Monday, October 06, 2008

First official pics: 2009 BMW K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT


The 2009 BMW K1300R looks smoking hot!!

Pics: MotoFlash, Solo Moto

Last month, we wrote about the possibility of BMW launching the K1300 series (R, S and GT) for 2009. And now, barely three weeks after that, we found this first official pics of the three bikes on MotoFlash and Solo Moto! (Well, at least the pics look reasonably ‘official’ though... we are, somehow, a bit suspicious... Could this be an elaborate hoax…?!)

Anyway, we hope the pics are real. And going by the details available, the meanwhile, the 2009 K1300R is supposed to weigh in at 217 kilos, the engine produces 173 horsepower, and the bike gets ESA II electronic suspension adjustment (optional), ABS and ASC traction control. A quickshifter system, which allows clutchless, push-button gearchanges, is also optional on the K1300R, which will be available in new colours – orange, gray/black and white.



The 2009 BMW K1300S

The 2009 K1300S weighs 228 kilos, packs 175bhp, gets the new quickshifter system (optional), ESA II (optional), ABS and ASC traction control. The bike will be available in orange, white and black/silver-gray.


The 2009 BMW K1300GT

The same 1,292cc inline-four, in the 2009 K1300GT, makes 160bhp. The bike gets an electrically adjustable windscreen, ABS and ASC. ESA II is optional, though the clutchless quickshifter is not available on the 1300GT. Colours available are orange, bronze, black and silver-gray.

Update: Ok, so the pics are real...!
2009 BMW K1300S:
More pics, video and specs here
2009 BMW K1300R: More pics, video and specs here
2009 BMW K1300GT: More pics, video and specs here

For even more tech specs, details and PR-speak on the three BMW K-bikes, get this PDF

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

2008 Australian MotoGP: Race results from Phillip Island


Casey Stoner won the Australian grand prix, followed by Rossi and and Hayden in second and third places. Winning his home GP should be some consolation for the 2007 MotoGP world champ...

2008 Australian Grand Prix: Race results from Phillip Island

1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 40min 56.643 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 41min 3.147 secs
3. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 41min 3.848 secs
4. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 41min 8.143 secs
5. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 41min 8.557 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 41min 8.886 secs
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 41min 9.423 secs
8. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 41min 22.563 secs
9. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M) 41min 22.680 secs
10. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 41min 23.442 secs
11. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 41min 23.670 secs
12. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 41min 44.451 secs
13. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 41min 44.976 secs
14. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 41min 45.542 secs
15. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 41min 45.578 secs
16. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 42min 8.410 secs

DNF:

Dani Pedrosa
SPA Repsol Honda Team (B) Lap 1
Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) Lap 1

Full race report here

Pics from various races in the 2008 MotoGP season...



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What, exactly, is MotoGP...?
Alberto Puig goes mad, blasts Nicky Hayden...

Diesel Power: Clatter and roll...



Battery-powered electric bikes and hydrogen fuel cells? At least some motorcyclists aren't convinced. "No petrol? Fine, give us diesel then!" The diesel-powered bikes you see here are from the 2008 German Diesel Motorcycle Rally. For the detailed report, go here
Via: Motopormoto

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

2009 Roehr 1250SC riding impression


The best sportsbike ever made in America? That would be the Roehr 1250SC!

When it’s launched in November this year, the US$50,000 Roehr 1250SC is likely to be the quickest, fastest, most exotic superbike from the US yet. With its supercharged, liquid-cooled, 60-degree, 8-valve v-twin producing a claimed 168 horsepower at the rear wheel, and the bike weighing in at 196 kilos dry, the 1250SC’ performance is likely to be a bit special.

Kevin Duke, at Motorcycle.com, recently tested the Roehr 1250SC. Here are some excerpts from what he has to say about the bike:

The Roehr is powered by the ‘Revolution’ v-twin from Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod lineup [and] a belt-driven Rotrex supercharger is the key to big power from this engine.

