Saturday, September 06, 2008

BMW S600RR to be shown in 2009?


A computer mock-up of BMW's S6RR / S600RR, which might be officially unveiled in 2009
Pic: Motociclismo

According to a report on Motociclismo, BMW are working on a new 600cc supersports machine, which will be officially unveiled by late-2009. To be called the S6RR or the S600RR, the bike is likely to have a 600-675cc three-cylinder engine, and single-side front suspension.

We’ve earlier done reports on Benelli and MV Agusta working on brand-new 600cc supersport machines, and now it’s BMW. So maybe the Triumph Daytona 675 has finally inspired other European bike manufacturers after all…


The 2009 BMW F800R is likely to be on display at the upcoming EICMA in Milan

BMW are also reported to be working on a new, high-performance ‘Maxiscooter,’ which, along with the new F800R, could possibly be unveiled at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan.

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Streetfighter Bling’s Suzuki GSX-R1100s


This is what a lot of money, time, talent and hard work will do to old GSX-R1100s
Pics: MCN

The two streetfighter GSX-R1100s here are from the UK-based Streetfighter Bling. First up, the black bike with the yellow wheels. Special bits on the 1991 GSX-R1100 include a specially fabricated single-sided swingarm from Spondon, lightweight magnesium wheels (Marvic front, Dymag rear), and Ohlins steering damper. The tail unit is from a Cagiva Mito.

The GSX-R’s 1100cc, air-and-oil-cooled inline-four has been bored out to 1186cc, the head has been flowed and ported, and re-profiled cams with adjustable sprockets have been fitted. Carbs are 38mm Mikuni flat slides, with individual K&N filters. The engine now makes 163 horsepower at 10,500rpm, which should be… er, adequate for most people.

The bike also gets USD forks from a GSX-R1000 (with upgraded internals), ISR fully adjustable clutch and brake master cylinders, fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock, and LED traillamps and turn-indicators.

We don’t, unfortunately, have any details on the blue-and-white GSX-R1100, but from what can be seen in the picture, the bike has been fitted with a USD fork (from a GSX-R1000?), Tokico front brakes with six-piston calipers, Yoshimura exhaust (routed below the seat unit), JMC swingarm and Ohlins rear shock. And, yes, we think the bike looks amazing.

More details on the Streetfighter Bling website here

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2009 Honda CBR600RR unveiled


The 2009 Honda CBR600RR, now with C-ABS. The paintjob looks hot!
 

Honda have released the first official pics of the 2009 CBR600RR, and like it is with the new Fireblade, the big news on the 600 is ABS. Yes, the Honda’s new 600RR will be available with electronically controlled anti-lock brakes as an option. Honda’s C-ABS not only prevents wheel lockups under very hard braking, but also modulates brake force between the front and rear wheels, and is probably a big advance in safety for sportsbike riders.

Other changes on the 2009 Honda CBR600RR include an engine that’s been fettled for better low-rpm power delivery, radial-mount monoblock brake calipers at the front, minor changes to the fairing for a reduction in wind noise and for better high-speed stability, and new paintjobs. Power output stands at 120bhp and the new 600RR weighs in at 184 kilos, so performance should be quite nice…

Honda factory accessories for the 2009 CBR600RR include a tinted bubble screen, rear seat cowl, various carbonfibre bits, and anti-theft alarm. Again, like with the 2009 Fireblade, not much seems to have changed on the new 600RR, but we still expect it to be the best 600cc supersports machine in the market in 2009…

First pics: 2009 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR


The 2009 Honda Fireblade, now with C-ABS

Honda have released the first official pics of the 2009 Fireblade. And the biggest new development on the bike seems to be Honda’s new-generation sportsbike-spec Combined ABS, which will now be available as an option on the 2009 CBR1000RR. The bike will be available in MotoGP-replica Repsol Honda colours (though such a bike was first prepared privately by an Italian Honda dealer a few months ago), and a red-blue-and-white HRC paintscheme will also be offered.

But coming back to the new Combined ABS on the new Fireblade, according to Honda, the system has been optimized for sportsbike, taking into account things like short wheelbase and extreme steering geometry. Honda’s C-ABS doesn’t take control away from the rider and allows very hard braking before cutting in. And even when it does get activated, the anti-lock system acts in a subtle manner, never upsetting the machine’s stability.

The 2009 CBR1000RR’s engine, suspension and chassis remain unchanged over the 2008 model. However, various carbonfibre accessories will be available for the new Fireblade, as will be a slightly bigger screen, rear seat cowl, soft luggage that can be mounted on the rear seat / fuel tank, and anti-theft alarm.

Details on pricing and availability coming soon...



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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Öhlins electronic suspension comes to WSBK Yamahas


Very soon, Yamaha may run Öhlins fully electronic suspension on their WSBK R1s

In a development that could possibly be significant for future Yamaha street bikes, Yamaha Motor Italia riders Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser will run full electronic suspension on their R1s, during the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship this weekend.

