Monday, September 14, 2009

Faster and Faster gets on The Daily Reviewer's Top 100 Blogs list

Faster and Faster has made it to The Daily Reviewer's Top 100 Blogs list and is now included in their Top Motorcycle Blogs. A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us!

2Evil: The Scooter from Hell

2Evil, a 50bhp, two-stroke 'scooter' from France...

The French have created their share of mad machines, ranging from gently eccentric cars to the devilish little scooter – named 2Evil – you see here. All right, it’s stretching the definition of what you’d call a ‘scooter,’ but MXS, the 2Evil’s creators, insist it’s a scooter and we’ll just go with that.

Fitted with a custom-built Gilera-based two-stroke engine that consists of two 86cc cylinders, the MXS 2Evil spits out 50 horsepower, which is transferred to the rear wheel via a CVT. This ‘scooter’ does the standing eighth-mile (200 metres) in 6.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 149km/h. Impressive, for something that’s only fitted with a tiny, 172cc engine.

For more information, visit the MXS website here

The little video snippet of the 2Evil in action

Friday, September 11, 2009

2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA unveiled

The 2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA, for those who want a touring-spec Bandit

Via Motoblog

Suzuki have released pics of the 2010 GSX1250FA, a sports-tourer based on the GSF1250 Bandit, but with a full fairing and racier ergonomics. The bike is fitted with the same 1255cc inline-four, suspension components and steel tube chassis as the Bandit, but the GSX-R-style nose, fairing and exhaust system are different. ABS is optional and specially designed hard luggage is available from the factory.

To be honest, we don’t like this bike very much. It looks like a dated, hodge-podge, parts-bin special. The new Bandit looks so much better. Anyway, the Suzuki GSX125FA is expected to cost a bit less than 10,000 euro (US$14,600) and will be launched early next year.

We're sure it's a competent machine, but did they have to make it look so dull?

2010 Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit announced

The 2010 Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit. Big, naked, uncomplicated. Easy does it...

Via Motoblog

Suzuki have released first pics of the 2010 GSF1250 Bandit, which is fitted with a revised, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 1255cc inline-four. Styling changes include a new headlamp and taillamp, new exhaust and minor changes to the bodywork. The suspension is adjustable for preload and seat height can be lowered by 20mm, via adjustable shims. ABS is optional.

Sure, it isn’t exactly the most high-tech motorcycle in the world but the naked GSF Bandit is probably just right for those who want a big, standard-style bike with comfortable ergonomics and daily-use reliability. The bike is priced at 8,249 euros (US$12,000) and will be available in Suzuki showrooms early next year.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Valentino Rossi: ‘To improve at 29, you have to struggle!’

Valentino 'The Doctor' Rossi, the greatest, most talented motorcycle racer ever

Autosport recently interviewed Valentino Rossi, who’s currently leading the 2009 MotoGP world championship by 30 points. If Rossi wins the championship this year, it will be his seventh premier class world title. The Doctor is the only man who’s won world championships on 500cc two-stroke and 990cc and 800cc four-stroke motorcycles.

While Rossi is, without a shadow of doubt, the most talented motorcycle racer in the world right now, even he’s finding it harder to win these days. ‘I think this year the level is incredible. It is very high, especially the first four. First four are potentially world champion level. Because me, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa have enough performance in the throttle and the head to win the MotoGP championship,’ he says, speaking to Autosport.

‘The bikes are very fast – Yamaha, Honda and Ducati are very strong – so this creates a high level of championship,’ says Rossi, who adds that younger riders like Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo have made him work harder in order to keep winning. ‘It is a great, great motivation for trying to improve. Like with Stoner in 2007 and 2008, I have to make a step. I have to make a clear improvement and to make an improvement at 29 years of age, you have to work and struggle a lot, and make something more than in the past,’ he adds.

‘He [Jorge Lorenzo] is my team mate, with the same bike, so it means more concentration, more time dedicated to try and win. It is difficult. It is bad when you lose, but it is a lot, lot more exciting when you are able to win,’ says Rossi, who recently expressed disappointment on Yamaha retaining Lorenzo’s services for 2010. According to Rossi, each team must only have one main rider who’s battling for the championship. With Lorenzo also a part of the Fiat Yamaha team, Rossi says his inputs towards developing the YZR-M1 also, ultimately, help Lorenzo, which isn’t fair according to The Doctor.

Moving on, Rossi talks about how things have changed for him, in racing, over the last few years. ‘Usually you don't make all the race at 100%. Especially in those years, it was more about tactics, battle and afterwards push,’ he says, and adds that now he has to push at 100% for each and every race.

‘If you make all the race at 100% you crash for sure. But now the races change a lot. The rhythm is very fast from the beginning, from the first lap. The start is important, because with these bikes it has become more difficult to overtake. So now is very close to staying at 100% for all the race,’ says the man who has, till date, beaten every single man he’s raced against.

While Rossi has already signed on to stay with Fiat Yamaha in 2010, he’s free to do what he wants after that. He has hinted that he may or may not stay with Yamaha after 2010. If things don’t go his way at Yamaha, Rossi says he may either go to Ducati or he might even set aside his love for racing motorcycles and go to F1 or WRC.

