Saturday, July 04, 2009

1966 Batcycle with sidecar sold on eBay for US$29,500

This 1966 Batcycle was recently sold on eBay for $29,500!

Via Autoblog

For US$29,500 you can buy a brand-new Ducati 1198S with enough money still left over for new helmet, leathers and enough fuel for a few months at least. Then again, if you wanted something more… individualistic (?), you could have spent that money on eBay getting yourself a classic Batcycle with sidecar. Yes indeed, the same outfit which the caped crusader and his sidekick were riding around on, back in 1966…

The 1966 Batcycle, which had just 13,000km on the clocks, was recently sold on eBay for 29,500 bucks. The bike was designed and assembled by Kustomotive for the 1966 Batman feature film and it also made subsequent appearances in a Batman television series in the 1960s.

The Batcycle is powered by a 250cc Yamaha engine and the sidecar (a removable Go-Kart that can run on its own steam) gets a separate 50cc engine as well! Now this rig may not be able to outrun a modern moped, but for sheer style (and as a tool for impressing the hell out of your date), we give it the thumbs-up… :-))

Update (17th July, 2009): If you really must dress up like Batman when you're out riding your motorcycle, here's what you need

Official trailer from the 1966 Batman movie... :-))

NHTSA may make ABS mandatory for bikes in the US

Captain American here definitely needs ABS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US is now considering the viability of making it mandatory for all new motorcycles sold in the US to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS). An insurance institute study in North America showed that the rate of fatal crashes was 28% lower for motorcycles equipped with ABS as compared to motorcycles without ABS.

Motorcycle deaths in the US went up from 2,116 in 1997 to 5,154 in 2007. Motorcycle fatalities also went up from 21 per million miles travelled in 1997 to 39 per million miles travelled in 2007. The incidence of serious injuries also doubled in the same period.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Rever Corsa, Christian Audigier team up to build the gaudiest ever Ducati Monster 1100

The Rever Corsa-Christian Audigier Monster 1100 is priced at US$55,000
Via Autoblog

Rever Corsa, in collaboration with fashion designer Christian Audigier, have prepared what’s possibly the gaudiest, flashiest Ducati Monster 1100 you’ll ever see. Apart from the airbrushed tigers and gold graphics (‘Hand laid, engine turned gold leaf and exclusive Christian Audigier artwork, according to Rever), the Monster has been lavished with Ohlins suspension at both ends, carbonfibre wheels, Rizoma controls, STM slipper clutch and a full Termignoni exhaust system.

Only 25 units of this model will be made (thank god!!), each of which will carry a price tag of US$55,000. Now, while we think this bike is just rubbish – Mr Audigier has butchered the perfectly beautiful Monster 1100 without mercy – what might be more useful is the Ducati 1198R Strada and Corsa machines on which Rever/ Audigier are now working. Apart from the usual Brembo, Ohlins and many other high-spec brand names, the 1198 will feature a Rotrex supercharger, which could make things interesting…

Dolmette: The 24-cylinder chainsaw-powered motorcycle

A motorcycle that's powered by 24 chainsaw engines? Er... why not!!! 

We’ve seen various bikes with far-out exotic engines – V4s, V6s, V8s, aircraft radials and what have you. But for sheer outrageousness, the Dolmette you see here might be hard to beat. The bike, which was actually made way back in 2004, is fitted with all of 24 two-stroke Dolmar chainsaw engines, which have been combined in pairs. The end result is twelve twin-cylinder engines that together displace 1,900cc and produce 170 horsepower and 130Nm of torque! The transmission is a five-speed Harley-Davidson unit, which transfers power to the rear wheel via a series of 12 toothed belts.

The twelve Dolmar engines are mounted in two rows of six on either side of the drive belt casing and the individual motors are coupled together in sets of three, via a double-sided drive belt, making up eight modules in all. The individual engines are not rigidly connected – they deliver their power through the centrifugal clutch that is a standard feature of the Dolmar chainsaw.

It seems there’s simply no end to motorcycle specials builders’ insanity… and indeed, their sheer talent and vivid imagination… :-)) 

Here's another video of the bike in action... 

2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition unveiled at Laguna

The very cool Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition

Ducati has announced the 848 Nicky Hayden Edition, which was unveiled yesterday at the Laguna Seca circuit. The bike, which will only be available in the US, comes with a special paintjob, Nicky Hayden’s autograph on the gas tank and a sticker price of $14,495.

