Tuesday, January 08, 2008

2008 Moto Guzzi Stelvio: First ride video

Is the Moto Guzzi Stelvio really good enough to take on the BMW R1200GS?

More dual-purpose/supermotard-style bikes:
First pics: 2008 BMW F800GS...
2008 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere vs Honda Transalp XL700V
The 2008 Moto Morini Granpasso...
2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro!
The 2008 KTM 990 Supermoto...
2008 Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazon
The Yamaha Air Tricker concept...
The Wunderlich WR2...

External link:
Some powerful reasons to love MX bikes...

For Guzzi fans, here's a Moto Guzzi club video from Rome!

Yoshimura find a cure for the 2008 ZX-10R’s ugliness

We think these Yoshimura exhaust systems look vastly better than the ZX-10R's stock item
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Capable it may be, but the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R isn’t very good looking. And the ugliest bit on the bike is definitely the exhaust system, which looks tacked-on and completely out of place on the Ninja. Now, Yoshimura may have a partial solution to the making the ZX-10R look a bit better. The Japanese/American company has launched new exhaust systems – the R-77 and the R-55 – for the Kawasaki.

The R-77 is available in stainless steel, titanium or carbon finish, and provides a 5bhp hike in power, pushing the ZX-10R’s output to 161bhp. The R-55 is available in stainless steel or carbon finish, and performance figures are not available.

If you’re buying a 2008 ZX-10R, we think getting one of these exhaust systems from Yoshimura is an absolute must. Reduced ugliness, reduced weight, better noise, and increased power – what more can anyone ask for?

Also see:
2008 KTM 690 sportsbike range...
Commuter special: 2008 Aprilia Mana 850...
Morbidelli 850 V8: Dream or disaster?
Get ready for the awesome KTM 1190 RC8...
War of the Ninjas: Kawasaki ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400!
Nitin Design: Building a Dacoit for the streets...
Faster and Faster: The Best of 2007!

External links:
Motorcycle USA: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja riding impression
Building a replica MV Agusta F4 CC...!
Does motorcycling inspire fashion?
Emma Blocksage shows new-age clothing for motorcyclists...

Soon, the Belgian police may be riding around on this custom-built Kawasaki 1400GTR. Still think you can outrun the law in Belgium...?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Future watch: MIT’s ready-to-fold RoboScooter

The RoboScooter. It's creators call it 'the cuter scooter'

Looking for a solution to traffic jams in Asian cities, the Smart Cities group at MIT has come up with the RoboScooter – a folding electric scooter, which can be placed throughout cities (perhaps at places like metro rail stations, bus stands and airports) for rental.

The RoboScooter was actually created at the behest of the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, and SYM, a Taiwanese scooter manufacturer. The two were, apparently, looking at finding a solution to the incessant traffic jams in Taiwanese cities.

‘We looked at existing folding bicycles and we looked at origami,’ says Professor William J. Mitchell, under whose supervision the RoboScooter was created. And the Prof adds that his students call the vehicle, ‘the cuter scooter.’ Ah, well. In any case, according to Prof Mitchell’s plan, cities would need to put up recharging points at various places, computers would track RoboScooter rentals, and each scooter would be traceable via GPS.

And here's a video of the folding RoboScooter...

Hate scooters? You'll probably like these:
The 2008 BMW HP2 Sport. Cool!
The 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000...
220bhp Aprilia V4-powered superbike...!
The HOTTEST MotoGP paintjob in 2007...
The Ducati 1098-powered Bimota DB7...
The 2008 Yamaha R1. Two decades of 'The One'...

CR&S Vun Racing ups the ante

Light, flickable and fitted with all the right bits, the CR&S Vun Racing is a proper trackday special for those who can afford one...

Pics: Caradisiac

Back in May last year, we had first written about the CR&S Vun, a rather whacky sportsbike (?) from Italy. Powered by a single-cylinder, 652cc Bombardier-Rotax engine, the standard Vun packs only 54bhp – just about adequate for its 135kg kerb weight we suppose?

