Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 Yamaha FZ8, Fazer8: Official pics, specs released

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Top, from left: The 2010 Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer8...
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Adding to their Fazer / FZ line-up, which until now consisted of the Fazer FZ1 and FZ6, Yamaha have released pics and specs of the new FZ8 and Fazer8 machines, which are fitted with a new 779cc four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 82Nm of torque.

With its cast aluminium chassis (that uses the engine as a stressed member) and swingarm, 43mm USD fork, adjustable monoshock rear suspension that uses a progressive linkage and twin 310mm brake discs up front with four-piston monobloc callipers, the FZ8 / Fazer8 looks like an all-around capable package. The bike, according to Yamaha, has been designed who want something with a bit more power than a 600 and that’s not as intimidating as a full-house litre-class machine.

The FZ8 is all naked, while the Fazer8 has a half fairing and a windshield for better wind protection, which should be ideal for longer rides. The FZ8 is priced at 8,190 euros and the Fazer8 will cost 8,690 euros. A wide range of accessories – higher windshield, hard and soft luggage, heated grips and centrestand etc – will also be available for the bikes.

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Brand-new Honda NR750, RC30 to go on display at Stockholm dealership

A brand-new NR750 comes out of the crate for the first time, two decades after it was built. Could this really be happening...?!

Most people would find it very hard to believe that after all these years, someone, somewhere, could still have a brand-new, unused Honda NR750 and RC30 stowed away in their basement. And yet, Bent Gunnarson, who owns a motorcycle warehouse in Stockholm, Sweden, does have both of these legendary motorcycles, which he kept in his basement for the last two decades. The bikes were taken out of their original boxes only recently and will now be put on display at a Honda showroom in Stockholm.

Buying an RC30 and an NR750 and keeping them locked away in a basement is something we simply can’t understand. To own motorcycles like these and not ride them, touch them, look at them for 20 years is just plain weird… and a bit sad.

Anyway, what’s next we wonder? Maybe Mr Gunnarson also has an RC45 locked away somewhere…? :-D

Via Hell for Leather

Some pics of the Honda NR750...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade riding impression

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Can the 'Blade still hack it in the face of newer, more aggressive competition...?
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When it comes to litre-class superbikes, the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and the Yamaha R1 are just about the hottest machines right now. And, of course, there’s the Ducati 1198R for those who’d rather have an Italian V-twin rather than a four-cylinder engine.

So where does that leave older bikes like the Honda Fireblade? For a long time, the CBR1000RR has been one of the best all-around sportsbikes that work equally well on the track and the street. Honda have made some improvements to the 2010-spec ’Blade to make sure the bike doesn’t fall too far behind its newer, harder-edged competition. Motociclismo recently tested the 2010 CBR1000RR and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the bike:

The Honda CBR1000RR won the Masterbike in 2008 and last year it got C-ABS, a significant safety feature which has proved really useful on the street. For 2010, Honda have made some improvements to the engine and made the power delivery more progressive and less abrupt.

On our dyno, the 2010 CBR1000RR produced 175 horsepower at 12,000rpm, compared to 168bhp at 12,200rpm for the 2009 model. The suspension works very well and the bike is very stable at high speeds, allowing you to accelerate hard out of fast bends. The HESD steering damper adapts to road / track conditions automatically and works flawlessly in all situations.

The new Fireblade’s gearbox is very precise and the brakes are excellent, even though our test bike was not fitted with the C-ABS system. Build quality is consistently high and vibration is virtually non-existent. The only thing is, the riding position is quite track-oriented and while the Fireblade can still be used and even be enjoyed on the street, it never lets you forget that it has primarily been designed for the racetrack…

For the full story, please visit Motociclismo

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Is the Fireblade still one of the best all-around sportsbikes? Probably, yes...

Van Harten BMW S1000RR Carbon Edition: More power, less weight

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From left: The S1000RR Carbon Edition, and the regular bike with a few carbon parts...

