Saturday, March 08, 2008

Singularly Sexy: The amazing Ducati Supermono

Racy, hot-blooded, Italian. Single, and likes being ridden hard!

Pics: Ducati, Flickr
Back in 1993, Ducati took a rather brave break from their traditional v-twin engine format, and produced a radical, high-tech racebike with a single-cylinder engine. Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the Supermono was fitted with a four-stroke, four-valve, Desmo DOHC, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 549cc engine that made 75 horsepower at 10,000rpm (which actually translated into 61.4bhp at the rear wheel). Ducati claimed a dry weight of 118kg for the machine, and top speed was in excess of 225km/h. Of course, at US$30,000 back then, the Supermono’s price tag was equally impressive…

At the very outset, the Supermono was conceptualized and built as an expensive, exotic, no-holds-barred racer. The bike was fitted with Ducati’s race-proven tubular trellis frame, fully adjustable 42mm USD Öhlins fork, adjustable Öhlins monoshock, twin 280mm brake discs with four-piston calipers at the front, and a six-speed gearbox. According to some test figures from the 1990s, the little Ducati would do the standing quarter-mile (400m) in 11.4 seconds, hitting 197.5km/h in that time.

John Burns, who rode the bike for Cycle World magazine, said ‘Riders accustomed to streetbikes – even small ones – will feel as if they've returned to their potty chairs upon first mounting the Supermono. You crouch low, with your knees almost beneath your chin – it's a short reach to the clip-ons. Below 6000rpm, the Mono's motor is indistinguishable from the garden-variety thumper found in, say, an XT600 Yamaha.’

‘The difference becomes apparent as revs increase. While it's all over for a stock XT at 6500rpm, the Supermono is just beginning to breathe. The Ducati goes from less than 20 horsepower to almost 40 between 5700 and 6500rpm, burbles through a 500-rpm plateau, and enters its real powerband at 7000 rpm. By 8000rpm, where torque peaks at 37 foot-pounds, the lone 100mm piston is feeding 57 horsepower into the rear contact patch. At 9750rpm, maximum thrust of 61.4 horsepower is achieved. When the rev-limiter cuts in 1000rpm later, there are 55 horses and the piston is traveling 4938 feet per minute. Best to shift at 10 thousand,’ concluded Burns.

A Supermono in full race trim and the bike's 549cc, single-cylinder engine...

The Supermono’s Weber-Marelli fuel-injection system was quite sophisticated for its time, providing immediate, crisp throttle response. And unlike most other single-cylinder engines, the Supermono’s mill was fitted with a counter balancer weight, which allowed the engine to behave like a v-twin rather than a single. The result was that the engine was largely free of vibration at higher revs.

The Supermono was made in two batches – one in 1993 (41 units) and one in 1996 (26 units). Given that only 67 of these bikes were made, we suppose it would be very hard to find one on sale today. And according to some sources on the Web, current prices for a Supermono in good condition could be anywhere between US$80,000 – 100,000.

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Cagiva Mito 500: Will they, or won't they...
CR&S Vun Racing: A modern-day equivalent of the Ducati Supermono?
Britten V1000: The greatest racebike ever built!
Can Honda work the CB1100R magic once more?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lumeneo Smera: Another car-motorcycle hybrid…

The Smera is car that tilts in favour of behaving like a bike...

Vehicles that have three or four wheels, but which can still tilt into corners like proper motorcycles, seem to be the flavour of the minute. After the recently unveiled Pendolauto, we have the somewhat similar Lumeneo Smera, which comes from France and which is also on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

The twin-seater (single-seater if you want to also carry luggage…) Smera is about the same size as a large scooter, but has four wheels and a fully-enclosed rider’s (driver’s?) cabin. It’s powered by lithium-ion batteries that feed the Smera’s twin electric motors, which together make the equivalent of 40bhp. Claimed zero to 100km/h time is eight seconds, top speed is about 130km/h, and the Smera will do 150km on one full charge of electricity, after which the batteries need to be juiced-up again.

