Saturday, July 18, 2009

Marotti unleash Honda 750 V4-engined trike

With its 100bhp Honda V4 engine, the 440kg Marotti trike should be good fun...!
Via Autoblog

The Poland-based Marotti have prepared this rather outlandish trike you see here, which is fitted with a 750cc, V4 Honda engine. The vehicle weighs 440 kilos and with the engine producing 100bhp at 11,000rpm, the package is sure to provide a few thrills.

Power is transferred to the Marotti trike’s rear wheel via chain drive, and a sequential six-speed gearbox is used. The 17-inch wheels are shod with 255/45 (front) and 275/45 (rear) tyres and the suspension consists of double rocker arm setup at front and roller rocker arm at the rear.

Marotti claim their trike has the dynamics of a motorcycle and is as safe and easy to drive as a car. Hmmm... looks quite all right to us!

Marotti trike - the promo videos...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Big Bear Choppers GTX-F: What the F…

The Big Bear Chopper GTX-F looks... interesting?

Pics: Motorcycle USA

We’ll admit we aren’t exactly crazy about custom cruisers here at F&F. However, the Big Bear Choppers GTX-F got our attention because it looks rather… interesting? Well, all right, not everyone’s going to like it, but for those who might be looking for something that’s a bit offbeat, hey, maybe the GTX-F isn’t so bad!

Motorcycle USA’s Bryan Harley recently rode the US$41,000 GTX-F and came away reasonably impressed with the bike. ‘As far as function goes, the ride-quality is admirable. It’s well-balanced, especially considering its length, and the motorcycle is capable of lean angles that I’ve never experienced on a factory-custom before without dragging hard parts. The GTX-F has all the right pieces to the puzzle, but range, storage, and seat comfort prohibit it from being a full touring machine. For short jaunts, however, or to be the centre of attention at your local bike nights, the GTX-F fills the bill,’ he says.

Read Bryan’s full riding impression of the GTX-F here

Suzuki GSR750 rumoured to be in the works…

Suzuki might launch the GSR750 early next year...

According to a report on Motorevue, Suzuki are working on a new naked – the GSR750 – which would utilise the GSX-R750 engine. The new bike, which would be launched by early-2010, could take on machines like the Kawasaki Z750, Aprilia Mana/Shiver, Triumph Street Triple and others. We hope it happens…!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Buell 1125RR unveiled, will be raced in AMA’s American Superbike series

Even though this looks like a regular 1125R, it's actually the race-spec 1125RR, which isn't street-legal, costs $40,000 and will only be sold to AMA racers!

Buell are getting properly serious about competition. The company has launched a race-spec version of the 1125R – the 1125RR – which will be raced in AMA’s American Superbike class. The 1125RR costs a massive $40,000 (about $28,000 more than the standard 1125R!) and will only be offered to racers competing in the AMA American Superbike series.

Compared to the 1125R, the RR comes with a bigger airbox and intake manifold, different valves, higher compression ratio, titanium exhaust, six-spoke magnesium wheels, cast aluminium swingarm, fully adjustable Showa suspension, modified ZTL front brake and chain drive (instead of the 1125R’s belt drive).

‘The 1125RR is designed to give privateer racers a turn-key machine to compete in the American Superbike class in AMA Pro Racing,’ says Eric Buell, founder and chairman of Buell Motorcycles. ‘Buell will produce a limited number of 1125RR motorcycles for sale only to licensed professional road racers who will compete in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class,’ adds a Buell press release.

Strangely enough, AMA rules require that motorcycles competing in the American Superbike series should be based on street-legal machines that are available in their manufacturer’s showrooms. While the Buell 1125RR is not street-legal, the machines it will be competing against - the Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Yamaha R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Aprilia RSV1000R and Ducati 1098R certainly are. So we wonder how/why the Buell RR is being allowed to compete in the American Superbikes series at all…?!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show weekend coming up

The 2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show - cool customs, hot chicks, food and drink, and a chance to party hard. What more could you want...

Pics: Fast Dates

The 2009 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show is scheduled for the 18th and 19th of this month and will be held at the Queen Mary Event park in Long Beach, California, in the US. This year, as many as 20,000 people are expected to attend the show, which is, according to its organisers, ‘America's premier custom, cruiser, performance and sportbike’ event. More than 250 manufacturers – motorcycles, parts and accessories, apparel and other bikes-related stuff – are also expected to be there at the Show.

Some of the world’s top pro and amateur streetbike builders will be in attendance to compete in the Performance Machine Calendar Show Bike Building Championship, which is offering a total of US$86,000 in cash prizes, in 11 Classes.

Spectacular motorcycles, loud music, hot girls and the chance to party hard – sounds good to us! We’ll bring you the full event report, pics and video on Monday…

Monday, July 13, 2009

2010 Honda GL1800 Goldwing gets C-ABS

No, that (above) is not the new Honda Goldwing of course. That'd be the bike you see below. We just wish Honda would do a modern interpretation of the original 1980s 'Wing

Honda have released pics and specs of the 2010 GL1800 Goldwing and the big news is… …the availability of new colours – white, silver, dark blue, metallic red, brown and black. Oh, well, there are also bits like an airbag, C-ABS and remote adjustable preload on the rear suspension (with memory settings). Plus, there’s the biggest, plushest motorcycle seat in the world, CD-player, integrated navigation system, multi-function display on the dash and a host of other toys for the long-distance motorcycle tourer.

The 1,832cc six-cylinder engine remains as before and should be competent as ever, if a bit dull. We also wish Honda had revamped the bike’s styling, which is still stuck in the 1990s. The bike is priced between US$23,000-28,000 (depending on the toys you choose) but Goldwing buyers should really wait for next year's model, for which Honda are said to be planning a complete revamp.