Saturday, June 23, 2012

2013 Triumph Trophy SE unveiled

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The new Triumph Trophy is all set to go touring...

Triumph have released details and some pics of the new Trophy, a touring bike powered by the British company’s 1215cc three-cylinder engine, which produces 132bhp and 120Nm of torque. ‘Fine-tuned for the smoothest ride possible, the thrilling 1215cc 3-cylinder engine gives you power and torque when you want it and exhilaration when you need it. This spirited engine delivers excitement on demand; no need to wait for the revs to rise or be forced to kick down a gear at the wrong time. You’ll feel it and you’ll hear it as the infamous triumph triple delivers its inimitable, spine tingling sound,’ claims a press release from Triumph.

World Ducati Week 2012: Pictures and Videos

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Back to the 1980s: Riding the BMW K1

We were quite fascinated with the BMW K1 when we first saw pictures of the bike in the late-1980s. And it still doesn't look too bad to us...

Introduced in 1988, the BMW K1 was pretty radical for its time. Its liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 987cc four-cylinder engine featured electronic fuel injection (engineered by Bosch) and computer-controlled ignition with three-dimensional mapping, and produced 100bhp and 100Nm of torque. The bike had Brembo brakes with ABS, a single-side swingarm/shaft-drive set up, five-speed gearbox, and a full fairing with a remarkably unique graphics treatment - we'd love to see an S1000RR with its name emblazoned all over the fairing the way it's done on the K1.

With a dry weight of about 230 kilos and only 100bhp on tap, we don't suppose the K1's performance would be anything special by modern standards, but then this BMW was always meant to be a sports-tourer rather than an all-out sportsbike, so that's probably all right. Maybe it's got something to do with the fact that we had posters of this bike up on our bedroom walls back when we were in school, maybe it's the sci-fi styling or maybe it's just that the K1 is from the 1980s, a decade we love so much. Whatever it is, we think the K1 was damn cool 25 years ago. And it still is.

The History of Motorcycle Roadracing

Produced by Greenlight Television, this 55-minute-long documentary is an interesting, insightful look at the world of motorcycle roadracing and how the sport has evolved over the last many decades. If you like going fast on bikes, you're going to enjoy this...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Miroslav Felgr and the story of the FGR Midalu 2500 V6

The Midalu 2500 is fitted with a 2.5-litre V6 that produces 240bhp and 200Nm of torque. The bike will carry a price tag 80,000 euros when it goes on sale next year...

The Czech Republic isn’t exactly the first country that comes to mind when we think of high-performance motorcycles and yet that’s exactly where the V6-engined FGR Midalu 2500 is from. Based in the Czech Republic, Miroslav Felgr started thinking about building a motorcycle with the world’s biggest engine and the best components, back in 2001. A decade later, his dream has come true – the Midalu 2500 hyperbike is set to go into limited production by early-2013.

The Midalu 2500 is fitted with a 2442cc, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V6 – the biggest, most powerful normally-aspirated production-spec motorcycle engine in the world – which produces 240 horsepower and more than 200Nm of torque. We’re quite fascinated with this motorcycle and caught up with the man behind this machine – Miroslav Felgr – for a quick chat. Here’s what he had to say about the FGR Midalu 2500 V6:

On why he chose to build something like the Midalu

I wanted to build a bike that wasn’t just something new, but also offered the best in luxury with the best possible components. Our company was established 20 years ago and deals with the design and manufacture of special purpose machines for the automotive industry. Since 2003, we have raced motorcycles with our FGR 125 GP bike and starting with this year, we are now in the new Moto3 class. It is the best advertisement for us, especially for the FGR Midalu motorcycle. In Bohemia [old name for the Czech Republic] we always produced motorcycles that were among the best in the world, so we wanted to revive this tradition.