Saturday, October 25, 2008

The world’s first supercharged KTM RC8: Part II


Aku Lantto, of Lantto Racing, with his supercharged KTM RC8 drag-racer

Pics: Lantto Racing

Earlier this month, we did this post on the world’s first supercharged KTM RC8, though we then did not have any details or tech specs. Well, now we do have more details and more pics, so here we go again…

Built by the Finland-based Lantto Racing, the supercharged RC8 drag-racer has been prepared in accordance with the FHRA’s Pro Street Bike class rules. The swingarm has been lengthened, the suspension has been lowered and a Rotrex C30-94 supercharger has been bolted on.

The engine’s compression ratio has been lowered to allow running more boost, and the engine management system has been custom-built by TaTech. Fully loaded, the bike weighs 188 kilos.


With around 250bhp, the bike does the quarter-mile in 9.815 seconds...

According to Aku Lantto, of Lantto Racing, the stock RC8 made 141.5bhp and 121Nm of torque, and did the quarter-mile (400m) in 10.17 seconds, hitting 219km/h. With the mods, the supercharged RC8 makes about 250 horsepower and 220Nm of torque, (running only 0.5 bar boost), and does the quarter-mile in 9.815 seconds, at 230km/h.

Aku says that with so much power, setting up the suspension is getting tougher and the clutch also takes a beating every time the bike is launched. Still, Lantto Racing plan to increase the boost to 1.5-2 bar, at which point the RC8’s engine should be pumping out more than 300bhp…

This supercharged KTM RC8 sure looks like one hell of an interesting project. Wish you all the best, Lantto. Go for it!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

First pics: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R750


Colours and graphics are the main things that have changed on the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R750. And that, probably, is all that the bike really needed anyway...
Pics: Top Speed

The machine that’s widely considered to be the best sportsbike in the world – the Suzuki GSX-R750 – enters 2009 with new paint schemes and revised graphics. And that’s probably just as well – why mess with something that just works…

The 2009 GSX-R750 gets bits like titanium valves, ultra-light aluminum pistons, a redesigned radiator for better cooling, 41mm Showa USD fork, adjustable footpegs and a full range of electronics, but we won’t get into the technical mumbo-jumbo. That’s because with this bike, we don’t need to. What really matters is that the 2009 GSX-R750’s inline-four makes 150bhp at 13,200rpm and the bike weighs 167 kilos dry. ’Nuff said.

Well, if you really do want the full list of features and tech specs, you can get those on the Top Speed website here

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Jeremy Burgess: The man even Valentino Rossi can’t beat!


While Rossi gets the glory, it's Burgess who keeps working quietly in the background, making sure Rossi keeps winning races and championships...

With 150 premier class victories (as tuner/crew chief) to his credit, Jeremy Burgess is no lightweight. The master-tuner from Australia, who’s worked with the likes of Ron Haslam, Randy Mamola, Freddie Spencer, Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, has seen it all in top-level motorcycle racing. Taking 71 victories with Rossi, 54 with Doohan and another 25 with various other riders, Burgess is one of the best – maybe even the best – at what he does…

‘I am happy for him, but not 100 percent, because for me it is impossible to arrive at the same number as him. Because we are together, if I win then he wins, so my fight with Jeremy is already lost. He is a fantastic man and he is very good in the work. He understands the way to set up the bike but especially his best quality is he is always quiet. He is always the same,’ says Rossi, with whom Burgess has been for the last nine years.

‘He is very happy when we win. He is not happy when we lose but also he is not nervous or angry. So he is always positive for the future and he tries to understand what is the problem, and he tries to look at the positive way for the next race,’ says Rossi, speaking to MCN. ‘If he was in F1, he would be famous and very rich. I think F1 is not his place. He likes motorcycles and he likes this type of life. He likes to drink beer at night and he likes to live in the paddock in his way. He would prefer it like this even if he is not as rich,’ adds The Doctor.


More images from the 2008 MotoGP season...



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MotoGP: Sete Gibernau to ride again in 2009


Sete Gibernau is back in MotoGP in 2009, with the Onde 2000 Ducati team

After months of speculation, the deal is finally done, and Sete Gibernau will indeed be back in MotoGP next year. Stepping out of (semi-forced?) retirement, the Spaniard will make his comeback with the new Onde 2000 Ducati team, which will be managed by Pablo and Gelete Nieto, sons of the legendary Angelo Nieto.

Now 35 years old, Gibernau has earlier ridden for Honda and Ducati in MotoGP, winning a total of nine races. ‘I am really happy to be back in MotoGP and I’m looking forward to being competitive again. I believe I will come back and be able to fight at the front again. It is going to be a tough challenge, but one I am really looking forward to. It is exciting to be part of this new project and I’m sure we will be capable of getting positive results in 2009,’ says Gibernau.

‘I've come back to enjoy it again and it's a good opportunity for me. That's my main goal – to enjoy riding. I'm still open to learning again, even at 35. I'm going to have to work very hard and I'm ready for that,’ adds Gibernau, who'll start testing the Ducati GP9 by the end of next month. We think he might actually get a podium finish or two in the 2009 MotoGP season. And, certainly, he can’t do any worse than Marco Melandri anyway…

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Bloodhound Project: The quest for 1,600km/h!


