Sunday, January 23, 2011
Based in Aalen, Germany, Warm Up have built this special edition Z1000 EST. 1977 as a ‘tribute’ to Kawasaki Z bikes of the 1970s. While the bike remains largely unchanged mechanically, it’s been given a 240-section rear tyre, Akrapovic exhaust system, new handlebars that are broader and flatter than stock, and a green/black/silver paintjob that looks rather good. The list of mods is very long (see the full list here) but you can also buy individual bits from Warm Up if you want to spruce up your Zed on a limited budget...
Thursday, January 20, 2011
If you wanted to build a special that packed 200 horsepower and that could hit a top speed of 320km/h (200mph), what bike would you start with? Whatever bike you thought of, we’d bet it wasn’t the Victory Hammer, a cruiser fitted with a 1700cc, 100bhp V-twin. And yet, that’s exactly the bike that Roland Sands chose as the basis for his 200mph rocketship – the Mission 200.
Roland Sands sent the Victory Hammer’s engine to Lloydz Motor Workz for a host of modifications. Lloydz balanced and blueprinted the crank, rods and pistons, reworked the oiling system for better lubrication, ported and polished the heads, fitted oversized stainless steel valves and bolted on a Garrett turbocharger (with intercooler) to boost horsepower in a big way. And, as is only right for a high-performance bike, they’ve even converted it from belt- to chain-drive.
Lloydz have reprogrammed the bike’s fuel-injection system, fitted a power commander with boost control, and two secondary direct-injection injectors that work above 5lbs boost pressure. All of this needed more than 300 hours of work and the result was an engine that now produces 214 horsepower and a massive 328Nm of torque.
So now that they have a motorcycle with more than 200 horsepower, what’s next? ‘If you’re addicted to speed like we are, there’s a number in your head that you would like to get to. That number for us is 200,’ say RSD, on their website. ‘Project 200 is well on its way to being completed. We are aimed at an MPS (Modified Partial Streamlining) record and we are shooting for the 200mph mark,’ they add. We’re sure they’ll get there.
For more details, visit the RSD website here
The road to 200. Building a Victory V-twin cruiser-based special that's as powerful and as fast as a Hayabusa or ZZR1400 has to be pretty awesome stuff...!
In 2012, the KTM 990 Super Duke will be replaced with the 1200 Super Duke, while the Adventure will be made available in various engine capacities, including, probably, 700cc and 1000cc versions
The guys from Nieuwsmotor.nl recently visited KTM’s headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria, where they met with Robert Prielinger, who heads R&D for KTM’s streetbikes. And it was, apparently, quite a useful meeting since Nieuwsmotor seem to have come away with a fair bit of information regarding KTM’s 2012 bikes.
According to Prielinger, KTM will launch all-new versions of the Super Duke and Adventure bikes in 2012, which will be fitted with brand-new twin-cylinder engines. The 2012/2013 KTM Super Duke is likely to be a very high-tech machine, with a 1200cc V-twin and advanced electronics, including sports-ABS, traction control and ride-by-wire technologies. The off-road-oriented 2012 Adventure would be available with at least two engine sizes – 1200cc/1000cc and 700cc/800cc.
Next year, the KTM Duke 690 may be replaced with the Duke 700, fitted with a revised single-cylinder engine and revamped styling. There might also be a more expensive ‘R’ version of the Duke 700, with higher-spec components.
KTM, more than a third of which is now owned by Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj, will also continue to develop smaller streetbikes – with 125cc, 200cc and 350cc engine capacities – for India and other Asian markets. Some of these bikes could also be launched in Europe in 2012.
With Bajaj gradually increasing its stake in KTM, the two companies have started working in close coordination in the area of technology development. In fact, the 2011 RC8R even uses dual spark plugs in each of its cylinder heads, which is a development of Bajaj’s ‘Digital Twin Spark Ignition’ (DTS-i) technology. The two companies will continue to develop small capacity single- and twin-cylinder motorcycle engines for Asian markets, while Bajaj is also expected to introduce the KTM brand in India, which is the world’s second largest motorcycle market.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Most Norton fans as well as rotary engine enthusiasts quite love the Norton F1 RCW588 racebike (and the F1 Sport streetbike, which was based on the racebike), but not nearly as much as Tony Haywood does. While a lot of people talk about wanting to own a Norton rotary, Tony wanted one so bad he actually had one built!
Based in the UK, Tony was prepared to go to any length to get his hands on a Norton rotary. And when he couldn’t find a suitable bike (no surprise given the fact that the bike was only made in tiny numbers, back in the early-1990s...), he decided to have one built for himself. That wasn’t an easy task, of course, but he did get Spondon Engineering to build an exact replica of the original Norton racebike’s chassis for him. And he even got an original race-spec rotary engine from Norton, for his replica. Tony started with this project in 2005 and the bike was completed in 2009, at a cost of about £25,000.
Any which way you look at it, Tony’s bike is a phenomenal machine. It wears original Norton Racing Services (NRS) bodywork and its 1992-spec, liquid-cooled, factory-supplied 588cc twin-rotor rotary engine produces about 150-160 horsepower. The twin-spar aluminium alloy chassis, built by Spondon, is an exact replica of the original machine’s frame, and the 43mm USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock are from Öhlins. The bike rides on 17-inch Dymag alloy wheels, shod with 120- (front) and 190-section (rear) Dunlop rubber.
Acceleration and top speed figures for Tony’s bike are not available and we can barely imagine what this rotary-engined piece of exotica would be like to ride. The Norton rotary racer was pretty special in its day and a replica as faithful as this one – it’s pretty much the real thing itself – is just insane. All we can say is, we LOVE this bike!
Pics: Fast Bikes
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Forget the Germans, Italians and the Japanese - a company from the Czech Republic may soon start producing a V6-engined, 240-horsepower motorcycle...!
We don’t know what those Czechs have been drinking, but it must all be some really heady stuff. Back in 2004, Miroslav Felgr, based in the Czech Republic, said he wanted to build a motorcycle that was fitted with one hell of a big engine. He then started working with an engineer – Oldřich Kreuz – towards actually getting that engine ready. By the year 2008, Kreuz was ready with the engine, which turned out to be a 2442cc, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V6 that produces 240 horsepower and more than 200Nm of torque. Estimated mileage is 12-16km/l - not too bad for the biggest, most powerful (?) normally-aspirated motorcycle engine in the world.
Moto FGR’s V6 motorcycle project is supported by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce. With their help, FGR invited aspiring motorcycle designers to design a motorcycle that would be fitted with the aforementioned V6 engine. According to the information available on the company’s website, as many as 45 people participated in the design competition and the winner was one Stanislav Hanuš, who is responsible for the prototype bike you see here.
FGR have been testing this Midalu 2500 V6 prototype for about a year and provided they can continue to finance the project (and, hopefully, identify a sufficient number of prospective buyers…), they might go on to put this machine into limited production. A V6-engined, 240bhp motorcycle from the Czech Republic? Hell, yes! After all, for a country that’s produced all these supermodels, how bad can they be with high-performance motorcycles…
Hints of the Ducati Diavel and Monster, and the Benelli TNT Cafe Racer? Whatever, the FGR Midalu looks quite all right. And with its 2.5-litre, 240bhp V6, it should kick arse...
Visit the Moto FGR website here
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