Friday, December 07, 2007

Ready to roll: 2008 TriRod F3 Adrenaline


The 2008 TriRod F3 Adrenaline. One, two, three... GO!

Right now, trikes seem to be the hot ticket for those looking for a wild ride, and TriRod’s F3 Adrenaline is right up that alley. Billed by its manufacturers as the ‘world’s first production performance three-wheel motorcycle,’ the F3 weighs 340 kilos, is powered by a 2.0-litre Harley-Davidson v-twin, and costs all of US$55,000! TriRod say that the F3 has been created using ‘advanced technologies from Formula 1 racing, aerospace and motorcycles,’ and that it offers ‘unparalleled performance.’ Hmmm…

Like some other trikes we’ve seen recently, the F3 Adrenaline uses two wheels at the front and one at the back – a layout that’s supposed to offer stable, secure handling, the ability to corner harder at higher speeds, and adequate rollover resistance. Bodypanels are made of carbonfibre, suspension is fully adjustable and transmission is via a six-speed manual-shift gearbox.

More details on the TriRod website here.

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Martini Racing Ducati 1098S!


The Ducati 1098S in Martini Racing colours. Lancia / WRC fans should love this...

How do you improve the already-gorgeous Ducati 1098? Why, paint in Martini Racing colours of course! First published in the Robb Report Motorcycling, this pic shows a Ducati 1098S painted in Martini Racing colours. Those who’ve seen Lancia’s rally cars of the 1970s and 80s (our favourite happens to be the Delta HF Integrale) in action should recognise the paint scheme immediately…

While the 1098 Tricolore already looks fabulous, we think the Martini Racing paintjob looks even better! More pics and details here and on Motoblog


...and if you liked the Martini Racing paintjob, here's a 749 in those colours. Cool, eh?

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Subaru to make bikes?


Can the company that makes the car you see on the left, start making the bike you see on the right? Hmmm....

According to some rumours doing the rounds on the Internet, Japanese car manufacturer, Subaru, may soon also start building bikes. Given that the Subaru Impreza, in its various avatars, has been such a big hit on the World Rally Championship scene, you’d probably expect Subaru to make a radical new sportsbike or a wild, hot rally-raid machine. But no, it seems they’re working on a rather homely little bike – the HS500 – that’s powered by a single-cylinder, 500cc engine that makes a humble 50bhp. (What?! The makers of the mighty Impreza WRX STi will put the Subaru name on a 50 horsepower motorcycle…?)

The Subaru HS500 is, supposedly, the work of one Kazuo Sasaki, who apparently worked with Honda in the 1980s and 90s. The only other details available at this time are that the Subaru bike will be fitted with Showa suspension components, Tokico brakes with radial-mount callipers and a twin-spar aluminium beam chassis that’ll be made in China.

While Cagiva are probably not going ahead with the single-cylinder Mito 500, maybe Subaru will fill that slot with the HS500. But how we wish they were making the two-wheeled equivalent of the mighty WRX STi. Now that would have been something to watch out for!!

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Something for fans of purple-painted choppers. No, really...
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Motorcycle USA: 2008 Yamaha R6 first ride...
Desmo-trike: The three-wheeler from hell!
Suzuki GSX-R trike. Wild!
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Suzuki Hayabusa quad!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Evel Knievel pulls off his biggest jump ever


Evel Knievel. There'll never be another one. R.I.P.

At 69, Evel Knievel finally decided he’d had enough of this world. The original American daredevil passed away on Friday, the 30th of November. Evel Knievel had been suffering from ill health for the last few years – he had been battling with pulmonary fibrosis and had also suffered two strokes earlier this year.

Coming from Butte, Montana, in the US, Knievel rose to fame in the late-1960s and early-1970s, when he undertook some of the most dangerous motorcycle stunts ever, including attempts at jumping over the fountains at Ceasar's Palace and the Snake River Canyon. Over a career spanning about 20 years, Knievel suffered countless (sometimes spectacular) mishaps and managed to break just about every bone in his body – but lived to tell the tale. Every time.

It’s said Evel Knievel often quoted (and lived…) the words of Theodore Roosevelt: ‘Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.’ Amen.

Evel’s son, stunt-rider Robbie Knievel has said he’ll keep the Knievel legacy going. You can visit the official Evel Knievel website here.


A video of Evel Knievel doing what he did best!

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