Mounted under the faux fuel tank and driven by a toothed belt, the Rotrex supercharger weighs just 3kg. It basically operates like a belt-driven turbocharger, but pumps the intake system with pressurized air that rises proportionally to engine speed. During idle, cruise and deceleration, a bypass valve recirculates unneeded air into the compressor, reducing parasitic drag and allowing the engine to function in its normally aspirated form. It’s a brilliant system, and operates as advertised.

The Rotrex unit supplies a very linear surge of power throughout its powerband, before running into a 9100rpm rev limit. Oddly for a bike with this much power, there are no steps in the powerband that create the palpable surge of output like a normally aspirated engine.

As such, winding out the 1250SC through the gears wasn’t as viscerally exciting as expected. However, watching the V-Rod-sourced speedometer speedily ratchet upward left little doubt about this engine’s efficacy. Dual underseat Akrapovic mufflers have quieting inserts to keep the big twin’s bellow relatively modest, while the supercharger whistles away almost imperceptibly.

Response from the stock V-Rod fuel injectors was glitch-free everywhere except for a slight kink when dialing on throttle from a closed position. But once the right grip is twisted open, you’d best be prepared for a never-ending blast of grunt that sweeps through its five-speed gearbox like nothing else on wheels.

There is plenty to like here. First off, it’s simply gorgeous, and I think it should assume the title of most dazzling American motorcycle ever to wear a fairing. Second, it’s exotic in a way few others are – there are 50 units planned for production, making a Desmosedici seem like a CBR. It’s all enough to almost make you forget it costs $49,999.

For the full road test, visit the Motorcycle.com website here. For more details on the bike, visit Roehr's official website here


Here's an interview with Walter Roehrich, founder of Roehr Motorcycles. Walter is an Illinois-based engineer who’s been designing and building his own sportsbikes since the late 1990s. Here, he talks about the 1250SC…

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2009 Buell 1125CR riding impression


The 2009 Buell 1125CR. It's an absolute blast...

MotorBox recently had the opportunity to test ride the new Buell 1125CR. Here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the machine:

Erik Buell always dreamt of getting his hands on a high-performance engine – something significantly more powerful than air-cooled Harley v-twins – because such an engine would unlock the true potential of Buell motorcycles. And with the liquid-cooled Rotax Helicon v-twin, which produces 146bhp at 9,800rpm and 111Nm of torque at 8,000rpm, that dream has come true…

The 1125CR’s Rotax mill, the same engine that’s also used on the 1125R, gets a freshly tweaked fuel-injection system for better low-rpm power delivery and reduced fuel consumption. The cooling system has also been fettled for better heat dissipation, and those who ride 1125CR now needn’t have their legs roasted.
The 2009 Buell 1125CR’s gearing has been altered for better low-rev acceleration, at the expense of a small loss in top speed – a step in the right direction. The swingarm is now 5mm longer, and is supposed to offer better high-speed stability.


It certainly won't beat litre-class repli-racers around a racetrack, but on the street, for having a few laughs, the Buell 1125CR is pretty cool...

The 1125CR’s chunky, muscular styling oozes testosterone, but this certainly isn’t a beautiful looking bike. The riding position reminds you of older Ducati Monsters, the spacious saddle lets you move around a bit till you find a position that’s comfortable for you, and the clutch and brake levers are adjustable.

On the move, the Buell 1125CR feels unexpectedly docile. At least in the beginning. But open up that throttle and you feel a direct connection between the accelerator and the rear wheel. And the six-speed gearbox is quiet, precise and quick.

The 1125CR can be hustled around corners pretty quickly. The bike’s aluminum perimeter frame, which also doubles as a fuel tank, mated to a 47mm USD fork at the front and monoshock at the back, works well. The Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tyres are excellent, and the 375mm single brake disc at the front, with its eight-piston calipers, is quite capable of hauling up the Buell in a hurry.

With its rather extreme steering geometry, the 1125CR is very agile and changes direction in a snap. But the surprising bit is that it also manages to remain stable at elevated speeds and remains planted in high-speed corners. The suspension, however, may benefit from some recalibration – the bike tends to hop around a bit when the roads get rough.

For the full ride report, visit the MotorBox website here



...and for Motocycle USA's road test of the Buell 1125CR, go here
Pics: Motorcycle USA