Sunday, August 31, 2008

Aprilia SL1000 Falco-based café racer


Forget the Falco, this is the bike Aprilia should have built...

Pics: Racing Cafe, via Oliepeil

While we never thought much of the Aprilia SL1000 Falco, this Falco-based café racer does look interesting. The fairing has been stripped away, revealing that 60-degree v-twin, and the stubby tail unit, custom-made exhaust and single, round headlamp all look butch and purposeful. If it were ours, we’d get it painted black. And then ride it downtown late in the night…

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Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression...
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1 tech, which doesn't work in MotoGP!
Supercharged, 150bhp Honda VFR800!
Aprilia working on MotoGP comeback in 2010...
Face-off: Aprilia Dorsoduro vs KTM 990SM vs Ducati Hypermotard!

Elsewhere today:
San Diego Auto Museum: The motorcycle collection...

SS Kawasaki ZX-8R: What the ZX-7R could have been…


This ZX-8R is Super Streetbike mag's vision of a modern-day ZX-7R...

The ZXR750 and ZX-7R are two of our all-time favourite Kawasakis here at Faster and Faster. And the guys at Super Streetbike also seem to like those now-defunct Kaw 750s, because they’ve dreamt up this ZX-8R, which is their vision of how the ZX-7R could have evolved. (Though if you look closely, you'll agree that Super Streetbike's ZX-8R seems to have been "inspired" by PB's ZX-8R, which we featured here!)

Anyway, SS say their ZX-8R would be fitted with Kawasaki’s 636cc inline-four, bored out to 800cc, with a power output of 150bhp at the rear wheel. The exhaust would be a four-into-two system, with pipe exiting from the bellypan and the other below the tail-unit. The chassis would be from the ZX-6R, with wheels and USD front fork from the Ducati 1098.

The SS ZX-8R, with its single seat, also gets a fully-adjustable Ohlins monoshock from the 1098, ZX-10R fuel tank, Z1000 headlamp, a fairing that’s a mix of Honda RCV, KTM RC8 and the ZX-7R, and a tail unit from the Honda NR750! Dry weight is expected to be a bit less than 170 kilos.

We think the original ZX-7R was much better looking than this fantasy ZX-8R, though we quite love the idea of an updated version of the old seven, with an 800cc, 150bhp engine. Wonder what Scott Russell would think of it…


And if Kawasaki can build the ZX-8R, why can't Yamaha have an R8?
Pic: PB mag forum

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Vectrix: The future is electric...
Big CC Racing's Harley V-Rod Turbo!
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San Marino MotoGP: Race results from Misano


It was Rossi in first place at Misano, followed by Lorenzo, Elias and Pedrosa

Race results from the 2008 San Marino Grand Prix, Misano

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 44min 41.884 secs
2. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 44min 45.047 secs
3. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 44min 53.589 secs
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 44min 59.354 secs
5. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 5.293 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 8.092 secs
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 8.708 secs
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 45min 9.475 secs
9. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 45min 15.053 secs
10. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 18.413 secs
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 45min 23.965 secs
12. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 45min 25.692 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 36.758 secs
14. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 37.038 secs

DNF:

Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M)
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B)
Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B)

Full race report here

More pics from various races, from the 2008 MotoGP season






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John Hopkins replica Kawasaki ZX-10R...
In conversation with Toni Elias...
Brakes on MotoGP bikes. Stop this!
In conversation with Kevin Schwantz...

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Pedrosa does a Rossi, moves from Michelin to Bridgestone!

Yamaha to launch FJR1400 by year end?


A computer mock-up of the new FJR1400 which Yamaha are expected to launch by the year end
Pic: Moto Revue

According to a report on Moto Revue, Yamaha are looking at taking on the Kawasaki 1400GTR in a big way by launching an updated FJR – the FJR1400 – towards the end of this year. Apart from its 1400cc inline-four, the new FJR is expected to get bits like the latest-generation anti-lock brakes, traction control and a semi-automatic gearbox that offers clutchless gear shifts.

As we said in an earlier post here, Suzuki are also expected to launch a Hayabusa-based 1300GT sports-tourer by year-end, while Kawasaki are expected to offer ECU updates on their 1400GTR for improved power delivery. And Honda may finally unveil their V5-powered VFR1000, which would replace the VFR800 and the erstwhile CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. So looks like it’s exciting times ahead for sports-tourers…

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Luxury touring: Ness Signature Series Victory Vision...
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The HOTTEST Kawasaki ZX-10R ever...!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

150bhp, supercharged Honda VFR800


A supercharged, 150bhp Honda VFR800? Sounds all right to us!

