Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Official 2008 Rizla Suzuki MotoGP-replica GSX-R1000 unveiled


If you've always wanted people to think you're Loris Capirossi or Chris Vermeulen...

While the aftermarket is already doing all kinds of MotoGP-replica GSX-Rs, Suzuki have just unveiled the official one – the 2008 Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP replica limited edition. The bike comes with Suzuki’s 2008 Grand Prix livery (with a paint protection kit), Yoshimura Evo exhaust cans, individually numbered top yoke plaques and a limited edition certificate. Very cool…


Not ready for the Rizla-rep GSX-R1000 yet? Here's the all-new Kiddimoto GSX-R, then. Made of wood and plastic, the awesome little machine costs about US$200. More details here


Also see:
Limited Edition Suzuki GSX-R1000 Phantom
Sizzler: 2007 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000
Velocity Racing: 250bhp GSX-R1000 Turbo
Dream Machine: K4 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000
Heron Suzuki GB Replica GSX-R1100
Streetfighter: Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R 7/11
Orca’s MotoGP-replica Suzuki GSX-R1000
K7 model Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000

External links:
Wild Ride: Supercharged, 250bhp Kawasaki...
Llangollen Motorcycle Show picture gallery...
The car which even GSX-R riders must fear...




This instruction video shows how you should ride your Honda NSR250 on the street. Or not. (Complete madness, but we enjoyed it so much...)
Video: Oliepeil

Monday, August 04, 2008

James Toseland: MotoGP is no harder than WSBK…


MotoGP, no harder than WSBK? James Toseland should know...

According to a report on Crash.net, ex-World Superbikes champ and current Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider James Toseland says that trying get to the top in MotoGP isn't any harder than doing so in the World Superbikes.

While Troy Bayliss, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros and Chris Vermeulen have won races in both WSBK and MotoGP, WSBK champ Colin Edwards, who’s been in MotoGP since 2003, hasn’t won a single race yet. Two-time WSBK champ, Toseland hasn’t won a MotoGP race either, but of course, this is only his first year in the series…

‘They've got different riding styles in MotoGP, and the way you overtake in MotoGP is different to Superbikes,’ says Toseland. ‘But it's no easier to try and beat Valentino Rossi or the likes in MotoGP or Troy Bayliss in World Superbikes,’ he adds.

However, Toseland does concede that one area where MotoGP differs significantly from WSBK is in the level of talent present throughout the field. ‘The depth in MotoGP is just incredible. They've got eleven world champions in MotoGP, I believe, from various different classes,’ says Toseland. The level of competition between the riders and manufacturers is just so close in MotoGP. The slightest disadvantage and you can find yourself outside of the top ten very easily.’

After eleven of 18 rounds, Toseland now stands ninth in the 2008 MotoGP world championship standings. Last year, Toseland said he hopes he can be the next Barry Sheene. However, another Brit, multi-time WSBK champ Carl Fogarty, doesn’t believe Toseland has it in him.

Can an ex-WSBK champ win races (and, perhaps, world championships…) in MotoGP? Only time – and Toseland – will tell…

Also see:
Hi-res pics from 2008 MotoGP races...
Moriwaki begin work on their 600cc racer for 2011...
160km/h on board tracks, and no brakes...
Motorcycle Speedway: Just how brave are you?
MotoGP vs Professional Bullfighting!
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1 tech in MotoGP...
Valentino Rossi: The first time...

Ducati Hyperfighter to be shown at this year’s EICMA?


If Ducati launch the 1098-engined Hyperfighter, what would become of the Hypermotard...?
Hyperfighter pic: MCN, Hypermotard pic: Basem Wasef / About.com

According to a report on MCN, Ducati are likely to show a new bike – the Hyperfighter – at the EICMA later this year. The bike will, apparently, use the Ducati 1098’s engine, chassis, suspension and brakes, but the 1098’s full fairing will make way for streetfighter styling and minimal bodywork on the Hyperfighter.

According to MCN, the bike will use various carbonfibre components to keep weight down, and even the exhaust would be integrated with the bike’s sub-frame (itself made of magnesium) for further weight saving.

Hmmm… a lightweight streetfighter with the 1098 engine? Sounds good to us. But where would that leave the poor old Hypermotard…?

Also see:
Bimota DB6R riding impression...
The very cool Derbi Mulhacen Cafe 659 Angel Nieto LE...
Moriwaki MD250H riding impression...
Harley-Davidson XR1200 riding impression...
Ness Signature Series Victory Vision: The most stylish touring bike ever...
2009 Triumph Street Triple R...
Brand-new supersports 600 from Benelli in 2009...?
Orca's Red Bull Racing KTM RC8...

