Thursday, November 05, 2009

2010 BMW R1200GS, R1200RT: First pics and specs

The 2010 BMW R1200GS/Adventure and R1200RT feature improvements in all areas, including engine, chassis and suspension performance as well as ergonomics

BMW have released pics and specs of the 2010 R1200GS and R1200RT bikes. Both machines are fitted with an updated version of BMW’s 1,170cc boxer twin, which now produces 110 horsepower at 7,750rpm and 120Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Engine internals come from the sportier, more aggressive HP2 Sport and include double overhead cams (DOHC), bigger inlet and exhaust valves, lighter, forged aluminium pistons and bigger throttle bodies for the fuel injectors. Also, the revised (slightly lower) gear ratios help improve acceleration.

Both bikes are available with ABS and optional electronic suspension adjustment (ESA II). Both bikes get LED headlamps, while the RT also gets an MP3 audio system with USB connectivity and iPod compatibility, redesigned fairing for improved weather protection and an electrically operated windshield. A lower seat, better suited for shorter riders, is available as an option on the GS/Adventure.

Various new colours are available, including red, white, silver, black and yellow. Prices for both the BMWs will be announced later this month.

Via Motoblog

DC Shoe Bike: Travis Pastrana gets the boot!

A bike that rides on shoes, instead of regular wheels?! Umm... yes. And Travis Pastrana is even doing his regular jumps and backflips on the machine. Boot up the video and check out the action for yourself. And for more details, visit the DC website here

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Mavizen TTX02 unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Instead of a V-twin, there's a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor under that RC8 bodywork. The TTX02 will be built in limited numbers...

The UK-based Mavizen have unveiled the lithium-ion battery-powered TTX02 electric sportbike at the currently ongoing SEMA Show in the US. With chassis, suspension and bodywork from the KTM RC8, the TTX02 is a high-tech piece of work that weighs 110kg dry (without the batteries, which we’re sure are very heavy) and has a top speed of around 210km/h.

The TTX02’s on-board computer runs on the Linux operating system and features Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. No, you wouldn’t want to check your email at 200km/h, but the bike’s computer can easily be hooked on to your laptop and the accompanying software would then allow you to tweak most performance parameters. We suppose Mavizen would also supply firmware updates, which you would be able to download to the bike via that Wi-Fi connection…

Based on the TTXGP winning Agni X01, the TTX02 will be produced in limited numbers and is expected to cost about £25,000 in race-ready condition. Visit the Mavizen website for more details.

Watch the Mavizen TTX02 in action...

Via Asphalt & Rubber

2010 MV Agusta F4 unveiled. Well, almost...!

The 2010 MV Agusta F4 should be quite a rocket...
MV Agusta continue to provide tantalising glimpses of the 2010 F4. Like the Brutale, the new F4 only features sharpened-up styling rather than a complete design revamp. And along with the Ducati 1198S, the new F4 is likely to still be one of the best looking motorcycles in the world. Apart from the styling, the 2010 MV F4 also gets a revised engine – a 998cc inline-four with a variable-length air intake system, that produces 186 horsepower at 12,900rpm. A multiple setting traction control system will be standard on the bike. The quad-pipe underseat exhaust system has been redesigned (with more rectangular section pipes replacing the earlier round-shaped ones), and the bike gets to keep its trademark single-side swingarm. Other new bits include Xenon headlamps and mildly redesigned bodywork. With multiple changes to the chassis, suspension and engine, details of which are coming soon, the new MV Agusta F4 should be quite a rocket. We can’t wait for the bike to be revealed at the EICMA show in Milan next week!    

Update (10.11.2009): For the official pics, specs and video of the 2010 MV Agusta F4, see here

Monday, November 02, 2009

2011 CR&S Duu to be unveiled at the 2009 EICMA

The new CR&S Duu will go on sale in Europe in 2011...

CR&S have released the first official pics of their new ‘naked, twin seater, premium motorcycle,’ the Duu. ‘Two Western motorcycle cultures will be synthesized inside the Duu – a sporty European rolling chassis powered by a muscular American big-twin,’ claim CR&S on their website.

The Duu will be fitted with a 1,916cc S&S X-Wedge v-twin. However, no power output figures are quoted and there’s no information regarding the bike’s weight either. CR&S expect to start selling the Duu in Europe by 2011, with prices starting at 20,000 euros (US$29,500). Only a few dozen of these hand-built bikes will be made every year.

The single-side swingarm looks impressive, though overall the Duu looks like a Harley-designed Ducati Streetfighter with some musclebike design cues from the Yamaha VMax. You decide if that’s a good thing. In the meanwhile, the bike will be on display at the EICMA show in Milan this year.

The CR&S Duu explained (Italian video with english subtitles)