Whatever he chooses to do after 2010, we’re sure there will be no dearth of options for one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever. Whatever The Doctor does, wherever he goes, we’re sure he’ll just keep winning.

Download MotoGP wallpaper from 2009, 2008 and 2007!

2010 Yamaha FZ1 announced

The 2010 Yamaha FZ1 gets new colours and revised ECU mapping

Yamaha have announced the 2010 FZ1 and the big news here, again, is new colours and revised ECU mapping for improved throttle response in the low to mid-rpm range. Otherwise, the FZ1’s engine, chassis and suspension remain unchanged over the previous year’s model. The new FZ1 is priced at US$10,290 and will be available from February 2010.

For more details and a full list of the 2010 FZ1’s specs and features, visit the Yamaha website here

This is the Euro-spec 2010 Yamaha FZ1, which is priced at 10,700 euros

2010 Yamaha FZ6R announced

The Yamaha FZ6R gets new colours and graphics for 2010

For those who want something that’s not as all-out intense and track-focused as the R6, Yamaha have the non-intimidating, leaner-friendly FZ6R and the 2010 version has just been announced. Nothing seems to have changed over the earlier model but, of course, new colours and graphics are available. Prices start at US$7,390.

For more details and a list of the 2010 FZ6R's features and specs, visit the Yamaha website here

2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 announced

The 2010 Yamaha R6 gets a longer exhaust muffler and revised ECU settings

Yamaha have announced the 2010 YZF-R6, which gets new paint schemes and… well, not much else. Well, all right, the ECU settings have been revised for ‘increased performance’ (no specific improvements are claimed) and the exhaust muffler is now 100mm longer for reduced noise and ‘excellent power characteristics.’ The new R6, which will be available from February 2010, will carry a price tag of US$10,490.

For more details and a list of the 2010 R6's features and specs, visit the Yamaha website here

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Honda dual clutch transmission for bigger sportsbikes announced

Honda's dual clutch transmission will first be used on the 2010 VFR1200

Honda are claiming a ‘world first’ with their new dual clutch transmission for large displacement sportsbikes. ‘The new transmission provides riders with a sporty riding experience, combined with easy operation and superior transmission efficiency, which delivers fuel economy equal to or better than a conventional manual transmission,’ says a press release from Honda.

The first bike to be equipped with this new dual clutch transmission will be the 2010 Honda VFR1200, which will first be offered in Europe and North America, followed by Japan.

Honda’s dual clutch transmission can be used with existing engines without substantial layout modification. The transmission is equipped with three operating modes, including two full-auto modes (D-mode for regular operation and S-mode for sporty riding), and a six-speed manual mode, which delivers the same shift feel as a manual transmission.

Apart from the VFR1200, Honda also plans to gradually expand the deployment of the new transmission to more of its large-displacement motorcycles, particularly sportsbikes. So does that mean the 2011 Fireblade will be equipped with a dual clutch transmission? Probably, yes!

Honda's new CV-Matic transmission, for scooters and small bikes

Moving on to smaller bikes, Honda have also announced the CV-Matic, a new automatic transmission for Cub-style scooters and other small bikes. ‘This new fully automatic transmission further enhances the practicality and convenience of Cub-type models. The new system will be available with Cub-style scooters to be released in the ASEAN region starting in 2010,’ says a Honda press release.

‘The CV-Matic features a new cooling system developed on the basis of Honda's small-motorcycle automatic transmission technology, which protects the drive belt from the high temperatures it is subjected to. This enhances the durability of the drive belt and allows for the more compact design with a shorter distance between pulleys. Thanks to this development, the positioning of the engine does not need to be significantly altered, optimizing layout design freedom,’ says the press release.

Honda test rider Dave Hancock talks about the new VFR1200...

2010 Can-Am Spyder Roadster line-up announced

The 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT and RT-S are now available in the US

BRP announced the 2010 Can-Am Spyder Roadster line-up last week, which includes the regular Spyder RS and the more touring-oriented Spyder RT and RT-S trikes.

The all-new Can-Am Spyder RT is powered by a 998cc Rotax v-twin and features Bosch-engineered bits like a vehicle stability system, ABS, traction control and stability control. An optional trailer, which provides 622 litres of storage space, is also available and is compatible with the vehicle’s stability system.

Can-Am Spyder RT/RT-S/RS: Tech specs

Engine: 998cc, DOHC, 8-valve, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled v-twin
Power: 100bhp@7,500rpm (106bhp@8,500rpm for Spyder RS)
Torque: 104Nm@5500rpm (104.3Nm@6,250rpm for Spyder RS)
Gearbox: Five-speed manual, with electronic reverse (five-speed semi-automatic optional)
Final drive: Kevlar-reinforced drive belt
Front suspension: Double A-arm with anti-roll bar, gas shocks with five-position cam adjustment
Rear suspension: Swing-arm with monoshock, adjustable preload
Brakes: Foot-actuated, fully integrated hydraulic three-wheel disc braking system, with ABS and EBD
Dry weight: 421kg (317kg for Spyder RS)

The 2010 Can-Am Spyder RS starts at US$16,500 and the RT is priced at US$21,000. More details on the BRP website here

The Spyder RS is lighter and a bit more powerful than the RT...



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