External links:
Steve Hatch: Tips for riding faster... and faster!
Riding impression: V-Rod Muscle and other 2009 Harley-Davidsons...

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The coolest scooter rider ever


From the Killboy blog, we think this is the coolest scooter rider and the coolest scooter riding pic ever. This guy looks like he was riding 500cc GP bikes back in the 1980s!
More motorcycling cool from
Killboy below...








Motociclismo's Bimota Delirio DB6R riding impression


The Bimota DB6R. It's just so beautiful...

Pics: Motociclismo

Here at Faster and Faster, we’re big fans of some of the older Bimota machines that were produced in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, when Japanese and other Italian manufacturers have caught up, and even surpassed, Bimota in the areas of motorcycle styling, chassis and suspension, the latter’s bikes don’t look all that special anymore.

You have to admit, some of the 1980s/1990s Bimota magic is forever lost. But still, their eccentric, self-indulgent machines, and Bimota’s determination to carry on – their sheer belief in themselves, despite being such a small company – makes us admire them. And, hey, bikes like the Delirio DB6R still look so exquisitely cool, how can we not write about them...

The guys at Motociclismo tested the Bimota DB6R some time back, and here are some excerpts from what they had to say about the bike:

The Bimota DB6R is a very striking motorcycle, almost to the point of being exhibitionist. In an explosion of colours – red, silver and gray – it boasts of high-spec components that you’d find on very few motorcycles on the market.


Looks good, but with only 88bhp, it's an 1100 that won't beat even a CBR600RR...

Apart from some new components and the revised aesthetics, the DB6R also has a new Ducati engine. While the ‘ordinary’ DB6 Delirio was fitted with the 992cc DS1000 Ducati v-twin, the DB6R gets the more powerful DS1100 unit. This 1078cc v-twin makes 88bhp at 7,900rpm. But in addition to the modest hike in power, what has really made the bike more rideable is the much improved fuel-injection, which has smoothened out the power delivery considerably, and made the power much more usable.

The DB6R’s clutch is light, and gearchanges are fast and accurate. However, if you’re riding in places where you can go really fast, the engine still feels a bit underpowered. It also vibrates quite a bit at higher revs, which can sometimes be annoying. The bike’s fuel capacity is 16 litres and since it does around 17km per litre of petrol, you can travel about 270km on one full tank of fuel.

In terms of agility, the DB6R is fantastic. With its 170kg dry weight and wide handlebars, the bike feels light and narrow. At high speeds, it’s very poised – the steering is very precise, the front end feels rock-solid, the chassis lends excellent composure to the bike and the Brembo brakes are absolutely first-class.

The one area where the DB6R could have done better is ergonomics. There are small things that can get annoying at times. Things like the steering damper, whose placement restricts access to the ignition and the instrument cluster, and the small-ish seat, which isn’t really very comfortable. Still, that, along with the 20,800 euros (about US$32,000) which the bike costs, is a small price to pay for a machine that’s as exquisite, as exclusive as the Bimota DB6R.

Also see:
Derbi Mulhacén Café 659 Ángel Nieto LE launched...
Pics from the 2008 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show...
A CR&S Vun dedicated to Paton’s 50th anniversary...
The 2009 Buell 1125CR unveiled...
Orca’s Red Bull Racing KTM RC8 1190...
Kawasaki ZX-9R-based ZX-RR MotoGP replica...
Ducati Berliner Apollo: The 1960s’ V-Max!

External links:
Cool customs: Big Bear Choppers...
Going riding in shorts and a t-shirt? See this first...


Sportsbike riders must be fit to be able to ride really well, so do work out and get fit with Susana Spears. Your Bimota will thank you for it...

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Toyota Winglet: A motorcycle for the Segway set…


Toyota are working on three variants of the Winglet - L, M and S

Toyota, one of the world’s biggest and most influential carmakers, have unveiled the Winglet, which they say is ‘A personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position.’ And since the Winglet has two wheels – even if they are side by side rather than one behind the other – we’ll say it’s Toyota’s first motorcycle…

Still under development, the battery-powered Toyota Winglet has internal sensors that constantly monitor the user’s position and stabilize the vehicle automatically. Toyota say the Winglet’s parallel link mechanism allows the rider to go forward, backward and turn simply by shifting body weight – just like the Segway transporter.

