Friday, March 05, 2010
It’s funny how some things work out. Yesterday we wrote about a Suzuki TL1000S-based streetfighter from the US, and today we have a TL1000R-based special from the Netherlands! The bike has been built by one Mathijn Nelis, who worked with the famous motorcycle chassis specialist Nico Bakker to create this machine, which he’s named the Nelis 1000R.
‘It was never the plan to build a complete motorcycle. I thought I’d build a frame and rear swingarm and use standard bodywork from other bikes. Nico still had a new TL1000R engine and loads of spare parts in stock, so the choice was easy,’ said Mathijn, when we asked him why he chose a Suzuki TL as the base for the Nelis 1000R.
I realy liked the curved lines on the Kenny Roberts' flattracker – that was my biggest source of inspiration while building the bike. It was all about being different from the others. This was my first bike and I had an open mind. I took Nico’s help and asked him a lot of questions. Effectively, I worked a full year to master the basic craft of bike building,’ says Mathijn.
We asked Mathijn if he prefers naked bikes over fully-faired ones and he tells us he likes both. ‘I can't really choose. I really like a nice fully-faired bike like the new special edition GSX-R, but a nicely built naked, with well crafted parts on it, I find just as interesting,’ he says.
‘Bikes will get better, cheaper and more beautiful every year. CAD is taking over the whole design and engineering process. Complex forms are getting easier to produce, so production bikes are getting closer to prototypes, which I believe is a good thing,’ says Mathijn.
Mathijn will soon start work on creating a replica of the BMW Lo Rider concept bike and to finance his next project, he’s looking to sell the Nelis 1000R. He’s asking for 40,000 euros for the bike and those who may be interested in buying it can visit his website for more details, or write to him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Featured in a recent issue of Super Streetbike magazine, this Suzuki streetfighter belongs to one Sean Sullivan, who bought a 1997 TL1000S more than a decade ago and has since then lavished much love, care and aftermarket parts on the machine. ‘I was looking to make a great streetbike that was unique, so I started fabbing stuff in the garage. Many hours of wrenching and months of tweaking resulted in what I have here,’ he says.
The TL’s 996cc v-twin and fuel tank are just about the only bits that are still stock. Almost everything else has been changed – the bike has a GSX-R1000 headlamp, Carozzeria V-Star aluminium wheels, custom-built tail section, a one-off subframe, Bitubo rear shock, custom exhaust and tiny Motogadget instrument cluster. The engine makes 109 horsepower, and with the bike’s 160kg kerb weight, performance should be sprightly enough. Yup, we like this bike…
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Ducati have quite shaken up the market with their new Multistrada 1200, a bike that really does seem to be very good at a lot of different things. And that, most manufacturers would agree, is one of the most difficult things to pull off in mainstream motorcycling. Many people who would have never considered buying the earlier Multistrada will probably give the new 1200 some serious thought and Ducati should be rightly proud of that.
Here at Faster and Faster, we’re committed superbike aficionados and we’d gladly put with aching wrists and hurting backs and, if we could choose to, still ride the 1198R (or a new R1 or the latest MV F4, if we could afford one…) every day of our lives. And yet, the Multi 1200 looks tasty.
Instead of their usual tubular steel trellis frame, Ducati have used a new kind of chassis on the Multistrada 1200 – one that combines aluminium plates with steel tubes to boost rigidity. The single-side swingarm is also new and the engine is a close relative of the Testastretta 1198 L-twin.
The Multistrada 1200’s Testastretta Evoluzione engine has been designed for optimum low- and mid-rev power delivery. It’s also more fuel-efficient and is lower on emissions than the 1198 engine. Oh, and up to 7,000rpm it actually makes more power than the 1198. Also, unlike the 1198’s dry clutch, the Multistrada’s clutch lives in an oil bath and is significantly softer, which makes it easier to live with on the street.
Coming to the bike’s power output, the Multistrada packs 150bhp at 9,250rpm and 119Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Top speed is more than 250km/h. The bike is absolutely packed with electronics and the rider can choose between multiple riding modes (sport, touring, city and enduro) that affect power delivery, the working of the DTC traction control system, the ABS and, on the S model, even the electronically controlled suspension. And if you aren’t happy with the stock settings in each riding mode, you can choose your own DTC and suspension settings for each mode and store those in on-board computer’s memory.
The Multistrada 1200, which weighs 189kg dry rides on Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres that were specially developed for this bike. It's supposed to be a serious cornering tool – Ducati claim the 190/55 rear tyre offers race-spec performance for the street, in terms of grip and cornering abilities. Which is cool.
