Friday, April 02, 2010
The XR1200 is one of the few Harleys we love and the UK-based Adrenalin Moto’s XR1200-based Café Racer looks pretty good to us. This one-off bike, which isn’t for sale, has been fitted with a very large number of aftermarket bits, including a modified Ducati 900SS fairing, projector headlight, carbonfibre side panels and a high level two-into-one stainless steel exhaust system.
In addition to the various aftermarket and custom-built parts, the XR1200’s crankcases and the front sprocket cover have been powder coated matt black and the swingarm and rocker covers are powder coated in satin black. According to Adrenalin Moto, the paintjob is a replica of Cal Rayborn’s XR750TT racebike and the Café Racer is actually 38 kilos lighter than the standard XR.
For more details, visit Adrenalin Moto
Thursday, April 01, 2010
According to the results of a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US, anti-lock brakes (ABS) for motorcycles reduce the chances of crashing. The study indicates that motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash. A separate analysis by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) also says that bikes with ABS have 22% fewer claims for damage per insured vehicle year.
That ABS would reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents is hardly surprising, but here comes a shocker – according to another report recently prepared by HLDI, the frequency of insurance collision claims for riders younger than 21 was 10% higher in States that require riders to take a training course before they become eligible for a motorcycle riders license, compared with States that don't require such training! This essentially contradicts the belief that rider training is an absolute must for motorcyclists and that it helps reduce the incidence of accidents.
Despite the findings of the HLDI report, we still fully, completely support rider training. Regardless of what country you live in, if you’re getting started with motorcycles, first find a good institute that imparts high quality motorcycle rider training and then pay attention to what they teach you there. And, of course, always wear a helmet!
For more details, visit the IIHS website here
Via The Wall Street Journal
The K-Way Motus, built as a contender for the Progressive Automotive X Prize, is a three-wheeled vehicle that can seat two people and with its hybrid powertrain, deliver up to 44km/l of fuel efficiency. The fully enclosed trike can also function in electric-only mode for a distance of up to 25km, as a zero-emissions vehicle. The Motus’ front wheels are driven by electric motors, while the rear wheel is powered by an 850cc parallel-twin.
The K-Way Motus project was initiated back in 2006, by the Mechatronics Lab of the Politecnico di Torino, in Italy. Its development was later taken up by Actua S.r.l. and TTW S.r.l., spin-off companies of the Turin-based University. The project has been completed with investments from Turin-based entrepreneur, Marco Boglione.
The K-Way Motus has been designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, of Giugiaro Design and features bodywork made of cloth, with an underlying carbonfibre structure. Like various other such efforts in the recent past, the K-Way Motus is a tilting trike and leans into corners like a motorcycle. It can safely lean at an angle of up to 45 degrees, claim its creators, and the Motus’ top speed is an electronically limited 150km/h.
For more details, visit the official K-Way Motus website here
All right, we don't really believe that fans of the R1200GS would dump their beloved BMW and jump ship to the brilliant new Ducati Multistrada 1200 even though the latter is clearly the better machine for the street, while the BMW would probably work better off-road. Here's MCN's shootout between the two bikes...
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
At the recent Ducati North America's 2010 dealer meeting, Dealernews.com had the opportunity to speak to Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding SpA, who said that the current difficult economic environment is no reason to not go ahead with new products. ‘Bringing new bikes to market is exactly what Ducati needs to do. Over the past three years, the company has invested $150 million in new product development and has not cut back on the creation of new sale programs,’ said Del Torchio.
Here are some excerpts from what Gabriele Del Torchio had to say to Dealernews…
On whether he believes the new Multistrada 1200 will do well in the US
‘I personally believe it will fit quite well for various reasons. There is the fact that Baby Boomers are becoming older and the fact that superbike owners are interested in having quite more comfortable bikes. I believe that there was a need in North America for a bike like the Multistrada, that is a touring bike, a superbike and an urban bike.’
On what other bikes are important for the US market
‘The superbike, including the new 1198S Corse, is a very important product for us. Also, the renewed Hypermotard line.’
On whether Ducati will aim to have mass market appeal
‘I don't aim to the mass market. My objective is to stay true to our mission, and our mission is to be the leader in the sport premium segment. We stay consistent to that. Ducati is not a mass bike. It is a bike for a very special customer.’
On Ducati’s quality control
‘Ducati quality is comparable to the best European brands. Are we satisfied? Not yet. We have to improve. We have to reach the quality of the Japanese, but keep what makes Ducati different, our style, the uniqueness of our bikes.’
See the full interview on Dealernews.com
Suzuki have slapped on a fairing to the age old Bandit to create one of the dullest looking bikes on the planet – the GSX1250FA. Yes, sure, with a fuel-injected 1,250cc inline-four that produces 104 horsepower and 108Nm of torque, relaxed ergonomics and full weather protection, the 1250FA may well be a competent sports-tourer (with the emphasis being on ‘tourer’…), but did it have to look so terribly dull? Anyway, Motociclismo recently tested the bike and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the big GSX...
With the addition of a full fairing, the Bandit has become a ‘modern’ touring bike that seems to offer excellent value for money. Yes, there are bikes that are much faster, better equipped and more sophisticated, but at just 9,999 euros, the GSX1250FA is economical and practical – a machine that’s well suited to the ongoing economic crisis!
The 1250FA’s full fairing has been designed to protect the rider from bad weather and Suzuki also offers an optional taller screen, which should offer even more wind protection at higher speeds. The ergonomics are perfect for touring – soft, comfortable seat, rubber insulated footpegs and wide bars that don’t put a lot of weight on your wrists. Also, the 1,250cc engine feels adequately powerful and offers good fuel economy, using just seven litres of fuel over 100km.
At 257 kilos, the GSX1250FA is clearly not a sportsbike and while the engine feels energetic, the softly suspended bike is slow to respond to rider inputs. It has a high centre of gravity, pitches fore and aft under braking and acceleration and is sometimes reluctant while turning in. Take it a bit easy, however, and the 1250FA feels all right.
To sum up, the Suzuki GSX1250FA is a comfortable, stable long-distance tourer that is blessed with a flexible and powerful engine. And with ABS, it should be quite safe as well.
For the original article, please visit Motociclismo
According to a report on Motociclismo, the new Aprilia Tuareg adventure tourer will be unveiled at the EICMA Show in Milan this year. The bike will be fitted with a 750cc V-twin engine (the same unit that’s also used on the Shiver and the Dorsoduro), steel tube chassis and a 21-inch front wheel, which means the Tuareg 750 will be fully optimised for off-road use.
Later, Aprilia may also do a more street-oriented version of the Tuareg, which will be fitted with a 1,200cc engine and a 19-inch front wheel. With bikes like the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 having recently been launched and with Aprilia also joining the fray with the Tuareg 750/1200, it seems the BMW R1200GS is finally getting all the competition it ever wanted… :-)