Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans, V12 Strada and V12 X concepts unveiled

All three Moto Guzzi concept bikes are impressive, but which one will go into production? We like the red one the best. No, wait, maybe the white one...

It seems Moto Guzzi are hell bent on blowing every other bike manufacturer into the weeds at this year’s EICMA Show in Italy. After the superb V7 Clubman Racer, they’ve now taken the wraps off not one but three new concept bikes – the V12 Le Mans, V12 Strada and V12 X.

Co-designed by Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche, all three concept bikes are fitted with Guzzi’s 1,200cc v-twin (the same engine which is fitted on the new Norge GT), and even though each bike has its own distinct persona, each is still very distinctly a Guzzi. ‘There is an impalpable, yet very real force in the history of Moto Guzzi. It lies in the ideas and in the unrelenting research work that led Moto Guzzi to build its tradition on innovation,’ says Miguel Galluzzi, who heads the Piaggio Group’s (which owns Moto Guzzi) styling centre.

‘Keep an eye on Moto Guzzi because this is just the first step. We are back to relying on ideas, and we have plenty of them. This is just the beginning,’ says Galluzzi, who, by the way, has also designed the Aprilia RSV4. Damn right, we admit we’re terribly impressed. Now let’s just wait and see which of these three bikes goes into production…

For many more pics of the three concept bikes, visit Motoblog here

Via MC24

Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer: That ’70s Show…

The Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer may be a bit down on power but looks totally cool

Moto Guzzi have relased details of the new V7 Clubman Racer, which they say is ‘the end result of extensive tuning inspired by the motorcycles that in the 1970s challenged each other in the modified production category.’ Er… yeah, well…

Moto Guzzi claim the V7 Clubman takes its design cues from the legendary 850 Le Mans, which makes it quite all right in our books – it certainly seems to have gotten that 1970s café-racer look down pat. Very cool.

The V7 Clubman is fitted with Guzzi’s 744cc v-twin, which makes 49 horsepower and 58Nm of torque. The bike’s steel tube chassis, five-speed gearbox, 40mm Marzocchi fork and twin Bitubo shock absorbers are as basic as things can get. The gearbox is a five-speed unit and braking duties are handled by a single 320mm disc at the front and 260mm disc at the back.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer rides on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) spoked wheels and dry weight is 182kg. There is no slipper clutch, ABS, traction control or on-board computer here, which is just fine really. Yes, this is one of those few Moto Guzzis that we like. A lot.

2010 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V announced

The 2010 Moto Guzzi 1200 Norge GT 8V. Go, tour...

Moto Guzzi have announced the 2010-spec Norge GT 8V tourer, with its 1,200cc v-twin engine getting four-valve cylinder heads. ‘The Moto Guzzi Norge has been updated to consolidate its vocation of being an indefatigable GT, a tireless traveller and the acknowledged champion of reliability,’ claims a press release from Moto Guzzi.

In its new guise, the Norge GT packs 105bhp and 113Nm of torque. The suspension has been revised and the springs have been replaced for ‘sportier’ handling, which is just as well for a bike that weighs 251kg dry.

The new Norge GT also features a redesigned fairing for better weather protection for the rider and improved cooling for the engine. With its smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox, C.A.R.C. (Compact Reactive Shaft Drive) shaft drive, generous accommodation and comprehensive instrumentation including a trip computer, the Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V certainly looks like a competent touring bike, though if were going long-distance touring, we'd probably take something like a ZZR1400... :-)

BMW Concept 6 unveiled, is the most awesome bike at this year's EICMA!

The new BMW Concept 6, fitted with a high-tech straight-six engine specially designed for bikes, is simply flat-out awesome...

BMW have released pics and specs of their new Concept 6 bike, which is fitted with a six-cylinder engine. The bike is now on display at the currently ongoing EICMA Show in Milan, Italy. BMW straight-six engines have a formidable reputation in the world of cars and it seems BMW are now all set to bring their six-cylinder power to motorcycles as well.

‘The new BMW straight-six will further expand the K-Series in the foreseeable future. The first model to be introduced will be an innovative and luxurious BMW touring machine,’ says a press release from BMW.

According to BMW, their new straight-six engine for the K-Series has been specially designed for motorcycles and will be only slightly wider than a conventional large-capacity four-cylinder engine. ‘The reduction in width is achieved in particular by the slightly over-square bore:stroke ratio with relatively long stroke and very small gaps between cylinders,’ says the BMW press release. ‘Designed and laid out as a straight-six, the engine also opens up new dimensions in motorcycling in terms of supremacy, power reserves, performance and running refinement,’ it adds.

