Monday, September 21, 2009

Video: Kane Friesen’s 219km/h stoppie!


Kane Friesen pulls a stoppie at 219km/h. Respect is due...
Via Oliepeil

Canadian stunt-rider, Kane ‘Insane’ Friesen holds the world’s fastest stoppie record, which he set on his 2006 Kawasaki ZX-10R, beating Gary Rothwell’s 156.8km/h stoppie record set in 2002. Kane, who’s longest wheelie was over 19km long and who longest stoppie was over 900ft, lists pink as his favourite colour, Stephen King as his favourite author and ‘Chinese food, in Tokyo’ as his favourite food. And before he started his stunt riding career, he was a professional body piercer. Hmm…

Giacomo Agostini: “I am the greatest!”


With 122 race wins and 15 world championships, Giacomo Agostini is one of motorcycle grand prix road racing’s all-time greats. French magazine Moto Revue recently interviewed the 67-year-old Italian ex-racer, and here are some excerpts from what Giacomo had to say:

On whether he thinks Rossi can beat his record of 122 race wins

It’s possible. He will try, it's normal. I'd do the same if I were in his place [but] I hope he does not get there!

On comparing his days in racing to the current scenario

You know, winning, it has always been difficult – you have to give 100% of your potential, you have to fight. The difference is that in my time, I lost a friend every week. Today, it is safer and we should be very happy about that.

On who’s the greatest motorcycle racer ever

If you ask Valentino that question, he will tell you it's him. If you could ask Mike Hailwood, he would tell you it's him. Phil Read believes he is the best. So it's natural that I would say I am the greatest.

On who might be Rossi’s successor

I think it’s obviously Jorge Lorenzo. He's only 22 years old and has enormous talent. He may not be the same charisma as Valentino, but what makes a champion, above all, is race victories. And for that, I think Jorge will make history.

On how the world of motorcycle GP racing has changed

Everything changes. It's progress, we cannot do anything about it. Sure, the atmosphere is very different today than it was thirty years ago. In my day, the atmosphere was more family-like, we were more united. But we must also say that we were between 7-10 people per team. It was easier to know everyone. Today, running a MotoGP team means having about 30 people. We cannot share the same things with such big teams.

For the full interview, visit the Moto Revue website here

Ben Spies replica Yamaha R1 prepared by UK dealer


Ben Spies replica R1 from UK dealer, CMC

Via MCN

For those who think a Rossi-rep R1 might be too common, CMC, a Yamaha dealer in the UK, has readied a Ben Spies replica R1. The bike is painted in Ben’s World Superbikes colours and the exhaust system gets Akrapovic carbon end cans. The bike costs £12,499 OTR.

Spies and Rossi replica R1s are all fine but what we’d really love to see from Yamaha is a series of limited-edition 1980s specials – Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey replica Yamaha R1s. Now that would be something!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

BMW S1000RR: UK prices announced

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The best production superbike on the planet, yours for a mere £12,235...
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BMW Motorrad have announced pricing for the S1000RR in the UK. The standard model costs ‘an extremely competitive’ £10,950 (including 15% VAT) OTR, while the ‘Sport’ specification model is priced at £12,235 OTR. The S1000RR Sport comes factory fitted with Sports ABS, Dynamic Traction Control and Gearshift Assist.

Customers who buy the standard model can also choose to have individual extras fitted to their bike. These are Race ABS (£785), Race ABS + Dynamic Traction Control (£1,199), Gear Shift Assist (£299), Anti-theft Alarm (£172) and BMW Motorrad Motorsport colour scheme (£390).

‘In the UK, we have worked very hard to launch the S1000RR into the competitive supersport sector at a realistic and affordable price. The standard model offers excellent value for money [and] with the introduction of the higher specification Sport variant, we can offer supersports customers a simple choice of specifications that will also significantly benefit the bike’s residual values,’ says Ian Furse, BMW Motorrad’s national sales manager in the UK.