Anyway, for those who want more performance, there’s also this racing version where the same engine, now liquid-cooled, has been tuned to make 68 horsepower. Oh, and dry weight has been pared down to 128 kilos. The running gear is high-spec: 46mm Ceriani forks (with DLC for reduced stiction), Ohlïns rear shock, 320mm Brembo brake disc with radial-mount calipers at front, magnesium alloy wheels from Marvic, an exhaust system made of titanium and various carbonfibre bits throughout. Tyres are racing slicks and the bike cannot, of course, be used on the street.

The CR&S Vun Racing isn’t cheap. In fact, at US$35,260 it’s quite expensive. And if you want carbonfibre wheels, Ohlïns steering damper, Magura hydraulic clutch, and a close-ratio gearbox – all of which are on the options list – you’d have to be prepared to pay even more!

Still, like we said earlier, CR&S is headed by Roberto Crepaldi, who’s worked with people like Enzo Ferrari and John Britten – we wouldn’t be surprised if his bikes are a bit special. So if you’ve always wanted to surprise your GSX-R riding mates on trackdays…

For more details and pictures, visit the CR&S website here.

Other small-but-capable machines:
Memorable: The Yamaha RD500LC...!
Two-stroke glory: The Suzuki RGV250...
Italian racebikes: The Colnago Ferrari series!
Master blaster: The BEST 500cc bike in the world...?
Ride this: Small, but perfectly formed...
The KTM 690 Stunt prototype. Radical!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Cagiva Mito 500: More rumours…

Would you buy this with lights, turn-indicators and a 60bhp, 500cc, single-cylinder engine? (We'd much rather have a 1098R really...)

We had earlier reported that instead of using a 500cc single-cylinder Husqvarna engine for their new Mito, Cagiva would use a 650cc v-twin from Hyosung. Well, now the rumour mill seems to be swinging in the other direction. According to a report on MCN, the Cagiva Mito 500 will indeed go into production next year.

Said to be a project of Giovanni Castiglioni (son of Claudio Castiglioni, who owns the MV Agusta group…), the Mito 500 is likely to be fitted with high-spec chassis and suspension components, which would be mated to a 60bhp single-cylinder engine, and the result would be a lightweight, good-looking, sharp-handling sportsbike.

According to the MCN report, the Mito 500 will use a slightly modified version of the Mito 125’s chassis, and may weigh in at only 132kg. Marzocchi USD forks will be fitted at front, and Brembo brakes – a single brake disc at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers – will handle stopping duties. Top speed is expected to be in excess of 200km/h.

Stay tuned for more news on this bike!

Also see:
Single, Italian and naked: The CR&S Vun!
Wheelsurf: On a prayer. And one wheel...
Dirtbike-based, single-cylinder, 450cc roadracers...
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Custom streetfighter: The Mad Jack...
Memorable: Cagiva's 500cc GP racer...

External links:
Rumblefish: Radical new Suzuki streetfighter...
What's the best bike for adventure riding?

One racy trike: The SUB G1

Lightweight, stylish, fast and fun - the SUB G1 trike looks cool!

Pics: SUB

Based in Southern California in the US, SUB was set up by Niki Smart, Jay Brett and Nick Mynott. The small company caters to people who want individualistic, one-off runabouts. And the G1, a three-wheeler, is one such vehicle – a fully functional, road-legal trike that can also be used on the track for a bit of fun!

Designed back in 2005, the SUB G1 was built to look good and go hard. The aim was to build a lightweight, single-seat, high-performance canyon carver. Here, handling and being fun to ride were more important than acceleration and outright top speed.

With two wheels at the front and one at the back, the 330-kilo G1 features tubular spaceframe construction and has a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution ratio. Suspension is double unequal length wishbones and anti-roll bar at front, and a single-sided arrangement – upper and lower trailing arms – at the rear. Steering is rack and pinion, and 350mm brake discs with twin-piston calipers are used on all wheels, which are 18-inch, forged aluminum numbers.

The Suzuki TL1000’s engine has been used in the SUB G1. The 996cc, DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected v-twin makes 135bhp and 105Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. (Surprisingly, however, there is no reverse gear.) Final drive is via chain, to the rear wheel. The G1’s estimated top speed is around 225km/h.

