Friday, December 14, 2007

Casey Stoner: One RICH Aussie…

With $4.2 million in his pocket, he should be smiling...

2007 MotoGP world champ, Casey Stoner has been ranked 14th on BRW's Australian sporting rich list, according to which the 22-year-old made $4.2 million this year! And of course, now that he’s won the world championship, Stoner could easily be making twice that amount in 2008…

There are some sportspersons who’ve done better than Stoner – Golfer Greg Norman ($20 million), F1 driver Mark Webber ($8.4 million), AMA Supercross/Motocross rider Chad Reed ($7.8 million) and AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin ($6.6 million) were all ahead of the Ducati star in 2007.

But still, with $4.2 million, Casey can easily buy an MV Agusta F4 CC, the one bike we so desperately want. And the one bike we know we’ll never be able to get our hands on… :-((

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L-R-G Hayabusa: Hip-Hop culture, Suzuki style!

The fully bling'd L-R-G Hayabusa. Umm... er...

American Suzuki, in partnership with Lifted Research Group (L-R-G) and 2Wheel Tuner magazine, recently unveiled a customized 2008 Hayabusa at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. (Whew! Yeah, that was from a press release…)

Designed by L-R-G and built by Custom Sportbike Concepts, the L-R-G Hayabusa “blends the panache of one of the hottest urban brands in fashion with the iconic personality of Suzuki’s fastest production motorcycle,” say Suzuki. Special bits on the bike include a pearl-white paint scheme, custom windscreen, see-through bodypanels, custom exhaust, single-sided swingarm, and a rear section taken from the GSX-R1000.

The Hayabusa’s suspension has been heavily tweaked by Race Tech and the bike’s been fitted with ZR-rated Pirelli Diablo rubber. Brakes are from Beringer, and the front stoppers include four-piston radial mount calipers. And there’s even a rear-view camera system on the L-R-G machine…

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Motoblog: In conversation with Loris Capirossi

Loris Capirossi. Seen it all, done it all, ridden 'em all...

From Motoblog comes this interview with Loris Capirossi, one of our favourite riders in MotoGP. Capirex’s been racing bikes for the last 17 years, has won world championships in the 125cc and 250cc classes, has raced two-stroke 500s and four-stroke 990s and 800s. If there’s one man who’s seen it all, done it all, it’s Loris. Here, he talks about how it is being with the Suzuki MotoGP team for 2008:

On testing the 2008 Suzuki GSV-R at the Philip Island circuit
‘I had never done so many laps [in one go] in my entire life. Among other things, we’ve been testing the electronics and the aerodynamics – something I consider very important, because Phillip Island has always been complicated for Suzuki.’

On the GSV-R’s new engine and chassis
‘The aim is to get a bit more power, without sacrificing the excellent qualities of the current V4. As regards the chassis, we have had some problems with stability at high speeds, but I think we have now solved that. In the first test, the goal for me was to understand the bike better. I made some progress, but I haven’t started pushing it too hard yet…’

On the tyre situation in MotoGP
‘If there was a gap between Bridgestone and Michelin in 2007, things may be more balanced in 2008. Michelin is working hard, and from Bridgestone, for the moment, we have not found anything that is proving to be better than what was available in 2007.’

On Rossi’s move to Bridgestone
‘I agree with him. When a pilot believes that a change is the right choice for him, he must do so.’

On traction control
‘All these systems [electronic rider aids] work to the detriment of pilots with more sensitivity, which can no longer make a difference.’

On how he sees Lorenzo, Dovizioso and De Angelis performing in MotoGP in 2008
‘They will be strong from the outset, and throughout the championship.’

Also see:
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External links:
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This video shows why you simply must ride the Honda Fireblade!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Roehr Motorcycles: V-Roehr 1250SC to roll out by mid-2008

With its 180bhp supercharged v-twin, the V-Roehr 1250SC could give GSX-Rs something to think about!

We first wrote about the all-American V-Roehr sportsbike, back in March this year. Well, with Roehr Motorcycles LLC having gotten into a financial partnership, which will provide them with working capital, the V-Roehr is closer to becoming production reality. And instead of the 1130cc, 120bhp Harley v-twin which the bike was supposed to be fitted with, the production V-Roehr has been upgraded to a 1250cc Harley V-twin, which will be fitted with a Rotrex supercharger, pushing power output up to 180bhp!

In keeping with its ‘superbike’ positioning, the V-Roehr 1250SC will also be fitted with high-spec running gear – Ohlins suspension, Marchesini alloy wheels, Brembo brakes with radial-mount callipers at the front, and carbonfibre bodywork. A company press release says that the ‘V-Roehr 1250SC promises to deliver quality and performance in a truly modern, exclusive and exhilarating American thoroughbred.’ And that, of course, will come for a significant price – US$45,000. Visit the Roehr website for more details.

A video montage of moto-journalist Alan Cathcart riding the V-Roehr

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Face off: Old Hayabusa vs the new Hayabusa!

Very soon, you'll be able to see Batman riding this... thing, in The Dark Knight movie. Casey Stoner probably has nothing to worry about yet...

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Pi X Bonneville racer edition

Slow and very, very expensive - the Pi X Bonneville racer edition

A 30bhp motorcycle that costs US$39,000?!? Er…, that would be the Electrobike Pi X Bonneville racer edition – a hybrid that’s powered by a 48V electric motor combined with a 50cc, four-stroke petrol engine. The Pi X’s 48V, 100amp NiMH battery pack makes for about 45km of riding on pure electric power, while the tiny petrol engine will let you ride for another 400km, using just 4.5 litres of fuel in the process.

Made in the US, the Pi X Bonneville racer edition is a high-tech piece of kit – the bike is fitted with a seamless monocoque chassis made of high-grade aluminium, wheels are cast magnesium units from Marchesini and HID lamps are on the options list. The only potential sticking point may be the top speed, which is about 45km/h. Those Sunday morning rides with your GSX-R riding mates may not work out…

Only five units of the Pi X Bonneville racer edition will ever be built, though for a mere US$17,500 you could buy the Pi X Bonneville Commemorative, twenty-five of which will be sold. Visit the Electrobike website here for more details.

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