To quickly recap, the BMW S1000RR weighs 183kg dry and 206.5kg in road trim. The bike’s inline-four makes 193 horsepower at 13,000rpm and 112Nm of torque at 9,750rpm. The S1000RR’s engine features high-speed, ultra-strong valve drive with individual cam followers and titanium valves, following the example of BMW’s Formula 1 engines.

The S1000RR has four riding modes, which the rider can select with the push of a button. These modes have been designed to optimise the bike’s performance on wet surfaces, regular roads, race tracks with sports tyres, and race tracks with slicks. BMW claim the S1000RR is the only supersport machine to offer Race ABS, DTC Dynamic Traction Control and engine management modes in combination. Also, the bike’s unique ‘Gearshift Assistant’ enables riders to ‘speed shift’ up through the gears without using the clutch and with no interruption in torque or pulling power.

UK buyers can book their bikes now, deliveries will start in January 2010.

 
Yes, the S1000RR looks good...
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey agree 2009 Yamaha YZR-M1 is the best MotoGP bike ever


Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson believe the current Yamaha YZR-M1 is the best MotoGP bike ever!

Valentino Rossi’s current Yamaha YZR-M1 has been praised four-time 500cc world champ Eddie Lawson and three-time 500cc world champ Wayne Rainey. This year, Yamaha have won nine of the 13 MotoGP races so far, and nobody would be too surprised if they also win most or even all of the remaining four races in this season.

‘I think the YZR-M1 is probably still not the fastest, but it looks a lot better than last year as far as the motor goes. And chassis-wise to me, it’s head and shoulders above everybody. It just looks so stable when you watch it. Just watching it on TV it looks like the thing sure works good, so it’s a good season for them,’ said Lawson, speaking to MCN. Lawon won three 500cc world titles with Yamaha in 1984, 1986 and 1988 and then went on to win another 500cc world championship with Honda, in 1989.

Fellow American Wayne Rainey agrees with Lawson. ‘I think the Yamaha is probably the best Grand Prix bike ever built. That thing’s a weapon. If those guys don’t make any mistakes, I don’t think anybody can beat it. It’s amazing what it does and to see the performance out of it this year, it’s incredible. From where they’ve come from, they’ve shown they’re there to win. They’re not there to compete. They looked at the whole thing and just made it a little better. Those little things they worked on sure made a performance advantage,’ said Rainey, speaking to MCN. ‘To see that thing pass the Ducati down the straight at Barcelona, that’s amazing. You don’t see that from the Yamaha a lot – passing the bike that’s considered the fastest bike and it went on by it,’ he adds.

Coming from two of the greatest riders who ever raced, that sure is high praise for the YZR-M1. Now we just hope The Doctor picks up his seventh premier class world championship on this machine!


Rainey and Lawson, two of the greatest racers ever in the 500cc era

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mission One electric bike hits 241.5km/h at Bonneville


An electric bike that can do 241km/h?! You'd better believe it...

Mission One, US-based Mission Motors’ electric bike, recently hit a top speed of 241.5km/h during the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Speedway, taking the AMA top speed record for electric motorcycles in the process. The Mission One achieved an average speed of 241.5km/h over a two-pass one mile run at Bonneville, though it got up to one-way speeds of 257.6km/h during the record setting attempt.

‘We set this record on our first visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats on poor salt conditions and in high cross-winds. And to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville bike, is truly amazing,’ says Edward West, Mission Motors Founder and President. ‘It’s a watershed moment for electric vehicles and further proof that the era of the electric superbike has begun. Electric is no longer the future of high-performance motorcycling; it is the present,’ he adds.

‘The Mission One is just an incredible motorcycle. This is a bike that can rip up the track at Infineon Raceway, do power wheelies at 128km/h and then come out here to Bonneville and dismantle the prior electric world speed record. It pulls hard all the way from 0 on up to 257km/h, all in one gear, with incredible torque. It’s a riding experience like no other. The important thing to understand is this is not a one-off race vehicle, this is a production prototype,’ says Jeremy Cleland, the AMA and AFM racer who shares duties as product manager and test rider at Mission Motors. ‘It is the same bike that we raced at the Isle of Man and features the same powertrain that we will be delivering to our customers in 2010,’ adds Cleland.


