Friday, September 16, 2011
A lot was happening back in 1980. Ronald Reagan was running a Presidential campaign in the US, NASA’s Voyager I space probe was getting close to Saturn, Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Lipps Inc., Elton John, Diana Ross, Billy Joel and Queen were making music, John Lennon was shot dead and Yoda and pals took on Darth Vader as The Empire Struck Back.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
It seems Yamaha have decided they aren’t ready to take on the likes of the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja just yet. The company has announced the 2012 R1 and while the new bike does get traction control and ‘50th Anniversary colours,’ little else seems to have changed.
According to Yamaha, the 2012 YZF-R1 has been given a six-mode traction control system that has been developed in MotoGP. ‘The new TCS reinforces the rider’s trust in the bike’s abilities, enabling you to unleash its full potential at the flick of a switch,’ says a press release from Yamaha. ‘Equipped with a short-wheelbase Deltabox chassis, crossplane-crankshaft engine and high-tech electronic control systems, the breathtaking R1 is the embodiment of everything that we have learnt in MotoGP and WSB,’ it adds.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We're sure the Concept E-go will form the basis for a production-ready electric bike from Husqvarna at sometime in the near future...
Earlier in the day we posted the first pics of BMW’s electric scooter, the Concept e, and now we have for you the Husqvarna E-go, which Husqvarna claim is ‘a bike for the young riders of the future.’ Ahem. But it’s not just any old electric bike – according to the company, the E-go ‘boasts an explosive mix of road, off-road and supermotard experiences.’
BMW have released official pics and some details of the Concept e, an electric scooter which is their vision for ‘urban mobility’ in the future. ‘Individual mobility is increasingly defined in terms of sustainability. The BMW Group has taken on the challenges of a rapidly changing world and is now developing serial production solutions to meet the mobility needs of the future,’ says a press release from the company.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Ducati have announced the 2012 Streetfighter 848, which is fitted with a revised version of the 848’s Testastretta L-twin. ‘With the enhanced geometry of a chassis that provides confidence-inspiring agility, the Streetfighter 848 has enriched its user-friendliness with a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and Ducati Traction Control (DTC),’ says a press release from Ducati.
The original Ducati Streetfighter won the ‘most beautiful bike’ award at the Milan Show when it was first shown, back in 2008, and Ducati hope to widen the Streetfighter’s appeal with the new 848, which will be available from November this year.
Also see our exclusive interview with the Ducati Streetfighter's designer, Damien Basset