Toyota are working on three Winglet variants – L, M and S – each of which, the company claims, has different handling characteristics, from practical to sporty! The Winglet will only do 6km/h however, so don’t get all set to trade in your GSX-R just yet. Consumer trials are expected to begin soon, and Toyota’s ‘motorcycle’ may go into production by 2010-11.


Here's a video of the Toyota Winglet in action...

Also see:
2008 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show...
Derbi: Carlos Carrasco’s GPR Concept...
The amazing Bat Pod...
Bandito: Hannigan Motorsports’ Kawasaki ZX-14 sidecar...
2008 Bimota Tesi 3D riding impression...
MotoMorphic JaFM#1: Built to be a bit different…
GG Quadster: Return of the Quadzilla!

External links:
Ducati Desmosedici RR picture gallery...

KMD K-007 Tron: A $1,400 Dodge Tomahawk rip-off!


From left: The US$550,000 Dodge Tomahawk and the US$1,400 KMD K-007 Tron

Back in 2005, Dodge actually sold 10 of its outrageous Tomahawk motorcycles. Powered by the Dodge Viper’s 8.3-litre, 500bhp V10, the Tomahawk could, in theory, accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 1.75 seconds and hit a top speed of 560km/h (or even 680km/h, depending on who you choose to believe!) Either way, it didn’t really matter, because at its price of US$550,000 it’s a wonder Dodge even sold 10 of these.

And if you’ve always wanted a Tomahawk but never had 550,000 bucks lying around in spare change, you now have a $1,400 Tomahawk rip-off from China. It’s called the KMD K-007 Tron and it’s fitted with a 150cc, 8bhp single-cylinder engine and CVT transmission from a scooter. It probably won’t do more than 75km/h, but if all you want to do is impress your girlfriend’s parents, rolling up on one of these should get it done…

For the full range of KMD scooters and motorcycles, visit their website here, and to buy a K-007 Tron, go here


For the front suspension alone, spending 1,400 bucks on one of these should be worth it!

Also see:
Harley-Davidson XR1200 riding impression...
Victory Vision: The coolest touring bike in the world!
Smaller, lighter, faster: MotoGP-inspired Yamaha R1 coming in 2009...
Radical new Benelli 600cc sportsbike in 2009?
2009 Buell 1125CR unveiled...
V8-powered Sabertooth WildCat launched...
2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Derbi Mulhacén Café 659 Ángel Nieto LE launched


The bike with the world's longest name is now on sale in Europe...

Unveiled at the EICMA show last year, the Derbi Mulhacén Café 659 Ángel Nieto Limited Edition has now gone on sale in Europe. The bike is Derbi’s tribute to Ángel Nieto, a roadracing great with 90 GP wins and 13 world championships (in the 50cc, 80cc and 125cc classes) to his name.

The Derbi Mulhacén Café 659 Ángel Nieto Limited Edition (all right, that’s got to be the longest motorcycle name ever, eh?) is fitted with a Yamaha-Minarelli four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, four-valve 659cc engine, and the gearbox is a five-speed unit. The chassis is a steel tube unit, with a 43mm USD fork at the front and a monoshock with progressive linkage at the rear. The 164-kilo bike rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 110/60 (front) and 160/60 (rear) rubber. The single front brake disc measures 320mm and the rear disc is 245mm.

Derbi say the bike, which is priced at 6,000 euros (about US$9,300), takes styling cues from their 1970s racebikes. Ummm… yeah, well, we also think it looks pretty cool. More details on the Derbi website here


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We're not too sure about that giant exhaust pipe, but the rest of the bike looks quite all right...

2009 Triumph Bonneville 50th Anniversary, SE models are coming…


Triumph will be celebrating the Bonneville's 50th Anniversary in 2009...

Triumph
will be celebrating the Bonneville’s 50th Anniversary in 2009 and three models of the bike will be offered – the Classic, the 50th Anniversary and the SE. While the bikes will have minor style variations, all three will be fitted with 17-inch wheels and the Classic and SE models will get exhausts taken from the Thruxton.

The 2009 Bonneville will still use the same 865cc parallel-twin, which makes 68bhp at 7500rpm. The riding position will be reworked, with slightly lowered seat height and higher handlebars. Triumph will only make 650 units of the 50th Anniversary Bonneville, and the bike will only be available in the orange-and-blue paint scheme you see here.

More information on 2009 Triumph motorcycles here


2009 Triumph Classics promo video...
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Triumph Bonneville

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