Friday, August 28, 2009

BMW F800R Chris Pfeiffer replica announced

Even if you can't ride like him, you can now have a bike that looks just like his


BMW have launched their limited edition (only 68 units will be built) Chris Pfeiffer replica F800R. Chris is a multi-time world and European stunt riding champ who uses BMW motorcycles for his stunts.

The Chris Pfeiffer replica F800R will come with a blue/white/red paintjob and a sticker kit which you fit yourself. The wheels are painted black (rear) and white (front), which is how it is on Pfeiffer’s own stunt bike. The headlamp mini fairing has been dropped for a stripped-out look, an Akrapovic street legal end-can is fitted as standard as indicators are LED items.

The bike will be available in Europe from early-2010 though prices are yet to be announced.

Here's Mr Pfeiffer doing what he does best...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

MZ Emmely EL1: Are Chinese-made electric scooters the future of MZ?

The MZ Emmely EL1, with lithium-ion batteries and a top speed of 25km/h
Via Solo Moto

According to a report on Solo Moto, the legendary Germany motorcycle brand – MZ – is on the comeback path and will start manufacturing new motorcycles by 2011.

Malaysian company Hong Leong had pulled the plug on MZ back in 2008, and German ex-racers Ralf Waldman and Martin Wimmer bought the worldwide rights (excluding Southeast Asia) to the MZ name in March this year, for a rumoured 4.5 million euros.

Now, in a recent press conference in Germany, MZ have announced that they have signed an agreement with electric vehicle specialists Clean Mobile AG, and they will start producing electric and hybrid-engined scooters in 2010.

MZ’s first electric scooter, the Emmely EL1, will be manufactured in China. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the EL1 boasts of a top speed of 25km/h and will be sold in Germany as a moped. The EL1 will later be followed by EL2 and EL3 models, with top speeds of 45km/h and 80km/h respectively.

The MZ EL1 will go on sale in Germany by the end of this year, the EL2 will be available in 2010 and the EL3 is expected in 2011. We don’t know what MZ fans think of this, but we believe it’s a shame that a great name like MZ has been reduced to selling battery-powered Chinese-made scooters. Why did Ralf and Martin resurrect the MZ name if all they had to do was sell wimpy little electric scooters? Couldn’t they have just started a new company and established a new brand for that? We only hope they have something much better in store for MZ enthusiasts, which they will launch by 2011!

From left: The MZ ES150 from the 1970s, and the more recent MZ 1000SF

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Millyard Viper V10: Allen Millyard builds 8.0-litre V10-engined streetbike

The Millyard Viper V10. We're left speechless...

British engineer Allen Millyard, who’s built some pretty insane Kawasaki specials in the past, is at it again. And this time, he’s built a hugely impressive street-legal motorcycle that’s powered by an 8,400cc, 500-horsepower V10 from the Dodge Viper. No high-res pictures yet, but do watch the video below – the bike looks and sounds truly, deeply, madly AWESOME! Mr Millyard proves that for now, motorcycling is safe from lithium-ion batteries and electric motors...

We wrote to Allen and asked him what most people think about his Viper V10 bike. 'There are a lot of idiots out there that think I made it to compete with a Yamaha R1 and should be doing burnouts, wheelies and scraping the pegs,' he says. 'I must say that it does go around corners very well for a 600kg bike and I only have 10mm wide chicken strips on the back tyre. I made the Viper because I like making and riding unusual motorcycles.' Amen.

The Millyard Viper V10, in action. Completely insane!!!

T-Kart: $1,900 DIY Batmobile is go!

Imagine riding this down to the local supermarket...

Via Autoblog

Based in Montana, in the US, a Batfan has built his own version of the Dark Knight’s Batmobile, and it looks rather cool! The do-it-yourself Batmobile, which is powered by a humble 6.5bhp engine (off a lawn mower?), cost him less than US$1,900 to build. Visit the T-Man’s website here to find out how you can build one of these for yourself.

Here's the home-built Batmobile in action. We like it!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jorge Lorenzo to stay at Yamaha for 2010

Despite Ducati having offered him a bit more money, Jorge Lorenzo has opted to stick with Yamaha for 2010 because they seem to have the best bike right now. Wise decision...

Jorge Lorenzo has renewed his contract with Yamaha and will stay with the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP team in 2010. ‘Today is a good day because I have decided to remain with the Yamaha factory team in 2010. It was a very important decision and that's why I have had to take the last few weeks to make it, but I think that this is the best decision for me in this moment,’ says Lorenzo.

