Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2010 Honda CB1100 to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, production plans confirmed

Back to the future: The new Honda CB1100

Honda have confirmed production of the CB1100 for 2010. The bike, which will be fitted with an 1,100cc air-cooled inline-four, will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October this year.

In addition to the CB1100, Honda will also unveil the V4-engined VFR1200F, which will come equipped with the world’s first dual clutch transmission for large-displacement sportsbikes.

Finally, Honda will also show the DN-01 Touring Concept, the EVE-neo and EV Cub, their first electric scooters, and the CB1300 Super Four, CB1300 Super Touring and CB1300 Bol d’Or. Of course, there will also be the new VFR1200F, which is due to be officially unveiled on the 8th of this month. Sure looks like the Honda stand at this year’s Tokyo Show will be totally action-packed!

Promo videos for the new CB1100

Jay Leno to auction off his Yamaha VMax to promote art education in NY

Jay Leno will have his brand new Yamaha VMax auctioned off next month, with the proceeds going to a New York-based outfit that promotes art

Television celebrity and car/motorcycle collector, Jay Leno will auction off his brand new Yamaha VMax on the 10th of October this year, with the proceeds going to Bailey's Café, a community program that brings art education to some of New York's toughest neighborhoods.

Jay is not only auctioning off his VMax, he’s also getting it customised by designer Jeff Palhegyi, though with instructions to 'keep it rideable.' Hmmm... that should certainly provide a 200bhp boost to the cause of promoting art in New York. Not bad at all...

Face off: Mick Doohan vs Michael Schumacher in ROC, in China!

Mick Doohan vs Michael Schumacher? Yes, bring it on...!

Mick Doohan, 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ from 1994 to 1998, will be returning to the race track in November this year. Unfortunately, Doohan won’t be back on two wheels, but on four. The Aussie rider will race in an interesting selection of cars at the Race of Champions, at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Among others, Doohan will be up against like seven-time F1 world champ Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. ‘The Race of Champions is a really fun event. I've got a great team-mate in Jamie Whincup for the ROC Nations Cup so we'll be giving it our best shot to win the crown for Australia,’ says Doohan, whose appetite for winning races apparently remains undiminished.

Other motorcycle racing world champs who’ve taken part in the Race of Champions in the past include Valentino Rossi, Troy Bayliss and Travis Pastrana. For more information on the event, visit the official ROC website here

Motorcycle Helmets: The Snell debate rages on

Some people just won't wear a Snell-rated helmet...
Via Dealer News

Dexter Ford of The New York Times has written an interesting article on helmet ratings and whether motorcycle riders should choose Snell-rated helmets. 'The certification by Snell, a nonprofit research and testing organization financed by helmet makers, is not mandatory for road use but it is for some racing series, which can lead consumers to assume that a Snell-compliant helmet is safer — an assumption that is not agreed upon by researchers,' says Ford.

According to Ford's article, 'Many head-injury scientists, motorcycle-accident researchers and helmet makers say they are concerned that the “premium protection" proffered by current Snell-certified helmets may not be better after all. They argue that current Snell-rated helmets are too rigid and unyielding to properly absorb impact energy in the great majority of motorcycle crashes, subjecting riders to preventable brain injuries.'

'Hugh H. Hurt, a researcher who developed the Head Protection Research Laboratory at the University of Southern California, and author of the Hurt Report, a seminal study of motorcycle crashes, calls the current Snell M2005 standard 'a little bit excessive,' says Ford's article. 'People are wearing these so-called high performance helmets and are getting diffuse brain injuries. Well, they’re screwed up for life. Taking 300 g’s is not a safe thing,' says Hurt.

If you ride motorcycles, you should definitely read the full story on The NY Times here

Ms Wilde and Ms Knightley certainly don't care about Snell ratings...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster announced

The 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster is here and it wants to be the baddest bike on the block

Triumph have announced the 2010 Rocket III Roadster, which gets a 15% boost in torque, to 224Nm. Fitted with a tweaked version of the earlier 2.3-litre three-cylinder engine, the new Rocket III ‘moves out of pure cruiser territory and transcends into that of the ultimate muscle streetfighter,’ claim Triumph

Available in black and… er, black (shiny and matt versions), the Rocket III Roadster now also comes with ABS as standard, revised ergonomics, new rear suspension and new silencers. The changes are aimed at providing a more comfortable, better controlled ride.

With a big, fat Rotrex supercharger bolted on (which can boost power to around 250bhp!), the new Rocket III should certainly be the perfect motorcycle for those Sunday morning rides…

Yes, we like the Rocket III Roadster too!

Rever Corsa Ducati 1198 Strada unleashed

The Rever Corsa 1198 Strada makes us wish we were doing something that allowed us to earn more money. What an awesome bike...!

Via Motoblog

A lot of people go through life dreaming of the day when they’ll be able to afford a stock Ducati 1198. And then there are those lucky few who actually buy that 1198 and spend another few thousands on the bike to take its performance to a whole new level. For those fortunate few, Rever Corsa are building 10 units of the Ducati 1198 Strada, each of which will be priced anywhere between US$57,000-140,000 (depending on the parts you choose).

As you would expect, each 1198 Strada will be fitted with the best, most expensive components, including full carbonfibre bodywork, carbon wheels, Ohlins fork and shock, Brembo brakes with radial-mount monobloc callipers and an Akrapovic exhaust system. The ‘standard’ 1198 Strada is more than 10 kilos lighter than the stock 1198 and packs about 10 more horsepower.

For those with even more money to blow, Rever Corsa are doing an ‘extreme’ 1198 Strada, which gets a full titanium chassis (original dimensions are retained), carbonfibre steering yoke and a supercharger that boosts power up to 200bhp. If only we could have one of these bikes all to ourselves, just for a few hours. Nicely paved twisty mountain roads where there are no SUVs, sunny weather, no speed limits and a 1198 Strada Extreme. Oooohhhh… :-)

Monday, September 28, 2009

2010 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, 990R announced

MV Agusta have announced the 2010 Brutale 1090RR and 990R machines, which, according to MV, share only 15% of their components with the earlier Brutale bikes. Designed by Massimo Tamburini, the first Brutale was launched almost 10 years ago and still looks as good as ever. And that’s probably a good thing because even the 2010 bikes, which have supposedly been updated in a big way, don’t look very different from the older bikes…

Then again, look more closely and you realise that the Brutale 1090RR and 990R are subtly different from the earlier 1078RR and 989R. They also, as their names imply, have slightly bigger, more powerful engines - 153bhp for the 1090RR and 141bhp for the 990R. Mechanical changes include improved engine cooling and lubrication, lighter, more compact throttle bodies, and two riding modes for wet and dry weather conditions. Both bikes are equipped with a traction control system and the Brutale 1090RR also gets a slipper clutch.

The 2010 Brutale bikes feature an all-new chassis made of chrome-molybdenum tubes and aluminium plates, the single-sided swingarm is 20mm longer (made of forged aluminium for the 1090RR) and the rear monoshock is new. Forged aluminium wheels are lighter and stronger than before and the 1090RR gets lighter brake discs with monobloc callipers. The seat has also been redesigned for improved long-distance riding comfort.

The new MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR is priced at 18,500 euros, while the Brutale 990R costs 15,500 euros (US prices have been set at $18,000 and $15,000 respectively for the two bikes). We don’t really know what to make of the new Brutale duo. Yes, the bikes look gorgeous as ever. But ten years is a long time and a lot of people may have been expecting a much more significant update in terms of the styling and design. We’d like to know what you think of the new MV Brutale 1090 and 990 machines – post your thoughts in the comments section below…