Monday, July 21, 2008

American MotoGP: Race results from Laguna Seca


It was Rossi vs Stoner all the way, with The Doctor finally coming out on top. Stoner had to settle for second place, and he wasn't very happy about that at all...

2008 American MotoGP: Race results from Laguna Seca:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 44min 4.311 secs
2. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 44min 17.312 secs
3. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 44min 30.920 secs
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 44min 39.212 secs
5. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 44min 39.974 secs
6. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 44min 41.979 secs
7. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 44min 45.940 secs
8. Ben Spies USA Rizla Suzuki (B) 44min 46.238 secs
9. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 44min 47.330 secs
10. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 44min 48.702 secs
11. Jamie Hacking USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 44min 50.569 secs
12. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 44min 59.584 secs
13. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 44min 59.832 secs
14. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 6.691 secs
15. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 12.518 secs
16. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 45min 15.273 secs
17. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 44min 34.872 secs

DNF:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M)

Full race report here, and more details on the Rossi vs Stoner match here!

More pics from various races, from the 2008 MotoGP season...









Also see:
2008 MotoGP race results and hi-res wallpaper...
The Norton NRV588 goes racing...
Orca's Red Bull Racing KTM RC8 1190...
In conversation with Alex Criville, 1999 500cc world champ...
Daytona 675 Scuderia Triumph-SC replica...
Memorable: The Ducati Berliner Apollo...
Dream Honda Racing and other racer-rep Fireblades...
2008 Bimota Tesi 3D riding impression...

External links:
MotoGP to return to Hungary in 2009?
Jeremy Burgess defends Rossi's moves...

Saturday, July 19, 2008

From France: The Enzyme Icare concept


The Enzyme Icare. For those who want a French motorcycle with four wheels and an 1800cc, six-cylinder Honda engine...
Pics: Wired
Concept bikes probably don’t get more outlandish than this – the Enzyme Icare. Powered by Honda’s 1800cc flat-six (the same engine that’s used on the Honda Evo6 concept), the Icare concept has been dreamt up by French design house, Enzyme.

Enzyme say the Icare is ‘a superlative motor bike that would fill a currently vacant niche for top-of-the-range bikes.’ Er…, we suppose they’re serious about this, though with Ducati 1098Rs and Desmosedici RRs, MV Agusta F4 CCs and the upcoming BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV 4, we don’t really see any vacant niche in the world of high-zoot motorcycles.

It may never make it to production, but the Icare sure looks cool!
Then again, the Icare has been designed as a piece of art, so perhaps it’s meant for collectors and other weirdos who buy their bikes to park them in climate-controlled garages. According to report on Wired, the Icare is ‘fully clothed’ when it’s parked, but start it up, and the bodywork splits open to reveal the cockpit. Even the wheels split apart, going from two to four. And we thought Franco Sbarro’s Pendolauto four-wheel motorcycle concept was a bit OTT…
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Deus ex Machina: The wearable motorcycle...
Bat Pod: The caped crusader's ride...
One: Volkswagen's futuristic trike...
Ducati's MotoGP bikes from 2017...
MIT’s ready-to-fold RoboScooter...!
The amazing Confederate F131 Hellcat Combat...
Ecosse ES1: Reinventing the superbike...

External links:
Memorable: The Husqvarna 390 Automatic
3,800bhp jet-powered motorcycle...
Honda Civic Type S: The Fireblade edition!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Orca’s Red Bull Racing KTM RC8 1190


Orca's Red Bull Racing KTM RC8 1190. It's HOT!

Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Motorcycle specials builders, Orca have been at it again, this time working their magic on a KTM RC8. At around US$30,000 the Red Bull Racing RC8 is certainly not inexpensive, but the custom paint job looks terrific and the list of aftermarket bits is long. Among other things, the bike is fitted with an Akrapovic exhaust, folding brake and clutch levers, smoked windscreen, and various carbonfibre bits.

For more details and pictures of other Orca bikes, visit their website here

Also see:
NitroDuke: The world's fastest KTM!
Brudeli 625L: KTM-based trike...
A KTM for the ladies...
KTM 125 GP racer: Can it take on a GSX-R1000?
The amazing KTM X-Bow...
The 2008 KTM 990 Supermoto...
Face-off: KTM RC8 vs Ducati 1098!

External links:
Wakan Track Racer picture gallery...
Elvis, Evel Star in Harley's Industrial-Chic Milwaukee Museum...
What to do after a long, hard ride on your motorcycle? Have one of these...!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Supercharged, 200bhp Yamaha R1!


With a Rotrex supercharger, this Yam R1 packs 200 horsepower...!
Pic: PB mag forum

A 160-170bhp Yamaha R1 isn’t, of course, fast enough for some people. Which is why there are NOS kits, turbochargers and superchargers in this world. And, right on cue, here we have a late-model carbureted Yamaha R1 fitted with a Rotrex supercharger, with the engine producing around 200 horsepower. At least now it should be fast enough for most people…

The Rotrex supercharger kit consists of the charger unit, engine cover, drive belt, oil cooler/oil container, oil hoses, intake tubes, air filter, plenum chamber, blow-off valve, carb mods, bigger fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, two head gaskets and modified exhaust. Other mods include an Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes with four-piston radial-mount calipers and high-spec Ohlins fork and shock.

The owner says the bike is running very low boost, so does not need fancy new pistons or cranks. ‘It starts on the button every time and is a joy to ride. I’d recommend this mod to everybody. It is a complete pussycat if you want it to be, or an animal at the twist of the wrist. There is power everywhere…,’ says an obviously very happy R1 owner.

Including labour charges and seup, the R1 supercharger kit cost US$7,000. Maintenance routine is said to be the same as that for a regular R1.

Here are some other R1s that we like...


Some pics: London Bikers, Motorbike Sport

Also see:
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Supercharged Triumph Rocket III...
Blown away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...
Raging Buell: The supercharged Lazareth XB12S...
Roehr 1250sc: The supercharged, 180bhp, made-in-America sportsbike...

External links:
Man-machine hybrid (motor)cycle...?
Custom Cadillac chopper: Picture gallery...
War of the Turbos: Kawasaki ZX750E1 vs Yamaha XJ650LJ

Kawasaki ZX-9R-based ZX-RR MotoGP replica


This ZX-RR replica uses a 145bhp ZX-9R engine. Looks quite all right, we think...
Pics: PB mag forum

Here's another interesting bike we found on the PB mag forum – a Kawasaki ZX-RR MotoGP-replica. The engine is a completely rebuilt ZX-9R unit, with a Wiseco high compression kit in it. The carbs are 39mm flatslides, ignition is an adjustable Dynatek 200 unit and the wheels, front fork and swingarm are from a ZX-10R.

The Kawasaki ZX-RR replica also has a modified sub-frame, digital dash, Gilles rearsets and chain adjusters and fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock. The fuel tank and front fender are made of carbonfibre, the exhaust is a full Akrapovic race-line system and the bike has been fitted with an Ohlins steering damper.

The owner says the ZX-9R engine makes 145 horsepower and 120Nm of torque. Not bad, eh?


Also found these bikes on the PB mag forum, here and here. A Honda RC45 (above) and Yamaha OW-01 FZR750RR (below). Both bikes look hot!

Also see:
The greatest MotoGP-replica in the world...
Heavy Hitter: MV Agusta F4 Veltro Pista
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1-tech in MotoGP...?
Memorable: The 1980s Honda VF1000R
The Lamborghini motorcycle: It's all bull...
Singularly Sexy: The amazing Ducati Supermono...
Get ready for the Peraves MonoTracer!

External links:
An American Hot Rod: 1984-1986 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk S

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