The Multistrada 1200 comes in two flavours. The base model is fitted with a Marzocchi fork and Sachs monoshock, with optional ABS. The S version comes with ABS as standard and electronically controlled Ohlins suspension. The base model is priced at 14,900 euros while the S version costs 18,900 euros. Not cheap, but for many, the bike will definitely be worth the money. Does the new Multi get a place in our dream garage? Ummm.... no. We still only want that 1198R Corse... :-D
Nicolas Petit, a 25-year-old professional motorcycle mechanic based in Creil, France, is also passionate about drawing motorcycles. We quite like some of his work, which you can see on his website here. We thought this Ducati Desmosedici RR-based trike concept was particularly cool. ‘This project is a mix between a motorcycle and a street quad. The base is without its Desmosedici fork, the rear is slightly restyled. The ATV-type front is grafted directly on to the engine chassis – simple and effective, Spartan and light,’ says Nicolas.
The idea of a 200bhp trike is rather appealing. We hope someone will like this idea enough to actually make a Desmo RR trike…!
Via Moto Caradisiac, Bloguidon
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
We love old Honda V4s – everything from the VF1000R to the RC30 and the RC45. But here’s one V4-engined runabout (or should that be flyabout?) that’s almost as cool as one of those old Hondas. Yes, the Martin Jetpack is fitted with a 2.0-litre two-stroke V4 that kicks out 200 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 3,500rpm.
The Martin Jetpack has a carbonfibre and Kevlar composite chassis and weighs around 240 kilos. You don’t need a pilot’s license to fly one, but you do need to pass a training program conducted by the Martin Aircraft Company before you can take delivery of your jetpack.
The Jetpack will let you fly at a height of 8,000 feet, at speeds of up to 100km/h. Range, on one full tank of fuel, is 50km. All right, so it isn’t a motorcycle and it’s nowhere near as fast as an R1, but we think it’s still damn cool anyway.
More details, pics and videos on the Martin Jetpack official website here
Prepare for blast off...
Monday, March 01, 2010
The EBR 1190RR is an evolution of the 1125RR that you see here. Pity there will never will be a street version of Erik Buell's 185bhp racebike...
Erik Buell Racing (EBR) have released specs of their new racebike, the 1190RR, which packs all of 185 horsepower at the rear wheel! With this new machine, EBR will continue to race in the AMA American Superbike series which has a 1,200cc capacity limit for twin-cylinder engines.
‘The 1190RR models are constructed at our shop from new 1125Rs with a complete kit of superbike level components. Engines are completely disassembled and blueprinted, with top-shelf internal parts added to deliver reliable performance at the extreme rev ranges required for a twin-cylinder bike to compete at these power levels,’ says a press release from EBR.
Riders like Alex Barros and Jeremy McWilliams have been involved in the development of the 1190RR, so it must be good. Should be interesting to see how it performs in AMA Superbikes this year!
Buell 1190RR: Tech Specs
Engine: 1,190cc 72-degree liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC fuel-injected V-twin
Power: 185bhp@11,500rpm (measured at the rear wheel)
Final Drive: Chain
Chassis: Light alloy large section beam with integral fuel cell, light alloy tubular subframe
Front Suspension: 43mm Showa USD fork, fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Light alloy swingarm with Showa race damper, adjustable compression
Front brake: Single 387.5mm disc with 8-piston ZTL calliper
Wheel and tyres: 17-inch wheels, 120/60 (front), 190/55 (rear) Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tyres
Dry Weight: 162kg (without fuel)
More details on the EBR website here
The new MotoCzysz electric powerpack could represent a whole new chapter in the evolution of the street-ready electric sportsbike...
The reasonably affordable, production-ready electric superbike – one that offers performance that’s comparable to regular IC-engined sportsbikes, at a less than stratospheric price – seems to be on its way to reality. And the surprising thing is, rather than mainstream Japanese and European manufacturers, it’s the much smaller, independent companies that seem to be doing most of the development work in this area.
MotoCzysz have now unveiled their plug-and-play electric powertrain – the MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve System – which is priced at US$42,500. ‘For individuals, teams and companies interested in building a high performance electric motorcycle, the new MotoCzysz D1g1tal Dr1ve system is the most advanced integrated electric drive system available,’ says a press release from the company.
With this powertrain, anyone with the requisite expertise can pick and choose chassis and suspension components from the huge selection available on the motorcycle aftermarket, and build their own electric racebike or perhaps even street-legal electric sportsbike. The liquid-cooled MotoCzysz electric drive system includes an advanced 240V electric motor that produces a continuous 100bhp and 340Nm of torque, a high-tech controller with multiple maps for tweaking the motor’s power delivery and a hot-swappable Lithium-Polymer battery pack.
For now, the MotoCzysz e-drive system is aimed at teams that want to go racing in the TTXGP series and / or FIM’s electric bike racing series. But the real excitement, for us, lies in the possibility of an independent, small volumes manufacturer using this e-powertrain to create a street-legal superbike that can take 600cc and bigger sportsbikes. It won’t happen tomorrow and the cost-versus-performance ratio is likely to remain skewed in favour of regular IC-engined sportsbikes in the foreseeable future. Still, this could represent a whole new chapter in the evolution of the electric superbike.
