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!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400: Improved power delivery, less pollution...


While peak power output may not have increased by much, Kawasaki claim to have improved power delivery throughout the 2008 ZZR1400's rev range...

Pics: Motorcycle USA

With Suzuki having launched a heavily reworked Hayabusa for 2008, Kawasaki couldn’t possibly do nothing about it. So we have the 2008 ZZR1400, and while it looks more or less the same as before, Kawasaki say they’ve made small, but significant changes everywhere, improving the bike significantly.

To begin with, there’s the ZZR1400’s 190bhp, 1352cc, DOHC inline-four, which is now fully compliant with Euro III emissions regulations. Kawasaki claim that the engine’s new intake ports and fine-atomising fuel injectors reduce mechanical noise and help boost power throughout the rev range. (This is supposed to take care of some riders’ complaints that at lower speeds, the ZZR1400 didn’t feel like a 190bhp, 1400cc sportsbike.) Also, a third honeycomb catalyzer has now been added in the exhaust collector, and this joins the two catalyzers already present in each silencer.

The ZZR1400’s chassis has also been revised – the aluminum monocoque is now die cast (rather than gravity cast) for reduced weight and increased stiffness. In keeping with the bike’s hyper sports-tourer positioning, ergonomics have been further refined for long-distance riding. And with a price tag of US$11,999 the big Ninja remains an excellent value for money proposition.


2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch video from the Paris Show...

Also see:
Evo6 and CB1100R: Stunning new Hondas revealed...
Fifth Gear video: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
First pics: 2008 Kawasaki sportsbike range...
1989 Yamaha OW01 vs 2008 Yamaha R1!
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo: The quest for 200mph...
First pics: 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR
Awesome: The six-cylinder, 2009 Suzuki Stratosphere 1100!
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...
Star Motorcycles: All-new Yamaha V-Max to come out in 2009
Bikes & babes: The Faster and Faster collection, on Flickr
2007 MotoGP race reports, features, interviews and hi-res wallpaper
Memorable: The Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo...

External links:
The amazing Jetsons Maxi scooter!
Aprilia 850 Mana picture gallery...
Bombardier sea scooter: Mind-blowing image gallery!


And here's the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. More details here
Pics: Motorcycle USA

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R: Hard-core performance, dubious styling...


Going by Kawasaki's press material, this 2008 model could be the most extreme ZX-10R ever built. It still looks ugly though...

Pics: Motorcycle USA

Earlier this month, we had posted the first pics of Kawasaki’s 2008 ZX-10R Ninja and now here are some more pics and details. Kawasaki are putting a lot of emphasis on the fact that this latest iteration of the big Ninja is meant for racers and experienced, hard-core street riders. Japanese racer Akira Yanagawa is said to have played a major role in the development of the 2008 Ninja ZX-10R, and with this new bike, Kawasaki may be looking at returning to the edgy, extreme performance package of the original 2004 ZX-10R!

The 2008 ZX-10R’s liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, 998cc inline-four, with dual fuel injectors for each cylinder, and oval, 43mm Keihin throttle bodies, benefits from reshaped ram-air ducts (for better air intake) and a larger airbox. And the bike’s new exhaust system, which is fully emissions compliant, is also said to boost power and reduce noise. (We aren’t too happy about the last bit, and the fact that the thing seems to have been taken off a Z1000 or a Z750, but what the hell, Yoshimura should have a solution to this problem soon…!)

The gearbox features revised ratios, the chassis is heavily revised, and then there’s the big news – the new Ninja gets what Kawasaki call a ‘torque management’ system. This would essentially be some kind of a traction control system and Kawasaki say it monitors parameters like throttle opening, gear position and rate of RPM change, and if need be, retards ignition timing (thereby reducing power) when it detects sudden spikes in the engine’s rpm figure. This doesn’t, however, mean that you can’t pull wheelies or slide the rear wheel anymore – Kawasaki claim that this system doesn’t interfere with the engine’s operation and allows it to rev freely in normal riding conditions.

Next up, suspension. The 2008 Ninja ZX-10R gets a 43mm, fully adjustable USD fork at front, with ‘Diamond Like Carbon’ (DLC) coating to the fork tubes for less stiction. At the rear, there’s a new swingarm that uses pressed (instead of cast) beams, and a Uni-Trak linkage monoshock that’s independently adjustable for low and high speed compression damping. Like the chassis and swingarm, the new ZX-10R’s wheels are also lighter and stiffer, and brakes are Tokico units – twin 320mm petal discs with radial mount calipers at front, and a single 220mm disc at the back.

Going by the spec sheet, the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R should be one hell of a machine, though we still think it looks ugly. Anyway, here's a video of the bike in action:


A video of the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in action

Also see:
2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZZR1400...
Kawasaki GPZ900R-powered Fiat 500!
MotoGP: 600cc four-strokes to replace 250cc two-strokes in 2010?
What's the coolest motorcycle brand in the world?
First pics: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R, ER-6n, Z1000, Versys 650 and Z750!
First pics: 2008 Yamaha R1...
First pics: 2008 Yamaha R6 and R125
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo and the quest for 200mph...
Evo6 and CB1100R: Wild new Hondas revealed!
2008 BMW HP2 Sport: Pics, tech specs and details...


The 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600! More pics and details here
Pic: Moto Caradisiac

More pics of the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade! Full details and more pics here

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