Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Edgar Heinrich to head BMW Motorrad Design Studio from July 2012

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After a two-year stint at Bajaj Auto, Edgar Heinrich (above) returns to BMW Motorrad later this year. Heinrich has been responsible for many of BMW's recent motorcycles...
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From July this year, Edgar Heinrich, 53, will head the BMW Motorrad Design Studio, taking over from David Robb. With a degree in design, Heinrich started his career as a motorcycle designer with BMW back in 1986 and from 2007 to 2009, he was Head of Vehicle Design – Motorcycles, under David Robb’s overall direction. From July 2009, Heinrich has been working with Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj Auto, heading product design at the fast-growing company that also has a 40% stake in KTM.

At BMW, Edgar Heinrich has been responsible for bikes like the R1100RS and RT, K1200S and R, the HP Megamoto and the R1150GS and R1200GS. The S1000RR, theF800/650 series, the G450X, BMW’s six-cylinder touring bikes and the new maxi-scooters were also designed under Heinrich’s direction. An ardent motorcycle enthusiast, Heinrich is passionate about customizing sports bikes and restoring and collecting vintage motorcycles.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shoichiro Irimajiri: “There was something exhilarating about the six-cylinder CBX…”

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Shoichiro Irimajiri (above), a brilliant engineer who worked on Honda's GP racing bikes of the 1960s, was also the man responsible for the mighty CBX1000
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The Honda CBX1000, with its six-cylinder engine, remains one of our most favourite motorcycles from the 1970s/80s. The Honda CBX was in production from 1978 to 1982 and a total of only 40,000 units were ever produced. Weighing in at 247 kilos dry and with 103 horsepower from its DOHC, 24-valve, 1047cc air-cooled inline-six (fuelled by all of six carburetors…), the CBX could blast through the quarter-mile in 11.36 seconds and hit a top speed of 225km/h. But the CBX was special way beyond its numbers – the visual spectacle, the sheer drama of the super-smooth, high-revving six-cylinder engine… it was, and remains, an incomparable motorcycle.

We are big fans of the CBX and keep scouring the Web for pictures of the bike. During one such recent hunt, we came across two letters written by Shoichiro Irimajiri, the man responsible for engineering and developing the CBX. As a young engineer, Irimajiri started working for Honda in the early-1960s and worked on Honda’s GP racing bikes of that era, some of which were pretty amazing. Irimajiri was, in fact, responsible for designing the engines of the 1965 RC147 and RC165. The RC147 had a five-cylinder 125cc engine that produced 32bhp and revved to 19,500rpm, while the RC165 had a 250cc six-cylinder engine that made 52bhp and revved to 14,500rpm.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Drifters: Triumph Speed Triple vs Ford Mustang Cobra

It’s bike vs car, with Nick 'Apex' Brocha and Ernie Vigil on a pair of Triumph Speed Triples, against Dan ‘The Policeman’ Brockett in his Ford Mustang Cobra
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wazuma V8F: Ferrari-engined quad busts out

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A 250bhp Ferrari-engined quad? Heh heh, why not?!?

Lazareth, whose VMAX HyperModified we featured here recently, have let loose with another insane machine – the Wazuma V8F, which is fitted with a 3.0-litre Ferrari V8. While the V8 is probably from an older Ferrari, its 250 horsepower should likely provide phenomenal performance in a package that only weighs 650 kilos.

From the information available, it seems the V8 was originally carbureted, but has been converted to electronic fuel-injection, with a Sybelle FI system handling the fueling. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed gearbox (sourced from a BMW M3) and V8F rides on 18-inch wheels shod with 285/30 (front) and 315/30 (rear) ZR-rated rubber. Suspension duties are handled by four horizontally-mounted EMC shock absorbers and 324mm brake discs are fitted to all four wheels.

We think the Wazuma V8F should be just awesome on the street (or, indeed, the track…), but if you think 250bhp might be insufficient, Lazareth also make another Wazuma – one that’s fitted with a supercharged BMW V12 that produces more than 500 horsepower. More details on the Lazareth website here

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Yamaha VMAX gets HyperModified by Lazareth

Lazareth VMAX HyperModified
Making a stock Yamaha VMAX look even more dramatic than its manufacturer intended couldn't have been an easy task, but Lazareth have pulled it off...
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Based in France, Ludovic Lazareth builds some of the wildest custom bikes, trikes and quads at his factory in Annecy-le-Vieux, near the Swiss border. A design graduate with an undying passion for muscle machines, he’s now come up with the VMAX HyperModified you see here, which has been inspired by Japanese Manga.

The Lazareth VMAX HyperModified retains the stock bike’s engine and chassis but features extensively revised styling, a wider rear wheel, a more efficient braking system and lowered fork. We think it looks superb!! For more of Lazareth’s work, visit their official website here

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