Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Face-off: Suzuki B-King vs Yamaha V-Max!

Suzuki B-King vs Yamaha V-Max is one battle we're all waiting for...!!!Pics: Motorcycle USA

The two big moto-chunkies from Japan – the Suzuki B-King and the Yamaha V-Max will soon be at each other’s throats. We will, of course, have to wait for some time for a full-blown shootout between the two bikes, but let’s take a quick look at how they compare in the specs sheet department.

The Suzuki B-King, which weighs 262 kilos, is fitted with the Hayabusa’s 1340cc, DOHC, 16-valve inline-four that pumps out 160 horsepower. The bike does the quarter-mile in 10.23 seconds, and top speed is about 250km/h. ‘Twist the throttle and it feels as you're piloting an F-18 being flung off the end of an aircraft carrier – wide-open acceleration from a dead stop is that intense,’ says Motorcycle-USA.

The B-King’s twin-spar cast-aluminium chassis and three-piece cast-aluminium swingarm are quite up to the task of handling its 160 horses, and the suspension – 43mm USD fork at the front and monoshock at the rear – are fully adjustable. ‘While cornering, suspension feels both firm and responsive, with plenty of ground clearance, yet cruising down a pothole-laden L.A. street reveals a far plusher ride than that of a GSX-R sportbike,’ says Motorcycle-USA. 

Eight cylinders, 350bhp, 500km/h... bring 'em on!

The 2009 Yamaha V-Max, which was unveiled only recently, has not been tested yet, but on paper at least, the bike seems to have all the right stuff with which to take on the B-King. Compared with the B-King, Mr Max packs a bigger, more powerful engine – a 1679cc, DOHC, 16-valve V4 that produces an astonishing 197bhp. But the V-Max also weighs 307 kilos – 47kg more than the B-King – which somewhat negates its almost 40bhp power advantage over the Suzuki.

The V-Max chassis is also an aluminium twin-spar unit, with a CF die-cast extruded aluminum subframe. There’s a 52mm telescopic cartridge fork at the front and monoshock at the rear – both ends being fully adjustable. And like the B-King, the new V-Max is available with anti-lock brakes.

The Suzuki has an edge on pricing – the B-King costs US$13,000 while the Yamaha V-Max, at US$18,000 is much more expensive. In the next few weeks, we’ll see which bike wins on the dragstrip and in showroom wars. But without waiting for the results, we’d take the V-Max anyway…

Here's a video of the two heavy-hitters going head to head...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

British MotoGP: Race results from Donington Park

Casey Stoner stormed to a dominant victory at the Donington Park circuit, leaving Rossi and Pedrosa trailing in his wake. The Doctor still leads the MotoGP world championship on points though...

2008 British MotoGP: Race results from Donington Park:
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 44min 44.982 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 44min 50.771 secs
3. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 44min 53.329 secs
4. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 44min 57.660 secs
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 44min 59.783 secs
6. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 45min 0.672 secs
7. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 45min 3.178 secs
8. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 6.648 secs
9. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 45min 14.336 secs
10. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 26.012 secs
11. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 45min 29.408 secs
12. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 45min 31.181 secs
13. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 45min 33.713 secs
14. Ben Spies USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 34.573 secs
15. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 46min 7.168 secs
16. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 46min 15.003 secs
17. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 32.234 secs

John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 24min 18.021 secs

Detailed race report here

More pics from various MotoGP races of this year...

Also see:
The most awesome Ducati Desmosedici RR video ever...
Battle of the Brits: Carl Fogarty vs James Toseland!
Sete Gibernau is back... as a test rider!
Say goodbye to MZ...
Bimota DB7 first ride...
Kawasaki ZX-10R: The future is orange... and black!
Preparing for the post-GSX-R era...
Face-off: Caterham R500 vs Ducati Hypermotard...

External links:
Ducati 1098 dragster pics and video!
Amazing ride video from Japan...

