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…
The ZXR750 / ZX-7R is one of our absolute all-time favourite Kawasakis. They stopped building it back in 2003 and yes, there are any number of sportsbikes that are lighter, more powerful and better handling than the old green meanie. And yet, there's something about the old ZXR750 / ZX-7R that makes us just LOVE the bike SO VERY, VERY MUCH! Along with the ZX-11 / ZZR1100, we believe this was one of the best Kawasakis ever made. Today, for no reason other than we love this bike so much, here's some pics of this great machine...
Pics: Sportbike Rider
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
According to a report on MCN, future Ducati superbikes may have a monocoque aluminium (or carbonfibre) chassis rather than the Italian company’s traditional steel tube trellis frames. Ducati have already used carbonfibre semi-monococque chassis on the Desmosedici GP9 MotoGP racebike and will continue to go down the same path with the GP10.
With the monocoque type frame, Ducati’s intent is to start using the bike’s engine as the central element that connects everything, rather than having a separate chassis. In MotoGP, Ducati’s new carbonfibre monocoque chassis has offered more torsional rigidity than the earlier trellis frame and other advantages could include reduced weight, better engine cooling, improved aerodynamics, superior packaging and more compact dimensions.
According to the MCN report, Ducati might already be working on a version of its MotoGP monocoque chassis for its street bikes, although the streetbike chassis will be made of aluminium rather than the much more expensive to work with carbonfibre.
The Britten V1000 is just one of the many bikes that have, in the past, proved that a monocoque chassis can work very well on high-performance motorcycles. If Ducati choose to abandon their traditional trellis frames and go monocoque, the results should certainly be very interesting indeed!
Triumph has announced the new limited edition Daytona 675 SE, which gets a new blue and white paintjob, black wheels, adjustable brake and clutch levers, fully adjustable suspension and a sprinkling of carbonfibre bits. The 675cc inline-three engine remains unchanged and still produces 128bhp at 12,600rpm.
The 2010 Triumph 675 SE will go on sale in Europe in March this year and will be priced at around 12,000 euros.