Friday, July 22, 2011

Kenny Roberts Sr., Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey to put in an appearance at the 2011 USGP at Laguna


The special, one-off R1 (above) will be auctioned for charity. The bike looks awesome!
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To help Yamaha celebrate their 50th year in GP racing, former world champions Kenny Roberts Sr., Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey will put in a special appearance at this year’s US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. Kenny Roberts Sr., who won the 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championships in 1978, 79 and 80, is later scheduled to ride a demonstration lap aboard his 1979 title-winning YZR500.

Face-off: Honda NR750 vs VTR1000 SP2


Can the Honda VTR1000 SP2 take on the NR750...?
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Here’s a bunch of pics from the Rayong Province, Thailand. Two friends are out riding their bikes, but not just any old bikes – we’re talking Honda VTR1000 SP2 and the Honda NR750! ‘Given its year of manufacture [1991], the NR still feels fresh and capable, though a tad heavy. It was happy to cruise at around 140km/h with spurts of up to 200km/h. Brakes are sharp and the chassis is more stable than flickable. It isn't an RC30, let alone a modern sportsbike, but it’s an enjoyable bike to ride on a Saturday morning cruise and its able enough that you don't need to make excuses for its performance in the company of the SP2,’ says the guy who owns the NR.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bosch’s generation 9 ABS: An electronic guardian angel for motorcyclists


All motorcycles need ABS. Even this one

According to the European Transport Safety Council, the danger of a fatal accident, for the same distance travelled, is 18 times higher for motorcyclists than for car drivers. In 2009, more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on Europe's roads alone. And according to various scientific studies conducted over the last few years, anti-lock brakes (ABS) provide the greatest safety gain for motorcycles. A study conducted in Sweden in 2009 confirmed that up to 38 percent of all accidents involving personal injury and 48 percent of all serious and fatal accidents could be prevented with the help of ABS.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Troy Bayliss: “I thought I’d start waving people past…”


Troy Bayliss admits he postponed getting a vasectomy for years, because he was scared of losing his 'killer instinct.' Now, he's been snipped and is fast as ever...
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Australian motorcycle racer, Troy Bayliss, who raced in MotoGP and World Superbikes between 1997-2008, and who won the World Superbikes championship in 2001, 2006 and 2008, retired at the end of the 2008 WSBK season. And like some of his fellow ex-racers, he can’t seem to stay retired. Now 42 years old, Bayliss stays race-fit by riding a bicycle for up to 150km a day (!) and, back in 2010, he even made an announcement about making a comeback with his former employers, Ducati. Bayliss didn’t ultimately come back to professional motorcycle racing, though he hasn’t stopped thinking about it yet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R: High-res pics, video

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The Husqvarna Nuda 900R might just be the ideal bike for those looking for a lightweight streetbike with hard-edged, no-compromises, all-out performance...

A modern, high-performance Husqvarna streetbike was always going to be a good thing. The German-owned Swedish company, which has its headquarters in Italy, makes some really good, hard-edged off-road bikes – some of the best in the world, in fact. And with the 2012 Nuda 900R, Husqvarna are on their way to proving that they can also build a rocking streetbike.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Thundersport to debut Golden Era Superbikes series in 2012


The Golden Era Superbikes series will herald the return of 750cc superbikes of the 1980s and 1990s to UK racetracks. Yes! Awesome!!!
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Good news for those with fond memories of bikes like the Ducati 851/888, Kawasaki ZXR750/ZX-7R, Yamaha OW 01/YZF750, Honda RC30/RC45 and the Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD. Next year, the UK-based Thundersport plan to introduce the Golden Era Superbikes series, where all these machines, as well as 1000cc twins like the Suzuki TL1000S and Honda VTR1000 will be eligible to participate.

2012 Honda Gold Wing announced


Who needs a motorcycle so big and heavy, it comes fitted with an electronically actuated reverse gear?! Some do, apparently, so the Gold Wing has a reverse gear...
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Honda, which launched the very first Gold Wing touring bike back in 1975, has just announced the 2012 version. The bike keeps its 1.8-litre six-cylinder fuel-injected engine and box-section aluminium chassis, and new bits include a revised fairing, improved six-speaker audio system, a more efficient and accurate satellite navigation system and latest-generation anti-lock brakes (ABS). There’s even an optional airbag system on the bike, which boosts rider safety by another notch.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sébastien Loeb gets to grips with the 2011 KTM 1190 RC8 R


Sébastien Loeb with Romanian actress Mihaela Radulescu (above) and with the new KTM RC8 R and his Citroen rally car (below). The man is a seven-time WRC champ!!!
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Seven-time World Rally Championship winner, French driver Sébastien Loeb, who currently drives for the Citroën World Rally Team in WRC, is also a big-time sportsbike enthusiast. The reigning WRC champ, who won his first WRC title in 2004 and who has won seven consecutive world championships since then, recently swapped his 2008-model KTM RC8 for a 2011-spec KTM 1190 RC8 R, fitted with Michelin tyres and an Akrapovic exhaust system. Loeb then proceeded to put in some fast laps at the Circuit de la Bresse, in France.

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