Friday, October 10, 2008

Bimota working on DB7-based supernaked?


Could this be the 2009 Bimota DB8 Delirio...?!
Via: Olipeil

While Ducati are rumoured to be working on a 1098-based supernaked, Bimota might not be too far behind either! Going by the spy pic here, Bimota might be showing a DB7-based streetfighter at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan this year.

Since the DB7 uses the Ducati 1098 engine, the new Bimota streetfighter could easily pack 150-160bhp. Add top-spec chassis and suspension components to the mix, and you could have one hell of a supernaked there. Ducati Fighter vs Bimota DB8 Delirio vs KTM RC8 Venom? Now that should be a battle to watch out for…

...and in the meanwhile, here are some pics from a recent Bimota riders' brunch meet in Tokyo

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The Wakan 1640 Racing Cruiser...
Italian racer chic: Colnago Ferrari...
RAD 01: Ducati 749R-based forerunner to the Ducati 848...
Tecno Bike’s custom Harley V-Rod...
In XESS: Honda CB1000R-based streetfighter...
Howard's Killer Customs’ US$150,000 hubless-wheeled chopper...
Muzzy Kawasaki Raptor 850: Mad Kaw!

Elsewhere today:
Supernaked working on Harley-Davidson... (NSFW)
Norton Ala'Verda: Daniel Delfour's Anglo-Italian hybrid...
Harley's Wild Child: Erik Buell in Time magazine...
2008 Intermot Special: The Hall of Innovation

Confederate Fighter: The US$110,000 Christmas present


The limited edition Confederate Fighter

If you’ve got US$110,000 to spare and if you’re looking for an early Christmas present, head over to Neiman Marcus, who have this Confederate Fighter on their catalogue. Built by the Confederate Motor Company, who’re making only 45 units of this bike, the limited edition Fighter is powered by a 1,966cc, 45-degree radial twin. Power output is not specified, but top speed for the bike – which weighs 194 kilos – is a claimed 300km/h! Surely, they must be kidding...

Go through the specs sheet and you’ll find a lot of CNC billet this, alloy that and titanium/carbonfibre something-or-the-other. But what’s interesting is the front suspension, which is a multi-link, girder-type design, with a single centrally-mounted shock absorber. Certainly looks very cool.

The gearbox is a close-ratio, five-speed unit, the 19-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, made of carbonfibre, are shod with Pirelli ZR-rated rubber, and the headlamp and taillamp are LED units. Sounds good? You can order your bike here. In the meanwhile, just in case Santa Claus is reading this, we’re begging for a 2009 Yamaha R1 for Christmas. Please, please, please

Also see:
The US$130,000 MV Agusta F4 CC...
The US$80,000 NCR Ducati Millona...
The US$270,000 Ecosse Heretic Titanium...
The US$140,000 Neander Turbodiesel...
The US$65,000 Ducati Desmosedici RR...
The US$40,500 Bimota Tesi 3D...
The US$50,000 Roehr 1250SC...

Elsewhere today:
Pantera Dragster Custom picture gallery...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

2009 Honda Gold Wing gets new colours, more toys


The 2009 Honda Gold Wing. Electronically adjustable suspension, heated grips and seat, sound system, GPS navigation, ABS, airbags, reverse gear...

The Honda Gold Wing gets two new colours – blue and silver – for 2009. For increased safety, there’s ABS and airbags, and to help you find your way around, there’s an on-board GPS nagivation system. And for those who love luxury, there’s electronically adjustable suspension and a comfort package that includes heated grips and seat. The bike still weighs all of 417 kilos, and actually has a reverse gear to help you maneouver the thing into and out of tight parking spaces.

The Gold Wing is, of course, all very well as a high-tech luxury tourer on two wheels. But what we’re really waiting for is the Evo6 – which makes so much better use of the Gold Wing’s six-cylinder, 1800cc Honda engine – to go into production…

Also see:
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In XESS: Honda CB1000R-based streetfighter from Italy...
Can Honda work the CB1100R magic once more?
Classic: The mid-1980s Honda VF1000R
1992 vs 2008 Honda Fireblade...
The coolest racer-replica Fireblade ever...
2009 Honda CBR1000RR gets C-ABS...

2009 Honda XL700V Transalp gets new colours, ABS


The 2009 Honda XL700V Transalp, now with C-ABS

The iconic, dual-purpose Honda XL700V rides into 2009 with new colours - the ones you see here - and Honda’s latest C-ABS anti-lock brakes. The engine is the same 680cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected v-twin as last year, now tweaked for full Euro 3 compliance. It produces 60bhp at 7,750rpm and 60Nm of torque at 5,500rpm – and it’s said to be one of the most reliable engines on the planet.

The XL700V Transalp weighs 214kg and can carry 17.5 litres of fuel. It may not have changed much, but for long distance adventure touring, this Honda remains one of the best motorcycles ever.

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Now available: 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio...
Yamaha to launch Super Tenere 1200 in 2009?
2009 Ducati 1198 and 1198S confirmed...
Face-off: BMW F650GS vs Kawasaki Versys
2009 Brudeli 654L Leanster: Lean on this!
2009 Honda VFR800 gets C-ABS...
2009 Honda CBR600RR unveiled...

2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT unveiled


The 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT. Not very good looking, but should be all-around capable
Pics: Motoblog

After the Shiver 750 GT, Aprilia have now unveiled the Mana 850 GT. The engine, automatic gearbox, chassis and suspension remain unchanged, but the GT gets an adjustable windscreen for better weather protection.

