Monday, October 01, 2007

From Finland: Honda CBR1100XX Turbo!


220 horsepower? Coming right up...
 
With a turbocharger and nitrous, this is one Honda CBR1100XX which even Hayabusas and ZZR1400s would be wary of!
Pics: Super Streetbike

What bike would you need to be able to keep up with your Hayabusa / ZZR1400 riding neighbour? Surely not a Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird? Yes indeed, if you live in Finland and if your name is Teemu Erpolku, you’ll take your Honda to Taistelija Osakeyhti, who’ll transform your nice, civilized sports-tourer into something that can live with the Hayabusas and ZZR1400s of this world!

Taistelija Osakeyhti builds high-performance custom bikes for adrenaline junkies. Based in Helsinki, Osakeyhti’s company, Fighter Incorporated takes standard bikes and converts them into fire-breathing monsters. The CBR1100XX you see here has been converted into a 220 horsepower ‘Dragmoto’ via the addition of a ProBoost turbocharger and nitrous. Front forks are from a Ducati 748, bodywork is from an old Suzuki GSX-R1100, the seat unit is off a Yamaha R6, and swingarm, wheels and exhaust are all custom-made.

More details on the Super Streetbike website here.



Okay, we also love the regular, stock Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

The Bestiale Project: A more 'radical' MV Agusta Brutale


Can Tamburini's work be improved upon? Yacouba Galle seems to think so, hence the Bestiale!
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

The Massimo Tamburini-designed MV Agusta Brutale 910 is one hell of a good looking motorcycle. But there’s always room for 'improvement,' right? Which is why Yacouba Galle, a former motorcycle journalist who also likes to try his hand at designing bikes, has come up with the Bestiale concept that you see here. Along with another Frenchman, Laurent Dupas, Galle has designed the 'sharp, aggressive' Bestiale in an effort to make the Brutale more, er...., radical. Ahem.

Galle has kept the original Brutale 910’s engine, chassis, wheels, suspension and single-sided swingarm, but the bodywork is all new. At the front, there’s a single Xenon projector headlamp, flanked by multiple LEDs. Turn-indicators are incorporated into the bodywork and instead of conventional units, these are a line of LEDs on each side.


Dupas and Galle want to offer bolt-on Bestiale kits to Brutale owners who want to personalise their bike. (Aren't MV Brutale 910s 'personal' enough already...?)

For Brutale owners who want to ‘personalise’ their bike, Galle wants to provide a bolt-on kit which would allow them to transform their bike into the Bestiale. Get more details on the official website here.

Also see:
Suzuki Crosscage and Biplane concepts...
The amazing new BMW HP2 Sport!
The Neander Turbodiesel: Ready for this oil rig?
Master Blaster: The 2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400...
TWO magazine: In conversation with Jeremy Burgess
Scoop! Next-generation Yamaha, Honda and Ducati MotoGP bikes revealed!
Fearsome: The 1975 Yamaha TZ750 dirt-tracker
Big Brothers: Suzuki GSX-R1100 and Bimota SB6


The 2008 KTM 690 Duke. More pics and details here

Sunday, September 30, 2007

First pics: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Also, Crosscage and Biplane concepts...

...and for the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000, see here!


The 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000. No changes apart from new paint and graphics, but it's still the most awesome litre-class superbike on the planet!

Pics: Moto Caradisiac

After the 2008 GSX-R750s and GSX-R600s which you saw here earlier, here are some pics of the 2008 GSX-R1000. Suzuki had made some radical changes to the GSX-R1000 last year so the 2008 model only gets lightly reworked paint and graphics. Still, with 185 horsepower from that 1000cc inline-four, and a dry weight of only 172 kilos, the 2008 GSX-R1000 continues to be the Big Daddy, the undisputed performance king of all litre-class superbikes.


