Friday, March 28, 2008

Ducati 1098R to take part in the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours race

After MotoGP and WSBK, can Ducati also do well in Endurance racing?

Set up by two Ducati dealers – Zone Rouge 18 and Ducati Chambourcy – Team DERT (Ducati Endurance Racing Team), in partnership with Gulf, will be fielding a Ducati 1098R in at least three endurance racing world championship races. Ridden by Aurélien Bantigny, Jérémie Rasting and Thierry Mulot, the 1098R will race in the open category at the 24 Hours Le Mans, 6 Hours Albacete and the Bol d’Or endurance racing events.

When the 24 Hours Le Mans race kicks off on the 19th of April this year, Team DERT’s Ducati 1098R is likely to be the only Italian twin-cylinder motorcycle on the grid. The 1098R-based 1098 F08 racer has already gotten off to a good start in WSBK, so we hope the 1098R will also do well in Le Mans and other endurance races!

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Suzuki Crosscage: The first production fuel-cell powered motorcycle?

Soon, the makers of the mighty GSX-R might be making this fuel-cell powered Crosscage...
Pics: MCN

According to a report on MCN, Suzuki, who’ve already been working with the UK-based Intelligent Energy, have announced an extension of their agreement with the British firm. Under this agreement, the two companies will work on making hydrogen fuel-cell powered bikes in the near future. Last year, Suzuki had unveiled the hydrogen-powered Crosscage concept, and if things work out, this might just be the first fuel-cell motorcycle to hit the streets.

Speaking to MCN, Phil Caldwell, director of business development at Intelligent Energy says, ‘This is an important next step for our collaboration with Suzuki, as we move from a very successful concept towards a range of commercially viable fuel-cell motorcycles. We have developed an excellent relationship with Suzuki over the past two years and this agreement further strengthens our partnership.’

‘Our fuel cells are efficient, robust, and emit zero carbon at the tailpipe. Both Intelligent Energy and Suzuki are committed to the development of cleaner and more responsible vehicles for the consumer. The Crosscage is an example of what can be achieved when invention meets ambition, and we’re looking forward to the next phase in the relationship,’ added Henri Winand, CEO, Intelligent Energy.

Cleaner, more responsible vehicles? Hell, let’s buy that GSX-R while we still can…

Also see:
Fuel-efficiency champ: The Craig Vetter streamliner...
Noré Sébastien: The best airbrush magician in the world?
The mighty KTM 1190 RC8: Does it live up to the hype?
One-off: Giordano Loi’s Ducati Desmo Infinito!
Ducati 1098R-based 1098 F08 gets off to a flying start in WSBK...
Memorable: The Gilera SP01 and SP02
Singularly Sexy: The amazing Ducati Supermono!

External links:
Motorcyclist at Large: Everything you ever wanted to know about braking...

This is the Desmolupo M1 Ducati Multistrada. Quite cool, we think...

Pics: Motociclismo

...and here's a Ducati Desmosedici RR, prowling the streets of Glasgow!

Now available: Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black

Naked, red-hot and Italian. Keep 'em coming, Moto Morini...!

Pics: Motoblog

For a mere US$16,700 you can now buy the Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black, with black bodywork, red chassis, and red leather seats. Technically, the very handsome looking Corsaro Avio remains unchanged – 1187cc, 120bhp v-twin, Termignoni exhaust system, 50mm USD Marzocchi forks, fully adjustable Sachs monoshock, 18-litre fuel tank and 198kg dry weight.

The Avio Black rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) Pirelli Diablo rubber. At the front, twin 320mm Brembo brake discs, gripped by four-piston calipers, handle most of the stopping duties. For more details on this hot naked Italian, visit the Moto Morini website here!

Also see:
All-new Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler...
Wild Rides: MotoGP vs Professional Bullfighting!
Face-off: World's fastest bike vs the world's fastest man!
Angelina Jolie is a hit with Brit bikers...
Heavy Hitter: MV Agusta F4 Veltro Pista!
2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ultimate Edition...
The next big thing: Aprilia's RSV 4 Race Machine!

External links:
Fast Bikes: The HEAT is on...!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Harley-powered trike: The Cirbin V13R

V13R: Three wheels, a Harley-Davidson 125bhp v-twin and lots of chrome...

Started by two men – André Morissette and David Neault – the Canada-based Cirbin have recently started operations, and the V13R trike is their very first product. Conceptualized as a three-wheeled hot-rod that’s fun, stylish and performance-oriented, the V13R is fitted with a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1250cc Harley-Davidson v-twin. Claimed power output is 125bhp at the rear wheel, and since the V13R weighs 475kg, performance should be at least reasonably entertaining.

The V13R’s engine is mated to a five-speed (plus one reverse) sequential transmission, and a toothed-belt final drive system transfers power to the single rear wheel. Clutch, brakes and accelerator controls are placed like those in a conventional car. The V13R can seat two people, and there’s space for luggage under the hood. For those who want to carry more luggage, optional side cases are also available.

As a package, the Cirbin V13R has been tuned and optimised for sporty performance
Pics: Motoblog

The Cirbin V13R features fibreglass bodywork, steel tube chassis, tubular steel roll bars and three-point seatbelts. Suspension comprises of fully adjustable monoshock at the rear, and fully adjustable twin front shocks at the front – both ends are set up for delivering a sporty and responsive ride and handling. Front wheels are 17-inchers, wearing 205/45 ZR-rated rubber, while the single rear wheel is an 18-incher, shod with 295/35 ZR rubber.

For more pics and details, visit the Cirbin website here.

Also see:
Fast, fun and quirky: Trikes on Faster and Faster...
Right up front: Ferruccio Codutti’s Monster S4
Two-stroke classic: The Bimota V Due
The amazing Peraves MonoTracer...
Lumeneo Smera: Another car-motorcycle hybrid!
Pendolauto: Franco Sbarro's four-wheeled motorcycle concept...
Kawasaki KLR-based diesel motorcycles for the US military!

External links:
Old racebikes: Die another day...
Laverda 1000 3C Triple: Massimo’s Masterpiece...
Bored with bikes? Read Nuts magazine... (NSFW)

From the 1987 Battletwin RR1000 to the current XB12XT, Buell have come a long, long way. See the 2008 XB12XT riding impression here!
Buell XB12XT pic: Motorcycle USA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008