Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hot Dreams specials to be shown at Barcelona exhibition

It's called 'Vegas Loser,' and it costs more than an MV Agusta F41000...
From left: Born to Run, Ramera and Guindilla. Nice names, eh? ;-)

Based in Marbella, Spain, Ferry Clot has been in the motorcycle customization biz since the early-1990s. His outfit, Hot Dreams, specializes in crafting exotic motorcycles, some of which will be shown at an exhibition – The Art of the Motorcycle – which will be held in Barcelona later this month.

The bikes shown include the Born to Run, Guindilla, Ramera and Vegas Looser. Yeah, not your regular motorcycle names, but these aren’t regular bikes. The Guindilla, for example, won the 'Modified Harley' category at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the US last year. And dedicated to one of Bruce Springsteen’s songs, the Born to Run was sold for a bit more than US$100,000!

For more details, visit the Hot Dreams website here. And for some of Faster and Faster’s own hot dreams, visit us on Flickr here.

Steffano Motorcycles’ Ducati 999-based Café9

Don't know what to do with that Ducati 999 parked next to your brand-new 1098S? Take it down to Steffano's shop and he'll convert it into this Café9...

The California, US-based Steffano Motorcycles are, apparently, specials builders of some repute. And of their better creations is the Ducati 999-based Café9, which they say, ‘Brings a new level of sophistication to the luxury motorcycle market,’ and which is ‘A motorcycle that is truly work of art and a marvel of engineering.’ Er, yeah, well…

The bike weighs 169 kilos, and the engine has been tuned to produce a respectable 150bhp. The bike is fitted with carbonfibre bodywork, forged alloy wheels, and fully adjustable control levers, footrests and handlebars. And the best bit is, it even comes with an integrated police radar detection system!

Stock R1 not good enough for you? Steffano also builds this R1-based Café Roadster...

Before their Ducati 916- and 999-based specials, Steffano Motorcycles had also made this Café Roadster, which is based on a 2003 Yamaha R1. As you can see, the bike’s fairing has been removed, and a new fuel tank and tailpiece have been fabricated, using aluminium alloy.

Polished, 17-inch wheels are used and these are shod with Metzeler Sportec M-1 rubber. Showa suspension units are used, front and rear. The bike weighs 177kg fully fuelled, and power output is 150bhp.

More details on the Steffano Motorcycles website here.

Also see:
What's the 'coolest' motorcycle brand in the world?
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The very cool 2008 BMW HP2 Sport...
The Bestiale Project: A more radical MV Agusta...
Raging Buell: Supercharged Lazareth XB12s custom!

External links:
Mrs Rossi goes chasing after The Doctor...!!
The very cool Rossi-replica AGV Ti-Tech LE

Monday, January 14, 2008

Britten V1000: The greatest motorcycle ever built

The Britten V1000 - the most pathbreaking motorcycle ever built...

The Britten motorcycle story really is like a fairytale. It’s the story of a motorcycle built by one man that goes out and beats the best racing bikes made by the biggest manufacturers, and wins admiration and respect from the motorcycling community worldwide.

The Britten V1000 was built in John Britten’s backyard, using only basic tools, very limited resources, the help of a few committed enthusiasts, and JB’s own vast talent. That the bike looked as good as it did, and even ran at all, was amazing. That it beat the best racing bikes from Italy and Japan is a feat, an accomplishment, and a miracle that’s beyond comprehension, beyond belief.

The man responsible for designing and building the V1000 – John Britten – was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the year 1950. By the time he was 12 years old, John was already working with engines, building his first powered go-kart and restoring old, vintage motorcycles. No big surprise then that he went on to get a degree in mechanical engineering.

Though he was always interested in motorcycles and had been working on a motorcycle design of his own since 1988, till as late as 1990, John Britten’s full-time employment was actually in property development and management. But like he said, ‘I still had an interest in engineering, but I wanted to choose the item of engineering myself. You’re more likely to succeed if you can choose what you want to design.’ So in 1992, he finally went ahead and set up the Britten Motorcycle Company, which he initially ran from a small-ish garage in his backyard.