The Ducati 848 weighs 168kg and packs 134 horsepower and 96Nm of torque from its Testastretta Evoluzione engine. The 2010-spec bike gets new bits like LED dash illumination for better visibility, aluminium cam belt tensioner pulleys for reduced weight and moving mass (in turn enabling better acceleration) and a redesigned, lighter crankcase. And, of course, it looks just as cool as ever... :-)

Rossi, Rainey, Lawson and Roberts go Kart racing at Laguna

What a pity that this wasn't a real 'race' but just a couple of exhibition laps...

Valentino Rossi, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson and Kenny Roberts went Kart racing yesterday, at the 3.6km Laguna Seca circuit in the US. Er... well, actually it wasn’t a 'race' since there was no winner (Rossi did cross the finish line first, but the other three weren't really 'racing' him, so we don't know if that constitutes a win...), but the four greats did four exhibition laps of the Laguna circuit in specially prepared Karts that were fitted with Yamaha TZ250 engines. According to Yamaha, these Karts are 'just a couple of seconds slower than MotoGP bikes' around the Laguna circuit.

'I was bit nervous about the Superkarts before because I know how fast these things are! I sometimes drive one in Italy with friends, just for fun, but I know that Kenny, Eddie and Wayne like to race and they’re quite serious! Also this isn’t the easiest track. Anyway, it was great fun and I enjoyed myself a lot. The kart is quite incredible; the gearbox is very good and in the hard braking areas it’s really impressive. It feels very fast and it’s possible to have a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike tomorrow however,' said Rossi.

The great Wayne Rainey talks about still being able to go fast in that Kart...

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mat Mladin, Roaring Toyz to unveil custom GSX-R1000 at Laguna Seca

The custom GSX-R1000 built by Roaring Toyz, for Mat Mladin
Via Roadracing World

Six-time AMA Superbike champion, Mat Mladin, and Robert Fisher of Roaring Toyz will unveil their custom 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Laguna Seca on the 4th of July this year. The bike was commissioned by Mat to celebrate the launch of his new company, Bike Gear Warehouse.

After its debut during this weekend’s race, the GSX-R will be displayed at all AMA Superbike rounds this season. It will then travel to Australia for use in promoting Bike Gear Warehouse, which will distribute Roaring Toyz custom sportbike parts.

T3 Motion unveils CT3 electric trike

The CT3 battery-powered trike
Via AutoblogGreen

The California, US-based T3 Motion Inc. have unveiled their latest electric vehicle, the CT3 trike, which is based on the company’s own CT Micro Car. According to T3 Motion, the CT3 three-wheeler ‘reflects the company’s vision for the future of personal commuter and professional fleet transportation.’

‘The CT3 represents our latest vision for electric vehicles from T3 Motion Inc. What we learnt from the T3 Series ESV and CT Micro Car NEV, we are applying to the CT3. The result is our first true consumer level vehicle,’ said Ki Nam, T3 Motion’s CEO.

The commuter version of the CT3 will be limited to a speed of 72km/h. Fitted with lithium-ion batteries and T3 Motion’s proprietary power management system, the CT3 features all-wheel drive, independent front and rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes (front and rear), regenerative braking, aluminium chassis and a compact design that’s suitable for city use.

A special version of the CT3 – the CT3-S – which is capable of hitting a top speed of 130km/h and which delivers fuel efficiency that’s the EV equivalent of over 100mpg, is also competing for the Automotive X Prize in the alternative vehicle class. ‘It is energizing for T3 Motion to be alongside so many different interpretations of creating the 100mpg car,’ says Nam.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Steve Twist's Norton Commando Transformer

Cars and bikes that suddenly transform into killer robots seem to be all the rage these days. So here's a geriatric Norton Commando Transformer that does things its own way...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

2009 Dutch TT: Race results from Assen

Valentino Rossi won the Dutch TT at Assen, with Lorenzo finishing in second place and Stoner in third. This was Rossi's 100th Grand Prix victory!

Race results from the 2009 Dutch TT at Assen:

1. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 42min 14.611 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 42min 19.979 sec
3. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 42min 37.724 sec
4. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42min 43.725 sec
5. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42min 48.216 sec
6. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42min 53.958 sec
7. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 42min 54.154 sec
8. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 42min 54.434 sec
9. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 42min 55.284 sec
10. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 43min 0.621 sec
11. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 43min 12.388 sec
12. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 43min 14.385 sec
13. Sete Gibernau Grupo Francisco Hernando 43min 19.977 sec
14. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 43min 24.508 sec
15. Yuki Takahashi Scot Racing Team MotoGP 43min 24.541 sec
16. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Racing Team MotoGP 41min 57.980 sec

Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 6min 36.388 sec
Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 16min 24.548 sec
Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 41min 14.211 sec

Pics from the 2009 Dutch TT...