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.

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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:
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The funky new Husqvarna SMQ concept...
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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...


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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...

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Hot, new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000...
Diesel power: Clatter and roll...
The amazing BMW K1300R...

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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.

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First pics: 2009 KTM 990 SMT...
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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.

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Custom-built John Hopkins replica ZX-10R...

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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…

2009 KTM 1190 RC8 R unleashed


The 2009 KTM 1190 RC8 R. Awesome!

Pics: Moto Caradisiac

The KTM RC8 was already the most impressive all-new litre-class superbike launched in recent years, and for 2009, KTM have upped the ante with a higher performance version – the 1190 RC8 R – which is now being shown at the EICMA in Milan.

With its new Keihin engine management system, the RC8 R’s 1195cc v-twin has been tweaked to produce 165bhp at 10,250rpm and 123Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. And for those who want still more, KTM are offering an optional racing kit that’ll boost power to 180bhp. With its new orange-black-and-white paintjob, high-spec fully adjustable WP suspension, Brembo brakes and lightweight cast aluminium wheels, the RC8 R weighs 183kg dry, and looks flat out fantastic.

With the KTM 1190 RC8 R joining the Ducati 1198, BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 in World Superbikes next year, things look all set to get very interesting in 2009…!


The KTM RC8 R sure looks like it can take on the Ducati 1198!

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Specs and first official pics: 2009 Aprilia RSV4
First pics: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja...
Pics, specs and video: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1
2009 Honda Fireblade, now with C-ABS...
Pics and specs: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Riding impression: The amazing Roehr 1250SC...

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What if the KTM RC8 R looked like this...?
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Husqvarna SMQ concept shown at EICMA


The Husqvarna SMQ. A bit ugly, a bit funky and proof of the fact that Husqvarna designers and engineers go down to the local pub for a pint or ten every once in a while...

Husqvarna are now showing the all-new SMQ concept bike at the EICMA show in Milan. The SMQ is supposed to be a new kind of streetbike that handles very well and is light, narrow and easy to ride. Hmmm… we can already think of a dozen motorcycles that are all of those things. Still, the SMQ actually looks appealing in a weird, quirky, eccentric kind of way…

From what little details are available, the bike is fitted with 17-inch wire-spoke wheels, a single-cylinder 450cc engine, tubular steel chassis, USD fork, monoshock rear suspension and petal-type single brake disc at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers.

The Husqvarna SMQ is a wee bit ugly… but strangely enough, we also think it’s quite cool! Wonder if it’ll actually go into production…

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And if the Husqvarna SMQ wasn't weird enough already, here's the Aprilia Mana X concept, which is supposed to be a cross between a cafe-racer and a scrambler! More pics here

2009 Bimota DB7 Oronero unveiled


The 164bhp, 164kg Bimota Oronero. Snazzy, even if it does cost US$52,000!

Pics: Motoblog

While they don’t seem to have any new bikes to show at this year’s EICMA, Bimota have unveiled a new version of the DB7 – the DB7 Oronero (Black Gold), which is six kilos lighter than the standard bike. With 164bhp from its Ducati 1098 v-twin, the DB7 Oronero has a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, which is probably a good thing.

Other new bits on this Bimota include petal-shaped brake discs at the front, fully digital multi-function instrumentation with data logger, and integrated GPS. There are also, of course, various titanium and carbonfibre bits on the bike – only to be expected on a bike that will be built in limited numbers next year, and that will come with a price tag of US$52,000. Rush to your nearest Bimota dealership to book yours now…


More bikes in the 2009 Bimota lineup: New colour schemes for the DB6 Delirio, and the lighter, faster DB5R in the Italian tricolore paint scheme...

More Bimotas:
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Racy reptile: The Bimota YB6 Tuatara
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Two-strokes: The Bimota V-Due
Bimota DB6R road test...
Bimota Tesi 3D riding impression

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The ladies of EICMA 2008. More pics here

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