The 193bhp BMW S1000RR is, right now, pretty much at the top of most sportsbike riders’ wish list. With about 183 horsepower at the rear wheel and a host of sophisticated electronics, the German bike recently trounced all comers to win the 2010 Masterbike (ahead of the Aprilia RSV4, which finished second, and the 2010 MV Agusta F4, which took third…).

Now, The Netherlands-based BMW dealers, Van Harten, are kicking the madness up a few notches further by offering a lighter, more powerful version – the S1000RR Carbon Edition. The bike gets a custom paintjob, an Akrapovic Titanium exhaust system and a very long list of carbonfibre bodyparts. This lighter, slightly more powerful (because of the aftermarket exhaust) S1000RR is priced at 25,000 euros.

For more details, visit the Van Harten website here


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

UK riders could win freebikes, special Yamaha R1

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Free T-shirts, DVDs, tickets to racing events and even a custom R1 - what's not to love?!

Yamaha dealers in the UK are giving riders an opportunity to test ride a range of Yamaha motorcycles and scooters, and provide feedback to the company. Each rider who test rides Yamaha bikes gets a T-shirt and a DVD with a selection of some of the best MotoGP and World Superbikes races from the 2009 season.

Those who test ride Yamaha bikes will also be entered into a monthly draw for VIP tickets to British Superbikes and will also be in with a chance to win the grand prize – a special Yamaha R1 that's been custom painted to celebrate the company's 55th birthday, and VIP tickets to the 2010 British MotoGP.

This promo will end on the 31st of May this year. For more details, visit the Yamaha UK website here

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Voxan concept bikes by Enzyme: What might have been…

These Voxan concept bikes provide a glimpse at the kind of the machines the French company might have made in the near future, if it had the resources to go on...

French motorcycle manufacturer Voxan, which was established in the mid-1990s and which went into liquidation recently, did not make too many motorcycles during its 15-year existence. However, their eccentric, off-beat machines do seem have a loyal – if very small – base of fans in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Back in December last year, we wrote about the VX10 Nefertiti which was the last motorcycle that Voxan produced. However, we recently came across some concept bikes – the machines you see here – on the Enzyme (a design outfit based in Montreuil, France) website, which were supposedly designed at the behest of Voxan a few years ago. Built around Voxan’s existing chassis and 1,000cc V-twin engine, these bikes actually look quite interesting.

While there has been some talk of one or two companies trying to buy Voxan’s assets and resurrect the brand, we don’t really think it’s going to happen. Still, looking at these design studies, we wonder what may have been had Voxan been able to muster the resources to go on producing motorcycles…

Monday, March 08, 2010

Motorcycles in Music: The best videos ever

What better way to make music than with 180bhp superbikes? Here's a selection of some of the best, coolest music videos with motorcycles in them. Rock and roll, baby...

Ruff Ryder's Anthem, by DMX

Unity, by Queen Latifah

More than a woman, by Aaliyah

Speak, by Godsmack

Stuntin' like my Daddy, by Lil Wayne

I'm so paid, by Akon

99 Problems, by Jay-Z

If you liked these, you may also want to watch There you go, by Pink, and I can transform ya, by Chris Brown. These videos are not available for embedding, hence the YouTube links.

This list was compiled by Super Streetbike magazine

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Eddie Lawson, Ben Spies talk about bikes, technology and motorcycle racing

Four-time (1984, '86, '88 and '89) 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ, Eddie Lawson and MotoGP rookie Ben Spies get together to talk about motorcycles and motorcycle racing. Eddie is definitely one of greatest motorcycles racers ever and in the 1980s, he was the man to beat. And while this video is totally cool, how we wish Yamaha would arrange some kind of a demo event where Eddie on a Yamaha YZR500 would go head to head against Ben on a YZR M1. Now that would be something...!'s part 2

...and here's part 3

Eddie Lawson, one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever...



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