With its 76bhp, 893cc v-twin, CVT gearbox (which also allows clutchless manual shifting between seven electronically defined ‘gears’), multiple ride modes (sport, touring and rain), storage space for one helmet, high-spec suspension and anti-lock brakes, the Aprilia Mana GT certainly looks like one competent, all-around capable sports-touring motorcycle. We just wish they had worked a bit harder on the styling...


Aprilia Mana 850 GT - the official promo video

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2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled...
2009 Buell 1125CR riding impression...
First pics: 2009 Aprilia Shiver 750 GT
Specs, pics and video: 2009 BMW K1300R...
First pics: 2009 Kawasaki Z1000 and Z750
Benelli TNT 899 riding impression...
First pics: 2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion and FZ6R

2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring unveiled


Honda Goldwing too boring for you? Here's the new Ducati GT1000 Touring then...! Thankfully, the regular GT1000 will still be available in 2009
 

After the Monster 1100 and 1100S, Ducati have now released the GT1000 Touring, which is now a part of their 2009 SportClassic range. The bike will be available in the glossy black paintscheme you see here, with a range of accessories – tall windshield, luggage racks and various chrome-plated bits. Mechanically, the GT1000 Touring is no different from the regular GT1000, which will, of course, still be a part of the 2009 Ducati lineup.

Also see:
2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT unveiled...
First pics: 2009 Honda VFR800...
Specs, pics and video: 2009 BMW K1300GT
First pics: 2009 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4V
Diesel power: Clatter and roll!
First pics: 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S
Pics and video: 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f


The originals. Still so terribly cool...!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

2009 Honda VFR800 gets C-ABS and... not much else has changed!


No V5 engine, but the VFR800 does get C-ABS anti-lock brakes, and new colours...

Pics: Motoblog

We’d earlier said that Honda are likely to replace the existing VFR800 with a brand-new, V5-powered VFR1000 for 2009. And we were completely wrong! Honda have released pics of the 2009 VFR800, which is still powered by the same VTEC V4 which we all know and love.

However, like the 2009 Fireblade, the VFR800 now comes with C-ABS on the options list, and white is one of the new paint options. The base model costs US$11,000 and you’ll have to pay US$12,000 if you want those anti-lock brakes.

Must admit we’re a bit disappointed that apart from the C-ABS thing, Honda haven’t bothered to update the VFR800 at all. If not the V5 engine, at least sharpened-up styling and USD forks would have helped. And maybe that underseat exhaust system should have made way for a Fireblade-style number…

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The world's first supercharged KTM RC8
2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled...
2009 Triumph Street Triple R riding impression...
Pics, specs and video: 2009 Aprilia RSV4
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First pics: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6
2009 Honda CBR600RR unveiled...
Honda CB1000R riding impression...

2009 BMW K1300GT: Specs, video and more pics


The first video of the 2009 BMW K1300GT in action...


2009 BMW K1300GT specs:

Engine

1,293cc, water-cooled four-stroke straight-four,
DOHC, four valves per cylinder

160bhp at 9,000rpm

135Nm at 8,000rpm

Electronic fuel injection, Digital Motor Electronics with integrated knock control (BMS-K)

5.0ltr/100 km (at a steady 90 km/h)

Chassis and suspension

Aluminium beam frame, with the engine as a load-bearing member

Duolever with central spring strut (front), cast aluminium single-sided Paralever swingarm (rear), adjustable for preload and rebound damping

Dry weight 255kg

Brakes

Twin 320mm discs (front) with four-piston fixed calipers, single 294mm disc (rear) with twin-piston fixed calipers. Integral ABS

Electronics

Anti-lock brakes, ASC traction control, ESA II (electronic suspension adjustment (optional))

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2009 Roehr 1250SC riding impression...
2009 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4V unveiled...
2009 Honda VFR800 gets C-ABS...
First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f...
Specials from Febur and Icon
First pics: 2009 Yamaha FJR1300...
TT-F1 Team Nescafe replica Yamaha YZF750SP
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2009 BMW K1300R: Specs, more pics and video


A video of the 2009 BMW K1300R on the move...


2009 BMW K1300R specs:

Engine

1,293cc, water-cooled four-stroke straight-four,
DOHC, four valves per cylinder

173bhp at 9,250rpm

140Nm at 8,250rpm

Electronic fuel injection, Digital Motor Electronics with integrated knock control (BMS-K)

5.0ltr/100 km (at a steady 90 km/h)

Chassis and suspension

Aluminium beam frame, with the engine as a load-bearing member

Duolever with central spring strut (front), cast aluminium single-sided Paralever swingarm (rear), adjustable for preload and rebound damping

Dry weight 217kg

Brakes

Twin 320mm discs (front) with four-piston fixed calipers, single 265mm disc (rear) with twin-piston fixed calipers. ABS (optional)

Electronics

Anti-lock brakes, ASC traction control, ESA II (electronic suspension adjustment (optional)), Quickshift system, with clutchless, push-button gearshifts (optional)

Also see:
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First pics: 2009 Kawasaki Z1000...
AM Racing's Yamaha MT-01 Turbo...
Hannspree Ten Kate replica Fireblade...
Specs and first pics: 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and 1100S
2009 Buell 1125CR riding impression...
Pics, specs and video: 2009 BMW K1300S and K1300GT

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