Friday, June 29, 2012

Christophe Naulet’s amazing Peugeot 103 T-Hawk, the coolest custom-built moped ever

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We just love this amazing machine!

The strikingly good looking machine - the Peugeot 103 T-Hawk - you see here is actually based on a 50cc 1978 Peugeot 103 MVL that has been heavily modified by Christophe Naulet. The 37-year-old Christophe is French and grew up in Paris, where he used to ride Peugeot, Motobecane and other mopeds in the late-1980s. We’ll let him tell his story in his own words…

Peugeot and Motobecane mopeds were very popular back then, with lots of parts available to trick them out. They also started racing them on the track. From late-70s to mid-90s, racers and tuners perfected these 50cc mopeds with variator-type transmissions, taking them to the next level, with custom aluminum frames and up to 18bhp from the engines. There was even a national championship [but] it died in the late-90s. A few old timers started racing again in 2007 with their vintage racing mopeds and it's slowly coming back and growing,’ says Christophe.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Bikers’ Classics at Spa-Francorchamps to witness the return of legends

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The 2012 Bikers' Classics at Spa will see the return of World Superbikes legends like Raymond Roche, Stephane Mertens, Fabrizio Pirovano and others...

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit was taken off the motorcycle GP road racing calendar more than 20 years ago and the last (and only) World Superbikes race ever held at the legendary Belgian circuit was in 1992. But for those who remember names like Doug Polen, Raymond Roche, Stephane Mertens, Fabriozio Pirovano, Steve Baker, Anders Andersson, Terry Rymer, Freddie Spencer, Dieter Braun and Niall Mackenzie, and bikes like the Honda VFR750R RC30, Ducati 851/888 and Yamaha FZR750R OW 01, this year’s Bikers’ Classics – to be held at Spa from June 29 to July 1st – will once again provide an opportunity to see those men and machines in action.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Bikers’ Classics event, which sees legendary racers and their bikes reunited every year in all their high-speed, adrenaline-charged glory of the 1980s and 1990s. All the names mentioned above are going to be a part of this year’s Bikers’ Classics, which is probably Europe's biggest classic racing event for motorcycles. We hope to bring a report and photographs of the event soon and in the meanwhile, you may want to check out the Bikers’ Classics official website.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Barry Sheene: His life and times in Australia

A multi-part documentary that takes a look at the life of everybody's favourite motorcycle road racer, the legendary Barry Sheene. If you've ever wondered why Barry moved from the UK to Australia and how things were for him in Aussie-land, you've got to watch this very interesting documentary, which, by the way, also features Barry's wife, Stephanie

Australian motorcycle aces: Wayne Gardner, Kevin Magee, Daryl Beattie and Mick Doohan

A multi-part documentary that takes a look at the life and times of some of our favourite motorcycle racers of the 1980s and the 1990s, from Australia. Men like Wayne Gardner, Kevin Magee, Daryl Beattie and Mick Doohan, some of the best bike racers of their time...

Wayne Gardner

Kevin Magee

Daryl Beattie

Mick Doohan

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dreamachine Motorcycles: The Akrapovic Morsus

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The Morsus is slim and cool and sexy - just the way we like 'em!

The bike you see here – The Morsus – was built last year by the Slovenia-based Dreamachine Motorcycles in collaboration with motorcycle exhaust specialists, Akrapovic. The project was initiated by Akrapovic, who wanted to prove that their engineering prowess goes beyond producing exhaust systems and to show that they are also capable of producing a world-class custom bike.

As you might expect, the materials used in the construction of The Morsus are those that Akrapovic are skilled at using – titanium, high-quality stainless steel and carbonfibre. ‘This project was a big challenge for me. I admire the work of Igor Akrapovič very much and I wanted to put together two motorcycle worlds, racing and custom. I followed also an idea of special cycle chrono bike on 26 inch wheels, which was quite challenging, but I´m quite happy with the final result,’ says Tomaž Capuder of Dreamachine Motorcycles, the man responsible for creating The Morsus.

Giovanni Castiglioni on Ducati, Porsche, and the future of MV Agusta

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We don't really agree with Giovanni but his views are interesting all the same...
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For their Summer 2012 issue, the UK-based Fast Bikes magazine have done a very interesting interview with the late, great, Claudio Castiglioni’s son, Giovanni Castiglioni, who now heads MV Agusta. Giovanni certainly doesn’t mince words and while we don’t really agree with his views on a lot of things, they make for pretty interesting reading all the same. Here are some brief excerpts from what he has to say:

About Ducati

“The new bike is very nice, the Panigale, but it is not a Ducati. It is something completely different. No tubular frame, no exhaust, no torque. Look at Ducati’s 999 – a big mistake. And not just that, but it is impossible to understand if a Diavel is a Ducati, or a Harley, or whatever. People ask me about Audi buying Ducati, saying with them, Ducati will sell three times more volume. I’m not sure about this. It is not always true that a big company helps the sales of a small company.”

Master Class: John McGuinness on doing a fast lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit

If you've ever wondered what it is like to do a fast lap around the 60km Isle of Man road circuit, you have to watch this. The fastest man ever around the Isle of Man TT circuit, 19-times winner and Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness is an expert and here he talks you through an IoM TT lap, the way he does it...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Alpinestars Vika. Triumph. Cool...

Alpinestars claim that their Vika range of motorcycle apparel "seamlessly fuses contemporary fashion trends with modern protective innovations." Maybe it does. All we know is, this promo video for Vika is pretty cool. More info here