Saturday, November 17, 2007

MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR declared most beautiful bike at EICMA


The 2008 Brutale 1078RR. Beautiful!

And if the standard Brutale 1078RR is not enough, here are some tarted-up variants...

Looks like even after all these years, Massimo Tamburini’s work is still hard to beat. Designed by Tamburini and first seen back in 2001, the MV Agusta Brutale is still winning beauty contests in 2007. At this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Motociclismo magazine asked visitors to vote for the bike which they thought was the most beautiful, and the 2008 Brutale 1078RR won, with 25.7 percent of visitors voting in its favour. The Ducati Monster 696 came in second with 15.2 percent votes, while the BMW HP2 Sport was in third place, with 9.2 percent votes.


The Brutale 1078RR Challenge. Get ready to race!

The Brutale 1078RR will go on sale early next year, along with its siblings, the Brutale 989R and the 910S. With 154 bhp from its inline-four, the 1078RR is the most powerful naked bike MV have ever built. Which is probably why there is an MV Agusta Brutale race series planned for 2008. Called the ‘Brutale Challenge,’ this will be a six-race, one-make series, with up to 36 riders in the fray. Want to take part? Download the Brutale Challenge registration form (PDF format) here. (Note: The form is in Italian. We could not find an English version.)

Some other bikes which we think are very good-looking:
The awesome KTM 1190 RC8!
The 2008 Ducati 1098R. It's hot...!
Honda NSR500 racer-replica. The best we've ever seen...
2007 Suzuki MotoGP bike, in Barry Sheene livery
The very handsome BMW HP2 Sport...
The icy-cool Yamaha FZR750RR OW01!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Downsized Triple: The 2008 Benelli 899


The 2008 Benelli 899S. Nice...
Pic: Motorevue

The very stylish Benelli TNT 1130 now has a smaller sibling – the TNT 899. The new bike is powered by Benelli’s 899cc, three-cylinder engine that makes a respectable 117bhp, which should make for adequate performance in a machine weighing 199kg dry. Apart from the base model 899, there will also be a TNT 899S, which will get a few carbonfibre parts and a different seat. At about US$18,000 the 899S will be a thousand bucks more expensive than the base model bike. Seems nice enough, though we’d still take the full-house 1130…

More Italian bikes:
2007 Ducati GP7 vs 1974 MV Agusta 500!
Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7...
The 2008 Moto Morini Granpasso...
2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro and FV2 concept
The amazing new Ducati 1098R and the 2008 Ducati 848!
Pics and specs: The 2008 Ducati Monster 696...
2008 MV Agusta F4 and Brutale 1078 lineup

External link:
THE 2008 calendar for motorcyclists!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Face off: 1974 MV Agusta 500 vs 2007 Ducati GP7!


Giacomo Agostini says the Ducati GP7's power is "incredible!"

After almost a quarter of a century, an Italian bike is once again on top in motorcycle grand prix racing!
Pics: Motoblog

Who’s the greatest Italian bike manufacturer of all time – MV Agusta or Ducati? That’s a tough question. Ducati machines have dominated World Superbikes in the last two decades, winning multiple championships and leaving Japanese manufacturers trying to play catch-up-with-Ducati. This year, the Italian company also dominated MotoGP, with Casey Stoner and his GP7 completely crushing Honda and Yamaha teams.

MV Agusta, on the other hand, haven’t done much on the motorcycle racing scene in recent years. But then, from 1958 to 1974, they did win 17 consecutive motorcycle grand prix racing world championships in the 500cc class – an incredible feat, and something that isn’t likely to be repeated, ever.

Which is why we think Motociclismo pulled off a coup of sorts when they got Giacomo Agostini and Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi together at the Monza circuit in Italy, riding the 2007 Ducati GP7 and the 1974 MV Agusta 500 GP racer (on which Phil Read won the 500cc world championship that year, and which would be MV’s last world championship to date…) back to back!


So which one would you have? :-)

The MV 500 racebike is now owned by Gualdo Elli, one of the world's biggest collectors of MV Agusta bikes. Ducati Corse, of course, brought the all-conquering GP7 to the party. ‘They are two completely different worlds. The technology driving the older bike is not comparable with what is available today. Back then, the pilot had to check thousands of parameters simultaneously, while modern electronics make that task much easier. The power of the Ducati is incredible,’ said Agostini after riding both bikes.

The full story is not available online – for that, you’ll have to buy a copy of the Italian Motociclismo. Visit their website here for more information!

Also see:
F1 ace Michael Schumacher could have also done MotoGP...
Valentino Rossi's NSR500: One for the road!
Truly amazing: The Morbidelli 850 V8
First pics: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750...
Extreme Makeover: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R!
Face-off: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera!!
Battle of the Yamahas: 1989 FZR750RR OW01 vs 2008 YZF-R1...
DVD Review: Riding Solo to the Top of the World

External link:
Here's something GSX-R fans should like...!!

2008 Hyosung GT650X and RX450SM ready to hit the streets


The 2008 Hyosung GT650X. Could prove to be a very good entry-level bike...
Pics: MCN

Korea’s biggest bike manufacturer, Hyosung had first shown the GT650X concept about a year ago, and now the bike is finally ready to go into production. It still uses the same 647cc v-twin as before, but the engine now gets fuel injection and a new oil cooler. (The same engine also powers the Fischer MRX, and it’s been rumoured that Cagiva will use this engine in the Mito 650…)

The 2008 Hyosung GT650X has an all-new chassis – a steel tube trellis / aluminium beam hybrid – and the braced aluminium swingarm is also new. The headlamp assembly, fuel tank, all body panels and the alloy wheels have been redesigned, the taillamp is now an LED unit and the exhaust system is a short, stubby little item – the kind which is currently fashionable. Front brakes are twin 300mm discs, gripped by four-piston calipers.