Haga and Corser will run Öhlins electronic suspension units, with electronic damping control. These units have already been tested earlier at Vallelunga, where they are said to have performed very well. However, Donington Park is the first time this suspension will be used in an actual race.

‘We are expecting that we can do better with this suspension than the conventional set-up. It should assist Troy in particular, as he tested this system at Vallelunga and he was very happy with it. It should be good at some braking points at Donington, where we should really find an improvement with this type of system. We will run one bike for each rider on normal suspension and one with the new electronic system,’ says Yamaha Motor Italia team manager Massimo Meregalli.

‘Right now I am looking to Donington to get my first win for Yamaha – that's my aim this weekend. We will be using Öhlins electronic suspension and I think it will be most useful for bump absorption,’ says Corser.

Now we hope Corser and Haga do really well with the new electronic suspension, and that the team continues to use the super-trick Öhlins units for future races as well. And that’s because then this electronic suspension – or at least something that’s based on it – could possibly find its way to the road-going Yamaha R1s that we can buy. Öhlins electronic suspension on the 2010 Yamaha R1 SP? Yum…!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Honda CB1000R riding impression


The Honda CB1000R looks cool, and with 125bhp, goes pretty hard as well...

We think the Honda CB1000R is quite all right. Not as completely mind-blowing as the CB1100R concept, but still, all right. It looks funky and modern, and since it’s fitted with the 2007-spec Fireblade engine, the CB1000R can’t be lacking in the go! department. Motociclismo recently tested the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about it:

The CB1000R looks strikingly good – so much so that people often walk up to you to praise the bike’s styling. If you see it, this is one bike you can’t ignore. The detail touches – the LEDs at the front and at the back, the stubby exhaust, the four-spoke rear wheel bolted to the single-side swingarm – are what make the bike really come alive.

The CB1000R’s LCD instrument panel gives you all the information you need, in digital format. It works well, and the blue light it emits is very futuristic, if a bit comic book like. But perhaps more important is that this naked sportsbike is very comfortable, with a broad seat and a handlebar that feels just right.

The CB1000R is fitted with the engine from the 2007 CBR1000RR, and it combines power with absolute smoothness. The power curve is exemplary – at anything over 1,500rpm the engine responds beautifully. The fuel injection is spot-on, and there are no dips anywhere in the power delivery right up to 10,000rpm.


It's not as hard-core as the Fireblade, but it's certainly comfortable and fun to ride
First two pics: Special Mag / Motoblog

The Fireblade engine has been retuned to produce 115bhp at 9,900rpm and 92Nm of torque at 7,400rpm. The CB will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, hit a top speed of 228km/h, and from a standing start, cover one kilometer in 22 seconds.

The clutch is light, the gearbox is very slick and there is no vibration on this bike. The exhaust also sounds good, without being too loud. Brakes and suspension work well, with the 43mm USD fork and 310mm front discs with four-piston radial mount calipers being particularly good.

Weighing in at 204kg dry, the CB1000R isn’t the lightest sportsbike around, but it’s comfortable and once you’ve adjusted the suspension to suit your weight and riding style, the bike can be hustled along pretty quickly wherever you choose to ride it.

No, it’s not as quick or as fast as a pure sportsbike, but the CB1000R is still quite spectacular and works very well at all levels. It impresses everyone who sees the bike and those who actually ride it are even more impressed…

More test report on Motociclismo here


...and here's a video of MCN testing the CB1000R

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Tiff Needell tests the KTM X-Bow!


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Wakan Track Racer Special S&S 50th Anniversary


Not only the hottest Wakan, but also one of the hottest cafe-racers anywhere, ever!

Pics: Wakan

Wakan have unveiled their latest special-edition motorcycle – the Track Racer Special S&S 50th Anniversary. With this bike, Wakan are celebrating 50 years of S&S, whose engines are fitted to Wakan bikes.

The bike is a one-off special, with no plans for production. However, apart from the new exhaust, the Track Racer Special is fitted with the same S&S 1640cc, 115bhp v-twin which has powered earlier Wakan motorcycles.

Other bits also remain the same – 46mm Ceriani USD forks and ZF Sachs rear shock, chrome-molybdenum frame, five-speed gearbox, and Marchesini forged aluminium wheels. There's a single, six-piston caliper, 340mm brake disc at the front. Dry weight is less than 180kg, top speed is around 250km/h and the cool factor is stratospheric.

Visit the official Wakan website here


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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

BMX + Trials + Supermoto = The Beema


The Beema, a battery-powered trials bike for the street...
Pics: Moto Flash

Designed by one Andreas Martin, the Beema concept is supposed to be a bike that can be used in a skateboard park. It’s meant to be a trials motorcycle for the street – a freestyle bike which, we suppose, can only be used by those who are good with BMX bikes and skateboards.

The Beema is designed to be powered by an electric motor that offers a decent amount of torque and zero pollution. Things like the riding position, handlebars and even the wheelbase are customizable, depending on whether you are using the bike for ‘normal’ riding or for performing stunts. More details here


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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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