Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Giordano Loi’s Ducati Desmo Infinito

Not happy with his Ducati 999's styling, Mr Loi decided to do something about it...

Pics: Motoblog

This Ducati 999-based special – the Desmo Infinito – has been created by one Giordano Loi, an artist, sculptor and motorcycle enthusiast. Loi is a fan of the Pierre Terblanche-designed 999, and says that technically, if not aesthetically, it’s the best Ducati so far.

For the Infinito, Loi worked on fine-tuning the Ducati 999’s proportions. The aim was to make sure that the bodywork fitted the mechanicals like a glove – Loi wanted the bike to be as lean and feline as possible. The engine, chassis and suspension have been kept stock, though an aftermarket exhaust system has been fitted.

Our opinion? Ummm… Loi’s Desmo Infinito doesn’t really look as hot as the Ducati 1098, but its carefully shaped and sculpted bodywork looks all right. Is it better looking than a regular 999? Perhaps.

More Ducatis:
The US$80,000 NCR Ducati Millona...
Ducati 999 vs 1098: Doug Polen decides!
Back to the future: Ducati racebikes circa 2017...
Ducati 999-powered Fiat 500
Ducati PS1000 LE: Paul Smart rides again!
1948 Vintage: The Ducati Cucciolo...
1952 Cruiser: When Ducati made scooters!
Face-off: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo...
Face-off: Ducati 1098 vs 848!
RAD 01: Ducati 749R-based forerunner to the Ducati 848
Radical Ducati unveil the RAD 02 Corsa...
Steffano Motorcycles’ Ducati 999-based Café9
First pics: Roland Sands’ Ducati Ultramotard!

External links:
First into the future: 1978 Honda CX500

We know it isn't possible, but we so wish Yamaha could make this RD500R today. Stiff aluminium beam frame, high-spec adjustable suspension, and racy, revvy, 500cc two-stroke V4 engine. Ooohhhhhh!!! In the meanwhile, here is the best two-stroke racer-replica we've ever seen
Pic: PB mag forum

Kawasaki KLR650-based diesel motorcycles for the US Army

The KLR650-based, diesel-powered HDT M103M1 does 100mpg...

Diesel-powered motorcycles? On one end of the spectrum, you have the high-tech Neander 1400, which is fitted with a 1340cc, common-rail, turbocharged, intercooled, parallel-twin diesel engine. The 95bhp Neander can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 225km/h. It also costs a mind-boggling US$140,000.

Now, not everyone who wants a diesel motorcycle – and that includes the US Army – is likely to shell out 140,000 dollars for one. Enter the California-based Hayes Diversified Technologies (HDT), who convert Kawasaki KLR650s into rugged, diesel-powered machines for the Army. According to the company, their M103M1 JP-8 military motorcycle ‘is designed to operate reliably and efficiently on kerosene-based fuels, including diesel and aviation kerosene.’

The HDT M103M1 uses the KLR650’s chassis and transmission parts, but is fitted with a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 611cc IDI diesel engine, which makes about 30 horsepower at 5700rpm. The bike weighs 166 kilos, accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds, and will do a top speed of about 150km/h.

One Dexter Ford, who recently tested the HDT diesel bike for The New York Times, said ‘In contrast to a gasoline engine, which responds instantly to the throttle, a blip of the twist grip resulted in, well, not much. It took a good three seconds for anything significant to happen. On a half-hour test ride, the M103M1, though sluggish at first, gathered speed with dogged insistence. The footpegs and handlebars buzz as the engine revs – the counterbalancer that controls vibration in the stock KLRs has been omitted to save weight and reduce complexity. Shifting through the five-speed gearbox gets the M103M1 past 145km/h, a speed it will hold, apparently, until the end of time.’

Apart from its go-anywhere capabilities, the HDT diesel bike also does close to 100 miles per gallon, so in the future, it just might make a great buy for people who want a very fuel efficient motorcycle that also lets them play Rambo. We’d stick with this Repsol-replica 2008 Fireblade though, thanks very much...

Also see:
Adiva AD250: A cool, convertible scooter!
ShowYo Moto's 'Alien' GSX-R1100...
Design 90: A Lamborghini motorcycle, anyone?
Rotohak: A 325bhp, rotary-engined sidecar rig...
The amazing MV Agusta F4 Veltro Pista!
Face-off: Fastest bike vs fastest man!
Wild Rides: MotoGP vs Bullfighting!!
Yamaha RD500-based GP-replica...
A bunch of very interesting trikes on Faster and Faster...

External links:
Wallpaper: HOT Bikes & Babes on Flickr!

Like 1980s and 1990s GSX-Rs? Read about the first, early-80s Gixxer here, the late-80s 'Slingshot'
here, and the mid-90s GSX-R comeback here!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mille Percento: Moto Guzzi Griso BB1 1420

The big-bore Griso BB1 looks dark and aggressive. We like it!
Pic: Motorcycle USA

Here’s a bit of good news for Moto Guzzi fans – Italian tuning house Mille Percento have launched a bored-out, liquid-cooled, 1420cc version of the air-cooled Griso 1100. With the modified engine making 125bhp at 7500rpm, the Griso BB1’s performance is likely to be significantly better than the stock bike’s.

