Friday, May 30, 2008

Davide Brivio: Jorge Lorenzo is more ‘dangerous’ than Dani Pedrosa


For Rossi's championship hopes, is MotoGP rookie Lorenzo already more 'dangerous' than Pedrosa or even Stoner? Davide Brivio thinks he might be

After a long time, The Doctor is winning races and currently, leading the 2008 MotoGP world championship in points. But Fiat Yamaha team boss, Davide Brivio believes that young Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo could be a threat to Rossi’s chances of winning the world title this year.

‘Jorge has the same bike but different tyres, and he has demonstrated that despite being a rookie he is ready to win the world championship. He is very dangerous,’ says Brivio, speaking to MCN. ‘Dani is racing with Honda and they can maybe make an improvement with the bike, so Dani can be even faster. [However] if you look at Le Mans, maybe Dani was less aggressive. So at certain points, he looks less dangerous if he doesn’t start in first position,’ adds the Yamaha boss.

‘When Dani can start in front, like in Jerez, he can go away. He might have done the same in Le Mans and made Valentino’s life much more difficult. But he struggled to pass Casey even though he had a better pace. If he starts well and he goes, he is very dangerous. Maybe in a battle he is less dangerous than Jorge, and this is my personal opinion,’ concludes Brivio.

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Kevin Schwantz may be back in MotoGP in 2009...

Nicky Hayden defends his performance…


Nicky Hayden may be down, but don't count him out just yet...

2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden hasn’t exactly had a dream run this year. The ex-world champ hasn’t finished on the podium at all this year, and is said to be on the verge of losing his Repsol Honda MotoGP ride at the end of this season.

‘It is still early but sure I would like to be stronger right now. I haven’t really clicked and still we’ve not got enough speed to be real dangerous,’ says the Kentucky Kid, speaking to MCN. ‘This grid is really competitive with a lot of world champions, but we will keep trying stuff and I’ll never give up,’ he adds.

‘I know it is not something just to stumble across but these guys are going fast. The guy on the hill in the armchair just thinks brake a little deeper and you’ll be okay. Same with the TV people, when they are sitting in their airconditioned booths. It is not that easy out there when the bullets are flying,’ says Hayden, obviously not very happy about how people have been talking about his recent performances.

In an interesting aside, Hayden, who recently did a special demo ride at the Indy 500 says, ‘That’s a pretty sick race, with 350,000 people there on race day. It was pretty wild, and those cars go fast. I know us bike guys accuse those car guys of being soft, but they get down at the end of that straight and turn left at 360km/h, without touching the brake or lifting off the throttle.’ Hmm… impressive!

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2008 MotoGP race results and hi-res wallpaper
Why Rizla Suzuki is one of our favourite teams in MotoGP...
Jorge Lorenzo, more 'dangerous' than Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner?
Tadayuki Okada to return to MotoGP, after an absence of 8 years!
Valentino Rossi: What could have been...
Aprilia on track for MotoGP comeback in 2011...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Specs and first pics: 2009 Yamaha V-Max


With a 210bhp V4 between its... frame spars, the 2009 Yamaha V-Max is ready to come out and play. Oh yes, this bike will kick some ass...

The first pics of the much-awaited Yamaha V-Max are now out, and we must say the bike looks quite all right. This time around, Mr Max is fitted with an 1800cc V4 that makes about 210 horsepower. Yeah, that’s right, 210bhp – almost 70bhp more than what the first 1984 V-Max had.

The V-Max’s all-new 70-degree V4 engine is also likely to feature a sophisticated VTEC system, electronic ride-by-wire and other high-tech bits. It won’t be cheap though – the 2009 V-Max is expected to cost more than US$22,000.

More pics and details soon…


This is Mr Max's all-new 70-degree, 1800cc, 210bhp V4

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Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo: Beyond 320km/h...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SAM: An electric trike from Switzerland…


Designed and built by the Swiss-based Cree Ltd., this is SAM, a battery-powered trike with a top speed of about 85km/h. GSX-Rs need petrol. This doesn't...

Designed and developed by Swiss company, Cree Ltd., SAM is a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) which is currently being tested in Switzerland. The three-wheeled vehicle, which has been in development for the last eight years, is now approved for road use.

SAM features two wheels at the front, and one at the back, with two seats placed one behind the other. The trike is powered by an electric motor that develops 15kW and 80Nm of torque. The motor gets its juice from 14 batteries of 168V, and these take six hours to get fully charged. Range on one full charge is about 60km, and SAM can hit a top speed of 85km/h. Time taken to accelerate from zero to 50km/h, with two passengers on board, is seven seconds.

With its lightweight extruded aluminium chassis, SAM weighs 695kg fully laden. The front suspension comprises of upper suspension arms and lower transverse epoxy leaf springs, while twin MacPherson struts on rocker arm make up the rear suspension. Steering is rack and pinion.

In terms of passenger safety, SAM comes fitted with three-point safety belts and an integrated roll bar. The trike rides on 15-inch wheels, and brakes are 240mm discs all around. When it finally goes on sale (next year, perhaps?), SAM will cost the equivalent of US$10,000. For more information, visit the Cree website here

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...and here, finally, is how motorcyclists can take on truck drivers. Big respect... :-)
video: Oliepeil

Moto Morini Granpasso 1200: More pics and details


The Moto Morini Granpasso 1200. We like this stylish adventure-touring bike!

