Monday, October 10, 2011

2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 is the world’s fastest motorcycle. All over again

2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400
2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400
In a straight line, even the mighty BMW S1000RR won't keep up with this, the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400. Hayabusa owners aren't going to be too happy with this one...

No, it doesn’t have a factory-fitted turbocharger or supercharger and it won’t do 400km/h. However, the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 (Ninja ZX-14R in the US) does get a slightly bigger engine – 1441cc – that produces about 200-210 horsepower. It also gets an updated fuel-injection system, three-mode traction control system, redesigned exhaust system, revised styling, improved ergonomics, tweaked chassis, longer swingarm (length increased by 10mm over its predecessor), slipper clutch and uprated brakes and suspension.

Kawasaki haven’t made any claims regarding the 2012 ZZR1400’s performance, though we’ll readily believe its acceleration should be intense and top speed could well be in the region of 320km/h. The bike costs about US$15,000/ £11,000 and that isn’t really a lot of money for what’s probably the world’s fastest production streetbike right now. We’d have ours in black, with a Yoshimura exhaust system that’s a bit lighter and a bit louder than the stock unit. No, really, we love this bike.

Ducati 1199 Panigale’s ‘Superquadro’ engine unveiled


With 195 horsepower, that Ducati Superquadro engine is going to be hot...!

With the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale just weeks away from its official unveiling – which will happen at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, in November this year – Ducati have gone ahead and revealed the bike’s all-new twin-cylinder ‘Superquadro’ engine, which will, according to the company, ‘set the most extreme benchmark ever’ in Ducati’s history of superbike engines.

According to Ducati, the Superquadro engine has been designed for reduced weight and increased power, torque and user-friendliness. ‘The Superquadro engine, so called because of its massively oversquare bore and stroke (112mm x 60.8mm), has increased power to an absolute production twin-cylinder milestone of 195bhp at 10,750rpm and torque to 132Nm at 9,000rpm. Its construction has enabled a radical reduction in overall vehicle weight and major services have been extended to 24,000km,’ says a press note from the company.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Friday, October 07, 2011

KTM announces M32 engine for Moto3, sports 250 streetbike to follow in 2012

KTM Moto3 KTM Moto3
From left: The 2012 KTM Moto3 racebike and the single-cylinder four-stroke 250cc 'M32' engine that will be fitted to this machine. And, yes, Moto3-based streetbike to follow next year!

The two-stroke 125cc class will cease to exist in motorcycle grand prix racing after the end of the 2011 season. But life still goes on – next year, single-cylinder four-stroke ‘Moto3’ 250s will take over from where 125s are signing off. There already seems to be a fair amount of interest in the new class and among others, KTM will also be joining the fray.

The Austrian company recently announced that it has started testing its all-new single-cylinder 250cc four-stroke ‘M32’ engine, which will power its Moto3 racebikes in 2012. ‘This pure bred KTM engine draws on the experience of KTM’s proven research and development expertise and the extensive experience of the KTM racing department,’ says a press release from KTM.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta busts out

2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta
Here's what you need to know about the 2012 F4 R Corsa Corta: 192kg (dry weight), 195 horsepower, 298km/h top speed and 18,800 Euro price tag. Yeah, we want one!

MV Agusta have unveiled their new weapon for 2012 litre-class superbike wars – the F4 R Corsa Corta. And even if it does look like a regular F4, the Corsa Corta is fitted with MV’s revised 998cc inline-four with radial valves, low-inertia crankshaft and super oversquare bore and stroke ratio. Using a bore of 79mm and a stroke of 50.9mm, this engine has a rev limit of 13,700rpm and produces an almighty 195 horsepower at 13,000rpm and 112Nm of torque at 9,100rpm.

The 2012 F4 Corsa Corta’s engine is fitted with titanium valve and the cylinder head uses completely new ports and employs larger valves, both on the inlet and exhaust. And the revised exhaust system is not only significantly more efficient, it also produces all the right, loud noises – the kind you’d expect from a top-of-the-line Italian superbike.

2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200, Hypermotard 1100EVO SP Corse Edition announced

2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring 2012 Hypermotard 1100EVO SP Corse Edition
From left: The 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and Hypermotard 1100EVO SP Corse Edition get new colours and bits like better suspension and higher handlebars

After the 1199 Panigale and the Streetfighter 848, Ducati have announced the 2012 Multistrada range, which includes the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Sport, 1200 S Sport Pikes Peak Special Edition and 1200 S Touring. For 2012, the Multistrada – which, incidentally, is Ducati’s top selling motorcycle – gets revised seats that are slightly longer and more comfortable. Also, the 2012 Multistrada 1200 S Touring will be available in a new ‘race titanium matte’ colour scheme with ‘racing black’ frame. The current red and arctic white colour scheme will also be available.

The 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 1100EVO SP Corse Edition gets increased ground clearance, higher-spec suspension and high bars. The bike will be available in red, white and black Ducati Corse official colours.

Monday, October 03, 2011

2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848: More details, official high-res pics


The 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848, an accomplished naked sportsbike...
2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati have released more details and high-res pics of the 2012 Streetfighter 848. ‘The Streetfighter 848 delivers pure motorcycle enjoyment with the combination of a brand new, brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine and the enhanced geometry of a frame that ensures agility with confidence-inspiring feel,’ claims a press release from Ducati. ‘With user-friendliness now enriched by a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and traction control, Ducati’s unique fighter style is set to create more excitement than ever,’ it adds.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertão breaks cover

2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão
New colours, longer-travel suspension, tweaked ergonomics, switchable ABS and a name that sounds a bit exotic - that's new BMW G650GS Sertão!

BMW have announced the latest iteration of their 650cc single-cylinder dual-purpose motorcycle – the G650GS Sertão. ‘With the new Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G650GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G650GS Sertão promises enhanced sporting characteristics, greater offroad capabilities and a stronger desire for adventure,’ claims a press release from the company.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Honda facility at Twin Ring Motegi has Yamahas on display for Japanese MotoGP week


Yamaha bikes in the Honda hall at Twin Ring Motegi, and Italian-style pasta being cooked by a Japanese chef working in an Italian restaurant in Japan. Excellent!
2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi 2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi 2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi 2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi 2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi 2011 Japanese MotoGP, Motegi

This week, visitors to the Honda Collection Hall at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, in Japan, will get more than they bargained for if they tour the Japanese manufacturer’s historic collection of motorcycles and cars. On the occasion of this year’s Japanese MotoGP race week, Honda have allowed Yamaha to display their racebikes as well, which have been placed amidst Honda’s own collection.

Among the Yamaha machines now being shown at Motegi are Max Biaggi’s 2002 YZR-M1, Phil Read’s 1968 RD05A, Kenny Roberts’ 1983 YZR500, John Kocinski’s 1990 YZR250 and Wayne Rainey’s 1993 YZR-M1. Yamaha are celebrating their 50th year in Grand Prix racing this year and Honda have, very graciously, allowed them to display their racebikes at the Honda facility.

Random Ramblings