Sunday, July 13, 2008

V8-powered Sabertooth Wildcat launched


The V8-powered Sabertooth WildCat. Prices start at US$35,000
Pics: Sabertooth

Based in the USA (where else?), Sabertooth Motorcycles was started up in 2005, by one Ben Daniels. And now, the company has launched its WildCat range of motorcycles, which is powered by 5.0-litre Ford V8 engines. Yes, that’s right – 5000cc V8s. Did somebody mention the worldwide fuel crisis? Pooh! Talk about launching the right bike at the right time…

While the WildCat’s 350bhp V8 engine comes from Ford, the chassis, swingarm and bodywork is designed and built by Sabertooth themselves. The 470-kilo bike uses belt final drive and rides on 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels.

‘We saw a need for a new level of motorcycle for the experienced rider seeking a higher level of physical exhilaration and emotional satisfaction,’ says the Sabertooth website. ‘There is simply nothing to compare with the unforgettable riding sensation of a V8 powered motorcycle, its pure exhilaration, commanding performance and extraordinary smoothness,’ it adds.

Three variants of the WildCat are available, and prices range from US$35,000-45,000. the bikes come with a one-year unlimited mileage warranty on parts and labour. For more details, visit the Sabertooth website here.

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German MotoGP: Race results from Sachsenring


Early race leader Pedrosa crashed out, allowing Stoner to romp home in 1st place, followed by Rossi in second and Vermeulen in third. Rossi now leads the world championship...

2008 German MotoGP: Race results from Sachsenring:
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 47min 30.057 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 47min 33.765 secs
3. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 47min 44.059 secs
4. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 47min 44.181 secs
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 48min 12.079 secs
6. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 48min 16.705 secs
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 48min 34.540 secs
8. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 48min 34.645 secs
9. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 48min 46.830 secs
10. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 48min 59.332 secs
11. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 47min 41.757 secs
12. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 47min 43.954 secs
13. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 48min 13.749 secs

DNF:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 8min 5.615 secs
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 3min 23.795 secs
Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 14min 50.161 secs
Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 32min 10.373 secs

Full race report here

More images from various races in the 2008 MotoGP season...

















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External links:
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