Like the Pendolauto, the Smera is also capable of tilting into corners like a motorcycle. But unlike bikes, the Smera is also fitted with a safety-cage and seat-belts, which should make it a bit safer than most bikes. Prices have not been announced yet, but Lumeneo plan to make 250 units of this vehicle in 2009. We like it and we do hope to see the Smera on the streets sometime soon! More details on the Lumeneo website here.

Also see:
Some amazing tilting trikes on Faster and Faster!
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The most impressive Rossi-rep 'NSR500' we've ever seen!
Face-off: 1974 MV Agusta 500 GP racer vs 2007 Ducati MotoGP machine!
Peugeot V6-powered bike: Mad Max lives...
Ready to roll: The 2008 TriRod F3 Adrenaline
RVF750R RC45: The most desirable Honda ever built?
War of the Ninjas: Kawasaki ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400!

External links:
A treat for fans of classic Moto Guzzis...
Here's why we suddenly love rugby...! (NSFW)

All right, after a bunch of cars pretending to be motorcycles, here’s one car that’s still only a car, but WHAT a car it is!!! The Transmontana is fitted with a 5500cc, twin-turbo V12 that makes 720 horsepower and 900Nm of torque. The 1250kg Transmontana will go from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 340km/h. The monocoque chassis is made entirely of carbonfibre, and the manual gearbox is a six-speed unit. If we could afford one, we’d sure love to park one of these cars next to our Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000
More about the Transmontana here

3UpRacing: The 95Racer

95 kilos, 95bhp - the 3UpRacing 95Racer. Er, well...

Pics: 3UpRacing

The UK-based 3UpRacing say that the aim with their most ambitious project ever, the 95Racer, was to build the four-stroke equivalent of a 250cc Grand Prix bike, with performance similar to privateer Honda RS250s and Yamaha TZ250s. 3Up started with the intent of building a racebike that would weigh no more than 95 kilos, and would have 95 horsepower at the rear wheel. The end result is what you see here – the 95Racer!

3Up started thinking about building this bike back in 2006, and decided on using a 650cc parallel-twin, from the Kawasaki ER-6n, for their machine. They chose the Kawasaki mill over Aprilia RXV450/SXV550 and Suzuki SV650 engines, primarily because the Kwacker was relatively cheaper, more tuneable and had a cassette-type gearbox which is ideal for racing applications.

We think the 95Racer looks rather neat...

The chassis is a Ducati-style tubular-steel trellis structure, the USD front fork is off a 2005 Yamaha R6, the rear monoshock is custom-built by Maxton, and the bodywork is a Honda RS250 kit, made by Spanish company, Speedfibre.

In the quest for 95 rear-wheel horsepower, the 95Racer’s engine has been tuned and extensively reworked by a British Superbikes engine specialist, the bike has been fitted with a bigger radiator and airbox and the custom-made exhaust system has been specially designed to liberate more horsepower.

We think the 95Racer is quite an interesting little machine. More details on the 3UpRacing website here.

Also see:
GP racing: 600 four-strokes to replace two-stroke 250s by 2010?
Ducati get off to a flying start in WSBK and in MotoGP!
Giordano Loi’s Ducati 999-based Desmo Infinito...
Aprilia RSV 4 'Race Machine' unveiled!
ShowYo Moto's 'Alien' GSX-R1100...
Sheene Tribute: Chris Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000!
You’ve been framed: ARCF’s Titanium 'RatBikes'...
PB: The world's best two-stroke sportsbikes!

External links:
Randakk's supercharged Honda GL1000!
2008 Derbi Rambla 125 and 250 picture gallery

Chantelle Houghton likes bikes...!