The Hydrogen- and battery-powered Suzuki Crosscage concept

And while GSX-Rs are all very well, Suzuki have also seen Honda’s Evo6 and CB1100R, and decided they must do some concept bikes of their own. Hence, we have the Crosscage and Biplane concepts. The Crosscage, which says ‘Intelligent Energy’ on its fairing, has an X-shaped chassis and single-sided swingarm and front suspension. It’s a hydrogen and lithium-ion battery-powered hybrid, so… do not expect to see the Crosscage on the roads anytime soon!


...and this is the totally outlandish Suzuki Biplane concept. Weird!

The other concept is the Suzuki Biplane, which is supposedly powered by a V4 engine. And if you ride the bike, you’re supposed to feel like you’re flying a biplane with an open canopy. Doesn’t make any sense to us, but hey, this is supposed to be a ‘concept’ bike that’ll just be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and then it’ll be put away in the basement forever. Or until the next motor show anyway…

Also see:
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics and details...
2008 KTM sportsbike range: Pics and details
2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600: Pics and details
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14: Even more performance than before...
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-1OR: Fast, but who did that styling...?
First pics: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R, ER-6n, Z1000, Z750 and Versys 650!
2008 Yamaha R1 and XT660Z Tenere: The best-looking bikes in 2008?
First pics: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125...
Video and pics: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100


2008 Suzuki Hayabusa in action! Get Motorcycle USA's riding impression of this bike here
Pic: Motorcycle USA

New pics of the 2008 Hayabusa from the Paris Show. The one on the left shows the bike fitted with Yoshimura's new exhaust system for the Hayabusa...
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Carl Fogarty dumps plans of 2008 WSBK comeback


Carl Fogarty won't be running the MV Agusta team in World Superbikes in 2008 due to lack of sponsorship money...

Earlier this year, we had reported that Carl Fogarty would be running the MV Agusta factory-supported team in World Superbikes, in 2008. Well, that isn’t going to happen after all – Foggy has been unable to find sponsorship and would hence be unable to run the MV team in WSBK.

Says Fogarty, ‘Everyone knows that this is a difficult time for motorcycle sponsorship. However, we hoped that the combination of my team with an iconic brand such as MV Agusta would have been an attractive proposition for potential sponsors both in the UK and abroad. Regrettably, despite the enormous excitement generated amongst motorcycle fans, this has not proved to be the case, leading us to the conclusion that the market will not support a professionally-run outfit of our size without significant financial input from a manufacturer. So I have decided to bring this chapter of my career to an end by putting our state-of-the-art facility at Burton, our race trailer and hospitality unit up for sale.’


What happens to MV's WSBK ambitions now...?

Mr Fogarty, who once claimed he was going to be the 'saviour' of World Superbikes, also has the unique distinction of having been voted as one of the biggest idiots in motorcycling by the readers of Bike magazine in the UK. The four-time WSBK world champion and Isle of Man winner says he will now explore other options inside as well as outside the motorcycle industry…

Also see:
2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, lairy new paintjob!
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?
Stunning new Hondas: The CB1100R and Evo6
Pics and details: 2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Z750, ER-6n, ZX-6R, Versys 650 and Ninja 250R
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R1
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Video: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100
Triumph Hurricane 1300: Is the first 200mph British superbike coming...?
Pics and details: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp
Honda: V4 revival in 2009?
2008 KTM 690 Duke and other 690-based machines...
First pics: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, details and tech specs...


The awesome new BMW HP2 Sport! More pics and details here

Friday, September 28, 2007

2008 BMW HP2 Sport: More pics and details


The 2008 BMW HP2 Sport - the one BMW that isn't scared of GSX-Rs!

Yesterday, you saw MCN’s first ride video of the awesome 2008 BMW HP2 Sport, and now we have new pictures of the bike. This bike, along with BMW’s decision to go racing in World Superbikes in 2009 (with an all-new four-cylinder machine…), shows just how serious the Bavarian company is about taking on the R1s and GSX-Rs of this world.

