Saturday, November 19, 2011

2012 KTM 450 Rally: What it takes to do the Dakar

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The 2012 KTM 450 Rally, perhaps the best off-road endurance racebike in the world...

The KTM 450 Rally, which is fitted with a carburetted single-cylinder engine and which costs an eye-watering 25,000 euros (not including VAT), is probably one of the most amazing competition motorcycles you can buy.

Developed with inputs from Dakar Rally legends like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, the 2012 KTM 450 Rally is built with single-minded focus – to win the Dakar. The bike is fitted with a chrome-molybdenum chassis, 48mm USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock from WP, five-speed gearbox, multi-disc hydraulically operated wet clutch, 300mm (front) and 250mm (rear) brake discs, 12-litre fuel tank that’s made of plastic, and 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels. Without fuel, the little KTM weighs about 145kg.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is the ultimate fashion accessory

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The 2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is so cool, even Irina Shayk - one of the hottest supermodels in the world - isn't immune to its charms. We want one!
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Moto Guzzi have provided a mild makeover for the V7 for 2012, which is available in standard, Special and Racer versions. Guzzi claim the V7’s 745cc V-twin engine has been extensively updated, with more than 70% of its internal components being all-new, and twin intake manifolds and throttle bodies being replaced with a single Y manifold and single 38mm Magneti Marelli throttle body. This, according to the company, helps improve fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions.

Ryno: On one wheel and a prayer

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The one-wheeled Ryno looks cool and seems to function well...

Why have two wheels when you can work with just one? Well, we can think of a lot of reasons but Tony Ozrelic, the one-wheeled Ryno’s software programmer, may not agree with those. ‘What is the simplest thing that could possibly work,’ is the question Ozrelic asked himself when engineering the Ryno’s software and hardware. ‘Tony noticed how a lot of first-time Segway riders were slow to trust its auto-balance technology. They’d try to balance the machine themselves, instead of letting it do the work, resulting in both wild, jerking oscillations and terrified riders. So when Ozrelic designed the balancing and steering technology for the Ryno, he knew he should leverage our natural instincts to balance ourselves for a smooth and intuitive ride,’ says a blog post on the company’s website.