Monday, February 18, 2008

Adiva AD250: A cool, convertible scooter!

The smart, sexy and stylish Adiva AD250. We want one!

Set up in 1996, Adiva Corp. say they’ve been working on developing ‘a new generation of vehicles better suited for city mobility, based on the concepts and innovations inspired by the company’s owner, Nicola Pozio.’ And apparently, one of the things they’ve been trying their hand at is the scooter-with-a-roof concept, which BMW also tried with the C1.

Adiva have been making and selling their scooters in Europe for the last few years – this was earlier in marketing tieups with Benelli and Renault, though the company has now decided to go it alone. With their funky foldaway roofs, Adiva scooters have been a hit with commuters who want both – the sheer ease and convenience of a two-wheeler in dense city traffic, and the weather protection of a small car.

The AD250's foldaway roof can be stowed in the scooter's trunk...

Like with some sportscars, the two-seater Adiva AD250’s roof can be folded and stowed away in either the scooter’s trunk, or it can be left at home. The scooter, with its steel tube trellis frame, is fitted with a single-cylinder, 244cc Piaggio engine that makes 22bhp at 8250rpm – should be just about adequate for the Adiva’s rather porky 175kg dry weight. This nifty little urban commuting tool runs on 14-inch wheels, and is fitted with Brembo disc brakes front and rear. The rear shock is adjustable for preload.

For more details, visit the Adiva website here.

Also see:
Some of the coolest, funkiest trikes in the world...
Cristofolini 350: The scooter from hell!
Noré Sébastien: Airbrush magician for your bike...
Angeline Jolie: No.1 dream pillion passenger for UK riders!
Motociclismo: Bimota DB7 roadtest...
The very racy, very cool SUB G1...

External links:
Fast bikes and faster babes on Flickr!
Rider safety apparel: BMW R1200RT rider shows the way ahead... :-D

Above: For those who think scooters aren't good enough, here's proof of the fact that God himself rides one. And below: If you don't have to have a roof on your scooter, then the Piaggio Beverly Touring also looks quite all right to us...

MotoGP: Stoner fastest in Jerez qualifying shootout, wins BMW Z4 M Roadster

It's last year's story all over again - one mega-fast Aussie, and two ex-world champs who just can't keep up with him!

Reigning MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner has made it very clear that it won’t be easy – for The Doctor or for anyone else – to take his crown away from him this year. The young Aussie proved to be the fastest in a 40-minute qualifying session at Jerez, winning the BMW Z4 M Roadster that was up for grabs as the prize.

Stoner, who won all of 10 races last year on his way to winning the 2007 MotoGP world championship, set a best time of 1:49:263 at Jerez, in the rain. And even though track conditions improved later on, no other rider could beat Stoner’s time. In second place was Rossi, with a best time of 1:50:580, while Nicky Hayden was third-fastest, with a 1:50:785. Fiat Yamaha’s new rider for 2008, Jorge Lorenzo was in last place, with a best time of 1:53:292.

‘This is fantastic. Last year we did an amazing job in all the qualifying sessions during the season and I was able to take a car at the end of it, so to start out 2008 in the same way is great,’ said Stoner. ‘It was fun because it's a bit of competition, and not just because there was a car on the line. We could've been racing for a piece of bubblegum and everybody would've tried just as hard,’ said Hayden.

Also see:
HUGE collection of hi-res MotoGP wallpaper here and here
Sheene tribute: Chris Vermeulen-replica Suzuki GSX-R1000
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1 tech in MotoGP?
Hardcore: The amazing MV Agusta F4 Veltro Pista...
Face off: The world's fastest bike vs the world's fastest man!
Wild rides: MotoGP vs Bullfighting!!

External links:
Aprilia Shiver 750 image gallery
Flickr: Women in motorcycling! ;-D

After two years of losing out to Hayden and then Stoner, can The Doctor really come back to win the MotoGP world championship this year? We hope he does!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Funky BMW: Rodney Aguiar’s 1983 R80ST

We think this custom-built BMW R80ST looks very cool...

Who would have thought you could do this with an early-1980s BMW R80ST? One Rodney Aguiar, it seems, who’s gone ahead and made this super-funky Beemer, using a lot of time, money, technology and ingenuity!

Rodney’s 1983 BMW R80ST has been fitted with a custom-made frame and fuel tank, the rear shock and front fork are from a Suzuki GSX-R, and the swingarm/shaft-drive is from a police BMW R1150RT. The R80’s black-painted engine gets computer-controlled fuel-injection from a 1996 BMW R1100, and Mr Aguiar has even bolted on a Mitsubishi turbocharger on the old Beemer boxer-twin! Definitely looks interesting to us…

Also see:
The turbocharged Canjamoto BMW R1200S
Wunderlich WR2: A lighter, faster BMW HP2!
TwinTrax: Harley-powered dragster for the street...
The amazing BMW HP2 Sport. It's hot!
MAB's BMW K1200R Turbo streetfighter...
Marcus Walz: ‘Building bikes gives me satisfaction, not riding them!’
From Belgium: The amazing Krugger Goodwood cafe-racer...

External links:
MotoGP riders, some of the fittest athletes in the world!

