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…

Also see:
Amir Glinik and his Ferrari motorcycle concept...
Benelli Q.J. get quality certification...
Would you buy a white bike...?
One-off special: Ducati 1098 Senna
Custom cool: Mad specials from Icon...
TT-F1 Team Nescafe replica Yamaha YZF750SP...
When Ducati made scooters...
Suzuki Stratosphere 1100 to be launched in 2009...?


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.....

Friday, September 19, 2008

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi to join Aprilia in 2009


Biaggi, who won three 250cc GP world championships with Aprilia in the mid-1990s, will again race for Aprilia in 2009 and 2010, in World Superbikes. Go for it Max!


Some pics of Max over the years, racing for Aprilia, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati

Yes, the long-standing rumour has now been confirmed – Max ‘The Roman Emperor’ Biaggi is joining Aprilia and he will be riding the RSV 4 in 2009 and 2010. According to some Italian newspaper reports, Biaggi, who won three world championships in the 250cc GP class with Aprilia in the mid-1990s, has re-signed with Aprilia for about US$1.5 million.

Now 37 years old, Max is a seasoned campaigner, having raced two-stroke 125s, 250s and 500s, and four-stroke 990s in MotoGP, before moving to World Superbikes, riding for Suzuki in 2007 and then Ducati this year. As a bike racer, his talent is redoubtable, though it’s often been said that Biaggi can be whimsy and eccentric when things are not going his way.

Should Aprilia have gone with a younger rider? In his late-30s, does Biaggi still have it in him to win races on a brand-new bike, which is likely to require a fair bit of development work before it can start winning? Well, all will be revealed next year. But in the meanwhile, we do wish him all the very best for 2009 – go out there Max and show ’em you can still do it!


A video of Max Biaggi's glory days in the 250cc GP class, with Aprilia

Also see:
One-off special: Ducati 1098 Senna...
Would you buy a white motorcycle?
Cool specials from Icon...
Remapped: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6...
MotoGP: Nicky Hayden to ride for Ducati in 2009...
Bike vs Car: Jason Crump and Tiff Needell go head to head...
Schwantz-replica Lucky Strike Suzuki GSX-R750...
The quickest ZX-12R Ninja in the world...

Higgins-Aubé show the Energya trike


The Energya three-wheeled concept, a high-performance 'motomobile'

Pics: AutoblogGreen

The Canada-based Higgins-Aubé Inc. has released these images of its new three-wheeled concept, the Energya. According to Higgins-Aubé, the Energya is a lightweight, high-performance ‘motomobile’ that’ll have the capacity to seat two passengers and offer supercar levels of performance at a fraction of the price.

The Energya is, essentially, the work of two men – Martin Aubé and Danny Higgins. The former is an industrial designer who also holds degrees in aeronautics and art history, while the latter is a professional mechanical engineer with a masters degree in aerospace engineering. Both are motorcyclists as well car enthusiasts, and share a passion for off-beat, path breaking vehicles.

Powered by a motorcycle engine that drives the single rear wheel, the Energya has been designed to behave like an open-wheeled racecar. ‘The vehicle features a distinctive, cutting-edge aggressive design that reflects its level of performance,’ say Higgins-Aubé.


A turbocharged ZZR1400 engine should be just the thing for this trike...

Apart from the motorcycle engine (may we suggest a turbocharged Kawasaki ZZR1400 unit?), the Energya concept has a six-speed sequential manual transmission, aluminum chassis, and inboard front suspension that uses superposed unequal A-arms. ‘Particular attention has been paid to reducing the weight of each component, in order to produce a vehicle that conveys a dynamically thrilling experience,’ claim its creators.

Higgins-Aubé wish to use a 200bhp four-cylinder motorcycle engine for the Energya, which will propel the 350-kilo vehicle from zero to 100km/h in under four seconds. Given appropriate financial backing, production units of the Energya motomobile could hit the market within 18 months, says a company press release.

In the near future, Higgins-Aubé also hope to create a high-performance battery-powered electric variant of the Energya.

Also see:
The amazing Campagna T-Rex...
Pendolauto: Franco Sbarro's four-wheeled motorcycle concept...
Lumeneo Smera: Another car-motorcycle hybrid…
Get ready for the Peraves MonoTracer...
Rudy Kurth and the 1976 Cat III, the maddest sidecar outfit ever!
Fun One: Volkswagen shows futuristic trike concept...
Bandito: Hannigan Motorsports’ Kawasaki ZX-14 sidecar...
UDO: Twisted Trikes’ FireBlade-powered three-wheeler!
Carver One: The COOLEST trike ever?
One racy trike: The SUB G1...
Guzzi-powered trike: The Blackjack Zero...

Faster and Faster gets a new logo

Regular visitors to this site would have noticed that starting today, we have a brand-new logo in place. This was designed for us by Paul Lozba, who’s the Creative Director at Pherra.

Paul wrote us an email saying he thought the Faster and Faster header image was a bit… plain, and that we ought to do better. And when we told him about our very limited design capabilities, Paul was kind enough to create this brand-new logo for us, without even charging a single penny for his work!

Hope you like the new logo as much as we do. And, Paul, we’re very grateful. Thanks once again…

Benelli Q.J. gets quality certification


With the Germans in charge of auditing quality control at the Chinese-owned Italian motorcycle company, things must be quite all right we suppose

Benelli Q.J. may be Chinese-owned, but it’s certainly not scrimping on quality. The company is now UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certified. The company’s operations in Pesaro, Italy, were inspected and the quality of its workmanship was analyzed by TUV, and apparently they were happy with what they saw.

