Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gilera GP850 Corsa shown at the EICMA


The Gilera GP850 Corse. Cool!

Pics: Motociclismo

Starting with the Gilera GP800, already one of the funkiest, fastest scooters around, the Piaggio Group added more style, Öhlins fork and Serie Oro Brembo brakes with radial-mount four-piston callipers, to create the Gilera GP850 Corse. With this new, special-edition scooter, Gilera are celebrating 100 years of operations and the 250cc GP racing world championship title won this year by Marco Simoncelli.

The GP850 Corse, which can seat two people (the rear seat cover is removable), has the same asymmetrical swingarm and chassis as that on the basic version, but the plastic bodywork has been redesigned and some carbonfibre bits have been added. A new exhaust system and twin halogen headlamps complete the racy little package.


Also shown at the EICMA were these Gilera Nexus and the Gilera Fuoco 500 scooters...
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

More scooters:
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The coolest scooter rider ever...
MBK Stunt: A scooter on steroids...
Nicky Hayden and the Honda Zoomer...
1952: When Ducati made scooters...
Team Cristofolini Racing’s two-stroke, 350cc, 112bhp scooter...

Elsewhere today:
Some really old, really cool scooters...
The personal computer that Rossi would buy...
What Twill be, will be...


Now while the GP850 Corsa is very nice, wouldn't it be just brilliant if Gilera could make these supersport 600s? Oberdan Bezzi, we wish your flights of fancy come true...!
Pics: MotoSketches

Triumph Speed Triple 15th Anniversary Special Edition shown at the EICMA


The Triumph Speed Triple is 15 years old this year...
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Triumph are celebrating 15 years of the Speed Triple with a 15th Anniversary Special Edition model, which was recently on display at the EICMA. First introduced in 1994, the Speed Triple has been a big success story for Triumph, with the company having sold more than 35,000 units over the last 15 years.

The 15th Anniversary Speed Triple SE will come with Triumph owner John Bloor’s signature on the fuel tank, an all-black colour scheme, red pinstriping on the wheels, 15th anniversary decals on the bodywork, a colour matched bellypan and flyscreen, and a special gel seat.

With 130 horsepower and 105Nm of torque from its three-cylinder, 1050cc engine, the 2009 Speed Triple, which weighs 189 kilos dry, offers a fabulous mix of power, performance, handling and style. The special edition model will go on sale in February next year, though prices have not been announced yet.


The new Triumph Street Triple R was also shown at the EICMA. See riding impression here
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

Also see:
2009 Ducati Streetfighter: Now this is the one to have!!
First pics: 2009 Benelli Tre-K 899...
2009 Yamaha MT-3 goes all yellow...
The hot, new BMW Lo Rider concept...
2009 KTM 990 Adventure R unveiled...
200bhp: Heating up the Suzuki B-King...
Husqvarna V1000 GT concept...
The man even Rossi can't beat...

Elsewhere today:
Open-face helmets are back in fashion...
Nostalgia: 1950s Vincent replica specials...

Quantya sets up its first dealership in the US


From V8-powered pickup trucks to electric bikes - what's America coming to...?!

Electric motorcycle manufacturers, Quantya, in partnership with Shredelectric, have set up their first dealership in the US. Quantya claim they've already experienced a fair bit of success in Europe, where the company’s high performance, zero-emissions electric motorcycles, which are made in Lugano, in Switzerland, have been received with enthusiasm.

Quantya’s partner, Shredelectric is owned and operated by snowboarding pioneer Chris Karol, a former Snowboarding world champ, Olympics team coach and motorcycle enthusiast. The company will offer two Quantya bikes in the US – the Strada and the Track. The first is a street-legal model that retails for a bit less than US$11,000 while the second is off-road-only, and sells for around US$9,999.

For more information, visit the Quantya website here

Also see:
Air-powered bikes in the future...?
Rudy Kurth and the amazing 1976 Cat III...
This is our kind of GSX-R...!
Face-off: Buell 1125R vs BMW HP2 Sport...
Riding the mighty Yamaha V-Max...
KTM 690 Duke riding impression...

Elsewhere today:
Brammo Enertia first ride...
Even more electric bikes...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The 200bhp nitrous-oxide-powered Suzuki B-King


A 200bhp Suzuki B-King? Yes, yes, yes! We want one of these!
Pics: Superbike

Powered by the Hayabusa’s 1.3-litre engine, the stock Suzuki B-King weighs 262kg and packs around 160bhp. It does the standing quarter-mile (400m) in 10.23 seconds and top speed is about 250km/h. And that, for some people, simply isn’t enough. Which is where the B-King you see here comes in…

The guys at Superbike magazine took their long-term (stock) Suzuki B-King to Big CC Racing for their Stage I makeover: A set of Yoshimura TRC end cans, Dynojet Power Commander III with hub, a nitrous-oxide kit and some airbox mods. Plus a shortened tail unit, replacement LED tail lamp, smaller numberplate and a set of mini indicators to clean up the aesthetics.


The Yoshimura exhaust system looks so right on this bike. This is how Suzuki should have made it in the first place. Now all that needs to be added is a supercharger...

Press the horn button on this bike and the nitrous-oxide system boosts power to around 200bhp. With the speed limiter removed, the Nitro B-King is loud and fast – there’s no mercy ever, for the bike’s Dunlop Qualifier rear tyre. ‘In third gear, at full throttle, pressing the button is like operating a fast-forward switch on a video. The front wheel lifts like it's in first gear, and you're quickly braking to avoid running into the back of slower motorway traffic,’ say the guys at Superbike mag. Brilliant…

Also see:
Big CC Racing's 450bhp B-King Turbo!
Big CC's Harley-Davidson V-Rod Turbo...
Big CC's Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo...
Suzuki B-King vs Yamaha V-Max!
Master Blaster: Kawasaki ZX-10 Turbo
AM Racing's Yamaha MT-01 Turbo...
MAB's BMW K1200R Turbo...
The world's first supercharged KTM RC8...

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...

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