Tuesday, September 23, 2008

350km/h efSET: The fastest Kawasaki in the world…


On a good day, the Kawasaki ZZR1400 might hit 300km/h. The Kawasaki efSET will, on the other hand, do an easy 350km/h. Oh my god...


ZX-10? ZZR1100? ZX-12R? ZZR1400? Er… no, the fastest Kawasaki in the world will have more than two wheels. Quite a few more, as a matter of fact. And unlike the ZZR1400, with its 300km/h top speed, the Kawasaki efSET (environmentally friendly Super Express Train) will be capable of hitting 350km/h!

Yes indeed, Japan already has the Shinkansen – the Bullet Train – which does about 300km/h. And now, Kawasaki Heavy Industries are working on the efSET, which will be slicker, lighter and faster. This new train, which is expected to be operational in Japan in the next five years, will be much more energy efficient, less noisy and more comfortable than any other super-train in the world.

The Kawasaki efSET is aimed at improving Japan’s existing high-speed railway system, which is already considered to be the world’s best. Hmmm… so maybe the 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa has more than just the ZZR1400 Ninja to worry about…

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

AM Racing: Yamaha MT-01 Turbo


AMR's Yamaha MT-01 Turbo packs twice as much horsepower as the stock bike!

The Sweden-based AM Racing have prepared this turbocharged Yamaha MT-01, which packs 160 horsepower (measured at the rear wheel) and 230Nm of torque. When you consider the fact that a stock MT-01 has only 86bhp and 156Nm of torque, the turbocharged bike’s numbers begin to look very impressive…

AM Racing’s Stage 2 kit for the MT-01 includes a Mitsubishi turbocharger, piggy-back computer (which controls boost), oil system for turbo with external oil pump, water/air intercooler, an extra injector mounted on the intake pipe, fuel pressure regulator, aftermarket air-filter, steel-braided oil and water hoses and an upgraded clutch.

On the MT-01 Turbo here, the stock exhaust system has been replaced with a non-silenced exhaust from the turbo, and according to AMR, the noise levels, though a bit high, suit the bike’s appearance.

The Stage 2 turbo kit costs 56,000 SEK, which is about US$8,600. For more details, visit the AM Racing website here. In the meanwhile, we wonder what these guys would do with a V-Max. A 400bhp, twin-turbo V-Max, anyone...?

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2009 Aprilia RSV4: Specs, first official pics and video


The 2009 Aprilia RSV4. More than 180bhp in street trim...


Pics: Motociclismo

Aprilia have finally released the first official pics of the much-anticipated RSV4, the 999cc, V4-powered superbike with which Aprilia will go racing in WSBK next year, with Max Biaggi riding the bike.

Aprilia will build two versions of the RSV4 – the basic and Factory models – both of which will be powered by Aprilia’s all-new 65-degree, 999cc V4 engine. The new V4 is expected to make 180bhp in street trim (in a package that weighs 179kg dry), while the racing version will pump out around 210-220bhp.

Apart from that formidable V4 engine, the 2009 RSV4 gets aluminium twin-spar chassis with adjustable engine mounts, aluminium swingarm, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, ride-by-wire throttle, three different fuel-injection maps (which vary the power delivery intensity), variable-length inlet tracts and electronic traction control. As is fairly evident, then, Aprilia intend to launch a no-holds-barred offensive against Japanese, German and other Italian litre-class machines with the new RSV4…

WSBK homologation requirements will mean that Aprilia will have to sell at least 250 units of the RSV4 by February 2009, and another 750 by June. Pricing isn’t likely to be for the faint of heart – expect to pay around US$30,000 for the base model, with the Factory version probably being closer to US$40,000!

And finally, here’s a bit of news for naked bike fans – Miguel Galluzzi, the man responsible for RSV4’s styling (he also designed the original Ducati Monster and the Cagiva Raptor), claims that a naked, streetfighter version of the RSV4 is also on the cards in the near future…


Aprilia RSV4 - the first official promo video

2009 Aprilia RSV4 Specs:

Engine
65° cc longitudinal V-four, liquid cooled, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder.

Bore and stroke
78 x 52.3 mm.

Displacement
998.9cc

Compression ratio
12.8:1

Max power at crank
180 HP (132 kW) at 12,500 rpm

Max torque at crank
115 Nm at 10,000 rpm

Fuel system
Variable height intake trumpets. Airbox with aerodynamic side intakes. 4 throttle bodes, 8 injectors, ride-by-wire fuel management. Multimapping

Ignition
Electronic digital ignition integrated in the fuel management system.