The Mission One electric bike in action at Bonneville. Awesome...

Indeed, the Mission One, with its top speed of around 250km/h and 250km range, does seem to be an incredible machine. Mission Motors aim to sell around 300 units of this bike in 2010 and you can reserve yours via the Mission website now. However, before you rush off to book one of these bikes, brace yourself for the price – a mind-blowing US$69,000.

While it’s mega-expensive, the Mission One is also one hell of a high-tech motorcycle. The usual bits are all there – fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes with four-piston monobloc calipers, Marchesini wheels and so on. And then there’s a fully equipped data acquisition system and wireless communication capability. Riders can adjust throttle maps, tune regenerative braking, and create multiple ride settings via their laptop computer. Try doing that on your R1!

With bikes like the Mission One coming to market next year, it does look like the ‘electric superbike’ is getting ready to go mainstream. Current price levels are, of course, a massive downer but that issue should be resolved over the next few years, as prices of lithium-ion battery packs and electric motors come down. Looks like the good old internal combustion engine will soon have a very, very big fight on its hands…


Soon, the Mission One could be ready to take on your R1s, GSX-Rs and Fireblades etc

Mission One: Tech Specs
Battery Pack: Lithium-Ion, with integrated thermal management system
Motor: Liquid-cooled, 3-phase AC Induction
Torque: 135Nm@0-6,500rpm
Transmission: Single speed
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Suspension: Fully adjustable 43mm USD fork (Ohlins), fully adjustable monoshock (Ohlins)
Front Brakes: Twin 310mm discs with radial-mount four-piston callipers (Brembo)
Wheels and tyres: 17-inch Marchesini forged aluminium, with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) race compound tyres
Top speed: 250km/h
Range: 250km
Recharge time: Less than two hours @ 240V, or about eight hours @ std 120V

Suzi Perry is UK bikers’ fantasy passenger


Would you ride with Suzi Perry? We would...

According to a recent poll conducted by motorcycle insurance specialists, Devitt, the pillion rider UK motorcyclists would love to take with them most is 39-year-old TV presenter Suzi Perry. Of all the motorcyclists that took part in the survey, 25% said their ideal passenger would be their partner, while 13% said they would rather ride solo.

In second place in the UK riders’ ‘fantasy pillion’ list is pop artist Kylie Minogue, followed by Valentino Rossi in third, Angelina Jolie in fourth and Jennifer Aniston in fifth place. Megan Fox, Ewan McGregor, Jesus Christ and Brad Pitt take up places six to nine, while 10th place is a tie between Barry Sheene, Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Pink.

Hmmm… and who would we take on our bike? Of course, Kevin Schwantz!

Motus Motorcycles, Pratt & Miller working on V4-engined sports tourers


Motus are working on the MST-01 and MST-R, V4-engined sports tourers

According to a press release from Motus Motorcycles, the fledgling US-based (in Birmingham, Alabama) company has tied up with Pratt & Miller Engineering for the development of their new motorcycles. Their first motorcycles – the Motus MST-01 and MST-R – will be V4-engined sports tourers, with high-tech bits like a chrome-molybdenum space frame and carbon composite bodywork.

According to Motus, the MST-01 will be a ‘next generation sport touring motorcycle engineered for performance, comfort, and range.’ In addition to the MST-01, there will also be a higher-spec MST-R, which we suppose might be the racier, sportier version but with the same engine and chassis.

A high-tech, American-engineered V4-powered sports tourer sounds like a good idea. There is, however, no word on when the actual bike will be revealed. The EICMA at Milan, this year? We’ll just have to wait and watch…

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...
Via MCN

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.

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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