And here are some very cool Benelli pics from the PB mag forum. We think the Alitalia paintscheme looks the best, followed by those Martini Racing colours
Pics: PB mag forum

Fuel-efficiency champ: The Craig Vetter Streamliner

The Craig Vetter streamliner didn't accelerate hard or go fast. But yes, it did a lot of mpg...
Craig Vetter, who became famous for his ‘Windjammer’ motorcycle fairings in the early-1980s, also had a passion for… fuel economy! Indeed, not scorching acceleration, not 300km/h top speeds, but fuel economy. So, Mr Vetter started the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Contest, an annual event where riders tried to get the maximum mileage from their bikes. In fact a Harley rider won the inaugural event in 1980, managing to get a fairly amazing 97.9mpg from the one-litre Harley v-twin.

Vetter was convinced he could do better than that, and given his experience with motorcycle fairings, decided to build an aerodynamic, super-fuel-efficient streamliner. The starting point was a Kawasaki KZ250 streetbike, for which Vetter built a special fairing that offered very low wind resistance. This, along with very tall gearing, allowed the KZ250 to do 125mpg in the 1981 Fuel Economy Contest.

The event started by Craig Vetter encouraged people to push the limits of fuel economy and in 1985, the last year when Vetter’s event was held, a 125cc streamliner, ridden by Japanese rider Matsu Matsuzawa, did an astounding 472mpg.

Today, Vetter’s own streamliner is on display in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, in Ohio, in the US. And Vetter himself is not done just yet – he says there might be even more fuel-efficient bikes coming from garage in the future…

Also see:
Rotohak: 325bhp rotary-engined trike...
Memorable: The 1980s Honda VF1000R!
Face-off: The world's fastest bike vs the world's fastest man!
Ariel revival on the cards...?
Small fantasy: The Honda Dream 50R
1974 MV Agusta 500 racer vs 2007 Ducati MotoGP bike!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

ShowYo Moto: GSX-R1100 ‘Alien’ streetfighter

You wouldn't want to see that face in your rear-view mirror...

What do you do with an old 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 that can no longer keep up with the latest litre-class superbikes from Japan and Italy? Take it to ShowYo Moto, who’ll readily convert it into a streetfighter – like the Manga-inspired ‘Alien’ you see here.

ShowYo Moto have been in the business of creating custom-built motorcycles since 2005. For this 1986 Gixxer, the idea was to create something that looked like it had just walked off the sets of a horror movie. Indeed. And a lot of hard work has gone into building the bike – the front and rear fenders and the headlamp unit alone took more than 50 hours of modeling! And talking about detailing, the front fender is made of nine different pieces, some made of stainless steel and the others made of lightweight composite materials…

If you're into the whole streetfighter thing, the Alien will probably appeal to you

While the headlamp unit, mini-fairing, radiator covers, belly pan and both fenders are custom made, the fuel tank comes from a 2006 Yamaha FZ1 and the tail unit if off an R6. The GSX-R1100 engine gets racing cams, a DynoJet Power Commander, K&N air filter, and custom made ShowYo Moto exhaust. Finally, the bike was painted by Extreme Graphic, in Canada.

For more pics and details on the GSX-R1100 Alien, as well as ShowYo Moto’s other custom bikes, visit their website here.

Also see:
EDR Performance's 131bhp Yamaha R6...
The 'Ultimate Edition' 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000!
Rotohak: 325bhp, rotary-powered sidecar rig...
The BMW R1150GS-based Beutler Boxer
Roland Sands' Ducati Ultramotard!
Supermanx: One of the best Harley-based specials we've seen...
Howard Killer Customs' US$150,000 hubless-wheeled chopper!
TwinTrax: Harley-powered dragster for the street...
One HOT 2008 Repsol-replica Honda Fireblade!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Noré Sébastien: Airbrush magician for your bike!

Based in France, Noré Sébastien is an airbrush artist and once you’ve had a look at these pictures of various Ducatis, MV Agustas and BMWs below, we’re sure you’ll agree he’s rather good. Sébastien says he always looks for perfection in his work and that he’ll paint your bike any which way you fancy.

As you’d imagine, Sébastien uses high-grade paints and coatings and durability is guaranteed. If you live in France and fancy having your bike – or your trike, your helmet, your guitar or pretty much anything else – repainted, we’d suggest you get in touch with this airbrush artist who seems to have magical skills. Get his contact details on his website here.

From left: Ducati 1098 Valencia, and MV Agusta F4 Monaco

Can't afford a real MV Agusta F4 CC? Get this replica then!

MV Agusta F4 Veltro replica

MV Agusta F4 - Pagani Zonda edition!

Honda VTR1000 SP2 in Colin Edwards colours (left) and Ducati 1098 Corse

A fully tarted-up BMW R1150R

MV Agusta F4 Agassi

MV Agusta F4 Corse - Red, Black and Blue editions

A racy BMW R1200S (left) and a K1200S in AC Schnitzer colours

MV Agusta F4 - White Edition

And finally, a Multistrada in Ducati Corse colours!
Pics: Aero Deco

Also see:
Memorable: The mid-1980s Honda VF1000R
F1 tech in MotoGP: The Aprilia RS3 Cube...
Memorable Yamaha 750s: FZR, YZF and R7 pics
A Ducati 1098S in Martini Racing colours...
The 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR. Beautiful!
Face-off: Kawasaki Ninja ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400!
The absolutely amazing Honda RVF750R RC45...
Smackdown: MotoGP vs Bullfighting!

External links:
Like dirtbikes? See this, this and this!

Some new pics of the 2008 Ducati Monster 696!

Pics: Moto Revue

And since this is turning out to be a picture-heavy post anyway, here are some absolutely smashing pics of a 2008 Repsol-replica Fireblade. It's HOT!
Pics: Motoblog

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