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…