Monday, November 10, 2008

Ducati Streetfighter wins ‘most beautiful bike’ poll at the EICMA


The Ducati Streetfighter was declared 'most beautiful' at this year's EICMA show

The hulking, brutally aggressive looking Ducati Streetfighter has won Motociclismo’s ‘most beautiful bike’ poll at the EICMA, which concluded yesterday. The MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR, which won last year’s poll, came in at third place this year.

The Ducati Streetfighter took first place with 25.31% votes, followed by the Aprilia RSV4 Factory in second place, with 22.01% votes and the MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR in third place, with 12.45%.

For us, the surprises are the KTM RC8 (only 3.32% votes in its favour), the Harley-Davidon XR1200 (only 2.08%) and the Benelli Due 756 (only 0.66%). What’s also surprising is that bikes like the BMW K1300R, the Ducati 1198 and Monster 1100, and the Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 don’t seem to be on the list at all…

More bikes at the EICMA 2008:
The KTM 990 Adventure R...
BMW Lo Rider concept unveiled...
Hot, new KTM RC8 R unleashed...
The ugly-but-cool Husqvarna SMQ concept...
First official pics: BMW F800R...
Bimota unveil the DB7 Oronero...
The 2009 Benelli Tre-K 899. Very cool...
Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 to go on sale next year...

Elsewhere today:
Electronics in MotoGP: A sneak-peek inside...
The battery-powered El Ninja...
Only in America: Sale of Chinese scooters banned in Pennsylvania...

Friday, November 07, 2008

Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 to go on sale in Europe early next year


The Moto Morini Scrambler 1200. Not very practical, but certainly very cool...

First shown back in January this year, the very smart looking Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 is now all set to go into production. With its 19-inch front wheel, chunky off-road tyres, single round headlamp and oval-shaped number board on the side, the Scrambler does indeed look like a classic… well, scrambler.

Even though these days we don’t really know exactly what a "scrambler" is supposed to do, or what kind of riding it’s meant for (do people still actually do the 1960s kind of scrambler riding anymore?), the Moto Morini Scrambler looks pretty cool anyway. And its Euro 3-compliant 1,187cc v-twin, which produces 117bhp at 8,500rpm, will probably make sure that the ‘go’ matches the ‘show.’


With its 19-inch front wheel and off-road rubber, we wonder how it'll behave on the street...
Pics: Motoblog

With its steel tube trellis frame, aluminum swingarm, 50mm USD Marzocchi fork, adjustable monoshock, Brembo brakes, 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels (shod with tubeless Michelin rubber) and optional soft luggage, the Moto Morini Scrambler 1200 might have (a rather strange) mix of on- and off-road capabilities. It will probably not excel at anything, but as an all-rounder, it could be fun to ride.

Prices are yet to be announced, though the bike will go on sale in Europe by February 2009, and the two colour schemes you see here are the only ones that will be available.

Also see:
MDM’s scrambler-style BMW HP2 Megamoto...
The Ducati Monster-based JvB-moto Scrambler...
Face-off: Aprilia Dorsoduro vs KTM 990SM vs Ducati Hypermotard!
Classic: Peugeot-powered DJ 1200 Bol d’Or racer...
Board track racing: 160km/h on wooden planks, with no brakes...!
A CR&S Vun dedicated to Paton’s 50th anniversary...
Derbi Mulhacén Café 659 Ángel Nieto LE...
Harley-Davidson XR1200 riding impression...

Elsewhere today:
A few reasons why we wish we'd been at the EICMA...
...and here are even more reasons!

2009 KTM 990 Adventure R unveiled at EICMA


The 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

After the 990 SMT and the absolutely brilliant RC8 R, the next new KTM to be shown at the EICMA in Milan is the new 990 Adventure R.

The Adventure R is fitted with KTM’s 999cc, liquid-cooled, LC8 v-twin, which now makes 114bhp at 8,750rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6,750rpm. The fully adjustable WP suspension comprises of a 48mm USD fork at front and monoshock at the back, with suspension travel being 265mm at both ends. The bike rides on 18-inch wheels, the brakes are Brembo units and the bike weighs 207kg dry.

The KTM 990 Adventure R does look just right for a jaunt around the world, with a television camera crew for company... :-)

Also see:
Benelli Due 756 to go into production in 2009...
The funky new Husqvarna SMQ concept...
First pics: 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio...
The world's first supercharged KTM RC8...
Honda XL700V Transalp refurbished for 2009...
The amazing Brudeli 654L Leanster...
The fastest Kawasaki in the world... is NOT the ZZR1400!
Moto Morini Granpasso riding impression...

Elsewhere today:
Bikes at the SEMA 2008: Picture gallery...


The GSX-R based Rayvolution trike. More details here. More trikes here

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Honda to produce all-new V4-powered bike in 2010


We're sure Honda's new V4-powered motorcycle will be good, but all we really want is an RVF750R RC45... Yes, Honda have made some great bikes over the years, but the RC45 remains incomparable...