The 2008 Hyosung RX450SM...
Pic: Motoblog

Hyosung have also shown the new RX450SM, their first supermoto. The bike uses a 450cc, liquid-cooled single that makes 50 horsepower. The chassis is (a rather weedy looking) tubular steel unit, while the swingarm is made of aluminium. 45mm USD forks have been fitted at the front, while the rear features a fully adjustable monoshock. Brakes are Brembo units and the bike weighs only 120kg dry.

For details on pricing and availability, visit the Hyosung website here.

Other 2008 bikes:
The Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7!
The amazing, awesome KTM 1190 RC8...
Pics and specs: BMW F650GS
Cafe-racer cool: Derbi Mulhacen 659 Angel Nieto LE!
First pics: The Moto Morini Granpasso...
First pics: Aprilia SMV750 and FV2 concept!
The Ducati 1098R. Lustworthy!


...and this is the 30th Anniversary Special Edition Hyosung Aquila GV650

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rossi says he may move to Ducati if Yamaha don’t improve...


Rossi finished third in the 2007 MotoGP world championship, and he's unhappy with that. Very unhappy...

Valentino Rossi finished in third place in the 2007 MotoGP world championship, and he’s making it amply clear that he’s not at all happy with that. With Rossi not having been able to win the MotoGP world championship for two consecutive seasons, and Yamaha having hired Jorge Lorenzo to run with Rossi next year, it now looks like the Rossi-Yamaha combo might not last beyond the 2008 season.

Rossi wants to make sure he wins at least one more MotoGP world championship before he retires, and The Doctor is willing to do whatever it takes to do that. He’s already shunned Michelin and will be racing on Bridgestones next year. And according to a report on Crash.net, Rossi’s been dropping hints about moving to Ducati if Yamaha don’t shape up quickly.

‘All the Japanese underestimated Ducati this season. Ducati was intelligent and aggressive, and worked better. We were competitive with Honda, but they had the money and people required to catch up [to Ducati] more quickly. This is where Yamaha has been lacking,’ says Rossi. ‘Yamaha has never had the quickest motorcycle but this year we were 15-20 km/h slower. And every time we've tried something new, it has broken. We need to make big changes to win the title again. We need more capable people and more money,’ concludes an obviously very unhappy Rossi.

Here at Faster and Faster, we still very much believe in The Doctor and we think he’s one of the most talented riders – perhaps the most talented rider – in MotoGP, ever. Says Rossi, ‘I still have a lot of desire to fight, but I need tyres and a machine that are competitive. We will wait and see how the Yamaha, especially the engine, improves for next year. If it is not competitive then there is nothing more we can do. I have good relations with both Ducati and Honda, but Ducati would be my preferred option because it is Italian!’

So there we are, the five-time MotoGP world champ has spoken and now it’s up to Yamaha to clean up their act and give Rossi a machine that can really go head to head against Stoner’s Ducati in 2008. If not, Rossi may move to Ducati. And like Rossi says, ‘I do not believe that Stoner would say no. Maybe he would want to measure himself against me with the same motorcycle…’

More MotoGP:
2007 MotoGP race reports, features, interviews and hi-res MotoGP wallpaper
Hayden and Pedrosa test the 2008 Honda RC212V...
F1 ace, Michael Schumacher could've been a MotoGP champ!
The MotoGP replica we'd love to own...!
Chris Vermeulen pays homage to Barry Sheene...
In conversation with Jeremy Burgess...


On the left is a scooter - the Malaguti F12R Phanton - for Stoner fans, and on the right is the very cool MV Agusta Brutale Hydrogen, for the fashion-conscious...

2008 Derbi Mulhacen Cafe 659 Angel Nieto LE shown at the EICMA


The 2008 Mulhacén Café 659 Angel Nieto LE
Pic: DailyMotos

Derbi are now showing a new version of the Mulhacen, at the EICMA in Milan. The Mulhacen Cafe 659 Angel Nieto Limited Edition. This rather good looking bike is fitted with a digital instrument panel, 17-inch alloy wheels, steel beam perimeter chassis, gold anodized 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, adjustable Sachs monoshock, and Brembo brakes with a 320mm brake disc at front.

Derbi have released this limited edition bike in tribute to Angel Nieto, a national hero in Spain. Considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle roadracers of all time, Nieto specialized in racing smaller displacement – 50cc, 80cc, and 125cc – bikes, and when he retired in 1986, he had 90 Grand Prix victories and 13 World Championships to his name!

Based on the original Mulhacen ‘scrambler,’ the Cafe 659 LE is powered by the same single-cylinder, four-valve, Yamaha-Minarelli 659cc engine that’s now been made Euro 3 compliant. Derbi say the ergonomics have been reworked and the bike is suitable for longer journeys. This limited edition bike will be available from June 2008 onwards. More details on the Derbi website here.

Other bikes shown at the 2007 EICMA in Milan:
The Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7!
Now ready to rumble: The 2008 KTM 1190 RC8...
First pics and specs: 2008 BMW F650GS
The 2008 Moto Morini Granpasso, Corsaro and the 91/2...
The 2008 Aprilia SMV750 and the FV2 concept
The Fireblade-powered 2008 Honda CB1000R!

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