Pics: British Celebrities

Pendolauto: Franco Sbarro’s four-wheeled motorcycle concept unveiled

Franco Sbarro's latest - a four-wheeled motorcycle called the Pendolauto
Pics: CarAdvice

Franco Sbarro – the man who ‘invented’ the hubless wheel – is at it again. And this time, it’s a four-wheeled motorcycle – the Pendolauto concept – which was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

While it is fitted with transparent Perspex wheels, perhaps to make them look like Sbarro’s earlier hubless wheels, the Pendolauto’s calling card is that it rides on four wheels. The bike is fitted with independent front and rear suspension, which allows it to lean into corners like a motorcycle. And yet, given that four wheels are inherently more stable than two, the Pendolauto may be safer than a conventional motorcycle.

Sbarro’s machines are more about style and rarely about real-world practicality, but still, his four-wheeled bike may indeed find use as a (very expensive?) learner bike and/or a weekend toy for those who don’t want to risk life and limb on a ZX-10R.

As of now, there’s no information on the Pendolauto’s engine or performance potential, and indeed, it’s a bit unlikely that this alien-looking thing will ever go into production. Still, it’s good to see that age hasn’t slowed down Mr Sbarro - he’s still thinking hard as ever…

Also see:
Trike strike: Some very cool, unconventional machines on Faster and Faster
The Quadzilla: The amazing GG Quad...
WheelSurf Monowheel: Join the singles club!
Naro: Another four-wheeled motorcycle...
Memorable: The mighty Münch Mammut TTS-E
Kettenkrad: A bike that's not afraid of SUVs!

External links:
The wild world of Nico Bakker's bikes...

A video of Mike Brown's Hubless Monster on the move...!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Precious Metal: 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer

The 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer, with its fairing removed. A great bike...
Pic: Allucchettati

Today, they only make some very neat bicycles, but from 1897 to 1967, Bianchi also made motorcycles. The Italian company was set up by Edoardo Bianchi in Milan in 1885, and Bianchi started with making bicycles, moved on to motorcycles in 1897, and also started making cars, in the year 1900.

Over the seven decades when they made motorcycles, Bianchi made various single-cylinder and v-twin bikes, some of which also saw a fair bit of success on the racing circuit between 1925 and 1930. In the late-1930s, Bianchi also experimented with a four-cylinder, DOHC, 498cc, supercharged engine, but perhaps due to financial or engineering constraints, this did not go too far.

Edoardo Bianchi passed away in 1946, and his son Giuseppe took over the company. By the mid-1950 however, Bianchi were in financial trouble and ultimately, their vehicle division was merged with Fiat and Pirelli. They still struggled on though, and even went GP racing – Bob McIntyre raced a Bianchi in the now-defunct 350cc class in 1961. He finished the season with 10 points, taking fifth place in the 1961 350cc world championship.

The 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer
Pic: Vintagebike

A tireless Bianchi kept working on their racebikes, which brings us to a very interesting machine – their 1964 500cc GP racer. This was fitted with a twin-cylinder engine with custom-made Dell'Orto carbs, preload-adjustable rear shocks, telescopic front forks, steel-tube cradle-type chassis and huge drum brakes. This bike, ridden by Italian rider Remo Venturi, was quite sophisticated for its time, though it did not do very well – Venturi (who also rode in the 350cc class...) finished the 1964 season with only six 500cc world championship points to his name.

1964 was also Bianchi’s last year in motorcycle GP racing. By the mid-1960s, battered by relentless financial trouble, Bianchi were reduced to mostly being a parts supplier to bigger companies like Ferrari, Fiat, Puch and Motobecane. They did, however, also continue to make motorcycles till 1967, after which the motorcycle division was shut down.

It’s a great pity that a company which once went motorcycle GP racing in the 350 and 500cc classes today only makes bicycles. But we suppose that’s the price many European bike manufacturers had to pay, for lacking the Japanese opposition’s foresight, business-savvy and the ability to move quickly and decisively. Rest in peace...