A large radiator mounted across the front of the crankcases, a water pump, larger fuel-injectors, Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes with radial-mount calipers are also a part of the package.

No word on prices yet, but the Mille Percento Griso BB1 1420 meets Euro III emissions regulations and will be sold in Europe as a limited production model.

Also see:
Fast bikes and babes, on Flickr!
Some delectable Italian bikes on Faster and Faster...
Here's a load of stuff for those who love trikes...!
Aero Deco: Airbrush magic for your bike...
Angelina Jolie: UK bikers' dream pillion passenger!
Yamaha 750s picture gallery: FZR, YZF and R7...
First pics: 2008 Xerox Ducati 1098 F08 racebike

External links:
Classic bikes image gallery. Cool!

Does the Ducati 848 have what it takes to take on its own big brother, the 1098? See what the men at MCN have to say about that, here!

2008 Aprilia RSV 4 ‘Race Machine’ unveiled in Milan

With its 200bhp V4, the RSV 4 should be the bike to watch out for in WSBK 2009

Pics: Motoblog

One of the most eagerly awaited machines this year, the 1000cc, V4-powered Aprilia RSV 4 was recently unveiled at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy. The RSV 4 is powered by Aprilia’s all-new 65-degree V4, which is actually the Italian company’s first four-cylinder engine, and which has specifically been designed to allow Aprilia to go racing in AMA and/or World Superbikes in 2009.

The Aprilia RSV 4 is likely to be a formidable machine. The 1000cc V4, which features advanced electronics and a ride-by-wire system, is supposed to produce 200bhp. And Aprilia, who’ve already been quite successful in 125cc and 250cc GP racing, want the same kind of success in WSBK. With some development work over the next two years, the RSV 4 ‘Race Machine’ is likely to be up to the task.

Yeah, that 200bhp Aprilia V4 is quite stunning indeed...

Also see:
The 2008 Aprilia SMV750 Dorsoduro and FV2 concept bike...
Memorable: The amazing Morbidelli 850 V8
Triple treat: The Benelli 899...
The very beautiful MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR!
RVF750R RC45: The most lust-worthy Honda ever?
Wakan 1640: A racing cruiser!
Steffano Motorcycles’ Ducati 999-based Café9

From the PB mag forum, these are computer-generated mockups of streetbikes based on the high-tech but ill-fated Aprilia RS3 Cube MotoGP machine!

Friday, February 22, 2008

2008 MotoGP bike pics

Can Rossi's talents bring the MotoGP world championship back to Yamaha this year, or will the Ducati-Stoner combo dominate again? We also expect Suzuki and Kawasaki to do better this year, so things should be very interesting indeed!

Also see:
Suzuki's GP racers: Three decades of evolution...
Memorable: The 1950 Moto Guzzi V8 racer!
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1 tech in MotoGP?
Wild rides: MotoGP vs Bullfighting!
Britten V1000: The greatest racebike ever built...
Performance Bikes: The best two-stroke sportsbikes ever!
Face-off: 1974 MV Agusta 500 GP racer vs 2007 Ducati GP7!
The best Honda NSR500 racer-replica ever!
Legendary: The 1978 Bol d'Or Laverda V6 racer...
NSU 500 Kompressor: 320km/h, back in 1956!

From PB, here's a computer-generated mockup of a Kawasaki GPZ-10R. Looks interesting...

...and here's a very hot looking Repsol-replica 2008 Fireblade, regular 2008 ZX-10R and a Sheene-tribute, Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000 which looks amazing!

Valentino Rossi: Dainese pics

Valentino Rossi and Alessia Piovan want that you should buy more Dainese helmets, gloves, leathers, jackets and so on. Especially you female bikers out there...
Pics: MCN

These pics are from a new Dainese advertisement featuring The Doctor and Italian actress Alessia Piovan. Ms Piovan has, apparently, been brought in to star alongside Rossi as a part of Dainese’s strategy to attract more female bikers. Ummm… if that’s correct, and if female bikers would be more attracted towards Alessia rather than Rossi, that’s probably bad news for a lot of us… :-(

Also see:
HUGE collection of hi-res MotoGP wallpaper here and here
Design 90: When Lamborghini decided to make a motorcycle...
F4 Veltro Pista: The MV Agusta from hell!
Face-off: The world's fastest bike vs the world's fastest man...
The US$140,000 Neander 1400 Turbodiesel!

External links:
Cycle World: 2008 BMW F800GS riding impression
BMW R1200GS image gallery...
Huge image gallery for Moto Guzzi fans...!

Which is hotter - the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R or the Ducati 1098 Tricolore? We'd take the Ninja's engine, and the 1098's styling... :-)

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!



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