Saturday, April 04, 2009

Sylvain Guintoli buys a Lamborghini Gallardo

Guintoli, who was with Ducati in MotoGP last year, is now driving around in a Gallardo...
Pics: Superbike

Ex-MotoGP racer, Sylvain Guintoli, who’s with Crescent Suzuki in BSB this year, has bought a Lamborghini Gallardo for himself. ‘I got a good deal. It's really fast and so enjoyable to drive. My wife thinks so too, and I'm starting to run out of excuses why I can't let her drive it,’ says Guintoli. Hmm… damn cool, we must say. Sure, we love bikes more than anything else, but having a Lamborghini Gallardo parked next to your Ducati 1198S (or, probably, a GSX-R1000 for Guintoli!) can’t be such a bad thing…

Here's a Fifth Gear video where a Ducati 1098 goes up against a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. And here's one good reason why Lamborghini should stick to making cars...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pimp my ride: AC Schnitzer K1300R

The AC Schnitzer K1300R. Not too bad, though we wouldn't take that shade of green...

Pics: AC Schnitzer, via MotoFlash

The guys at AC Schnitzer are at it again and this time they’ve got their hands on the BMW K1300R. ‘A real racing look and flowing transitions are achieved on the AC Schnitzer K1300R by the cockpit and lamp trim, the front spoiler and the pillion cover. In their design, priority was given to perfect fit and simple installation while retaining the powerful styling lines. The engine spoiler is totally new and guarantees adequate ground clearance for every setting of the ESA suspension,’ says the Schnitzer website.

AC Schnitzer have added their own forged alloy wheels, titanium (steel is optional) exhaust system, belly pan, cockpit and headlamp trim, handlebar and pillion seat cover to the K1300R (some of these bits are also available for the K1300S), and they claim their bike looks, sounds and runs better than the stock 1300R. Hmm… if it were our bike, we’d take those wheels and the titanium exhaust, but keep everything else stock. That green paint just doesn’t look right somehow. Anyway, more details on the AC Schnitzer website here

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Aprilia RSV4 Factory prices announced

The 180bhp Aprilia RSV4 goes on sale in Europe this month...

Pics: Motoblog

All those who’ve been waiting for the awesome new V4-powered Aprilia RSV4, rejoice – the company has announced prices for the bike, which will now be available at Aprilia dealerships in Europe. The RSV4 Factory comes with a list price of 20,000 euros (US$26,375) – a bit expensive when you consider the fact that a Ducati 1198S costs about US$22,000.

Like some other litre-class superbikes, the RSV4 gives its riders three modes to choose from – the track mode liberates the full, 180-horsepower fury of that high-tech Aprilia V4, sport mode softens the power delivery in the first three gears and the street mode restricts power to 140bhp.

The Aprilia RSV4 has been designed by Miguel Galluzzi (the man who did the original Ducati Monster), who now heads Aprilia’s design department. The bike is being raced in the 2009 World Superbikes series, with ex-MotoGP men Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano riding for Aprilia this year.

Damn cool, even if it is more expensive than a 1198S!

Malaguti Phantom F12R Bayliss Limited Edition

For 16-year-olds with 2,560 euros (US$3,375) to spare, this Malaguti should be your dream ride!
Pic: Motoblog

Every year, Malaguti launch these very cool looking racer-rep scooters and this year’s offering is the Phantom F12R Bayliss Limited Edition, built to celebrate Troy Bayliss’ last world championship victory in World Superbikes. With its 50cc liquid-cooled engine, multifunction dashboard with digital LCD display, CVT transmission and 13-inch wheels shod with fat, sticky tyres, we guess this scooter would be a dream come true for 16-year-olds. For the slightly more elderly, here's a riding impression of Bayliss' championship winning Ducati 1098R...

2009 Yamaha MT-01 SP launched

The 2009 Yamaha MT-01 SP is all about 'Kodo'...

The MT-01 has always been a bit… dull? So Yamaha are trying to remedy that now, with a limited-edition SP version. Yes, the company has launched the 2009 MT-01 SP, which gets a few extra bits and pieces to spice things up a bit. The engine is still the same 1,670cc v-twin, which produces 90 horsepower at 4,750rpm and 150Nm of torque at 3,750 revs. Wet weight is 265 kilos.

On to the new bits – the MT-01 SP gets a 43mm USD Öhlins fork and adjustable Öhlins rear shock. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels, which now wear 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber. According to Yamaha, all these changes provide ‘a more intense experience of ‘Kodo,’ a Japanese expression for soul beat, pulsation or the external expression of latent power.’ Er… yeah, well, whatever. We’d still take the 2009 R1.

Elsewhere today: For those who'd rather have a Yamaha V-Max, here's the hottest 'Max ever...!