Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
MCN ride the 2012 MV Agusta F3 and are hugely impressed with the bike...
With its 675cc three-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower at 14,500rpm and 71Nm of torque at 10,600rpm, utterly gorgeous styling, high-spec chassis and suspension and advanced ride-by-wire electronics (which includes a multi-stage traction control system), the MV Agusta F3 is perhaps the best supersports ‘600’ in the world today. At about 12,000 euros it’s definitely not cheap, but the F3 still represents riding nirvana for those who want a no-compromises track-focused mid-size sportsbike that’s sharp and exciting.
Watch the video (above) to see what MCN have to say about the MV Agusta F3. And here is a very interesting interview with Adrian Morton, the man who designed the MV F3.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ducati, one of the most iconic motorcycle brands in the world, is up for sale for about $1.32 billion. We hope the company gets a buyer who's ready to invest in its future...
According to reports on Reuters and Bloomberg, Investindustrial – the private equity owners of Ducati – may be looking to sell the iconic motorcycle company in the near future. Based in Italy and backed by the Bonomi family, Investindustrial expect to get about US$1.32 billion (one billion euros) for Ducati. This is about three times as much the amount which Investindustrial spent in 2005 for buying Ducati.
‘Ducati is now a perfect company but the further growth it requires needs the support of a world-class industrial partner. This year, we will work towards that partner,’ says Andrea Bonomi, Chairman, Investindustrial. Companies that might be interested in buying Ducati include the Volkswagen Group and Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s largest automotive conglomerates.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Ducati have now officially introduced the 1199 Panigale superbike, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Three versions of the bike are available – the regular 1199 Panigale, the Panigale S and the Panigale S Tricolore. With an amazing 195 horsepower at 10,750rpm and 132Nm of torque at 9,000rpm from its 1,198cc ‘Superquadro’ L-twin, an all-new monocoque chassis and a dry weight of 164 kilos (wet weight is 188kg), the Panigale is the most advanced superbike ever produced by Ducati and the Italian company is rightfully proud of the mighty machine.
The Panigale also builds on the earlier 1198’s electronics, with the latest-generation sports ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW). All of these are programmed into one seamless rider assistance system, with all sub-systems working in tandem to ensure the bike goes and stops as hard as possible at all times.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Crescent Fixi recently unveiled their 2012 World Superbikes Suzuki GSX-R1000 and we quite like the way it looks. John Hopkins and Leon Camier will be riding the GSX-Rs this year and according to Team Principal Paul Denning, the 2012 GSX-R1000 has been updated comprehensively. ‘Yoshimura is working very hard on the motor and we are sharing a lot of development ideas together. The suspension and brakes are all new, the Motec electronics package is updated and every single detail on the GSX-R is being carefully considered. The Suzuki is a great all-round package,’ says Denning.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The 2012 World Superbikes season starts on the 26th of this month, with the first race of the season scheduled to be held at Phillip Island, in Australia. Aprilia won the 2010 World Superbikes championship with Maxi Biaggi (who finished third in the 2011 season in WSBK) and they are now back for the 2012 season, with Biaggi and Eugene Laverty riding their bikes.
‘My motivation remains unchanged. If anything, I have to say that it has increased even more after what happened in 2011. We were coming off a world triumph, with a lot of expectations and all eyes on our results, but things didn't go as planned. That's water under the bridge. Now we're looking forward to the new season with only one goal – to win,’ says Biaggi. ‘My relationship with the RSV4 is a particular one. We're a close couple. We have our rough spots, but we also know how to get through them. I think that the RSV4 still has a lot to say in this championship and, given the level of competition, I'll certainly have to bring the most out of it,’ he adds.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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...
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 (above), a brilliant engineer who worked on Honda's GP racing bikes of the 1960s, was also the man responsible for the mighty CBX1000
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.
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