Saturday, December 29, 2007

Nitin Design: The Dacoit is set to roam the streets

Ready to deal with street thugs? The Dacoit is your bike then!
Pics: Motoblog
The UK-based Nitin Khosa, head of Nitin Design, has come up with this rather interesting concept – the Dacoit. The concept bike is actually five years old, but it’s only now that Nitin, who’s of Indian origin, has decided to develop it further. The Dacoit is supposed to be an aggressive bike – the ‘street thug’ of motorcycles.

Nitin says ‘I was tidying up my art studio and came across some sketches that I had done more than five years ago. The brief at that time had been to design a bike for a thirty-something ‘born again’ biker who wanted a stunning, aggressive, and evil looking bike.’

‘The original spark for this concept had come from seeing a hooded man. When viewing the front portion of the bike, you can see an evil figure whose eyes are peeping from underneath the hood. To compliment this evil and aggressive design I named the bike ‘Dacoit,’ an old Hindi word for a class of robbers in India who act in gangs and are usually armed and dangerous,’ he adds.

‘The single-seat Dacoit is designed for pure, selfish pleasure. It is not a full-blown sports bike,’ says Nitin. Hmmm… we don’t suppose this bike is going into production anytime soon. But it would be interesting to see a game developer pick up this concept bike and use it in a dark, edgy game with lurid, manga-style graphics, scantily-clad chicks, murderous thugs and lots of street racing…
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Exotica for sale: Goldammer Nortorious and Experimental

The Nortorious. Yours for a mere $160,000

Two of Roger Goldammer’s works – the Nortorious cafe racer, and the Experimental – are up for sale. The Nortorious, which takes styling cues from the Norton Manx racebike, uses half (!) of an air-cooled Harley v-twin – a 965cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, 83 horsepower lump that’s been fitted with a Rotrex supercharger to make it more… er…, interesting.

Lots of clever engineering, exotic bits and sheer hard work went into making this bike

The one-off chassis, made of chrome-molybdenum alloy, is based on a 50-year-old Norton ‘Featherbed’ design, the gearbox is a six-speed unit, and the brakes – which look like drum brake units – actually contain concealed discs with four-piston calipers, at both ends! Bodywork is all aluminium, taillamps are LED units, and instrument gauges look similar to those used on the oldest of jet fighters.

The Experimental will actually do 205km/h...!

The Goldammer Experimental is powered by a Go-kart engine – a two-stroke, 250cc parallel twin made by BRC, which is fitted with twin KTM radiators. The chassis is a modified Honda CR250 unit, brakes are ceramic composite units, and wheels are made of carbonfibre. The bike has been timed at the Bonneville Salt Flats, where it hit a top speed of 205km/h.

The asking price for these bikes is US$160,000 for the Nortorious, and US$146,000 for the Experimental. Those who’re interested can call on 001-250-764-8002.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Wakan 1640: A racing cruiser?!

An OHV v-twin-powered 'racing' cruiser? Only in France...

We first wrote about the Wakan 1640 cruiser in August last year. Powered by a 1640cc, 115bhp S&S v-twin, this was a rather eccentric cruiser from France, we thought at that time. There was no more news of Wakan after that, but today, on Motoblog, we read about the racing version of the Wakan 1640 cruiser. Yeah, a racing cruiser, and a French-made one at that!

The spec is pretty ordinary – 1640cc OHV v-twin that makes 115bhp at 6250rpm, Keihin flatslide downdraft carburetion, and five-speed gearbox. Where it gets slightly more interesting is the chassis and suspension – chrome-molybdenum tubular frame, 46mm Ceriani USD forks and ZF Sachs rear shock. The bike is fitted with Marchesini forged aluminium wheels, dry weight is 177 kilos and top speed is a claimed 250km/h. We still can’t figure out who would want one. More details on the Wakan website here.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cagiva Mito SP525 video

A video of the 2008 Cagiva Mito SP525 in action...
From: Motoblog

Despite the ‘525’ in its name, the Cagiva Mito SP525 is actually powered by a 125cc, two-stroke engine. Earlier versions were styled to look like a miniature version of the Ducati 916, but the 2008 model has been designed to look like the C594, Cagiva’s 500cc GP racing bike from the 1990s. Guess this could be the stuff of your dreams if you’re a 16-year-old…

For 16-year-olds who want a screaming 125, the Cagiva Mito is your machine!

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