According to an email sent to us by Jay Brett, one of the founders of SUB, development and refinement work on the G1 is still on. Says Brett, ‘The sensation of driving one of these is incomparable. A bit like a bike, but you are fixed down low and in a reclined formula car position. It’s quite an awesome feeling, a shifter kart for the road!’

Three G1s exist today, with two of them being registered for road use in SoCal and the third one being in the UK. SUB claim that the G1 makes you feel like a racecar driver, because of its superbike-like speed and formula car handling. Indeed, we think the trike is quite fascinating and we quite like the way it looks. You can visit the SUB website for more pictures and details.

Also see:
Other cool trikes on Faster and Faster...
The wildest Peugeot-powered bike you've ever seen!
Get ready for the 2008 KTM 1190 RC8...
The very cool Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro and FV2 concept...
The 2008 Ducati 1098R. Simply awesome!
Bourget Shredder F80: 425bhp V8-powered quad!

More of this chick and this bike here

MotoGP: Team Roberts with Ducati in 2008?

Kenny Roberts and his family has been in top-flight motorcycle racing for the last three decades. But can they really continue to race in MotoGP in 2008...?

After Honda refused to supply them with engines for the 2008 season, Team Roberts – who had a pretty terrible time in 2007 anyway – is now said to be considering a move to Ducati this year. The team is waiting for a sponsorship deal to come through, which would once more enable them to go racing in MotoGP.

In earlier years, Team Roberts has combined Honda’s 990cc V5 and 800cc V4 engines with its own custom-built chassis, with fairly average results. For 2008, if their much-awaited sponsorship deal does come through, the team will use MotoGP bikes – engines, chassis and the rest of it – leased from Ducati. The team will only look at building its own chassis at a later stage, if at all.

Things actually seem a bit bleak for Team Roberts – the only privateer team left in MotoGP, after the demise of Ilmor last year. While Ducati have, in principle, agreed to supply them with engines, Team Roberts would still have to scrape together enough cash to run the entire season. Being able to hire properly capable riders may also be an issue since Kenny Roberts Jr is now past his best days, and Kurtis Roberts seems to have no great talent for racing motorcycles.

Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks…

Also see:
The BIGGEST collection of hi-res MotoGP wallpaper anywhere on the Web!
MotoGP: Kawasaki will be gunning for the title in 2009...
Michael Scott interviews Valentino Rossi...
Casey Stoner: One RICH Aussie!
In conversation with Loris Capirossi...
An interview with John Hopkins...

Old GP bikes are just so fascinating, eh? Read more about the evolution of MotoGP machines here

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tweaked Triumph: Angel Lussiana’s Speed Triple

Stock Speed Triple not good enough for you? Take this, then!

According to a report on Caradisiac, specials builder Angel Lussiana has been at it again, and here we have the latest piece of work from his garage – a heavily modified Speed Triple. The bike retains the original chassis and suspension, but the exhaust system is all new, the radiator has been taken from a Ducati 916 and then worked upon, and the wheels seem to have come off an MV Agusta F4.

The bike’s digital dashboard integrates a large number of functions, the bodywork and front fender have been restyled and bike will only seat one person. What do we think about the bike? Hmmm… to be very honest, the Lussiana Speed Triple looks a bit poncy to us. We think the original, stock bike is more ‘honest,’ which is why we’d rather have one of those.

More Triumphs:
Jack Lilley-modified Speed Triple...
Custom Triumph: Pettinari Speed Triple!
Triumph Tiger 1050 and The Many Worlds of Jonas Moore...
Video: Supercharged Triumph Rocket III!
Will Triumph ever build this 200mph road-rocket...?
Triumph Street Triple image gallery...

External link:
Benelli designer, Adrian Morton's Top 10 Stylish Bikes of all time!

RAD 01: Ducati 749R-based forerunner to the Ducati 848

Back in 2006, if you did not like the Ducati 749R, you could have it converted into this RAD 01
While the 2008 Ducati 848 is a cracking piece of kit, its predecessor – the 749 – wasn’t very widely appreciated. At least, not in some quarters. Which is perhaps why back in 2006, Radical Ducati had unveiled the 749R-based RAD 01.