While Honda haven’t shown the much-anticipated VFR1000 this year, they’ve announced they will make an all-new V4-powered bike, which will be out in the market by early 2010. No word on what this bike will actually be – an all-out sportsbike, sports-tourer or something else.

Honda have also announced that they will be working on the development of a ‘next generation’ transmission, which would be based on dual-clutch technology. According to a company press release, this would combine the advantages of race and road transmission set-ups, and will provide dynamic and smoother gear shifts, with less impact on the chassis.

Honda believes its next generation transmission will help improve the riding experience and will provide better fuel economy and more efficient power transfer compared to the conventional manual transmission. Well, yeah, whatever. All we want is another RC45…


Honda V4s, the past and the future...

Also see:
Custom cool: Mad specials from Icon...
Benelli TNT 899 riding impression...
Pics, specs and video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Race Machine: Aprilia RSV4 unleashed...
1992 Kawasaki ZX-7R based special...
Hot, new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000...
Diesel power: Clatter and roll...
The amazing BMW K1300R...

Elsewhere today:
Picture galleries: The very cool Vespa GTV sidecar prototype, Wakan cafe-racer and the Confederate lineup!


Repsol-replica Honda Hornet. Nice...!
Pics: Motoblog

Benelli Due 756 shown at EICMA, is now production-ready


The 2009 Benelli Due 756, coming to a showroom near you early next year...
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

First shown at the Intermot in October last year, the Benelli Due 756 – currently being shown at the ongoing EICMA show in Milan – is now ready to go into production. Powered by a 756cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin that makes around 90bhp, the Due 756 seems to have been fitted with high-spec suspension and braking components, and looks quite good. Prices are yet to be announced, but expect the bike to go on sale in Europe early next year.

Also see:
BMW Lo Rider concept unveiled in Milan...
First pics: 2009 KTM 990 SMT...
First pics: 2009 Benelli Tre-K 899...
2009 Suzuki GSX-R750 unveiled...
2009 Kawasaki ER-6n riding impression...
2009 Hyosung GT650R gets fuel-injection...
First pics: 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 GT and Shiver 750 GT
2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled...
First pics: 2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion and FZ6R...

Elsewhere today:
Why visiting the EICMA is always a good idea...!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hydrogen-petrol hybrid Kawasaki ZX-10R shown at SEMA 2008


This ZX-10R can, apparently, run on petrol and hydrogen!

Pics: K&N

Jason and Jeremy Cantwell, owners of the US-based Derby City Customs, have prepared this unique hybrid Kawasaki ZX-10R, which runs on petrol and hydrogen! The Cantwells claim the bike – a 2008 model ZX-10R – still makes around 170bhp, but now gets double the mileage of the standard bike.

"Simply put, we separated the hydrogen and oxygen molecules from distilled water which propels the hybrid. As a result the gas burns more efficiently and gets better gas mileage as it reduces emissions. The motorcycle's main emissions are water, not carbon deposits," claim the bike's creators. We'll admit we don't understand any of it, and unfortunately, there are no other technical details on how the hydrogen hybrid conversion has been carried out…

The DCC Kawasaki ZX-10R has also been fitted with hand-made carbonfibre bodywork, lightweight wheels from Carrozzeria, and custom vinyl graphics from Digital EFX. The bike is currently on display at the ongoing SEMA show in Las Vegas.

More Kawasakis:
Allen Millyard's V12-powered Kawasaki...!
1988 Kawasaki ZX-10 vs 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R...
Blown away: Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...
Blast from the past: Gary Nixon rides the Kawasaki ZX-RR MotoGP bike...
Kawasaki ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400...
Muzzy Kawasaki Raptor 850. Holy Kaw!
Custom-built John Hopkins replica ZX-10R...

Elsewhere today:
The HOTTEST Kawasaki ZX-10Rs ever: Here, here and here!
The battery-powered El Ninja...
Anthony West and the Kawasaki ZX-RR...

BMW Lo Rider concept unveiled in Milan


The BMW Lo Rider concept. Brutal, but very, very cool...


After the Husqvarna SMQ and Aprilia Mana X concepts, we have the BMW Lo Rider concept, which… actually looks very cool! Naked and stripped down, the Lo Rider looks quite purposeful. If Mad Max were German, he’d probably ride one of these…

With its flat-twin engine, 17-inch wheels, twin petal-type brake discs at front (with six-piston calipers), USD fork, Paralever single-sided swingarm, Ohlins rear suspension and gnarly styling that’s reminiscent of some 1960s scramblers, the Lo Rider is an engaging mix of old-world simplicity and new-age high-tech.

The bike was designed by a team led by David Robb, Head of Design Development at BMW Motorrad. Well done, Mr Robb, we quite like your motorcycle. Now will you please take an F800R to your lab and see what can be done to improve its styling…

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