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Memorable: Gilera SP01 and SP02

The Gilera SP01, in Kevin Schwantz's 1989 Pepsi Suzuki colours!
Today, Gilera are probably best known for their scooters – the GP800 and the very cool, very funky Fuoco 500. But the Italian company has made some pretty hot motorcycles too, in the past. And for those who think Ducati and MV Agusta are the only Italian manufacturers who’ve been successful in motorcycle GP racing’s premier class, get this – between 1950 and 1957, Gilera riders won six 500cc world championships! Umberto Masetti (1950, 1952), Geoff Duke (1953, 1954, 1955) and Libero Liberati (1957) brought glory to the Gilera name on the GP circuit.

The company was founded by one Giuseppe Gilera, and the first motorcycle to bear his name – the Gilera VT317 – came out in 1909. By the 1930s, Gilera were already producing bikes with four-stroke, side-valve 500cc engines, and their machines were notching up race victories in Europe. The 1936 Rondine 500 even set a top speed record of 274.181km/h, which remained unbeaten for almost 20 years.

Gilera left the grand prix racing scene after 1957, and in 1969, the company became a part of the Piaggio Group. From then on, Gilera have only been making smaller bikes and scooters, though in the 1980s they made some very memorable bikes, most notably the SP01, SP02 and the CX125, which featured an innovative single-sided front fork.

Launched in 1988, the SP01 was fitted with a 125cc two-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that made a claimed 35bhp at 10,600rpm. This, combined with the SP01’s aluminium beam chassis, stiff suspension, disc brakes, and six-speed gearbox made it the perfect sportsbike for teenagers (and, well, lightweight adults). The 132-kilo SP01 was capable of doing the quarter-mile (400m) in 15.1 seconds, and top speed was 171km/h. Not too bad for a 125cc buzz-bomb. And for Kevin Schwantz fans, the SP01 was even available with a 1989 Pepsi-Suzuki replica paint scheme!

The Gilera SP02 was launched in 1990...
Gilera launched the SP01’s successor, the SP02, in 1990. With a bit more power and bit more style, the SP02 would do the standing quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds, though top speed was still 171km/h.

Today, while manufacturers like Cagiva, Aprilia and Derbi continue to make 125cc repli-racers, Gilera are no longer making such bikes, preferring to stick with their stylish scooters instead. Now, while we love the Gilera ‘Mad Max’ Fuoco, we do wish the company would get back to making some seriously high-performance racer-reps again...

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Vyrus 985 C3 4V, and other bikes that featured alternative front suspension...
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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Honda release full specs for the DN-01

Don't want to change your own gears? You'll probably love the Honda DN-01
Pics: Motoring, Moto Caradisiac

Umm… well, it’s not really our kind of thing, but we do admire Honda for having the conviction to build something like the DN-01. And while DN-01 pics have been doing the rounds for ages, it’s only that Honda have released full specs for this 2008 machine.

Right, the important bits first – the bike is fitted with 680cc, 8-valve, SOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected v-twin that makes 61bhp and 64Nm of torque. Kerb weight is 270 kilos, chassis double-cradle steel-tube, and suspension is 41mm non-adjustable fork at the front, and preload-adjustable monoshock at the back. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 130/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) rubber. The Honda DN-01’s fully enclosed shaft-drive is likely to be low on maintenance chores and its brakes are ABS-equipped…

Of course, the DN-01’s party-piece is its ‘Human-Friendly Transmission’ (HFT), a hydro-mechanical transmission featuring a hydraulic clutch. It automatically changes drive ratios (not just belt ratios, as with regular CVT systems) and Honda claim it does that absolutely seamlessly.

In automatic mode, riders can choose between the regular D (Drive) and the hopefully more entertaining S (Sports). Those who insist on changing their own gears can still use a handlebar-mounted switch to change over from automatic to push-button manual-shift mode, where you get six ‘gears’ to choose from.

When it goes on sale later this year, the Honda DN-01 is expected to be priced at around US$16,000. We’re sure it’ll be a nice, refined commuter-bike, but really, we’d much rather take a CB1100R or the Evo6.

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The Design 90: When Lamborghini made a motorcycle...