Benelli was renamed Benelli Q.J. in 2005, after QianJiang, a Chinese company, bought over the ailing Italian marque. Benelli Q.J. is now looking at a significant expansion of its sales and service network. By 2011, the company hopes to be making up to 6,000 motorcycles per annum.

Also see:
The Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazon...
Benelli working on radical new 600cc sportsbike for 2009...?
Benelli TNT 899S riding impression...
Aprilia RSV 4 caught testing at Mugello...
One-off special: Ducati 1098 Senna
Wakan's Track Racer special...
Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression...
MV Agusta 1078RR riding impression...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

BMW K1300S, R and GT expected in 2009


These are, supposedly, the first official pics of the 2009 K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT. More pics and details here

According to a report on Solomoto, BMW are working on the next iteration of the K1200S – the K1300S. BMW are expected to show the new K1300S alongside the S1000RR superbike, at the INTERMOT and/or the EICMA show later this year. The company is also likely to unveil the K1300R and K1300GT variants at the same time.

The K1300S will be fitted with a new 1300cc inline-four, which is expected to produce around 180 horsepower. The bike will keep the Duolever front suspension and shaft-drive/single-sided swingarm from the K1200S, but the suspension is likely to be much more refined, and will offer more adjustability.

In terms of styling, we wouldn’t expect anything radical – an evolution of the K1200S lines seems more likely. The same would be true for the K1300R, K1300R Sport and K1300GT, all of which will use the new 1300cc engine and an evolution of their respective styling. And, yes, BMW are also expected to show the new F800R at the INTERMOT/EICMA shows.

Update (06.10.2008): First official pics of the 2009 BMW K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT

Also see:
Spy pics: Aprilia RSV 4 caught testing at the Mugello circuit...
One-off special: Ducati 1098 Senna
Mad specials from Icon...
TT-F1 Team Nescafe replica Yamaha YZF750SP...
Ohlins electronic suspension comes to WSBK Yamaha R1s...
Wakan's Track Racer special...
MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 riding impression...
Master Blaster: Kawasaki ZX-10 Turbo
Air-powered bikes in the near future...?
Suzuki GSX1300GT super-tourer coming in 2009...

Elsewhere today:
Harley-Davidson are working on a tilting trike...



Here's the new advertisement for the Citroen C4. Now when can we have something like this for bikes...

Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 coming in 2009?


If Yamaha do indeed build a Super Tenere 1200, it might look like this...
Pics: MotoFlash

Last year, Yamaha released the stylish, new XT660Z Tenere. Now, the rumour is that they will be showing the Super Tenere 1200 at the upcoming INTERMOT show in Germany next month, or at the EICMA in Italy, in November.

If the 2009 Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 really does come out later this year, it will go up against bikes like the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure, Moto Morini Granpasso, Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V and so on. The motorcycle adventure-tourer market seems to have taken off in a big way in recent years, and Yamaha would be looking to capitalize on that with the 1200 Tenere, which is likely to be fitted with a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 8-valve, DOHC parallel-twin that makes at least 100-120bhp.

And it’s not just Yamaha who may be planning an assault on the big adventure-tourer segment. Aprilia are said to be working on a 1200cc version of the Dorsoduro, while KTM are said to be working on an all-new Adventure 1190, which will replace the existing 990. And, of course, you already know where that 1190 engine is coming from…


Two decades on, the Yamaha Tenere is still going strong...

Also see:
The 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V...
2009 Yamaha R1 and R6...
2009 Honda Fireblade gets C-ABS...
Tiff Needell tests the KTM X-Bow...
Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression...
Big CC Racing's ZZR1400 Turbo!
Face-off: Buell 1125R vs BMW HP2 Sport
The HOTTEST Kawasaki ZX-10R ever!

Elsewhere today:
Showcasing the latest in motorcycle rider apparel...?


...and here's a rendering of the Yamaha Aerox Concept, sent to us by one of our readers. We don't know if Yamaha will actually build something like this, but it sure looks cool!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Motorcycles: White said Fred?


While the 848 was always available in white, the 2009 Ducati Hypermotard and Multistrada 1100 have also been given a 'pearl white' paint option. The 2009 Hayabusa gets a new white paintjob, as do the 2009 Yamaha R6, FZ6R and R1

Red, blue, black, orange, green, yellow and silver seem to have had their day. When it comes to bikes, everyone seems to want a white one these days. Or at least it looks that way, because so many manufacturers are painting their bikes white. KTM, Yamaha, Piaggio, Harley, Guzzi, MV, Buell, Honda, BMW, Ducati… you name it. Everyone’s saying white’s right. What do you think? Would you buy a white bike…?





Also see:
Huge collection of 2008 MotoGP wallpaper...
The coolest trikes in the world...
Kawasaki ZX-9R based MotoGP replica...
Orca's Red Bull Racing KTM RC8...
2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle...
2009 Buell 1125CR unveiled...
2008 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show...
Board-track racing: 160km/h on wooden planks...?!?
A mass-market 'Dodge Tomahawk' from China...
Old school muscle: Kawasaki Z1300 and ZX-10 Turbo!
Fonsi Nieto replica GSX-R1000...

Elsewhere today:
Riding in Vietnam...
Going back to school. The Freddie Spencer school...


Even the MotoGP gang agrees, white is in...

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