Monday, April 15, 2013

Kawasaki flicks get awarded at New York Festivals World's Best Television & Films competition


This spectacular promo video for the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R won a gold award in the 'best event venue' category at the NYF World's Best Television and Films competition

A promotional video for Kawasaki that was filmed on the Isle of Man last year has been recognised as being among the best of its kind at New York Festivals World's Best Television & Films competition. The film achieved first place in the ‘best event venue’ award category.

Now in its 55th year, New York Festivals is recognised as a major event by those involved in television and film industries on a global scale. “For the new ZX-6R, we used the iconic Isle of Man TT course as the location and engaged a top TT rider to star in the video. Spurred on by positive public reaction, we decided to enter submissions in several categories of the New York Festivals awards, including best venue, in the hope that they would be perhaps be selected among the finalists. To achieve this and then go on to win a total of two golds, one silver and a bronze award was quite simply amazing,” says Senior Brand Officer for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Frank Zoontjes.

With a judging panel comprised of over 200 directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, art directors, filmmakers, composers and programming executives who are award-winners themselves, the decision making process was rigorous. “We have been working with Kawasaki for a number of years and felt the videos were worthy of wider recognition. To have each win the top award in a major category is an amazing feeling which makes all the hard work of the team involved worthwhile,” says Kawasaki film maker Tom Moran.

Kawasaki flicks get awarded at New York Festivals World's Best Television & Films competition


This spectacular promo video for the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R won a gold award in the 'best event venue' category at the NYF World's Best Television and Films competition

A promotional video for Kawasaki that was filmed on the Isle of Man last year has been recognised as being among the best of its kind at New York Festivals World's Best Television & Films competition. The film achieved first place in the ‘best event venue’ award category.

Now in its 55th year, New York Festivals is recognised as a major event by those involved in television and film industries on a global scale. “For the new ZX-6R, we used the iconic Isle of Man TT course as the location and engaged a top TT rider to star in the video. Spurred on by positive public reaction, we decided to enter submissions in several categories of the New York Festivals awards, including best venue, in the hope that they would be perhaps be selected among the finalists. To achieve this and then go on to win a total of two golds, one silver and a bronze award was quite simply amazing,” says Senior Brand Officer for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Frank Zoontjes.

With a judging panel comprised of over 200 directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, art directors, filmmakers, composers and programming executives who are award-winners themselves, the decision making process was rigorous. “We have been working with Kawasaki for a number of years and felt the videos were worthy of wider recognition. To have each win the top award in a major category is an amazing feeling which makes all the hard work of the team involved worthwhile,” says Kawasaki film maker Tom Moran.

2013 dual-purpose motorcycle slugfest: BMW vs Yamaha vs KTM vs Triumph


This time, it's the new BMW R1200GS vs Yamaha Super Tenere vs Triumph Explorer vs KTM 1190 Adventure R. Which one do you think should win...?

If you're looking for motorcycle insurance, do check out www.swintonbikes.co.uk as they offer some of the best deals around!





Saturday, April 13, 2013

In pictures: 90 Years of BMW Motorrad


So, yeah, BMW have been making motorcycles for 90 years now. And some of those bikes are actually rather cool. We actually still want that K1...
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Friday, April 12, 2013

2014 Honda CRF250M supermoto unveiled

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The 2014 Honda CRF250M supermoto looks quite interesting...

Honda have announced the new CRF250M, an ‘affordable’ supermoto based on the Honda CRF250L dual-purpose machine. Compared with the CRF250L, the 250M sits 20mm lower and features revised front and rear suspension with heavier springs, 17-inch wheels at both ends fitted with wider, street-spec tyres, and a more powerful braking set-up at the front.

As with the CRF250L, the CRF250M is powered by a 250cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine that produces 23bhp and 22Nm of torque. This fuel-injected engine delivers up to 34km/l in terms of fuel efficiency and with the bike’s 7.7-litre fuel tank, provides a range of up to 250km. The CRF250M’s 6-speed gearbox features slightly taller ratios compared to the 250L for more relaxed cruising.

Other bits on the 2014 Honda CRF250M include an oval-section steel frame, aluminium swingarm, 43mm Showa USD fork at the front, Pro-Link suspension (Showa monoshock) at the back, 296mm front brake disc with twin-piston calipers, 17-inch wheels wearing 110/70 (front) and 130/70 (rear) tyres and a digital instrument cluster. Kerb weight is 145kg and colour options for the bike include red and black.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Across five continents on a BMW R1200GS

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One bike, five adventures and the ride of a lifetime...

A few months ago, BMW ran a competition – ‘One World. One R1200GS. The ride of your life’ – where five people from around the world stood a chance to win an opportunity to ride an R1200GS wherever they wanted to. About 12,000 people participated and a jury made up of Adrien Brody and Rick Yune (Hollywood actors), Jutta Kleinschmidt (ace rally driver and one-time Paris Dakar winner) and Charley Boorman (intrepid motorcycle adventurer and TV presenter) selected the five who’d get to have a go at fulfilling their motorcycle adventure fantasy.

The final winners came from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Great Britain and each person got to do the “ride of their life” on a different continent. Just one R1200GS, however, was used, which means that one bike actually crossed all five continents. Starting from Laos in January this year, the bike went to New Zealand, South Africa, the US and finally Europe. When the ride finally concludes later this week, the R1200GS would have covered a total distance of about 12,600km, ridden by five different riders over a period of 44 days. A remarkable adventure all right!

Here’s a quick look at the five riders and their five adventures aboard the BMW R1200GS...

The 59 Club


The 59 Club, a British film that beautifully captures the spirit of motorcycling of the 1950s/1960s. Even if you weren't around back then, you'd probably still like this...