John Britten wanted to go superbike racing and so, of course, he started working on building his own racebike. And by ‘building his own racebike,’ we really do mean building it himself – every little bit was conceptualized, designed, machined and put together in the Britten backyard. Along with a small bunch of friends who pitched in to help, Britten put together the radical V1000 without ever giving in to conventional thought. And despite endless troubles, he just never gave up.

Can a bike built in one man's backyard race against works exotica from major manufacturers, and win? The Britten V1000 proved that it can indeed be done!

If it were to be unveiled by a major Japanese, German or Italian manufacturer today, the Britten V1000 – with its pink and blue paintjob and unconventional lines – would still look as radical as it did back in the early-1990s. As Britten once said in an interview, ‘I guess I’m simply free of any constraints. I can take a fresh look at things, unlike a designer working for, say, Jaguar, who is obliged to continue the Jaguar look.’

From its carbonfibre monocoque chassis, carbonfibre wheels, and fully adjustable girder-type front suspension, to its minimalist bodywork and 8-valve, 60-degree, fuel-injected, 1000cc v-twin that made 165bhp@12,000rpm, the Britten oozed innovation and ingenuity from every pore. And yes, it was fast – the 138-kilo machine could hit a top speed of 300km/h. In BoTT races in the 1990s, the Britten V1000 would thunder past Ducati 851s as if the Italian bikes were standing still. Indeed, the word ‘awesome’ doesn’t begin to describe the V1000’s (and the even more powerful V1100 version’s) sheer performance…

After he first rode the Britten V1000, noted motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart said, ‘It’s an easy bike to ride, in the sense it’s got a very wide power delivery, but to really get top performance, you have to ride it like a grand prix bike. And that means standing it on the back wheel, rear wheel steering it around turns. You’ve got to accept the fact that you have to slide the back wheel, you’ve got to get it to turn on the brakes. You’re trying very hard to turn it quickly from side to side, get the power on early, use the power to break the rear end out of a turn, and to maximize acceleration,’ said Cathcart.

‘You can’t ride it like you would ride a Ducati superbike. And having ridden all the superbike contenders in the world today, I can say that the Britten is the closest to a grand prix bike. There are so many things about the Britten that make it unique, and these come from John Britten’s capacity for original thought. It’s incredibly ironic that instead of Europe or Japan, the most sophisticated and technically advanced motorcycle in the world comes from New Zealand,’ concluded an obviously impressed Alan.

Just as his machines had begun to make a mark on the world motorcycling and motorcycle racing scene, the Britten story was cut short. In a cruel twist of fate, John Britten passed away because of cancer in mid-1995.

Only 10 Britten V1000 bikes were ever built, and all of those are now with wealthy collectors or in museums. ‘I don’t really expect it will rival the Japanese bikes for production numbers. It will probably always be a hand-built motorcycle. Quality is what I’m all about, not necessarily quantity. I have no aspirations to get into mass production as such,’ said Britten in an interview once. And that is how it would remain. And the Britten V1000 will, forever, be the greatest motorcycle ever built anywhere in the world.
For Britten fans, a must-watch film is One Man's Dream - The Britten Bike Story. Buy the DVD here, or download the movie here. You can also watch the five-part film, Britten: Backyard Visionary, online here

Discovery Channel included the Britten V1000 in their list of the greatest bikes ever built

Friday, January 11, 2008

GP replica: Yamaha RD500 special!

Fancy a GP bike for the street...? This RD500-based special looks so hot!

While browsing for some information on Yamaha’s two-stroke GP bikes, we came across this RD500-based special that we thought was quite well done. The bike is basically a 1985-model Yamaha RD500 that’s been fitted with an alloy chassis from an RZV500R, rear wheel from a GSX-R, and aftermarket fairing, bodypanels and exhaust system.

The entire front end has been taken from a YZF1000R Thunderace, and an Ohlins steering damper has also been bolted on. The RD’s mighty 500cc V4 two-stroke engine was sent to Mick Abbey Tuning and has been tuned and fettled for maximum performance. With its GP-replica paintjob, the old RD looks hot and we suppose it might be capable enough to spring a surprise or two on unsuspecting R6 owners…

For more details on how this bike was made, go here. To read more about the great Yamaha RZV500R, go here.

