Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Motorcycling flights of fancy: The bikes we want in 2012!

What are the machines that ignite our moto-fantasies? Er, these...

Once in a while, we suppose it’s all right to indulge your motorcycle-related flights of fancy. Right now, we’re bored with the way things are. Nothing new or particularly exciting seems to be happening – there’ve hardly been any new bike launches in the last few weeks, and motorcycle manufacturers seem to have slipped into a state of somnolence. So, to stir things up a bit, we’ve come up with a list of six bikes that we’d like to see on the streets sometime soon. Forget logic and commonsense for a bit and just think about how fun these machines would be, if they were to exist...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John McGuinness: "The McLaren MP4-12C is something else!"

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TT legend, John McGuinness loves the McLaren MP4-12C...!

Apart from the sheer visual spectacle – the photographs are usually pretty interesting – superbike vs supercar shootouts can actually be a bit boring, simply because they’re predictable. Most of the time, the verdict is that the bike accelerates harder, the car can brake later and corner harder, and top speed is about the same. There may be a few variations, but the underlying theme remains the same for most bike vs car shootouts.

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.

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