Friday, January 30, 2009

Blastolene go mad with supercharged V8 Hemi-powered trike


For those who've always wanted a supercharged, 500bhp trike...

Pics: Autoblog

If the ZZR1400-powered Campagna T-Rex isn’t mad enough for you, meet Blastolene’s latest creation – the Hemi-powered trike you see here. We don’t know how much power its supercharged Hemi V8 makes, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that figure is around 500bhp or more.

Apart from all that power, the Blastolene trike’s single-sided front swingarm looks interesting. Of course, how it rides and handles may not be very important because we doubt if too many people will actually be able to ride the thing. For starters, you may not be able to look at the road ahead because of that huge engine sitting right in front of you. And then, given its length, we don’t know how manageable this trike will be, in rush hour traffic.

Still, we suppose some collectors just might be mad – and rich – enough to want one for their garage…

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All-new dual-purpose Ducati for 2010?


A Ducati dual-purpose adventure bike? Er... well, yeah, why not...
Pic: InfoMotori

According to various European motorcycle magazines and websites, Ducati are working on an all-new dual-purpose bike for 2010. An ‘adventure-type’ bike, the new Ducati could be fitted with the 1098 engine and would be positioned in the BMW R1200GS space.

While the Multistrada and Hypermotard are definitely street-oriented, the 2010 Ducati dual-purpose adventure bike would be optimised for on and off-road use and could use a host of new technologies that would make it lighter, more powerful and more capable than similar machines from BMW, KTM, Moto Morini, Moto Guzzi and others.

Nobody knows what the new Ducati would ultimately look like, but most people expect the bike to use design elements from the 1198 and the Streetfighter, and would be fitted with a single-side rear swingarm. We’ll post more details on this bike as they become available, but don’t expect to see the actual production version of the bike before the EICMA show this year…

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The X Factor: 2009 Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX


The Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX. That's a lot of X...

Pics: Buell

The first thing about the Buell CityX XB9SX that strikes us is that… it has too many Xs in its name! The Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird settled for two, but the Buell goes one further with three. Someone at Buell is obsessed with X…

Anyway, the Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX is now available in a new, all-black paintjob, with blue and cherry-red being the other colour available for 2009. The engine is the same air-cooled, fuel-injected 948cc v-twin as before, that makes 80 horsepower at 7,500rpm and 79Nm of torque at 4,500 revs.

The usual Buell bits are all there – Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) that’s made of aluminium, Zero Torsional Load (ZTL) braking system that comprises a single 375mm rotor mounted to the front wheel’s perimeter, with six-piston callipers, fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock, underslung exhaust for mass centralisation, six-spoke 17-inch cast aluminium wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion Sync tyres, and belt drive which, according to Buell, never needs replacing, maintenance or adjustments of any kind.

The CityX XB9SX weighs 177kg dry and with its upright seating position and wide, flat handlebars, the bike is ideal for street riding. At around US$8,900 this bike probably isn’t for those whose idea of ‘performance’ is a CBR600RR or a GSX-R750, but Buell fans should love it...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

And now, a Ferrari-Hayabusa trike!


A Ferrari-Hayabusa three-wheeler? Well, at least it looks pretty cool...


Pics: Carzi

A Suzuki Hayabusa, first converted into a trike and then painted in Ferrari F1 racing colours? Well, yeah, why not. Created by Trike Japan, this Ferrari-Hayabusa looks pretty cool to us. And according to the details available on its official website, the trike weighs 520kg, retains the stock Hayabusa engine (1,340cc inline-four that makes 196bhp@9,800rpm) and will seat two people. Prices are not mentioned, though we suppose this three-wheeled wonder may be a bit less expensive than a new California Coupe

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