‘We have no doubt that he has the ability and drive to become MotoGP world champion and we are proud that he has decided to remain with Yamaha, despite having received some very serious approaches from some of our competitors. This timely decision now allows us to focus on the present championship and to make definitive plans for our 2010 MotoGP program,’ said Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2010 Roehr 1250sc riding impression

Supercharged exotica: The American-made Roehr 1250sc
Pics: Motorcycle-USA

With its supercharged Harley V-Rod engine and superbike-spec styling, suspension and chassis components, the Roehr 1250sc is one of the more interesting American-built motorcycles around. Conceptualised, designed and built by Illinois-based engineer, innovator and sportsbike fanatic Walter Roehrich, the Roehr 1250sc shows that cruisers and sportsbikes with chromed, stretched-out swingarms aren’t necessarily the only kind of motorcycle US riders want.

The Roehr’s 1,250cc liquid-cooled v-twin, with a Rotrex C15-60 supercharger, produces 180 horsepower at 9,100rpm (167bhp at the rear wheel, as per independent magazine tests) and 155Nm of torque at 7,600 revs. The gearbox is a five-speeder, the composite beam frame is made of a mix of chrome-molybdenum steel and aluminium, brakes are high-spec Brembo units, the suspension is fully adjustable Ohlins and wheels are Marchesini 17-inchers shod with Pirelli Diablo Corsa 3 rubber. The bike weighs 196kg dry and costs – now be prepared for this – US$42,500. Yeah, that is expensive as hell.

So what do you get for all that money? Steve Atlas at Motorcycle-USA recently had the opportunity to test ride the 2010 Roehr 1250sc and here are some excerpts from what he has to say about America’s finest:

The Roehr is kind of like a supped-up Mustang or Ford GT. It’s 100-percent American made and beating at the heart of the beast is a liquid-cooled, big-bore V-Rod engine with a supercharger on it. Why a V-Rod you might ask? ‘It’s basically the VR1000 Superbike engine of old but reengineered for the cruiser,’ explains company founder Walter Roehrich. ‘The engine is great and well-made, and can handle loads of horsepower being pumped through it. The only downfall is the weight. The engine itself weights almost 100 pounds and in a 400-pound bike that’s a lot. This is why having it make good, useable power was a key. As well as trying to make the rest as light as possible.’

A souped-up two-wheeled Mustang that isn't afraid of Ninjas and R1s...?
Pics: MCN

The Rotrex supercharger is designed to deliver air in proportion to the motorcycle’s driven speed, by virtue of a system that increases the speed of the SC-unit to match the bike’s engine speed. The idea is that as a result power delivery will be as smooth as possible and it seems to eliminate that aggressive ‘hit’ usually associated with forced-induction.

Power comes on from low rpm smoothly and gets the American-made 1250 moving with some serious steam. This type of power delivery is exactly what is needed to make it a fun and entertaining sportbike on the street. On the track, it certainly feels like a racebike but it is on the heavy side to be considered a pure track weapon. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it at a track day, although it needs some higher-spec tyres if you plan to push it hard. The Brembo brakes are very good and the suspension components have the potential to handle anything the average Joe can throw at it.

Seating position and ergonomics feel very much like a Tamburini-era Ducati. The reach to the bars is a bit stretched out, the tank is long and skinny, the riding position is aggressive and the cockpit itself is reminiscent of the Italian Twins. The steering is a bit heavy initially, but once set in the corner and on its side is very stable and solid, offering ample feel to the rider through the bars.

It handles very similar to the Ducati 1198 though it simply doesn’t have the gearing to keep pace with its Italian counterpart. Initial power is on par but it runs out quickly, as we were often hitting the rev-limiter while finding that happy medium between getting a good drive and battling to keep traction from the stock Diablo Corsa tyres. The trick is to run it a gear higher than you think and carry a bit more speed in order to keep the engine in the meat of the power.

This motorcycle was not intended to be a race bike. It’s a hand-crafted American-made superbike for people who are tired of following the crowd. It’s unique and it’s pretty fast, plus it gets around the track fine if you aren’t hoping to qualify for an AMA National. It may not be the bike to lure Gixxer punks away from Suzuki but it will appeal to a more affluent club. The rider who wants to be different, who wants to stand out from the crowd and be able to boast of a supercharged V-Twin and a list of top-shelf components that will keep any bench racer happy for quite some time...

For the full story, please visit Motorcycle-USA here

The Roehr is hugely expensive, but for those who want to splurge on an exotic, supercharged motorcycle that isn't exactly as common as a CBR600, the 1250sc just might fit the bill
Pics: MCN

Walter Roehrich talks about the bike he built...