The BMW straight-six for motorcycles will displace about 1.6-litres, will have a torque output of 130Nm and power that would be roughly equivalent to that of BMW’s 1.3-litre four-cylinder engines. ‘Fuel consumption of this six-cylinder engine is lower than that of a comparable four-cylinder engine under normal touring conditions. The use of ride-by-wire tech offers further potential for enhanced fuel economy and riding dynamics throughout a wide range of different riding modes and conditions,’ says the BMW press release.

According to BMW, the Concept 6 has been designed to look like a café-racer and features high-tech, cutting-edge chassis and suspension technologies – light alloy bridge frame and Duolever / Paralever arms holding and guiding the wheels front and rear. ‘Seventeen-inch forged wheels as well as the extra-large brake system with its six-piston fixed callipers emphasise the sporting look of the new machine and its high level of technology,’ claim BMW.

We must say BMW have come out with something of a shocker with their Concept 6, and the fact that it’s slated for production – rather than being a fanciful show bike – makes it even more amazing. Stay tuned for more details on this machine!

Special Edition 2010 Triumph Speed Triple unveiled

From left: The regular Speed Triple SE and the special edition built-for-the-EICMA-only Speed Triple look good...

The 2010 Speed Triple is mechanically similar to the 2009 bikes, but Triumph have built a show special for the EICMA, to announce their new collaboration with Öhlins. The Speed Triple you see here (above, right) features Öhlins forks, custom paintjob, Arrow exhaust, special wheels and PVM brakes. Production-spec 2010 bikes will get revised suspension settings and Öhlins suspension components for the bikes will be available at Triumph dealerships.

Via MC24

2010 MV Agusta F4: Official pics, specs and video

The 2010 MV Agusta F4. No, this really is the 2010-spec bike, not something from 10 years ago. What, you don't believe us...?!

Looking at the 2010 MV Agusta F4, it can be hard to believe that the bike really has been redesigned completely. The ‘new’ bike really does look a whole lot like the ‘old’ F4, which was a good looking but ten-year-old design.

But MV claim they indeed redesigned the bike completely, with new bodywork, engine and chassis. Weight has been reduced by around 10kg and the engine is now actually smaller – capacity has gone down from 1,078cc to 998cc – though there shouldn’t be any shortage of power at 186bhp at the crank.

New bits include variable-length air intake tracts on the engine, two fuel injectors per cylinder, Marelli 7BM ECU (which also handles the bike’s eight-level traction control system), 20mm longer, lighter single-sided swingarm, lighter, redesigned wheels, new bodywork, redesigned exhaust tailpipes and a long list of redesigned engine internals – we won’t bother with the list here, but everything’s been made lighter, stronger and hopefully more reliable.

Suspension is comprised of a 50mm USD Marzocchi fork that’s three-way adjustable and an adjustable Sachs monoshock. Twin 320mm brake discs with radial-mount Brembo four-piston monobloc callipers at the front, and single 210mm disc with four-piston Nissin callipers at the back handle stopping duties. Tyres are 120/70 front and 190/55 at the back.

The 2010 MV Agusta F4 weighs 190kg dry and top speed is a claimed 303km/h. Of course, it’s a beautiful machine which we’re sure offers phenomenal performance, but we can’t help feeling a bit disappointed. Yes, the original F4 was absolutely gorgeous, but we’ve become so accustomed to seeing this bike that it’s become a bit boring. Is there really not a single motorcycle designer in the world who could have improved upon Massimo Tamburini’s work…?

2010 Ducati 1198R Corse announced

For those who have to have the ‘R’ suffix in the name of their Ducati, the company has announced the Ducati 1198R Corse, which is basically a 1198S with a fancy paintjob. Well, it sure looks absolutely terrific!

‘New’ bits on the 1198R Corse include an aluminium fuel tank, Termignoni exhaust system and a paddock stand. Prices haven’t been announced yet but we’re sure they’ll be stratospheric. For those who want a lighter-on-the-wallet Ducati superbike, there’ll also be a 1198S Corse and an 848 Dark Edition, in matt-black finish. The 1198S Corse is priced at 25,000 euros while the 1198R Corse will set you back by a massive 38,500 euros!

Monday, November 09, 2009

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo, 1100 Evo SP announced

The Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo (red and black) and 1100 Evo SP (silver and red), for those who want a bigger adrenaline rush...

