Sunday, August 02, 2009

Showdown: Yamaha V-Max vs Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle


Harley V-Max vs Yamaha V-Muscle. Doesn't sound right? Umm... well...

V-Max vs V-Rod Muscle isn’t the first shootout most people would think of. And that’s probably because on paper, the Harley is comprehensively outgunned by the Yamaha. Mr Max is fitted with an almighty 1,697cc V4 that pumps out 200 horsepower at 9,000rpm and 167Nm of torque at 6,500 revs. The V-Rod Muscle pales in comparison, with its 1,250cc V-twin, which only makes 122bhp at 8,250rpm and 110Nm of torque at 7,000rpm.

So is it over before it’s started? Is there no match-up here at all? Toff magazine don’t think so and they’ve gone ahead and pitted the two bikes against each other. Here are some excerpts from what they have to say:

The V-Rod, which isn’t exactly dainty, is still a lot smaller than the V-Max, despite the two bikes having an identical wheelbase of 1,700mm. The Max is significantly taller and wider and the difference is immediately apparent as soon as you get on these bikes. The V-Max’s seat height is a challenging 775mm while the V-Rod’s is a rather more accessible 640mm.

Seat height apart, the two bikes have very different seating positions. The V-Max has a comfortable, upright seating position that’s ideal for cruising along at a fast clip. The V-Rod Muscle’s footpegs make you stretch your legs forward and its handlebars make you reach out much further ahead – it is, of course, the traditional Harley riding position.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Shaggy: Fly High


Shaggy & Co. in the new 'Fly High' video, which is cool, even though they should be wearing helmets...!
Via Motoblog


Please help the Black Nail Brigade Foundation


Anita Zaffke, a motorcycle rider, was killed earlier this year by a negligent car driver. We request that you help and support her son, who's trying to get some justice for his mother

We request that you visit the Black Nail Brigade website, and help them, and support their cause in whatever way you can. Thank you.

Monday, July 27, 2009

2009 British MotoGP: Pics from Donington Park


Andrea Dovizioso won the British GP at Donington Park, followed by Colin Edwards in second place and Randy de Puniet in third. During the race, Valentino Rossi lapped ex-world champs Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner, fell down and remounted his bike to finish the race in fifth place! Full race results here

Sunday, July 26, 2009

2009 British MotoGP: Race results from Donington Park


Andrea Dovizioso won the British Grand Prix, his first ever 1st place finish in MotoGP!

1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda 48'26.267
2 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 48'27.627
3 Randy DE PUNIET LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 48'27.867
4 Alex DE ANGELIS San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 48'35.225
5 Valentino ROSSI Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 48'47.889
6 James TOSELAND Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 48'48.732
7 Marco MELANDRI Hayate Racing Team Kawasaki 49'01.551
8 Niccolo CANEPA Pramac Racing Ducati 49'05.036
9 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 49'08.379
10 Mika KALLIO Pramac Racing Ducati 49'12.112
11 Loris CAPIROSSI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 49'19.457
12 Gabor TALMACSI Scot Racing Team MotoGP Honda 49'38.582
13 Chris VERMEULEN Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 49'46.665
14 Casey STONER Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 49'25.241 (-1 lap)
15 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 49'43.835 (-1 lap)

DNF
Jorge LORENZO Fiat Yamaha
Toni ELIAS San Carlo Honda Gresini

Pics from practice and qualifying at Donington Park. Race pics to follow soon...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Piaggio Ape Calessino Electric Lithium launched in Europe


The Piaggio Ape Calessino is now available with a lithium-ion battery pack instead of the regular diesel engine, even though the 'Lithium Electric' version does cost a massive $28,000

In keeping with its newfound ‘go green’ philosophy, Piaggio have launched a lithium-ion battery-powered version of its three-wheeler, the Ape Calessino. Originally designed in the 1950s as an inexpensive commercial vehicle for small businesses, the Ape three-wheeler series continues to thrive to this day, even though it’s now produced at Piaggio’s facility in India, rather than in Italy.

While the regular Ape Calessino is fitted with a 422cc DI diesel engine, Piaggio have now launched a limited-edition (only 100 units will be built) electric version, which is fitted with a lithium-ion battery pack rather than the conventional IC engine. The Ape Calessino Electric Lithium has a range of 75km and a full charge takes less than four hours. Power and torque figures are not quoted but Piaggio do claim the Calessino EV’s batteries are good for up to 800 recharge cycles and 60,000km.

The Ape Calessino Electric Lithium is priced at €19,900 (US$28,300) plus VAT. That's more than the price of a new Ducati 1198S, though for some, that may not matter... ;-))

Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo to use Dainese D-air Racing system during the British MotoGP


Rossi and Lorenzo will use Dainese's D-air system during the British Grand Prix tomorrow...


For the first time ever, Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi will a racing suit fitted with Dainese’s D-air airbag system during the British GP at Donington Park tomorrow. According to Dainese, Rossi has been following the D-air project closely and has even worked with the Dainese Technology Centre, providing them with data that has helped Dainese fine-tune various aspects of its airbag system.

While Jorge Lorenzo also used a D-air equipped suit at the German MotoGP last weekend, it was actually Marco Simoncelli who was the first rider to use the system during a race. Simoncelli used the D-air system back in 2007, during the 250cc race at Valencia. Since then, Dainese have worked hard at refining and improving the airbag, resulting in the current, 2009 version which will be used by Rossi and Lorenzo tomorrow.

Among others, improvements to the D-air system include a reduction in the volume of the airbag and a 20% reduction in weight, redistribution of its protective areas, improved integration with the racing suit and increased inflation pressure for quicker activation. After inflating in the event of an accident, the D-air system also allows automatic deflation of the airbag after a few seconds, allowing the rider to get back into the race if possible.

‘I believe this to be an extremely important innovation. After my falls in Laguna Seca, I no longer had any doubt that it was time to start wearing this new suit, which certainly offers more safety than the standard suit. It takes a little time to get used to wearing the new suit, but I feel much safer with the system on and that’s the most important thing,’ says Lorenzo.


Here's how the D-air airbag system works...