Also see:
PB: The world's best two-stroke sportsbikes...!
Honda NSR500 Rossi-rep: The BEST GP-replica we've ever seen!
Rizla: The HOTTEST pit babes in the world?
1985 Suzuki GSX-R750: The superbike saga begins...
Suzuki RG500: Barry Sheene replica!
The coolest paintjob in MotoGP in 2007 was...?

Racy custom: Buell XBRR Chronos

The XBRR Chronos. Looks radical, goes hard...
Pic: The Biker Gene

Motorcycle specials builders based in Scandinavia, Hillbilly Motors’ latest machine – the XBRR Chronos racebike – has been built in tribute to Buell’s quarter-century of innovation. The bike, which weighs 150kg, is powered by a Harley-Davidson v-twin that’s been tuned to make 150 horsepower. So, yeah, the XBRR Chronos has a power-to-weight ratio that’s similar to what you’d find on the latest ZX-10Rs and R1s!

With 150bhp in a package that weighs 150kg, this bike is not to be taken lightly!

Since it’s based on a Buell, the Chronos is not just about horsepower – it also features significant innovation in all areas. The front brake is Buell’s ‘zero torsional load’ rim-mounted disc, which is now gripped by a Nissin 8-piston caliper setup. Then there’s the horizontally-mounted Showa ‘reverse’ rear shock, which operates without any linkage. (When the bike is ridden over bumps, this Showa unit extends as the rear wheel rises, and compresses when the wheel comes down – hence the ‘reverse’ tag.)

Like some of the latest Japanese race-reps, the Chronos even features traction control, which is controlled via a sensor mounted on the rear wheel. The specifics of how this system works are not available, but we suppose it would involve power being cut back when the system senses excessive wheelspin. And no belt drive here – the Chronos gets chain final drive to make sure that most of its 150 horses actually get to the rear wheel!

For more details, visit the Hillbilly Motors website here.

Another Hillbilly creation. For more pics, visit their website here

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Raging Buell: Supercharged Lazareth XB12s custom!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Performance Bikes: The World’s Finest Strokers

Like most people who love bikes and who grew up in the 1970s/80s, we love two-stroke bikes. Sure, today we’d choose a GSX-R1000 over an RD350LC, but that doesn’t really take away anything from the fact that the RD and its ilk were great, great fun in their time.

Recently came across a copy of the August 2006 edition of PB magazine, where they’ve compiled a list of the finest two-stroke sportsbikes ever. We quite loved the story, and we’ve posted a few excerpts here. (While PB have compiled a more exhaustive list, we’re only posting what they have to say about their ‘best in class’ choices.)

[Best in class] Honda NSR250R

Can there ever be a cooler paint-scheme than the Rothmans job on this NSR250?

>From 1986 – 1994 >Top speed 192km/h (1989 SP model) >Power 45bhp@9200rpm (restricted)

Not the fastest or most powerful 250, but the most beautifully engineered. By a mile. Based on Honda’s delectable 250 GP bikes. Made Yamaha’s TZR feel like a fish and chip dinner.

[2nd] Suzuki RGV250

[Honourable mention] Aprilia RS250

[Best in class] Yamaha RD350 YPVS

The RD350 YPVS was sold as the RZ350 in the US. And a certain Mr Kenny Roberts was doing some of the selling...

>From 1983 – 1991 >Top speed 200km/h (F2 model) >Power 49bhp@8500rpm

The 350LC was seminal, no question, but the 350 YPVS (called the RZ350 in the US) was always the one that mattered. It had the technology: powervalves, perimeter frame and rising-rate rear suspension. Capable of leaving big four-strokes, including Yamaha’s own 240km/h five-valve FZ750, trailing in a sweet-smelling haze. A masterpiece then and now.

[2nd] Yamaha RD350LC

[Honourable mention] Yamaha RD400

[Best in class] Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Suzuki RG500 Gamma - the best 500 GP replica ever made...

