Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest

And nothin' gonna stop me, ain't no stop and go. I'm speedin' on the midway, I gotta really burn this road. (He say) pull over boy and get your ticket right...
[Speed Demon, Michael Jackson]

Pop music king of the 1980s, Michael Jackson passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.

Jackson, who was already in a coma at the time of being taken to a hospital in Los Angeles, was pronounced dead when his body was brought to the hospital. Michael was scheduled to launch a comeback tour at London's O2 Arena in July this year.

While his life was littered with scandals, lawsuits and other assorted trouble, the man was undeniably, hugely talented. He was one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time. And yes, his music was definitely a memorable part of our growing up years in the 1980s. There will never be another Michael Jackson. R.I.P.

You're preachin' 'bout my life like you're the law, gonna live each day and hour like for me there's no tomorrow. Go! Go! Go! AAOW!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

FIM announces new race series for electric motorcycles

In another few years, Valentino Rossi may be working as a test and development riders for lithium-ion battery-powered racebikes like this one...!

Following the successful TTXGP held on the Isle of Man on June 12 this year, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has decided to create an FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission and will be led by Azhar Hussain, founder of the TTXGP.

The FIM Series for electric bikes is aimed at providing an international platform for the development of electric racing bikes and the technology used therein. It will, according to FIM, ‘demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.’

‘I am very happy with this new Series. The future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly, motorcycle racing world championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010,’ said FIM President, Vito Ippolito.

‘We hope this new championship will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global championship and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports,’ said TTXGP Founder Azhar Hussain.

In another 10 years, the IC engine might perhaps have disappeared completely and maybe motorcycle road racing will be all about lithium-ion battery-powered bikes. And we’ll still be missing those two-stroke 500cc racers which Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson, Doohan, Gardner and Rossi used to ride…

Suzuki launch RMX450Z Enduro racer aimed at 2010 Dakar Rally

KTM's loss is Suzuki's gain? We'll find out next year...

With KTM having been pushed out of the Dakar Rally, it seems Suzuki have now set their sights on winning the legendary desert race in 2010. The company has announced the launch of its new enduro racer, the all-new RMX450Z, which is based on the RM-Z450 motocross machine. The RMX450Z features the same fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 450cc engine and electric-start has also been added to the package.

The Suzuki RMX, which has specifically been developed for enduro races, features suitably optimised suspension, a lighting kit, digital instrumentation and an enduro-friendly 18-inch rear wheel. The bike will be available in Suzuki dealerships later this year though prices are yet to be announced. We’re guessing Suzuki will be going all out to capture Dakar glory in 2010 though we’ll still miss KTM…

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2010 Honda VFR1200 revealed!

Is this really the all-new V4-engined 2010 Honda VFR1200?
Pic: MCN

...and here are more pics of the VFR1200 from LeftLaneNews

The bike you see here is, according to MCN, the all-new V4-powered Honda VFR1200 that will go on sale next year. The bike is based on the V4 concept that was shown a few months ago and might feature bits like selectable cylinder deactivation, ride-by-wire throttle and brakes, electronically adjustable suspension, C-ABS and perhaps even an airbag. Going by the pictures here, the new Honda, with its single-sided swingarm and shaft-drive (?) looks like a sports-touring competitor to the Kawasaki 1400GTR, which could also be slated for a major update for the 2010 model year.

There is no official word from Honda on any of this and at this time, any 'details' about the new bike are mere conjecture. Stay tuned for further updates though...

Another pic of the bike sent to us by one of our readers in Japan...

...and even more pics from Motoblog


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