Designed and constructed by Grant Ryan, who’s based in New Zealand, the Yike is a small, light, foldable electric bike that weighs less than 10 kilos and which can hit a top speed of 20km/h. The Yike features a carbon composite chassis and is powered by an electric motor that’s mounted inside its 20-inch hubless front wheel. The motor feeds off a lithium phosphate battery that can be charged to 80% capacity in 20 minutes. With the battery fully charged, the Yike can travel 10km before running out of juice.
Featured on Time magazine's '50 Best Inventions of 2009' list, The Yike is likely to go on sale in Europe in limited numbers in the next few months and will be priced between 3,500-3,900 euros. More pics, details and videos on the Yike website here
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Featured in Trike magazine, the UK-based Simeon Hill’s three-wheeled creation is based on a 2001 Kawasaki ZX-12R. It features a push-button gearshift system, Akrapovic exhaust, modified axle and differential from a Ford Sierra, custom-built frame and various other trick bits and pieces. The 17-inch rear wheels wear 235 x 50 rubber and the trike is capable of hitting a top speed of around 250km/h.
‘I built this trike to handle. I have turned a few heads and surprised many sportsbike riders on twisty Yorkshire and Lincolnshire roads,’ says Hill. ‘It’s taken me on local jaunts, weekend trips and longer trips around Europe, not only keeping up with my friends’ sportsbikes but also giving them a good run for their money,’ he adds.
The trike is currently up for sale – those who may be interested in buying it can call Simeon on 07704 418750
Friday, February 26, 2010
Don Emde (1972 Daytona 200 winner) recently unveiled a special Yamaha R1 project bike at a Long Beach Show in the US. Emde, who also announced the launch of a new non-profit organization called Friends of Riders for Health, Inc., led a one-year team effort to customize the machine with aftermarket accessories and a one-off graphic theme replicating Valentino Rossi's famous ‘Five Continents’ AGV helmet by designer Aldo Drudi. The R1’s graphic wrap was done in Italy by Pole Position Racing Service, which works with various MotoGP teams.
The Rossi R1 is scheduled to be sold at an auction to be announced in late 2010 or early 2011. It is a fully street legal and licensed motorcycle, though it has been stripped of certain street equipment (mirrors, turn signals and license plate/taillight) for display and will be delivered as a track day only machine. Apart from the graphics, the R1 features a long list of aftermarket parts – Ohlins FGRT808 fork, Ohlins TTX rear shock, Akrapovic Evolution exhaust, Dynojet Power Commander V and various other high-spec bits. To assist the new owner with their riding skills, the Yamaha Champions Riding School has donated a one-day school that will be included with the sale price.
‘Riders for Health is the official charity of the MotoGP series and I am so appreciative of the support from everyone in the sport that were involved in the project, including Valentino Rossi, who enthusiastically agreed to the use of his helmet design, and to Yamaha Motor Corp USA, AGV, Aldo Drudi of Drudi Performance and Luca Campanille of Pole Position. Without their support, such a unique finished product would not have been possible,’ says Emde.
Friends of Riders for Health, Inc. is dedicated to raising funds for Riders for Health through special projects and the R1 was the first project for the new organization. For more information, visit Friends of Riders for Health
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Yamaha have finally released pics and specs of their brand-new adventure tourer, the BMW R1200GS-rivalling XT1200Z Super Ténéré. The bike is powered by a 1,200cc fuel-injected liquid-cooled 8-valve DOHC parallel twin that produces 110 horsepower at 7,250rpm and 114Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. The gearbox is a six-speed unit and the Super Ténéré gets a low-maintenance shaft drive, along with a ‘unified braking system’ (UBS) with integrated ABS, three-mode traction control and two-mode (sport and touring) drive settings. The bike rides on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels.
With its steel tube chassis, fully adjustable 43mm USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock (with 190mm of suspension travel at both ends), twin 310mm brake discs at the front and single 282mm disc at the back, the XT1200Z is fully equipped to take on all kinds of terrain. Seat height is adjustable (845-870mm), the tank can take 23 litres of fuel and the bike weighs 261 kilos.
The Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré definitely looks very capable and should be able to challenge the R1200GS for segment superiority.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Honda will unveil the 3R-C electric three-wheeler concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The 3R-C has been designed as a single-occupant zero-emissions urban runabout and, according to Honda, it ‘draws on Honda’s vast working knowledge of vehicles utilising electric motors.’ Ahem.
The Honda 3R-C concept was created by European designers working at Honda’s research and design facility in Milan. We miss the days when Honda used to make bikes like the RC30 and RC45 and when its concept bikes used to be machines like the NR750…
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