For 2010, Ducati have announced two new versions of the Hypermotard – the Hypermotard 1100 Evo and 1100 Evo SP. The Hypermotard 1100 Evo weighs 172kg dry and packs 95 horsepower and 102Nm of torque from its air-cooled 1,100cc Desmodue Evoluzione L-twin engine.

In order to reduce weight, Ducati have eliminated forged elements on the older Hypermotard’s trellis frame and made it lighter and stiffer. Suspension components now include adjustable 50mm Marzocchi fork at the front and ZF Sachs monoshock mounted to a robust single-sided swingarm at the back.

Lightweight 17-inch wheels mounted on large diameter axles are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres, while stopping power is provided by radial-mount Brembo four-piston callipers gripping twin 305mm discs up front and a single 245mm disc at the rear.

For those who want an even more extreme riding experience, Ducati also have the Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP, which gets more ground clearance, better suspension, higher bars and a further reduction in weight. The 1100 Evo SP gets fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks, higher-spec shock with Öhlins remote reservoir, Brembo brakes with Monobloc callipers, lightweight wheels from Marchesini (shod with Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres), serrated footpegs for increased boot grip, and various carbonfibre bits sprinkled across the bike.

The Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP also gets the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which includes PC software and a USB-ready data retrieval card, which enables owners to review and analyse the performance of the bike and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information.

The 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo is priced at 11,700 euros while the Evo 1100 SP costs 14,000 euros.

Oral fixation: Hitting all the right notes...

Right, this one isn't exactly about bikes but we think you'll love the video anyway. Now if only this guy traded his oral Supra for an MV Agusta F4 and a Ducati 1198S with Termignoni pipes... :-D

2010 Honda XL700V Transalp: First pics, specs

New colours and graphics for the 2010 Honda XL700V Transalp...

Honda have announced the 2010-spec XL700V Transalp ‘adventure sports tourer’, which gets new colours and graphics and… not much else in the way of changes. The 680cc liquid-cooled v-twin remains the same and ‘delivers impressive roll-on acceleration and strong, torque-filled performance, especially in its wide midrange,’ says a press release from Honda. ‘The PGM-FI system helps deliver high fuel economy, responsive throttle control and low exhaust emissions,’ it claims.

Combined-ABS is now also available on the new Honda Transalp. And the accessories list includes 29-litre pannier kit and 45-litre top box, same key operation for both ignition and top box, a higher windscreen, front and rear fog lamp kits, grip heaters and a motorcycle navigation kit.

2010 Honda XL700V Transalp: Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 680cc v-twin
Power: 59bhp@7,750rpm
Torque: 60Nm@5,500rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 17.5 litres
Fuel Consumption: 19.6km/l
Gearbox: Five-speed
Final Drive: O-ring sealed chain
Chassis: Semi-double-cradle box-section steel tube
Kerb Weight: 214kg
Front Suspension: 41mm leading-axle telescopic fork, 177mm axle travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link with adjustable compression damping, 173mm axle travel
Wheels: 19-inch (front), 17-inch (rear)
Tyres: 100/90 (front), 130/80 (rear)
Brakes: 256mm disc with three-piston callipers (front) and 240mm disc (rear), C-ABS optional

2010 Honda CBF1000: First pics and specs

The Honda CBF1000 has been updated for 2010...

Honda have released first pics of the 2010 CBF1000, which gets a new aluminium chassis and a reworked inline-four that now produces 106 horsepower (an increase of about 9bhp over the old engine) and 96Nm of torque. Honda say they’ve made efforts to boost mid-range torque and the PGM-FI fuel-injection system has been optimised for smoother running and reduced fuel consumption.

Other changes include a four-position adjustable windscreen, broader, re-shaped seat, LED indicators and tail-lamp, revised instrument panel, new 41mm fork, a more robust swingarm, new, preload adjustable rear shock and Combined-ABS as standard fitment. The styling has also been sharpened up a bit and the CBF’s headlamps now look as they’ve been taken off a CBR600RR. Honda are also offering a wide range of accessories for the bike, including purpose-build panniers and heated grips.

2010 Honda CBF1000: Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 998cc inline-four
Power: 106bhp@9,000rpm
Torque: 96Nm@6,500rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 20 litres
Fuel consumption: 18.4km/l
Gearbox: Six-speed, with hydraulic clutch
Final drive: Chain
Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork with adjustable preload
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable HMAS shock absorbers
Wheels and Tyres: 17-inch alloy wheels, 120/70 (front) and 160/60 (rear) tyres
Brakes: Twin 296mm discs with 3-piston callipers (front) and single 240mm disc (rear), with C-ABS
Kerb weight: 245kg

Via Motoblog

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