Streetfighter: Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R 7/11

Found this Yoshimura Gixxer on the PB mag forum, and since we like anything with the old GSX-R1100 engine…

Based on a mid-1980s GSX-R750, this GSX-R 7/11 streetfighter has been fitted with the engine from a GSX-R1100, Yoshimura Tri-oval Titanium exhaust, K&N airfilters, Dynojet stage-3 kit, Yoshimura magnesium engine cover and MTC slipper clutch.

The chassis is original Suzuki ‘Slingshot’ GSX-R, front fork is a WP USD unit, front wheel is a Marchesini Y-spoke 17-incher shod with Pirelli Diablo Corsa rubber, and front brakes, with four-piston calipers, are Tokico items off a Kawasaki ZXR750.

The rear shock is a WP unit, the swingarm is a modified Honda Honda VTR1000 SP-2 number, and the 16.5-inch rear wheel is from PVM. The endurance racing-style fuel tank is made of aluminium, and the mini-fairing at the front is made of carbonfibre. The overall effect, we think, is quite interesting…

Also see:
Fast Past: Suzuki GSX-R1100 vs Bimota SB6
Fearsome: The 1975 Yamaha TZ750 Dirt-tracker...
BMW HP2 Sport: The BMW that isn't afraid of GSX-Rs...
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Blown away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...
Piega 1000: The rebirth of Mondial...?
Back to the 1990s: The amazing Morbidelli 850 V8

External links:
The kind of bikes we might have to ride in ten years time: See here and here

It's Sunday, so time to go riding with Killboy again...
Pics: Killboy

Friday, June 20, 2008

Desmosedici RR: For the love of Ducati!

Watch this video and you'll love the Ducati Desmosedici RR more than ever before!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Riding Impression: MV Agusta Brutale 989R

The 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 989R. We want one, of course...

Pics: Motociclismo

‘The new MV Agusta Brutale 989R is a brutal earthquake that cracks the asphalt. It’s a lightning storm that illuminates the city. It is a force of nature, its power and beauty unsurpassed,’ say the guys at Motociclismo, who recently got to ride the bike, and who’re obviously quite happy with it. Here are some excerpts from their riding impression of the Brutale 989R:

For 2008, the MV Agusta Brutale is available in two versions – the 989R and the 1078RR, with the latter due to be launched soon. Speaking of the 989R, its new 982cc engine, which makes 142bhp and 9.8kgm of torque, is much stronger than the earlier 909cc unit. The 989R, with a claimed dry weight of 185kg, accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, and hits a top speed of 253km/h. In fact, it’s so good, we can’t imagine what the 1078RR would be like!

With every twist of the throttle, the 989R catapults you to infinity. And yet, the fuel injection is better than ever before – power delivery has been smoothened out, and unlike the previous bike, the new one doesn’t threaten to spit you off at lower speeds with sudden acceleration. Fuel consumption, at about 11km/l, isn’t too bad either.

The 989R’s chassis is the same chrome- molybdenum trellis frame with single-sided swingarm as found on earlier MV Brutale bikes, and works very well. The gearbox is a six-speed unit, front brakes get radial-mount four-piston calipers, and the suspension – 50mm USD forks and rear monoshock – is multi-adjustable and very effective. The ride can be made comfortable by softening the suspension settings, and when firmed up, it’s ideal for hard-core sporting use.

The MV Agusta Brutale 989R’s build quality is impeccable, all components are top-spec and everything feels like it’s been designed with great care – all the parts work together in perfect harmony. Even at 16,500 euros (about US$25,500) the legendary Brutale is a good buy…

Also see:
What it's like to ride a MotoGP bike... ...again!
70-year-olds set off on 5,440km trip. On scooters!
Honda test new ABS system for sportsbikes...
Get ready to say goodbye to MZ...
Face-off: KTM RC8 vs Ducati 1098...
Bimota DB7 first ride...

External links:
Elisabetta Canalis (Valentino Rossi's ex-girlfriend...) picture gallery!
Got US$25,500 to spare? The Storz XR1200 Sportster is for sale...
Are you giving your pillion rider, something to hold on to?
Forget Casey Stoner, THIS is the Aussie we want to meet...!

The fitter you are, the harder, faster you can ride your bike. So here we go...

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