Pics: Motoblog

First shown in November last year, the Moto Morini Granpasso 1200 is now in production and will soon be available in Moto Morini showrooms in Europe.

Moto Morini’s 87-degree, 1187cc v-twin has been especially fettled for the Granpasso – better torque delivery at lower rpm and less fuel consumption. Steel tube trellis frame, Marzocchi 50mm USD fork, multi-adjustable Ohlins monoshock, digital instrumentation, and a massive swingarm made with the latest hydroforming technology (which allows seamless manufacturing) complete the package.


The Granpasso looks good, and should be quite competent overall...

Stopping duties are handled by twin 298mm Brembo brake discs with radial mount calipers at the front, and a single 255mm disc at the back. For those looking for a stylish long-distance sports-tourer – one that can also handle some bad roads every once in a while – should definitely take a look at the Granpasso. For more details, visit the Morini website here.

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First pics: Derbi Terra Adventure 125


A mini Yamaha XT660Z? That's what the Derbi Terra Adventure 125 looks like!
Pics: Daily Motos

For younger riders hankering for motorcycle adventure, but who may not ready for their first Yamaha XT660Z Tenere just yet, Derbi may have an answer – the Terra Adventure 125.

The Derbi Terra Adventure 125 features Paris-Dakar Rally styling, 21-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels, dual-purpose tyres, 41mm front fork and adjustable rear monoshock, and a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 125cc engine that makes 15bhp at 9,250rpm.

Those who’ll want to undertake really long journeys on the 125cc machine can go for the optional aluminum sidecases and GPS system. The standard bike, now available in Europe, costs the equivalent of about US$5,800.

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Mick Extance's top-secret formula for winning the Dakar Rally!
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GG Quadster: The most fun you can have with your clothes on?
Face-off: Caterham R500 vs Ducati Hypermotard...
The fastest 50cc machine in the world...
Small wonders: Gilera SP01 and SP02!
Wild rides: MotoGP vs Professional Bullfighting!

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Motorcycle USA: 2008 Big Dog Pitbull test...
Dozens of reasons to love Ducati even more!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Tadayuki Okada to return to MotoGP with pneumatic-valve Honda RC212V


From left: Tadayuki Okada (bike no.8) during his racing days in 500cc GPs. The 41 year old veteran will be making a comeback at the Italian MotoGP at Mugello...

Japanese rider Tadayuki Okada, who won four 500cc GPs between 1996 and 2000, will return to MotoGP after an eight year absence from the sport. The 41-year-old Okada will race at the Italian GP at Mugello this weekend, riding the first iteration of the pneumatic-valve Honda RC212V.

Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa have earlier tested the pneumatic-valve RC212V, but Mugello will be the bike’s racing debut. And Okada, who’s worked as a test rider for HRC and who’s said to have made a significant contribution to the RC211V’s overall development, just might end up springing a surprise on some unsuspecting young racers in the Italian MotoGP.

‘My last grand prix race was at Phillip Island in 2000, so it's more than seven years since I last raced in GPs. I am really looking forward to Mugello – the long straight should suit my machine with its pneumatic-valve engine. Finally, it is ready to race now,’ says Okada, who's only coming back for one race. Of course, if the pneumatic-valve engine does well, Hayden and Pedrosa will get the new engine for future races in this season.

‘I scored some good results on 500s at Mugello. I finished on the podium in 1999 but in 1998 I was battling for the lead with Mick Doohan when I highsided and broke a wrist. The track is a very technical course with tricky right and left corners,’ says the Japanese veteran. Well, we wish you all the best Tadayuki san – go out and show ’em you can still ride with the best…

89mpg Biodiesel Harley wins 2008 Green Grand Prix


It probably won't go very fast, but this biodiesel-powered Harley will do 89mpg...
Pic: Autoblog Green

Earlier this month, the Fourth Annual Green Grand Prix took place in Watkins Glen, in New York. And guess what won their miles-per-gallon competition? A biodiesel-powered Harley-Davidson!

In the Doris Bovee Memorial SCCA road rally, with 46 participants using ten fuel types, Bill Bolch’s biodiesel-powered, 1990-model Harley FX12P did an amazing 89mpg and came out on top. Competitors were using all kinds of fuel – natural gas, petrol-electric hybrids, solar power, hydrogen fuel cells and even wood!

For more details, visit the Green Grand Prix website here.

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KillaCycle: The world’s quickest electric motorcycle...
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External links:
Daytona Bike Week picture gallery...


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Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Robbie Knievel jumps 24 trucks...


The late Evel Knievel's son, Robbie "Kaptain" Knievel clears 24 trucks in Ohio. Traffic jams will not bother this man...

In a new record-setting jump, Robbie Knievel cleared 24 delivery trucks on Saturdayat the Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio. He hit a speed of about 150km/h before taking off on the 200-foot jump.

Robbie's famous dad, Evel Knievel passed away last year at the age of 69. Back in 1975, Evel had jumped his bike 115 feet, over 14 buses, at Kings Island. Robbie, now 46 years old, continues his father's legacy. In fact, he is said to be considering attempt at jumping the Snake River Canyon, which his father also tried (and failed...) in 1974.

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