2013 MV Agusta F4 gets ABS with RLM

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The 2014 MV F4, now with Bosch ABS

The 2013 MV Agusta F4 range is now available with the latest Bosch 9MPlus anti-lock braking (ABS) system, which is also integrated with an ‘anti rear wheel lift’ (RLM) system. The Bosch unit contains brake pressure sensors that interface with two phonic wheels (one each on the bike’s front and rear wheels) and in addition to preventing wheel lock-up, the system also prevents relative deceleration from causing the rear wheel to lose contact with the asphalt and stops the bike from tipping forward under hard braking at high speeds.

The MV Agusta F4’s ABS has two modes – normal mode, which provides effective intervention at all times, and race mode, which limits the system's intervention to the minimum possible, which is ideal for use on the track. ABS can also be fully disengaged by the rider.

The 2013 MV Agusta F4 is priced at 17,990 euros, the F4R is priced at 20,290 euros and the F4RR costs an impressive 25,290 euros.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Ducati Diavel takes on Audi R8 V10


The Ducati Diavel has twice the power-to-weight ratio of the Audi R8 V10, so which of the two would be quicker from zero to 240km/h and back to zero? Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar finds out...





Monday, April 08, 2013

In conversation with Pierre Terblanche, motorcycle designer extraordinaire

An interview with Pierre Terblanche
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Pierre Terblanche (top) and some of the greatest bikes he's ever designed...

Born in South Africa in 1956, Pierre Terblanche has a Masters degree in Transport Design from the Royal College of Art, London. He started his career in design with Volkswagen’s advanced design studio in the mid-1980s, but moved to motorcycles in the late-1980s when he joined Ducati. Terblanche went on to work with Cagiva in the early-1990s, where he worked with Massimo Tamburini, came back to Ducati in 1997 and left the Italian company in 2006, when he started working as an independent design consultant. He then worked on various projects for Piaggio/Moto Guzzi and Norton and, earlier this year, joined the US-based Confederate Motorcycles.

Terblanche has a substantial body of work which he’s built up over the last quarter century. You can see his complete portfolio of work here, but the Terblanche-designed bikes we like most are the Cagiva 900 Gran Canyon, the Ducati Supermono, the Ducati MH900e and the Ducati SportClassic range. We also love the trio of Moto Guzzi ‘V12’ concept bikes which he designed back in 2009 and we really do believe Pierre is one of the most talented motorcycle designers of the modern era. So now that he’s with Confederate, we thought this is a good time to catch up with him for a quick chat about bikes and about his own thoughts on motorcycle design. Here’s what Pierre had to say to us:

On his decision to join Confederate Motorcycles

I needed a change. It is so easy to get in a rut with work and life. Some people say life begins at fifty, so I am well qualified to begin again! I have worked for some of the most interesting ‘normal’ companies that I loved the products of. Ducati, Cagiva, Moto Guzzi, Norton and some others that I cannot mention. Like many other designers, I have been a fan of the avant-garde work done by Confederate for a long time, and when the opportunity came to work for them it was a no-brainer.

BMW Motorrad signs agreement with India’s TVS Motor, will build sub-500cc motorcycles


Based in southern India, TVS Motor produces about two million two-wheelers every year. Most of these are small-capacity commuter-spec scooters and motorcycles

According to a press release from BMW Motorrad, the German company has, as part of its “strategic reorientation,” entered into a “long-term cooperation agreement” with TVS Motor Company of India. “The aim of the cooperation is to join forces to develop and produce motorcycles in the sub-500cc segment. The various stages through to the finished serial production motorcycle will be planned by both partners but implemented with different focus areas on each side, leveraging the strengths of both companies,” says the press release. “The cooperation agreement involves the two companies each offering their own vehicle derivatives, which will be sold through their own distribution channels in India and across the globe,” it adds.

“In view of changing motorcycle markets, demographic developments and increasing environmental demands we are expanding our product range so as to tap into fresh growth potential. We have a highly expert and experienced partner in the TVS Motor Company. This means that in future we will be able to offer vehicles in smaller capacity classes in addition to the BMW Motorrad core segments. Various types of motorcycle are conceivable. They will meet the expectations of a BMW motorcycle in terms of riding fun as well as setting a new benchmark when it comes to stability, agility and performance figures. I regard this long-term cooperation as an important step along the road to profitable, sustainable growth,” said Stephan Schaller, President - BMW Motorrad.

“With BMW Motorrad, we see an ideal long-term strategic partner who shares our core values: focus on quality, engineering prowess, innovation and customer satisfaction. We intend to leverage each other’s strengths to deliver a new series of products offering cutting edge technology for our customers,” added Venu Srinivasan, Chairman - TVS Motor Company.

TVS Motor Company is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India, with an annual production volume of about two million units and a turnover of more than US$ One Billion USD. The company has presence in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.





Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ewan McGregor: “I liked the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 straight away”


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Hollywood star, Ewan McGregor recently shot for an advertisement for the new Moto Guzzi California 1400, perhaps the coolest, most stylish cruiser Guzzi have ever produced. Taking a break from the filming of his next movie, Son of Gun, McGregor travelled to Australia, where the ad was shot.

“I liked the new California 1400 straight away from the first time I saw it. Then it surprised me when I rode it. It is from another planet, truly surprising! And this is coming from someone who knows Moto Guzzi, if you consider that my ten Moto Guzzis include models like the 1971 V7 Ambassador, the 1972 V7 Sport, the 1974 V7 Eldorado, the 2000 V11, the 2001 V11 Tenni, the 2009 California Vintage with a sidecar... and very soon, a California 1400 Custom,” says McGregor.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Valentino Rossi on his life in motorcycle racing and preparing for the future








Valentino Rossi talks bikes, racing and the new generation of racers whom he must learn to deal with. A fascinating conversation for devotees of the Italian superstar...

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