The brainchild of Radical Ducati founder and Ducatista Jose ‘Pepo’ Rosell, the RAD 01 was inspired by the Ducati 916. Said Pepo, ‘Our aim is to create motorcycles we love, that it seems Ducati’s no longer capable of making themselves. It is an emotional question. I want people to fall in love with Ducati again!’

The RAD 01’s styling was driven by Pepo, and designer Michael Uhlarik, former senior designer at Yamaha (he was responsible for the MT-03, TZR, and 2003 M1) and founder of the Type U studio in Barcelona. In seven months, the two men had the RAD 01 prototype ready. Apart from the restyled bodywork, key changes included significantly increased fuel capacity, better ventilation of the heat generated by the underseat exhaust system, improved aerodynamics and reduced weight.

Radical Ducati say the RAD 01 was aimed at people who already owned a Ducati 749R, and who wanted to upgrade their machine and make into something more exotic. Just as well, then, that the RAD 01 kit could be bolted on directly to the 749R chassis, with no modifications needed to the standard bike. And full assembly time was claimed to be less than an hour. 

For more information, visit the Radical Ducati website here, and the Type U website here.

More Ducatis:
Pierre Terblanche: "I thought the 916 series needed to move on..."
Ducati 999 vs 1098: Doug Polen gives his verdict!
Ducati PS1000 LE: Paul Smart rides again...
1952: When Ducati made scooters...!
Face off: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo...
The amazing Ducati 1098R!
Face off: Ducati 848 vs 1098...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

MotoGP: Kawasaki to go for the title in 2009

John Hopkins, testing the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-RR MotoGP machine

Kawasaki’s 2007 MotoGP season was average at best, with Team Green taking just one podium finish (Randy de Puniet came in second at Motegi…). Apparently, Kawasaki needed to put in more time towards developing the ZX-RR, and hiring more experienced (and talented?) riders. Their performance in 2007 doesn’t faze Kawasaki’s competition manager though. According to a report on Crash.net, Michael Bartholemy says he’s quite convinced that his green bikes can be real contenders for winning the MotoGP world championship in 2009.

‘We are now ready to go for the world championship in 2009. I am convinced we can do this, completely convinced. We have some very, very good people with us at Kawasaki and I think we have the best team in MotoGP. We have gone through many ups and downs but together we have created an incredible motorcycle and built a factory team – I feel extremely proud of all of them,’ says Bartholemy.

Kawasaki are committed to staying on in MotoGP till 2011 at least. And for 2008, they have chosen to develop their 2007 racebike, rather than go for an all-new machine. Says Bartholemy, ‘We'll not be introducing a new bike and this, I think, is a very positive move. Keeping the same machine, but making changes to it as needed, is something which I believe will make us stronger. Our bike has been working increasingly well, so why bring in something completely different?’

Of course, what will certainly be new in 2008 is the Kawasaki lead rider. With John Hopkins having left Suzuki to join Kawasaki, there will finally be a properly capable, experienced and committed rider aboard the ZX-RR, and that could make a world of difference. In fact, Hopkins coming to Kawasaki could also mean that Team Green may have brand new sponsors – Monster Energy – who’ve sponsored Hopkins earlier. Either way, with John Hopkins and Anthony West aboard the team’s updated ZX-RR Ninjas, 2008 just might see Kawasaki notch up a win or three in MotoGP. We wish them all the best!

Also see:
Rizla Suzuki: The HOTTEST pit babes in MotoGP!
First pics and specs: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600...
From Finland: Turbocharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird!
Aprilia working on V4-powered superbike...
The coolest MotoGP paintjob in 2007...
The 'MotoGP bike' we'd love to own...

External links:
Riding off-road? Here's what you need to see!
Never heard of Claudia Rossi? Well, here we go...
Er..., yes, do drink and ride!
Back in time: The earliest tilting trikes...

Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Gardner, two of our most favourite motorcycle GP racers of all time! We spoke to Schwantz here and Gardner here

Face off: 2007 vs 2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Is the 2008 ZZR1400 really a whole lot better than the 2007 model? Hmmm...