As is already known, the BMW HP2 Sport is based on the BMW R1200S, though in the former, the boxer twin gets new cylinder heads, with double overhead cams and bigger valves. Along with its new forged pistons, new con-rods, and new stainless steel exhaust system, the 1170cc twin makes a respectable 130 – 140 horsepower and 115Nm of torque.

The HP2 Sport gets a six-speed close-ratio gearbox, and there’s also a quickshifter there to keep racer-types happy. Other fancy bits are Öhlins suspension, forged wheels, various carbonfibre parts, Brembo monoblock brakes with radially mounted four-piston calipers at the front, and a MotoGP-style digital dashboard. ABS is optional.

With this all-singing, all-dancing HP2 Sport, BMW should indeed be able to make people – especially the Japanese and Italian factories – sit up and take note. Yes sir, BMW are back, and how!

First pics: 2008 KTM 690 Duke, 690 SMC, 690 SMR and 690 Enduro


The 2008 KTM 690 SMR...

... and (from left) the 2008 KTM 690 Duke, 690 Enduro and 690 SMC
Pics: Moto Revue

Yes, these are the first official pics of the 2008 KTM range – the 690 SMR, the much-awaited 690 Duke, 690 Enduro and the 690 SMC. All the four bikes use KTM's 654cc, fuel-injected single-cylinder ‘LC4’ engine, which makes 65bhp.

The 690 Duke is fitted with a chrome-molybdenum tubular space frame that’s light and rigid, a one-piece, aluminium die-cast swingarm, and WP suspension components – 48mm USD fork at front, fully adjustable monoshock at the rear, with a Pro-Lever linkage system. The suspension has been tuned for high-performance street riding. Brakes are Brembo units – 320mm floating disc, with radially mounted four-piston calipers at front, 240mm disc with single-piston caliper at the rear.

While the 690 Duke has, perhaps, been the most eagerly awaited new KTM, the all-new 690 SMR is no less radical and exciting. With its edgy, convention-challenging styling and high-spec components, it’ll probably offer supermoto performance that may be hard to match. Like the Duke, the SMR is also fitted with a chrome-molybdenum tubular space frame, WP suspension components, Brembo brakes and KTM’s ‘APTC’ anti-hopping clutch.

More details on pricing and availability, soon.


A video of the KTM 690 Supermoto in action. Superb!

More 2008 bikes:
2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, lairy new paintjob!
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?
Stunning new Hondas: The CB1100R and Evo6
Pics and details: 2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Z750, ER-6n, ZX-6R, Versys 650 and Ninja 250R
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R1
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Video: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100
Triumph Hurricane 1300: Is the first 200mph British superbike coming...?
BMW HP2 Sport Boxer to go into production soon...
Pics and details: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp
Honda: V4 revival in 2009?
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...


Repsol KTM's Marc Coma, on his way to winning the 2007 Pharaons Rally. This is third time in succession when Coma has won this off-road event!

First pics: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600


Here (top and below) are the first pictures of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750...


...and (above) this is the 2008 GSX-R600
Pics: Moto Planete

While we have posted various 'scoop' pics of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 earlier, these are the first proper, 'official' pics of the two bikes. Of the two, it seems it’s the GSX-R600 that’s been more thoroughly reworked, with Suzuki claiming that the 2008 bike is their best, most powerful 600cc supersports machine ever. With its revised chassis, new exhaust system, tweaked and remapped fuel injection system and new paint schemes, the 2008 GSX-R600 sure looks good!

The 2008 GSX-R750 also gets a new exhaust system, new paint and graphics, and various minor tweaks throughout. Like the 2007 GSX-R1000, the GSX-R750 also gets Suzuki’s ‘Drive Mode Selector’ this year. This system allows the rider to ‘tune’ power delivery according to his/her riding abilities and if need be, soften power delivery in tricky weather conditions.

