Tuesday, September 02, 2008

First pics: 2009 KTM Supermoto 990 R


The 2009 KTM Supermoto 990 R. You know it's going to be rocking...

For dedicated supermotard fans, KTM are working on their new Supermoto 990 R, which will go on sale by March 2009. An evolution of the Supermoto 950, the Supermoto 990 R gets the Super Duke R’s 999cc LC8 engine, Brembo brakes with monoblock radial-mount calipers, fully adjustable suspension front and rear, and a bigger fuel tank.

KTM are also working on the 1190 RC8 R, a racing-spec version of the base RC8, as well as the Venom, a naked version of the RC8. All three bikes will be shown at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan.

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The hottest KTM ever? For us, it's got to be this Red Bull Racing replica RC8. More here
Pics: PB mag forum

Monday, September 01, 2008

Bike vs car: Jason Crump vs Tiff Needell!


Right, it's bike vs car once more, with Jason Crump on his speedway racebike being taken on by Fifth Gear's Tiff Needell in various cars...

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KTM 690 Duke riding impression


Looking for a lightweight single-cylinder bike that's oodles of fun to ride? The KTM 690 Duke just might be the best of the breed...

Powered by KTM’s 654cc, 65bhp LC4 single-cylinder engine, the 690 Duke is light, agile and fun to ride. Perhaps more fun than the 65bhp power output may suggest. Motociclismo tested the bike recently, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about it:

The 690 Duke can be surprisingly tempting. It looks better than its other 690-series cousins, has better ergonomics and a character that’s all its own. Mechanically, the Duke seems to vibrate a bit less than KTM’s other 690 bikes.

On the move, the bike feels responsive – twist the throttle and the small Duke picks up speed immediately – it almost makes you forget you’re riding a bike with a 65bhp single-cylinder engine. Wind protection is non-existent, but otherwise the Duke can be as suitable for longer rides as some of the bigger, more powerful bikes.

With firmer, shorter-travel suspension than other KTM 690s, the Duke feels better when accelerating or braking hard. The bike does not pitch or wallow too much, and the single 320mm front brake disc offers adequate stopping power.

The 690 Duke’s chassis is impeccable: steering accuracy at high speeds and stability in fast corners is exemplary. The lightweight (149kg) Duke gives you the confidence to ride it as hard as you want. And yet, the suspension is not too hard or too soft – it’s just right for twisty mountain roads and even works well on the racetrack, should you take the bike to one. Top speed is around 180km/h, which isn’t too bad. Overall, the KTM 690 Duke is just beautiful – the perfect single-cylinder bike…

Full road test on Motociclismo here


Here's the KTM 690 Duke in action. Looks good, eh...

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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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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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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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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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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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