Friday, October 28, 2011
We’re a bit late with this (pressures of our day jobs...) but we’re still doing this post anyway – how can we not write about our dear, beloved GSX-R1000. Suzuki have announced details of the 2012 GSX-R1000, which they claim is endowed with ‘heightened engine and chassis performance as well as reduced weight.’
For those who were expecting an all-new Gixxer Thousand for 2012 will be disappointed with the fact that Suzuki have kept this year’s styling. However, kerb weight is down by two kilos and the bike gets new Brembo monoblock brake callipers at the front. Suzuki also claim that the 2012 GSX-R1000 benefits from MotoGP-derived engine developments, which allow the pistons to be 11% lighter, making for improved acceleration. And finally, the 2012-spec Gixxer returns to a single-side 4-2-1 exhaust system, with a lightweight titanium silencer.
Friday, October 21, 2011
New colours and tweaked engine, chassis and suspension mean that the BMW S1000RR is likely to remain the king of litre-class superbikes in 2012...
After launching the super-awesome S1000RR in 2009, BMW Motorrad have been having a quiet laugh, watching Japanese manufacturers scrambling around trying to catch up with the 193-horsepower Bavarian superbike. And the blitzkrieg is not stopping anytime soon, for BMW have now announced the 2012 S1000RR, which features significant improvements over its predecessor.
Aprilia have released the first pics of their new ‘Maxi’ scooter, the SRV850, which is fitted with an 850cc twin-cylinder engine that produces 76 horsepower and 76Nm of torque. The styling cues have obviously been taken from the RSV4 and Aprilia claim the SRV850’s chassis and suspension have all been optimised for outstanding handling dynamics. Hmm... maybe. But, in pictures at least, we prefer the Aprilia SR Max 300...
For all those who wanted a big, heavy, expensive dual-purpose bike powered by a complicated V4 engine, your prayers have been answered by Honda...
Honda has confirmed that the Crosstourer, unveiled as a concept at the EICMA last year, will go into mass production in 2012 and will be showcased at the EICMA show in November this year. Billed as an ‘adventure sports tourer,’ the Crosstourer is fitted with a 1200cc V4 engine that comes from the VFR1200F, along with long-travel suspension, an upright riding position and off-road styling cues. Dual Clutch Transmission will also be available as an option on the Crosstourer.
‘We are convinced that we have successfully brought out new value in what can be termed the true crossover concept,’ says Yosuke Hasegawa, leader of the Honda Crosstourer development team. We’re not too convinced though – the Crosstourer seems to be the two-wheeled equivalent of a big, heavy, expensive and complicated SUV – we wouldn’t want one.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Kawasaki have released pics and specs of the 2012 Ninja ZX-10R and the new bike looks pretty hot. The 2012-spec bike gets traction control and ABS (optional), and both of these are supposed to be ‘intelligent’ systems that ‘allow optimum wheelspin while enhancing rider control.’ Brilliant! :-D
Kawasaki make no claims regarding the 2012 ZX-10R’s 998cc inline-four’s power output, but we suppose that should be in the region of 180-190 horsepower. Interesting bits on the engine include chrome-molybdenum cams that enhance durability, single-shaft secondary balancer that helps reduce vibration, lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores for more efficient engine cooling, intake and exhaust valves made of titanium, and dual-injector digital fuel injection with 47mm throttle bodies.
Monday, October 10, 2011
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.
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
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
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.
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