Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gjøvik hosts 2011 Vespa World Days

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Fearless Vespa riders perform mind-boggling acts of dare-devilry during the 2011 VWD

Gjøvik, in Norway, recently hosted the 2011 Vespa World Days, which saw attendance from more than 120 Vespa clubs from 20 countries around the world. Between 1946, when the first Vespa scooter was launched, and now, more than 17 million Vespa scooters have been sold worldwide. For more details, log on to the official Vespa World Days website here

Monday, May 23, 2011

Honda RVF1000R may be launched by end-2011

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Honda made some pretty memorable V4-engine superbikes in the 1980s and 1990s and the 2012 RVF1000R could well continue that great tradition!

Back in November last year, we carried a report where Wayne Gardner said that Honda would soon be launching an all-new V4-engined Fireblade. ‘While I was in Europe, I got talking to some Honda officials who confirmed to me that they are really looking forward to the new 1000cc MotoGP category. They also said they’ll be building sportsbikes in the future with V4 engines, so they can compete in MotoGP with a similar V4 1000,’ said Wayne back then. ‘Expect your CBR Fireblade to turn into a V4 very soon. Also expect something very similar to the new V4 CBR powerplant to be utilised in Honda’s MotoGP bikes when the new regulations come into force. You can bet whatever they come up with this time around will be something special,’ he added.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

1991 Yamaha YZR500 vs 2011 Yamaha YZR-M1

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With two decades separating the 1991 Yamaha YZR500 and the 2011 YZR-M1, it's interesting to see how the two bikes compare...

For fans of motorcycle grand prix racing, who grew up watching those wild, fire-breathing two-stroke 500s of the 1980s and 1990s, the RGVs, NSRs and YZRs of yore are a bit special. In terms of electro-wizardry, today’s four-stroke grand prix bikes must be incredibly more sophisticated we’re sure, but those old 500s were something else – we’re still truly, deeply and madly in love with those machines.

We thought it would be interesting to compare the 2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 with its forerunner from twenty years ago, the 1991 Yamaha YZR500. With Wayne Rainey having won the 1990 500cc world championship (the first of his three successive world championships in the 500cc class), the 1991 YZR carried the number 1 plate. The 2011 YZR-M1 also carries the number-one plate, what with Jorge Lorenzo having won the MotoGP world championship in 2010. So at least that’s one thing that’s common between the two Yamaha GP bikes – they were/are at the very top of their game.

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