More Kawasakis:
Memorable: The Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo
1988 Kawasaki ZX-10 vs 2004 ZX-10R Ninja!
Bring the bling: Roaring Toyz ZZR1400...
Wild ride: Allen Millyard's 2300cc, V12 Kawasaki!
MotoGP: 2007 Kawasaki ZX-RR vs other MotoGP bikes...
The Kawasaki Z750, like you've never seen it before!
Blown away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...
Genuine 200mph: Kawasaki ZX-14 Turbo!
Extreme performance: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja...
Battle of the Ninjas: ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400!

Robbie Maddison sets motorcycle jump world record

Mr Maddison wasn't, apparently, able to book tickets on a low-fare airline. So he decided to take the bike instead...

Australian freestyle / motocross rider, Robbie Maddison had a different kind of party going on the 31st of December last year. At an event held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas in the US, Maddison jumped his Honda CR500, clearing 98 metres (that’s 322 feet, 7.5 inches...) and set a new world record in process. The earlier motorcycle jump record stood at 277 feet.

Maddison, who soared to a height of more than 60 feet during the jump, hit the ramp at a speed of 150km/h and cleared 98 metres without any apparent trouble. The Aussie stunt-king, who later dedicated the jump to the late Evel Knievel, says he’s ‘a little disappointed,’ and that he’ll try and jump 100 metres on the 29th of March this year, in Melbourne, Australia.

Also see:
Michael Scott interviews Valentino Rossi...
Casey Stoner gets on the Aussie mega-rich list!
The HOTTEST Aussie bike rider in the world...
How can the Suzuki B-King be made to look good?
Pics and specs: 2008 BMW F800GS!
Michael Schumacher could have been in MotoGP...
Pics and specs: The all-new Honda CB1000R

Triumph Speed Triple: Jack Lilley Special

Jack Lilley's one-off Speed Triple. Looks hot, eh..?
Pic: MCN

The hooligan-friendly Triumph Speed Triple is one of the very best streetfighter-style motorcycles around, and is often a favourite candidate for a bit of customization. Triumph’s UK dealer, Jack Lilley has built this one-off special for Speed Triple fans who want a bike that’s a bit different from the usual, everyday Triple.

Lilley’s bike is a 2007-model Speed Triple painted in what Triumph call Caspian blue, and sports white ‘speed stripes’ inspired by the Shelby Cobra. Fork legs have been anodized in gloss black, fork sliders have been coated in low-friction gold nitride, and a ceramic-coated Zard unit replaces the stock exhaust system.

The bike is available in the UK for the equivalent of US$22,000 – almost US$6,500 more than the stock bike! Those interested may call on 01784 420421 for more details.

Also see:
Awesome custom: The Pettinari Speed Triple!
Smaller triple: Triumph Street Triple image gallery...
Downsized triple: 2008 Benelli 899!
MV Brutale 1078RR declared 'most beautiful'...
Wakan 1640: A racing cruiser?!
The amazing Suzuki Stratosphere 1100...

External links:
Super Streetbike magazine: 2008 Hayabusa riding impression
Motorcycle Cruiser magazine: Why some custom bikes may be rubbish...
Sport Rider magazine: The complete guide to suspension setup

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Italian racer-chic: Colnago Ferrari bikes

From left: Colnago CF4 Racing and Ferrari 60th Light. Stylish, light, fast, sporty and Italian. Just pedal away as hard as you can!

Ernesto Colnago started his bike building business back in 1954, in the small town of Cambiago, in Italy. Since then, Colnago bikes have been raced by more than a hundred professional racing teams and have won thousands of races.

The two Colnago bicycles you see here have been built in Italy, to celebrate the friendship between Ernesto Colnago and the late, great Enzo Ferrari. The limited edition Colnago CF4 Racing has a monocoque chassis and is constructed entirely of carbonfibre. Each bike costs US$11,500.

The limited edition Colnago Ferrari 60th Anniversary Light is also almost entirely built of carbonfibre and gets a Ferrari-red paintjob and the prancing horse badge. Colnago say this is an extremely light and stiff racing bike that can easily be entered in events like the Tour de France. Only 60 units of this bike will be built, and each bike costs US$14,000.