Overall, while Suzuki have made no radical changes to the 2008 GSX-R750 and 600, it seems they’ve still done enough to keep the bikes fresh and appealing. More details on pricing and availability of the 2008 GSX-R models, soon.


2008 Suzuki GSXR750: Launch video from the Paris Show

More 2008 bikes:
2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, lairy new paintjob!
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?
Stunning new Hondas: The CB1100R and Evo6
Pics and details: 2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Z750, ER-6n, ZX-6R, Versys 650 and Ninja 250R
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R1
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Video: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100
Triumph Hurricane 1300: Is the first 200mph British superbike coming...?
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...
Pics and details: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp
Honda: V4 revival in 2009?

External links:
A trip to Ueno, the 'motorcycle district' of Tokyo!
2008 Suzuki GSX-R600: Hi-res image gallery!


Here are some more pics of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR. More 2008 Fireblade pics, specs and details here
Pics: Motorcycle USA

Oil rig: The Neander Turbodiesel


The Neander Turbodiesel is powered by a 1340cc, twin-cylinder diesel, which makes 195Nm of torque. That's almost twice as much as a Yamaha R1...

Pics: The Kneeslider

“After seven years of extensive development work, working our fingers to the bone and burning out several prototypes, it is finally done: There’s a new sheriff in town!” say Neander, on their website. And indeed, they do have a unique product – the Neander is supposed to be the world’s first and only motorcycle with a turbocharged diesel engine!

The Neander is fitted with a 1340cc, air and oil cooled, 8-valve, turbocharged, intercooled, twin-cylinder diesel engine that makes 112 horsepower and an impressive 195Nm of torque at 2600rpm. (Compared with most litre-class superbikes, that’s almost twice as much torque at less than a third of the revs!) The bikes uses belt-drive, has a six-speed gearbox, will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 225km/h. Not bad for a diesel-powered cruiser.

But wait, there’s a price for all this diesel performance – an eye watering, jaw dropping, bank account shriveling US$133,000! That, by the way, is more than what a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo costs. But if you are still interested, you can get more details on The Kneeslider and the Neander website.


A video of the Neander TD in action

Also see:
Die Moto: Biodiesel-powered motorcycle aims for landspeed record!
Track T-800 CDI: Diesel-powered dual-purpose bike from the Netherlands...
From France: The Wakan 1640 cruiser
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
The 150bhp Shelby & Rucker chopper...
Allen Millyard's 2300cc, V12 Kawasaki!
Radical radial: An aircraft-engined cruiser...
Naro: The 40kmpl, four-wheeled 'motorcycle'
Memorable: The mighty Munch Mammut TTS-E!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

MCN's first ride video: The BMW HP2 Sport!


The boxer twin doesn't sound very nice, but 140bhp at the crank is not too bad

We've spoken about the R1200S-based BMW HP2 Sport earlier - it's the machine with which BMW have been going endurance racing, and they haven't been doing too badly either! Watch this video and see what Trevor Franklin of MCN, who rides the bike for the first time, has to say about it...


The awesome new BMW HP2 Sport. More pics and details here





Yeah, this bunch is what's coming your way in 2008! And most of our 2008 bikes pages have now been updated with more pics and tech specs, so you might want to check out the links below:

2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, lairy new paintjob!
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: Extreme performance, but what about the styling...?
Stunning new Hondas: The CB1100R and Evo6
Pics and details: 2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Z750, ER-6n, ZX-6R, Versys 650 and Ninja 250R
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R1
Pics and details: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Video: 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100
Triumph Hurricane 1300: Is the first 200mph British superbike coming...?
BMW HP2 Sport Boxer to go into production soon...
Pics and details: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp
Honda: V4 revival in 2009?


...and from France, here's the Voxan GTV1200. It's powered by a 1166cc, 106 horsepower v-twin, weighs 180 kilos, and uses belt-drive instead of the usual chain. ABS is optional. If the bike does go into production next year, it could cost as much as US$25,000!