Monday, June 15, 2009

Scorpion Performance: The supercharged, 90bhp Cagiva Mito

With its 200cc two-stroke supercharged engine, which makes 90 horsepower, the Scorpion Performance is the Cagiva Mito from hell...

Via Motoblog

Simone Barbagallo has given quite a makeover to the stylish little Cagiva Mito. It has taken four years of hard work and it has cost him more than US$55,000 (not including the cost of the original bike) to build his bike – which he’s named Scorpion Performance – but the results seem worth it.

Barbagallo started with a basic Mito, with a 125cc, two-stroke engine that only produced 15bhp. The engine capacity was then increased to 200cc and a supercharger and NOS system were fitted to the bike. The Scorpion Performance Mito now packs 90 horsepower, which should be absolutely awesome in a machine that still only weighs 100 kilos!

The Scorpion is loaded with various trick bits – a stiff and lightweight single-sided swingarm, 17-inch Marchesini forged magnesium wheels, a digital instrument panel, 50mm USD Marzocchi fork, uprated Brembo brakes, 40mm Keihin carb, carbonfibre bodywork, Pirelli Diablo slicks and… we could go on for another 5,000 words but you get the idea.

Why spend so much money on such a small sportsbike? Well, Barbagallo says he believes that sometimes, “an ant can defeat an elephant.” He says his bike is simply perfect and can take on many bigger sportsbikes, which are simply too big and too heavy for their full potential to be used on the street. Hmmm, that’s certainly some food for thought…

2009 Catalan Grand Prix: More pics, chicks, video from Catalunya

Here are more pics from Catalunya. Catalan MotoGP race results here. And all 2009 MotoGP race results and MASSIVE collection of MotoGP wallpaper here

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009 Catalan MotoGP: Race results from Catalunya

The Catalan Grand Prix was one of the best MotoGP races of this year, with Rossi and Lorenzo getting into a massive dogfight towards the end of the race. Rossi finally won the race with Lorenzo finishing in second place and Stoner in third...

2009 Catalan Grand Prix: Race results from Catalunya

1. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 11.897 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 11.992 sec
3. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 43min 20.781 sec
4. Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 43min 20.833 sec
5. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43min 31.728 sec
6. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 43min 34.079 sec
7. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43min 35.444 sec
8. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 43min 37.162 sec
9. Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 43min 43.694 sec
10. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 43min 45.490 sec
11. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43min 48.560 sec
12. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 43min 48.771 sec
13. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43min 51.330 sec
14. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 43min 56.685 sec
15. Sete Gibernau Grupo Francisco Hernando 43min 58.651 sec
16. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 44min 7.770 sec
17. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing Team MotoGP 44min 39.537 sec

Yuki Takahashi Scot Racing Team MotoGP
Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini

Pics from the Catalan MotoGP...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

2010 Kawasaki 1400GTR may get night vision, HUD

The 2010 Kawasaki 1400GTR could get head-up display and infrared night vision!

According to a report on Gizmag, Kawasaki are all set to deploy a host of new technologies on the 2010 model 1400GTR. The current model already gets bits like variable valve timing, keyless ignition, tyre pressure sensors and ABS, but the next year’s bike could push things to a whole new level, with night vision and head-up display (HUD) technologies.

Taking their cues from some of the more expensive cars around, Kawasaki are said to have developed infrared night vision technology, which will let riders see beyond what a bike’s conventional headlamps can illuminate. The system works via a pair of infrared cameras mounted on the bike, which work together with the bike’s onboard computer. If these cameras ‘see’ anything (which may be beyond the headlamp’s illumination range and which the rider may not be able to see…) in the bike’s path, the system will issue audio/visual alerts to warn the rider. The cameras can ‘see’ objects that are 300m or even further ahead, in the dark, so these could be a very useful safety feature on a high speed motorcycle…

Another high-tech feature that Kawasaki are working on is a head-up display system, which would project information like the bike’s speed and revs right in front of the rider’s eyes. The system will probably work in accordance with a purpose-built helmet, which would allow this information to be projected ahead of the visor, so the rider doesn’t have to look down at the instrument cluster to access vital information.

These technologies are already reasonably commonplace on mainstream cars, so a 1400GTR with these high-tech bits may not actually be as far fetched as it sounds. Now let’s just wait and see what Kawasaki actually unveil at bike shows in Paris and Milan later this year…!

This Mercedes-Benz promo video shows why an infrared night vision system on high-speed motorcycles may be a good idea...

2010 Aprilia RSV1000 Factory: Transformed!

(Above) Megan Fox rides an Aprilia RS125 in the new Transformers movie and (below) the Transformers-edition RSV1000 Factory

Aprilia recently unveiled a special edition RSV1000 Factory, during the sixth round of the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike series at Road America, Elkhart Lake WI. The bike sports Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen livery and while we haven’t seen it yet, it seems Megan Fox rides an Aprilia RS125 in the movie. Killer robots, giant explosions and Megan Fox riding motorcycles - what more could anyone want from a movie... :-))



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