>From 1985 – 1989 >Top speed 240km/h (tuned) >Power 86bhp@10,500rpm

The best 500 GP replica. Suzuki allegedly blueprinted the first test bikes so they’d do a genuine 240km/h. Neat trick. The legend has lived on ever since. Spindly chassis and laughably thin tyres were out of date from the start, but the RG’s motor has been the two-stroke special builder’s powerplant of choice ever since. With 100bhp well within reach, who can blame them?

[2nd] Yamaha RD500LC

[3rd] Bimota V-Due

[Honourable mention] Kawasaki H1 (Mach III) 500

Open class
[Best in class] Kawasaki H2 (Mach IV) 750

Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750, the real wild child of the 70s!

>From 1971 – 1975 >Top speed 200km/h >Power 74bhp@6800rpm (claimed)

Piston-ported inline triple with a fearsome reputation, but the handling was more frightening than the powerband. Inspiration for the terrifying H1R racer.

[2nd] Suzuki GT750

Overall leader

The RD350 YPVS is also PB’s ‘Best of the best’ among all two-stroke sportsbikes ever produced anywhere!

The worst

Honda MVX250
[Unreliable V3 engine]

Yamaha RD350R
[Restricted model, made in Brazil]

Yamaha TZR250
[3MA, Mk1 reverse cylinder model, ruined by lumpy carburetion and suspect reliability]

Cagiva Mito
[Fell apart frequently]

More two-strokes:
Memorable: The mighty Yamaha YZR500!
HRC: Saga of the Honda NSR500...
Memorable: Cagiva's C593, 500cc GP racer...
The glorious Suzuki RGV250!
Suzuki RG500-based Barry Sheene replica...
Honda NSR500 race-rep: The best we've ever seen!
Memorable: The Yamaha RD500LC...

External links:
Read more about the Suzuki RG500 Gamma here and here

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Radical Ducati unveil the RAD 02 Corsa

As a trackday special, the RAD 02 Corsa should be just brilliant!

After the Ducati 749R-based RAD 01, Radical Ducati are now ready with their next offering – the RAD 02 Corsa. The bike is fitted with an 1100cc Ducati v-twin, tubular trellis frame, carbonfibre bodywork and lots of aluminium and titanium parts to keep weight down.

A lightweight, freeflow exhaust system has been fitted to boost performance (and to release more of that booming Ducati v-twin music!), tyres are Metzeler slicks (the bike is for track use only), and estimated dry weight is a mere 130kg!

For more information, visit the Radical Ducati website here.

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And here's a video of the very, very cool KTM 690SM!

Ducati's MotoGP Express gets rolling for 2008

If anything, the Ducati-Stoner combo will be even stronger in 2008...

After trouncing all comers in 2007, the Ducati MotoGP effort is now underway for 2008. First off, Ducati have announced a new partnersip with Enel – the biggest electricity/gas company in Italy – who’ll be sponsoring the Ducati MotoGP team in 2008 and 2009. No, we won’t get into the flowery PR-speak of the two companies’ CEOs, but let’s just say Ducati’s MotoGP team won’t be short of money for at least the next two years.

Next up was the official unveiling of the 2008 Desmosedici GP8 machine, which Stoner and Melandri will race this year. The bike was unveiled yesterday, in the mountains of Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. During the press conference that followed, new Melandri said, ‘I'm really impressed with how people work at Ducati. Although they've already achieved the greatest goal – winning the world championship – they have continued to work relentlessly.’

Stoner, who was in Italy for the event (and who had to spend his first wedding anniversary on a flight from Australia…) said, ‘Winning a world championship has taken a big weight off my shoulders. All my parents' sacrifices, all the hard times in the past, it's all behind me now. This year, I'll continue to work in order to try and repeat my performance of last year and be even stronger and faster, but I'll be able to do that in a very different spirit.’ Bring on 2008, we say...!

Also see:
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Memorable: The Yamaha YZR500!
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Kevin Schwantz interviews Valentino Rossi!
Who's the fastest motorcycle racer in the world...?

External links:
More about the 2008 Ducati Desmosedici GP8...
HOT vintage Moto Guzzis!

Even as Ducati gear up for 2008, Kawasaki say they'll be going all out to win the MotoGP world championship title in 2009! Read more here

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?

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External link:
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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?

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External links:
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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...

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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!

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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.

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