Friday, June 17, 2011
Erik Buell Racing have released some high-res pics and a full list of specs for their 2012 EBR 1190RS superbike. It’s a great looking machine – lean and sharp, and bristling with genuine innovation. The EBR 1190RS doesn’t seem to be as high-tech as, say, the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW S100RR or Kawasaki ZX-10R, but despite the lack of bits like ABS and multi-stage traction control etc., the EBR just looks so right.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The AJS 500 V4 looks absolutely fantastic and we're sure it sounds as good as it looks. How we wish we could listen to that supercharged V4 from the 1930s...!
By 1930s Brit-bike standards, the AJS 500 V4 was pretty fancy. The bike was fitted with a liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve, 495cc V4, with a chain-driven Zoller supercharger. With 55 horsepower at 7,200rpm (with the compressor running at 16.5psi boost pressure) and a dry weight figure of 183 kilos, the supercharged AJS 500 could hit a top speed of up to 216km/h, which must have been pretty scary if you take into account the feeble drum brakes and the not-so-evolved tyre technology of that era.
British journalist Alan Cathcart had the opportunity to ride the only surviving AJS 500 V4 during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in England, a few years ago. Here are a few excerpts from what he has to say about the machine:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Benelli have announced that the 2011 TNT R160 is now available at their dealerships. The R160’s liquid-cooled fuel-injected 1130cc DOHC 12-valve three-cylinder engine produces 158 horsepower at 10,200rpm and 120Nm of torque at 8,400rpm, which means this bike offers the maximum performance potential in the current Benelli line-up.
The bike is fitted with a six-speed transmission, dry clutch, fully adjustable 50mm USD Marzocchi fork, fully adjustable ZF Sachs monoshock, and five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) tyres. Benelli also offer 180/55 and 200/50 rear tyres as an option. High-spec Brembo brake components are used, with twin 320mm wave-type discs at the front.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Rossi-Ducati Italian dream-team seems to be in trouble. While Casey Stoner, Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from the front row of the grid, Valentino Rossi has qualified in 13th position and will start the race from 5th row on the grid. Other Ducati riders like Karel Abraham and Nicky Hayden have qualified in sixth and seventh places respectively, so we wonder what’s with The Doctor’s performance? Anyway, here are some pics from practise and qualifying. We’ll add more pics here from the race, tomorrow…
Friday, June 10, 2011
Legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Benelli (now owned by the China-based Qianjiang Group) are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. Established in 1911 in Pesaro, Italy, Benelli is one of the oldest European motorcycle brands in existence today.
To celebrate their 100th year, Benelli have launched two special edition machines – the TNT 899 Century Racer and TNT 1130 Century Racer. Both are fitted with Benelli’s three-cylinder engines, producing 120 horsepower at 9,500rpm in the case of the TNT 899 and 129 horsepower at 8,500rpm for the TNT 1130. Both bikes are fitted with a six-speed gearbox, high-spec suspension components from Marzocchi and Sachs, Brembo brakes with radial-mount callipers and special touches like Alcantara seats and a special paint job inspired by Renzo Pasolini’s Benelli racebikes of the 1960s.
2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden recently visited the Isle of Man for the TT ‘experience,’ which included a parade lap of the TT circuit aboard a Ducati 1198. Fellow celebrity racers, Mick Doohan, Ian Hutchinson and Cal Crutchlow also joined the Kentucky Kid for the parade lap.
‘That lap was pretty awesome. We weren’t going fast but the speed we were doing while waving at the crowds was pretty fast! I really enjoyed my lap and seeing another form of racing. These boys are hard as nails. It was a real shame about the weather but maybe I can come back another year and see some racing,’ said Hayden.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Honda TT Legends' John McGuinness won the 2011 Superbike race at the IoM, while his teammate Keith Amor took fourth place in the race despite an injured shoulder...
The 2011 Isle of Man TT began in spectacular style for the Honda TT Legends team as John McGuinness led the majority of the six-lap Superbike race to secure victory, taking his tally of TT wins to 16. His teammate Keith Amor also put in a heroic performance, riding through the pain of an injured shoulder, finishing in fourth position on his Honda Fireblade.
‘I am speechless. I feel like I am dreaming. It looked like it was going to be a mega-close race to begin with. Bruce was really pushing hard at the beginning there and we lost some time but we had a great pit stop, went back out and got the lead back. I did six good laps, I didn’t make any mistakes and we had two terrific pit stops by a fantastic team. They put a lot of faith in me and I put a lot of faith in them and it paid off. Somebody said to me today if you get that 16th win it will be sweet 16 – and it certainly feels sweet,’ said John McGuinness.
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) recently unveiled its all-new Moto3 machines – the NSF250R – which will be raced from 2012 onwards. As you would already know, the new Moto3 class, with machines powered by single-cylinder four-stroke 250cc engines, will replace 125cc two-strokes next year. The class is expected to be wildly popular and, indeed, aspiring racers will be able to buy the Honda NSF250R from December this year, for a mere 23,600 euros.
The Honda NSF250R Moto3 bike is fitted with a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, DOHC, 249cc engine that produces 48 horsepower at 13,000rpm and 28Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. The bike weighs a featherweight 84 kilos (kerb weight) and has a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres. Suspension components include a USD fork at the front and Pro-link monoshock at the rear. An aluminium beam frame and aluminium swingarm complete the racy little package.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
KTM have announced that their program for re-entering MotoGP in the new Moto3 class is on schedule – the company will have a team in Moto3 in 2012, in partnership with the Germany-based Kalex Engineering.
KTM’s Moto3 bike is being developed in-house by the company’s motorsports department in Mattighofen, Austria, and KTM engineer Wolfgang Felber is heading the team that’s working on the new racing bike. KTM will also supply engines to Kalex, whose bike is expected to be slightly different from the one developed by KTM. (Both bikes will be fitted with the same 250cc single-cylinder engine developed by KTM, but the KTM-Kalex bike is likely to have a different chassis and different suspension and braking components.)
Ducati UK will auction the 1198 that Valentino Rossi rode recently at the Silverstone circuit, during the official launch of the new Silverstone Wing. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Riders for Health. The bike will be displayed at the Riders for Health Day of Champions on the 9th of June and will then be auctioned on the 11th of this month.
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