Ok, so the Bloodhound SSC isn't a bike, but anything that wants to travel at 1,600km/h - on land - deserves to be on this website...

About 12 years ago, Andy Green and the Thrust SSC bust the sound barrier on their way to setting the current World Land Speed Record of 1,228km/h. Now, Green is joining forces with former record-holder Richard Noble, in a bid to go faster still…!

Green and Noble’s Bloodhound Project is, according to a press release, ‘Designed to re-ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics amongst the youth, and raise the numbers entering technology careers.’ Well, sure, if they can do all of that on their way to setting a new land speed world record, we’re all for it!

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC), which weighs 6,400kg and is 12.8m long, uses a combination of jet, rocket and piston-engined power. The project, based in Bristol in the UK, is headed by Noble, while Green will handle the actual driving. The aim is to do a 1280km/h run in 2009, 1440km/h in 2010 and 1,600km/h in 2011.

The Bloodhound will, of course, be a bit quicker than your average Hayabusa or ZZR1400. The SSC car will accelerate from zero to 1,600km/h in about 40 seconds, at which point it will be traveling fast enough to cover half a kilometer in the blink of an eye.

The venue for these record-setting runs has not been decided yet, but given that there are probably only a very few places on Earth where you can potter along at 1,600km/h anyway, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, in the US (the scene of Green’s record with the Thrust SSC) could be a likely choice. For more details, visit the official website here


A video of the amazing Thrust SSC

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Yacouba Galle’s Bestiale kit now available for the MV Brutale range


Stock MV Agusta Brutale not exclusive / expensive enough for you? Get Yacouba Galle's Brutale-based Bestiale, then! Er... yeah, well...



Pics: MotoFlash

Few would try and ‘improve’ upon the MV Agusta Brutale’s styling. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and launched back in 2001, the standard Brutale isn’t bad looking at all. Not that that stopped Yacouba Galle from trying to make it look better…

A former journalist and a design enthusiast, Galle first showed the Brutale-based Bestiale in October last year. MV thought the bike wasn’t too bad and gave the project their blessings. And now, the Bestiale kit is available for the Brutale series, including the 750, 910, 989 and 1078 bikes.

What the Bestiale kit does, essentially, is replace the Brutale's soft, rounded contours with sharper, angular lines. Whether this really makes the bike look better is, we suppose, a matter of personal taste. Anyway, only a limited number of these kits are being made, and each will include a 15-litre carbonfibre fuel tank, carbonfible tail unit, headlamp, fairing, and front fender. For pricing and other details, visit Galle's website here


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2009 Kawasaki ER-6n riding impression


The 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n. Nimble, adequately powerful, fun to ride...

Pics: Motociclismo

With more than 22,000 units sold worldwide, the Kawasaki ER-6n remains a popular, all-around capable motorcycle. It’s no ZX-6R of course, but it looks interesting and manages to pack in enough thrills so it doesn’t bore you to death. So is the 2009 version better than its predecessor? The guys at Motociclismo recently got to ride the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the ER-6n:

In the ER-6n, Kawasaki have a bike that responds to the needs of the urban biker, and it’s one machine that’s actually attracted many new/first-time buyers to the Kawasaki brand. It's utilitarian, modern and inexpensive, and it’s been further improved for 2009.

With the 2009 ER-6n, the aim was to improve the aesthetics, improve the finer details and make the bike even more stable and easier to ride. The overall styling has been retained, but the seat and bodywork have been chiseled, making the bike more compact and muscular.

While the new ER-6n looks more attractive, it actually feels a lot like the older model to ride, and that’s a good thing. Various things have been improved – the asymmetrical placement of the mirrors (for improved visibility), the lower seat and the different handlebars, which now seem closer to you, the additional hooks for securing soft luggage and other knick-knacks. However, the instrument panel, which looks cool, isn’t very readable…


Kawasaki ER-6n, the bike to have if you want to ride, not pose...

Coming to the more important developments, the 2009 ER-6n’s front suspension has been firmed up quite a bit, which feels right. The new bike feels more agile than its predecessor and the fuel injection system seems to have been improved, so engine response below 4,000rpm is quicker and more consistent.

The ER-6n’s 649cc, 8-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin isn’t as smooth as an inline-four. And despite all the rubber-lined handlebar grips, seat and footpegs, some vibration still filters through to the rider, especially above 7,000rpm. But it isn’t nearly enough to make it annoying.

With just 72bhp, the bike is easy to manage, fun to ride and practical for everyday use – both experts and beginners are likely to enjoy the ER-6n. At 200 kilos (204kg for the ABS version), the bike isn’t very light, but given its ergonomics, it feels very manageable and handles well. The brakes are adequately powerful and the ABS is non-intrusive.

So there you are – here’s a Kawasaki that’s just right for most types of riding and is capable enough to be fun for experienced enthusiasts as well as those whose riding capabilities are relatively modest. And at around 6,000 euros (about US$7,680), the price is just right. If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

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