Exhaust
4 into 2 into 1. Lambda probe oxygen sensor. Single lateral silencer. Integrated exhaust valve and catalytic converter (Euro 3)

Lubrication
Wet sump. Two pumps (lubrication and cooling). Oil cooler

Gearbox
6 speed cassette type

Clutch
Multi-plate wet clutch with slipper device

Frame
Twin beam aluminium frame with mixed cast and pressed sheet sections. Adjustments for: headstock position and angle, engine height, swingarm pivot height

Front suspension
Öhlins 43 mm upside-down fork. Lower fork bottoms for radial calipers. Adjustment for preload, compression and rebound

Rear suspension
Double arch aluminium swingarm; mixed thin-wall casting and pressed sheet construction. Öhlins monoshock with piggy-back cylinder. Adjustments for compression, rebound, spring preload and length. APS rising rate linkages

Front brake
Double 320 mm lightweight stainless steel floating discs. Brembo monobloc radial calipers with 4 opposed pistons. Sintered pads. Radial master cylinder. Metal braided brake line

Rear brake
220 mm disc. Brembo floating caliper with 2 insulated pistons. Sintered pads. Master cylinder with integral reservoir. Metal braided brake line

Wheels
Forged aluminium alloy. Front: 3.5"x17" - Rear: 6"x17"

Tyres
Radial tubeless; 120/70 ZR 17 (front) and 190/55 ZR 17 (rear).

Overall length
2,050 mm

Overall width
715 mm (at handlebars)

Overall height
1,165 mm

Wheelbase
1,424 mm

Dry weight
179 Kg

Fuel tank
17 litres

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First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ZZR1400 and 1400GTR


Here are some pics of the 2009 Kawasaki ZZR1400 and 1400GTR. Again, no details on mechanical updates (if any...) have been made available by Kawasaki. But we'll try and get those as soon as possible, and also get details on pricing and availability. In the meanwhile, enjoy the pics...


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First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja


The 2009 ZX-10R, now also available in white...

Kawasaki have not released any details on the technical/mechanical updates made to the 2009 ZX-10R, but here are some pics of the new Ninja for you to savour. Apart from green and black, the ZX-10R is now also available in white, though we think the black one looks best.

Details on technical updates (if any), pricing and availability coming soon…

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First pics: 2009 Kawasaki Z1000 and Z750


The Kawasaki Z1000 and Z750 get new paint schemes for 2009...

The Kawasaki Z1000 and Z750 get new colours for 2009. Black, white/black and metallic orange/black for the Z1000, and metallic green/black for the Z750. We think the orange/black Z1000 looks hot!

There seem to be no updates to the engine, chassis or suspension – the bikes remain unchanged mechanically. Power outputs remain the same – 125bhp for the Z1000 and 106bhp for the Z750. The Z1000 and Z750 weigh in at 228 kilos and 226 kilos respectively, and both bikes are available with ABS.

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First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n, ER-6f and Versys


The Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f get styling updates and new colours

The 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f get some styling updates, new instrumentation, and mildly tweaked engines for more consistent low- and mid-range power delivery. Both bikes are powered by the same 650cc parallel twin, which produces 72bhp at 8,500rpm. New colours include metallic orange, white and metallic blue. The 2009 Versys just gets some new colours - the bike remains unchanged mechanically.

More pics of the 2009 ER-6n here


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2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja: First pics and video


The Kawasaki ZX-6R gets a major update for 2009...

Kawasaki have revamped the ZX-6R for 2009, with changes to the styling, a revised chassis, beefier swingarm, an engine that’s been fettled for better low- and mid-range power delivery and a weight reduction of 10 kilos.

The 2009 ZX-6R gets magnesium engine case covers, lighter cams and various other mods that make it 10kg lighter than the previous model. Improved combustion efficiency and the usage of double bore velocity stacks is supposed to smoothen out the power delivery and boost low- and mid-range power on this Kawasaki.

The new Ninja also get a slipper clutch, cassette-type six-speed gearbox, a brand-new exhaust system, revised chassis with a new two-piece aluminum subframe and revised ram air intake.


We think the new exhaust system looks cool, and the black paintjob rocks!

Big changes on the suspension front include Showa's new Big Piston Front (BPF) 41mm USD fork, which is fully adjustable and features a large-diameter internal piston that’s supposed to reduce the effects of damping pressure and eliminating the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks. The result, say Kawasaki, is improved front end feel and reduced turn-in effort. A new Ohlins steering damper has also been added to the bike.

The ZX-6R’s rear suspension remains the same as before – Kawasaki’s Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock – and is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping. There are twin 300mm petal-type brake discs at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers. The rear brake is a single 220mm disc with single-piston caliper.

Available in lime green, metallic black and metallic blue, the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja is priced at US$9,799.


A video of the 2009 ZX-6R in action

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

2009 Ducati 1198 and 1198S confirmed!


The 2009 Ducati 1198 will use a less expensive version of the 1098R's engine...

According to a report on Hell for Leather, Ducati are ready with the 1198 for 2009. The bike is expected to use the 1098R’s engine (which already displaces 1198cc), but perhaps with some of its components replaced with less expensive, less exotic bits.

The Ducati 1198’s engine is also likely to be in a lower state of tune compared with the 1098R’s engine and is expected to produce about 170 horsepower – 10bhp down on the 1098R. The base model 1198 will cost around US$16,500 while the 1198S – with higher-spec suspension and electronic traction control – may be closer to US$21,000.

The 2009 Ducati 1198 will be lighter than the current 1098 and may get minor styling updates as well. Apart from this, Ducati are also expected to release a Monster 1100S for 2009, which will get high-spec Öhlins suspension, and a brand-new super-naked which will be fitted with the current 1098 engine.

More details on these and other 2009 Ducatis soon…

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Pics of this particular bike have been popping up all over the Web. Is this the Ducati Monster 1100 or just a very nicely customized 696? Hmmm.....

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