We guess on the days when you can’t be bothered to take your MV Agusta F4 CC or Ducati 1098R out of the garage, one of these Colnago bikes should be just the thing to pedal down to the pub for a beer or two. (Do F4 CC owners actually drink beer in their local pubs?) Anyway, for more details and pics, see the Colnago website here.

More two-wheeler exotica:
Ducati 1098-powered 2008 Bimota DB7...
2008 KTM 1190 RC8: Ready to rumble!
MotoGP face-off: 1974 MV Agusta 500 vs 2007 Ducati GP7...
The US$270,000 Ecosse Heretic. Expensive!
Honda RVF750R RC45: The most desirable Honda ever built...
The best repli-racer Honda NSR500 ever!
Acabion GTBO 70: The FASTEST bike in the world...

External link:
The Rickshaw Run: Riding a three-wheeler to the Himalayas!

The glory days of Cagiva. A video from the days when Cagiva were present in off-road events like the Paris-Dakar Rally, as well as 500cc GP racing!

Mad chick pops wheelies on quad!

All right, this chick knows how to lift the front...!

Also see:
Three's fun: A bunch of mad trikes...
HUGE collection of hi-res MotoGP wallpaper
Face off: 1989 Yamaha FZR750RR vs 2008 YZF-R1!
The coolest motorcycle brand in the world...
Stunning new Honda concepts: Evo6 and CB1100R!
Rizla Suzuki: The HOTTEST pit babes in MotoGP!!
Dannii Minogue gets on and rides...

External link:
Hi-res wallpaper: Hot bikes and babes on Flickr!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Faster and Faster: The Best of 2007

As the year comes to an end, it’s time for the
Faster and Faster Best of 2007 Awards
Here we go...
Best open-class Sportsbike

Master Blaster: The ZZR1400 is still the best heavy hitter around

It was the Kawasaki ZZR1400 last year. And this year, despite the all-new Suzuki Hayabusa, the ZZR1400 manages to cling on to its title. For us, the new Hayabusa isn’t as radical as we were hoping it would be, and Honda still haven’t built a V-four-powered replacement for the CBR1100XX. So the 200bhp, 320km/h ZZR1400 is still on top. And for 2008, Kawasaki have cured its low-rev power delivery foibles, so the big ZZR is only getting better with age…

Best litre-class Superbike

On road and on track, the GSX-R1000 reigns supreme

Yes, it’s the Suzuki GSX-R1000, which also won this category last year. The K7 model’s dual exhausts (ugly, bulky…) can easily be replaced with a lighter, better-looking, single-sided system from Yoshimura. And with regard to everything else – the engine, power delivery, chassis, suspension and styling – the Gixxer was still on top in 2007. Things may be tougher in 2008 though, what with the 2008 ZX-10R and Fireblade waiting to punch the GSX-R1000’s lights out.

Best middleweight Sportsbike

Agile and performance-packed, the CBR600RR is at the top of its class

Indeed, the Honda CBR600RR is the best middleweight sportsbike this year. Some people did not like the way the 2007 CBR600RR looks, but in terms of performance and handling, we think the Honda beats last year’s winner, the Triumph Daytona 675. The Honda does most things right and we'd go as far as to say the 2007 CBR600RR is probably the best CBR600 Honda have ever made! (Next year, the Ducati 848 seems to be the bike to look out for, while the GSX-R750 has a lost a bit of its shine and needs to do something radical to re-enter the fray…)

Best-styled Sportsbike

Anyone who wants to build a bike that looks better than this, will be staying up nights and working very, very hard...

Right now, the Ducati 1098 has got to be the best-styled sportsbike around on the planet. We still love the MV Agusta F4 – in all its various avatars – but the MV is getting a bit old. If they want to beat the 1098, MV and Massimo Tamburini will have to create an all-new motorcycle. And somehow, they’ll have to make it even better looking than the F4 and the 1098. Till they do, the Ducati 1098 is the best-looking bike on Earth.

Best Sportstourer

The K1200R Sport looks great, goes hard and remains comfortable over the long haul. What more would you ask of a sportstourer?