A one-off 10th Anniversary Aprilia RSV1000R, from the Surrey, UK-based paint shop, Altamura. More details on MCN

Friday, February 29, 2008

MotoGP: Stoner fastest in Qatar night test, Rossi in ninth place

Can Rossi really beat Stoner this year? Right now, it doesn't look that way at all...

The 2008 MotoGP season saw a spectacular inauguration ceremony yesterday, at the Losail circuit, where the Qatar Grand Prix will be held on the 9th of March. This will be the first MotoGP race ever to be held at night, on a floodlit track. A thousand poles have been erected around the 5.38km long circuit, and lighting specialists have been trying to ensure that the five and a half million watt lighting arrangement is such that shadows are minimized during the race.

During yesterday’s official test session at night, reigning MotoGP world champ Casey Stoner was the fastest, putting in a lap time of 1:55.330. ‘The first impression is like playing the Need for Speed videogame! It's definitely a lot different to what we're used to. It's not better or worse, just different. The most interesting thing is that with lower visibility, at least with regard to the imperfections on the track, you have to have more confidence than your instinct tells you to have. It's not a bad start though,’ said Stoner.

Five-time MotoGP world champ, Valentino Rossi went 1.4 seconds slower than Stoner, ending up in ninth place. At 1:56.749, The Doctor was slower than MotoGP newbies James Toseland, who was in fifth place, and Jorge Lorenzo, who was second-quickest overall! ‘I have to say that I am quite satisfied. I think they have made a great job with the lights and you can ride quite normally. The visibility is quite good so there is no danger for us – it’s really no more difficult than riding in the day,’ said Rossi.

‘Maybe it would be better to move this night race to a period when the temperature is a little bit higher however, because at the moment it's very cold here. We have worked a lot on the bike setup, but we were not so fast and we are still missing some grip in acceleration. We tested several different tyres and settings, but I am still sliding a bit when I open the throttle and the front is going a bit wide. We know that this track doesn't have the best grip, but other riders are going faster, so we must do better,’ admitted Rossi, who must indeed ‘improve’ in double-quick time if wants to take on Stoner this year.

The third serious contender for the 2008 MotoGP world title, Dani Pedrosa was a smidge quicker than Rossi. With a best lap time of 1:56.621, Pedrosa was in eight place, but apparently not very happy with the night race. ‘The track seems to be well lit, but there are a lot of shadows and it's very tiring on the eyes. I rode on my own throughout most of this evening's session, so I don't yet know how the floodlights will be in a race situation,’ said Pedrosa.

‘Compared to the last test session in Jerez, my physical condition has improved. I still feel pain when I'm braking and the hand has swollen a bit, but it's better than it was at Jerez. It's been quite a difficult evening, we are struggling with the bike, and we haven't found the right set-up, so tomorrow we will continue working to prepare a base set-up for the race weekend here, which is next week,’ concluded Pedrosa, who, according to Stoner, will be the biggest threat this year.

Catch all the action here on Faster and Faster on the 9th of March, when the 2008 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar!

Also see:
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Sheene-tribute, Chris Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000 now available...
MASSIVE collection of hi-res MotoGP wallpaper here and here

External links:
Kevin Ash's KTM 1190 RC8 riding impression
Victory Vision riding impression and image gallery
Britten V1000 image gallery...

Marco Lucchinelli won the 1981 500cc world championship aboard a Suzuki. Can Loris Capirossi or Chris Vermeulen pull it off again this year, aboard their 2008 Suzuki GSV-R XRG1s...?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ducati get off to a flying start in WSBK, 1098R-based 1098 F08 is the bike to beat this season!

With the 1098R-based 1098 F08 WSBK racer, Ducati are back to their winning ways...

In the very first World Superbikes race of the season – at the Losail circuit in Qatar – the 2008 Ducati 1098 F08 WSBK racebike has sent a clear warning signal to the Japanese factories. The 1098 F08 took the first two places (Troy Bayliss, Max Biaggi) in the first race, and second and third places (Ruben Xaus, Max Biaggi) in the second race. What a way to start the season for Ducati!

