Saturday, March 20, 2010
In a survey conducted in the UK by bike magazine MCN, Honda motorcycles have come out on top as the most reliable of all bikes. Eight of the top ten positions were taken by Honda motorcycles, with the NT700V Deauville being voted as the most reliable of all motorcycles, followed by the CBR600RR, ST1300 Pan European, Honda’s CBR1100XX Blackbird, CBR1000RR Fireblade, VFR800, VFR800 VTEC and the CBF1000.
More than 12,000 riders voted in this survey, answering questions about their bikes’ build quality, reliability, handling, running costs, and engine and braking performance. We aren’t surprised Honda bikes were judged the most reliable, but we do believe Honda need to start building bikes that are a bit more exciting than the current lot. For inspiration, just look at the Aprilia RSV4 and the BMW S1000RR…
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Doug Polen, 1991 and 1992 World Superbikes champ, will teach Ducati buyers in the US to ride their bikes the way they are really meant to be ridden...
Ducati, in the United States, are offering a one-day traning camp with two-time World Superbikes champ, Doug Polen. Those who buy a 2009 or 2010 model Ducati 1198, 1198S, 1098R or 848 before the 15th of June will be eligible for the offer and will be invited to spend a day with Polen (who currently runs the 1-on-1 Riders School) at one of a dozen track venues.
‘I am excited to be teaming up with Ducati for this promotion. For the past few years, I’ve been mastering the transition from racing bikes to teaching others my secrets, and now it’s time for a new generation of Ducs to start flying,’ says Polen, who won the WSBK title in 1991 and 1992, aboard the Ducati 888. If you’re in the US and are planning to buy a new 1198, spending a day with Doug could be the best way of learning to put that bike to really good use…!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Self-proclaimed leaders in the electric motorcycle industry, Zero Motorcycles have announced their 2010-spec Zero S, DS, X and MX bikes. ‘With added power, increased acceleration, and enhanced power pack technology, Zero Motorcycles is continuing the innovation it's known for and taking electric motorcycle technology to the next level,’ says a press release from the company.
The street-oriented Zero S, the dual-sport Zero DS and the off-road X and MX bikes are all fitted with lithium-ion ‘Z-Force’ battery packs. Zero claim they’ve made the bikes’ electric motors lighter and more compact and improved cooling, which results in more power, improved acceleration and improved durability.
While the four bikes are fitted with different suspensions components, they’re all fitted with the same battery/electric motor, which produces 23 horsepower and 68Nm of torque. Range is about 80km, top speed is 105km/ and the batteries take less than four hours for a full recharge. Prices range between US$7,500 for the Zero X to $9,000 for the Zero S.
Of the four bikes here, we do think the Zero S is vaguely interesting, but when it comes to style, lust-worthiness and the price-vs-performance equation, it does seem electric bikes have a long, long way to go before they catch up with their IC-engined brothers. In any case, for more details on the 2010 Zero range, visit the official website here
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
After the 25th anniversary GSX-R750 that was unveiled at the end of last year, Suzuki GB have now released the 25th Anniversary special edition GSX-R600, just 25 units of which will be built. The bike’s paint scheme is a replica of a 1999 GSX-R600 and there’s a Yoshimura exhaust, a top yoke plaque and certificate, and £8,799 price tag.
The very first GSX-R600 was launched in 1997, and in 1999, Italian rider Fabrizio Pirovano won the World Supersport Championship aboard a GSX-R600. For more information on how you can get your hands on the 25th Anniversary GSX-R600, visit the Suzuki website here
In the meanwhile, another very special Suzuki – a GSX-R1000 prepared for 1993 500cc world champ Kevin Schwantz (he rode a demo lap at the Isle of Man on this bike, in 2007) – was recently auctioned off for charity. Danny Palmer, of Palmers Motorbikes, was the winning bidder – he paid £9,500 for the machine, which will now be put up on display at the Palmers showroom.