For our money, the BMW K1200R Sport is the best sportstourer around. The big Beemer packs 163 horsepower, looks totally cool and features bits like BMW’s latest-generation anti-lock brakes and alternative suspension that actually works. It’s a stylish, well thought out motorcycle that’s fast, safe and comfortable over the long haul. (Next year, we hope there will be an all-new Honda VFR1000 fighting the BMW for top honours in this class!)

Coolest Concept

Will you just look at this Honda CB1100R concept? Awesome!

With its tubular steel chassis and Freddie Spencer-era paintjob, the retro-styled Honda CB1100R isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve grown up watching motorcycle racing in the 1980s, you’ll agree that this Honda is way cooler than ice cubes in an Eskimo’s igloo. Honda, please do build this one in 2008...

The bike to watch out for in 2008!

With the KTM RC8, you can expect more of this...

It was hard choosing between the Bimota DB7, BMW HP2 Sport, MV Agusta F4 RR 312, Ducati 1098R and the KTM RC8. But in the end, we decided it had to be the RC8 for us. With its edgy, radical styling and KTM’s reputation for building unconventional bikes that absolutely kick ass, we think the RC8 will be a bit special when it comes out next year.

And that's that, for 2007. Hope you have an absolute blast and wish you a very happy new year. See you in 2008!

Also see:
Faster and Faster: The Best of 2006

Michael Scott interviews Valentino Rossi

So is no. 46 going to get back on top in 2008? You bet!
A few weeks ago, eminent moto-journalist Michael Scott spoke to The Doctor. Says Scott, ‘For the first time, it was necessary to ask some awkward questions. How does it feel to get beaten? How punishing has the year been to your commitment? How much longer have you got?’ Rossi, of course, replies in his own inimitable style. Here are some excerpts:

On 2007 being a difficult year
‘For sure, is a difficult year. Last year also I didn’t win, but more for being unlucky. I was faster, and I was the man that won more GPs. This year, I’m not faster, so the situation was different. But we have to understand what happened, and why, and try to fix the problem for next year.’

On whether it’s getting harder as he gets olderFor me, I don’t think so. I think I’m as fast as five or six years ago, and I think I have another two or three years at the top.’

On Casey Stoner‘I had in my career a lot of great rivals, I think. Stoner is one them – very, very fast, younger, and especially he is strong on the track. We have good battles, but no problems away from the track. It is good like this for the sport.’

On Jorge Lorenzo, his teammate at Yamaha for 2008‘I think that Yamaha make this movement to take Lorenzo, too early. So I have to demonstrate that I’m faster than him. I always beat my teammates. Lorenzo will arrive as two-times world champion, so for sure he arrives with the target to beat me. But he has to demonstrate a lot more than me.’

On whether it’s possible for riders to remain friends‘With Barros I fight for five or six years, but we are good friends. So if nothing strange happen, is possible. Not real friends – like in your life, you have five real friends – but a good relationship, yes.’

On the changes he’d want in MotoGP‘Back to 990. The change was for safety, but for sure for the taste and for the race, the 990 was better. And make the ECU all the same, and without traction control, which is a lot better for the control of the riders.’
Also see:
Rizla Suzuki: The BEST pit babes in MotoGP!
Hi-res wallpaper from last five seasons of MotoGP...
In conversation with John Hopkins...
Fast past: Gary Nixon rides the Kawasaki ZX-RR!
Colin Edwards talks about Valentino Rossi...
Kevin Schwantz interviews The Doctor!
Who's the fastest motorcycle racer in the world?

Side-Bike: 2008 Celtik now available in Europe

The 2008 Celtik. Three wheels, two seats, 133 horsepower. Go touring now...

Based in France, trike specialists Side-Bike are now ready with the 2008 Celtik, which will soon be available all over Europe. Powered by a 2000cc engine that makes 133bhp, the 650-kilo Celtik features single-arm front suspension and ABS. Prices start at US$36,000 for the two-seater Celtik, which has enough space for two suitcases. Looks ideal for getting away to the French Riviera for the weekend…

And here are some trikes from Side-Bike. From left: The Comete, Mega and Kyrnos

From left: The Renaissance, Zeus and a group shot of various Side-Bike trikes



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