Based on the US$47,000 homologation-special Ducati 1098R, the 1098 F08 racer is fitted with an 8-stage traction control system, and suspension, brakes, wheels, and slipper clutch from Ducati’s GP7 MotoGP machine. Controlled by sophisticated electronics, the 180-horsepower L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine is mated to Ducati’s trellis frame, and as is apparent from the results, the 165kg package works very well indeed.

Ducati claim that the 1098R is the ‘most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built, with the highest torque-to-weight ratio in the sportsbike category,’ and that is probably true. In 2009, we’ll perhaps be ready to see what the KTM RC8 can do, but till then (and maybe even after that…), the 1098R is certainly the king of twin-cylinder sportsbikes.

Couldn't get your hands on the Desmosedici RR? The 1098R is your best bet now

Like its even more expensive cousin – the US$100,000 Desmosedici RR – the 1098R also gets a healthy dose of MotoGP-tech. Apart from the advanced, race-spec traction control system, there’s the MotoGP-inspired digital instrumentation, the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, the Brembo Monobloc brakes, and the best, most tunable suspension that Ohlins can make.

With the Ducati-supplied race kit (carbonfibre Termignoni exhaust, different ECU) fitted, the 1098R makes 186bhp – which should be just about enough for running down to the shops for a six-pack of beer. And on weekends, for winning a WSBK championship or two. Yeah, well, this is one Ducati you’ve got to love…

Also see:
KTM RC8 riding impression...
MotoGP: Casey Stoner wins BMW Z4 M Roadster!
The next step, after you've bought your MV Agusta F4 or Ducati 1098...
Memorable: The Muzzy Kawasaki Raptor 850!
New Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler shown...
Kawasaki to gun for the MotoGP world title in 2009!
Michael Scott: An interview with The Doctor

External links:
2008 Daytona Bike Week preview
Cycle World: An interview with Nicky Hayden
Gemma Atkinson - Official Calendar 2008!

From left: Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, two of the greatest racers ever in the 500cc GP era. Read about their bikes here: the Yamaha YZR500 and the Honda NSR500
Eddie Lawson pic: PB mag forum

Ready to race: Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy

The best-looking Harley ever is now all set to go racing in Europe...

Pics: MotoInsight

Harley-Davidson have unveiled a racing version of the very beautiful XR1200 – the XR1200 Trophy. Fitted with Harley’s 90bhp air-cooled v-twin, the single-seat XR1200 Trophy also features racing slicks, a Termignoni exhaust system, Öhlins rear suspension, and bigger, petal-shaped brake discs.

And just in case you thought the number boards were there for show, get this – Harley-Davidson Italy are organizing a four-round, one-make race series for the XR1200 Trophy this year. This, they say, is in tribute to the glorious dirt-track races of the 1970s, when Harley-Davidson XR750s ruled the tracks. Very, very cool. But hey, also check out these Jay Springsteen-replica XR750s, which are being made by SHR Enterprises!

Also see:
Aprilia RSV 4 'Race Machine' unveiled!
Mille Percento's Moto Guzzi Griso BB1...
2008 KTM RC8 riding impression
First pics: Roland Sands’ Ducati Ultramotard!
An interview with Claudio Castiglioni...
Can Honda work the CB1100R magic once more?
2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT launched...
Racy custom: The Buell XBRR Chronos!

External links:
Hot Rod: Harley-Davidson image gallery... (NSFW)
Bimota DB7 image gallery

The rather strange looking creation you see here is the KMP Bob’R. The engine is from a Suzuki Bandit 1200, the chassis is off a 1980s GSX-R, and everything else is bespoke. There’s a single-sided swingarm not only at the back, but also at the front! The handlebars have no levers – braking is via a foot-operated lever, and the clutch is operated by a joystick-like device. Amazing, eh?
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

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