Found this supercharged VFR800 on this VFR discussion forum, and we think the bike really is quite amazing. The 1998-model fuel-injected VFR is fitted with a Rotrex supercharger and makes almost 150bhp at the rear wheel.

The owner says the supercharger is extremely quiet, emitting only a slight whistling noise while cruising around. ‘Cruising below 5000rpm, the bike feels just like stock, but keep it near that 4500rpm mark, and even in 3rd gear, you can tell the bike just wants to start pulling. The blower is very quiet, but you can hear it, especially on deceleration, and it sounds mighty fine. The exhaust is definitely a bit loud, but it sounds absolutely wicked (was that a MotoGP bike that just went by?), yet still streetable,’ says the man who owns this bike.


Until Honda reveal their V5-powered 2009 VFR1000 later this year, this supercharged VFR800 should do. Even if it's a decade old, 150 horses is hard to argue with...

‘The power delivery is electric smooth – think of a subway taking off - that's what it feels like. The sound is absolutely intoxicating; between the new exhaust, the gear-driven cams, and the incredible whirl of supercharger under boost, I don't think there's a better sounding bike on the planet,’ says the VFR owner.

‘No pinging, no blown engine, no blown head gasket – just the sweet, sweet sound of the Rotrex spinning at full tilt and the short 'psssst…!' of the blow-off valve in between shifts. The acceleration is remarkable. Breathtaking. Can you say 3rd gear power wheelies? On a VFR??,’ adds the obviously very happy owner of this supercharged VFR800. ‘I weigh 220lbs. A 150lb rider would not know what to do with themselves on this bike,’ he says. Heck, this supercharged VFR800 sounds pretty much like our kind of bike.

More details here

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MV Agusta F3 675: A middleweight supersport from MV?


This Photoshop-job shows how the MV Agusta F3 might look when it's launched later this year, at the EICMA show in Milan
Pic: Moto Revue

According to a report on Moto Revue, MV Agusta will unveil a brand-new supersports machine at the EICMA show in Milan, in November this year. This bike, the MV Agusta F3 will be powered by a new three-cylinder, 675cc engine.

Apart from rakish styling and 120bhp (?) inline-three, expect the usual high-spec bits – chrome-molybdenum trellis frame and swingarm, USD fork, front brake discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers, twin underseat exhausts and so on.

If MV do indeed build the F3, it should certainly be a step in the right direction as it’ll make the brand more accessible to people. And, of course, it’ll provide some competition for the Triumph Daytona 675 and the rumoured Benelli 600…!

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression


The Moto Morini Granpasso. The adventure-tourer for those who want an Italian-built R1200GS?
Pics: Two Wheels Blog

With its new Granpasso, Moto Morini are taking on similar adventure-sport bikes from BMW, KTM, Ducati, Triumph and others. Solomoto recently had the opportunity to ride the Granpasso, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the machine:

The Granpasso looks distinctive, with its twin headlamps lending an aggressive touch to the design. The engine guard mounted below that v-twin adds the right off-road styling touch, as does the 19-inch front wheel.

Moto Morini have retuned their 1,187cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC v-twin for the Granpasso. The 118bhp engine has been fettled to produce more torque at lower revs. The fuel-injection system has been remapped, the exhaust system is all new, and according to Morini’s chief engineer, Franco Lambertini, engine internals have been reworked for more efficient combustion and better fuel economy.


The Granpasso is fast, stable and all-terrain-capable

The fuel tank takes 27 litres of petrol, which should be enough for a range of more than 300km. The bike is, generally, large, with wide handlebars and a spacious, upright seating position. Seat height, though, is all of 870mm – you need to be tall in order to be able to ride this bike properly!

At 210kg, the Granpasso isn’t very heavy and the smooth power delivery at low revs makes it easy to ride the bike in traffic. On winding, curvy roads, the Granpasso feels effortless and the adjustable screen offers adequate wind/rain protection. The bike’s overall performance and sheer versatility could make this the most successful bike in the Moto Morini lineup…

Full ride report on Solomoto here. Also see Motorcyclist mag's riding impression of this bike here


Pics of the 2009 Moto Morini Granpasso, now available with an optional lower seat

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Noré Sébastien: Airbrush magician for your bike...

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 riding impression...
Buell Ulysses XB12XT riding impression...


For Moto Revue's riding impression of the Moto Morini 1200 Sport, see here

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