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... :-))

Sunday, June 07, 2009

KTM-engined Lambretta runs amok…

A Lambretta scooter with a 45bhp KTM engine. Whatever next?!
Pics: MCN

MCN has a report on what must be the world’s only KTM-powered Lambretta. The mad Lamby has been prepared by UK firm DAC-Tek, who’ve dumped the scooter’s stock 150cc, 9bhp engine and bolted on a 250cc, two-stroke KTM mill that makes 45 horsepower. They have also upgraded bits like the wheels and tyres and the brakes (there’s a disc brake at the front now), and modified the four-speed gearbox to suit the KTM engine’s power delivery. The chassis, however, stays stock.

‘Give it a bigger handful when you’ve got some space and the motor screams, lifting the front wheel in first and shooting forward at a rate enough to beat most cars and feels faster than it is. It stays on the boil as you shift through the four gears and the expansion chamber’s shriek makes pedestrians shake their head in disapproval,’ say MCN, who have ridden the scooter.

If you want one, DAC-Tek will sell you one for about £10,000 (US$16,000), which is indeed a lot of money for a scooter. Still, if you have pots of money and if you’re going completely mad with it…