilo machine was even fitted with electric start. The Cruiser’s 175cc single-cylinder engine was initially tuned to make 12bhp, but was later strangled down to 7.5 horsepower – Italian government regulations of that time limited scooter speeds to only 80km/h.

Later, Ducati also made another scooter – the 98cc Spartan, which was later upgraded to 125cc. However, Vespa and Lambretta had already established their names in the scooters market, and Ducati did not succeed in this segment. They only made a thousand odd units of the Cruiser and stopped production of scooters by 1954.

From the 175cc Cruiser to this beautiful mid-90s 916 (above), it was a long, long journey for Ducati...

The 1984 Ducati 750 F1 (above, left) and Mike Hailwood's legendary TT racer from 1978 (above, right)

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2008 Kawasaki Z1400 and KTM RC8 pics

The Kawasaki Z1400 will soon be up against the Suzuki B-King and the Yamaha V-Max...
pic: Oliepeil

Japanese manufacturers seem to be quite gung-ho on big, super-powerful nakeds - witness the Suzuki B-King and the delayed-but-still-on Yamaha V-Max. For 2008, even Honda are said to be working on the Hornet 1000, which will be powered by the current Fireblade's 170bhp inline-four. So how could Kawasaki not get into the fray? Yes, expect the Kawasaki Z1400 next year, which will use the ZZR1400's 200-horsepower engine and cutting-edge electronics. The bike takes styling cues from Kawasaki's own Z1000 and unlike the 1400GTR, retains chain drive. Should provide some serious fun!

In the meanwhile, Raptors and Rockets have some scoop pics of the KTM RC8 superbike (see below), caught testing. The KTM packs a 1200cc, 180bhp v-twin and is one of the most anticipated machines for 2008. Visit the official KTM RC8 website here.

A video of the amazing KTM RC8 in action!

The KTM RC8 Venom. GSX-R owners, beware!
pic: MCN

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

MotoGP: Dorna CEO says existing tyre rules may need to go!

The tyre rules have changed everything in the 2007 MotoGP season...

According to a report on the Speed TV website, Dorna may consider a change in tyre rules for the 2008 MotoGP season. Dorna CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta says, ‘I am in agreement with Rossi that the tyre limitations are an error that must be solved.’ Ezpeleta has also said that the tyre companies – Michelin, Dunlop, and Bridgestone – are responsible for the current tyre rule, which was intended to cut costs and simplify things for racing teams as well as tyre manufacturers.

The tyre debate has raged for much of the 2007 MotoGP season, with various ‘experts’ offering various different opinions on why things have turned out the way they have. While Ezpeleta is said to have supported the current tyre rule earlier, he now says, ‘The brands [tyre manufacturers] have to reach an agreement on how they can change this – they have to make acceptable solutions if they want to avoid this becoming a single tyre championship.’

For more details on how the existing tyre rules work, the technical details and the full story on suggested changes, go to the Speed TV website here.

Update (22nd Sept., 2007): Dorna boss puts in formal request for one-make tyre rule for MotoGP!

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Star Motorcycles: V-Max launch delayed

Update (29th May 2008): 2009 Yamaha V-Max first pics and video here!

Nope, Yamaha say Mr Max isn't ready just yet...

While Suzuki have launched their "V-Max" this year – the rather ugly looking B-king – Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles division aren’t ready with their own bike yet. One of our readers – Mark, from Canada – sent us a link to this Star V-Max website, which quotes a press release sent out by Yamaha, addressed to their US dealers. And according to this document, the V-Max will only be ready by 2009.

The document says, ‘A Star Motorcycles V-Max Concept model was shown last year to gauge consumer response and acceptance. We are pleased to inform you that further development of this concept model will continue from our factory during the year ahead and be assured that we will do our best to keep you informed of its progress during this time.’ Going by this press release, Mr Max may not hit the road before 2009.

The Star V-Max website also talks about the new V-Max engine, which is expected to be an 1800cc v-four unit, producing more than 200 horsepower. If that’s correct, the B-King should start worrying about the 2009 Yamaha V-Max already…

A video of the Yamaha V-Max on display during the Paris Show in Sep. 2007

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