Friday, May 31, 2013

Bikes and Babes from the 2013 Isle of Man TT


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More pics after the jump...

2013 MotoCzysz E1pc unveiled, will be raced at the IoM TT

2013 Motoczysz E1pc
The 2013 MotoCzysz E1pc, possibly the fastest, most powerful, most technologically advanced electric motorcycle ever built anywhere in the world...

Team MotoCzysz Racing today unveiled the 2013 E1pc racebikes, which will be raced at the Isle of Man TT races this year. “Our team has been quietly preparing bikes, targeting an average lap speed of 176km/h” says Ray Crepeau, General Manager, MotoCzysz. Returning MotoCzysz riders and TT Zero winners, Michael Rutter and Mark Miller are focused on setting new electric class records at the TT this year. “The new bikes look very, very fast and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do,” says Rutter. “Once again, I am truly in awe. For the past four years, the MotoCzysz crew has consistently raised the bar and this year is no exception. I can’t wait to climb on and tackle the mountain course,” adds Miller.

For 2013, Team MotoCzysz has managed to boost the E1pc’s energy levels by 20% without increasing the bike’s weight – a commendable achievement. “2013 is as much about bike handling as it is about energy onboard. Adding range is simple, you add more batteries; but to achieve that without adding weight was an engineering feat,” says MotoCzysz founder and CEO, Michael Czysz. “The 2013 E1pc handling rivals any bike on the mountain, allowing Michael and Mark to easily carve the twisty mountain course faster than ever,” he adds.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

BMW Concept Ninety pays homage to the 1970s R90S

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BMW and Roland Sands revisit the 1970s R90S with the new Concept Ninety...

To celebrate their 90th birthday and to mark the 40th birth anniversary of the R90S, BMW have partnered with Roland Sands Design to create the ‘Concept Ninety,’ which was recently unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Back in the early-1970s, the BMW R90S, with its top speed of just over 200km/h, was one of the fastest production bikes of its time. “The BMW R90S hails from an era in which bikers were regarded as outlaws. There was something rebellious about it – it was fast, loud and wild. And it has retained its fascination to this day,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

The new BMW Concept Ninety tried to recapture the spirit of its 1970s predecessor. “Today, BMW motorcycles stand for perfection and function. That is what we have worked hard to achieve and something we are very proud of. But we want more than that. With the Concept Ninety, we want to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad.

The Concept Ninety is a ‘sporty boxer,’ with its basic proportions, design cues and ‘Daytona Orange’ paintwork inspired by the 1970s BMW R90S. With its hand-crafted aluminium bodywork, custom-built exhaust system, single-side swingarm with Paralever shaft-drive, LED lights, retro-styled wheels and air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine, the Concept Ninety is a rather unique machine with its own distinctive cafĂ© racer persona. “It was important for me to translate the special statement made by the BMW R90S into the present through the use of unique parts, employing emotional design and cutting-edge technology,” says Roland Sands. “Everything just fits together perfectly – the BMW technology, the BMW heritage and our custom parts complement each other beautifully,” he adds.

“The BMW Concept Ninety is sheer enjoyment in every respect – from the development of the idea to the sketching stage to the construction process. But above all when you’re riding it. It’s an absolute riding machine – just like the R90S was in its time,” concludes Heinrich.

Official video and more high-res pics after the jump. Also see our exclusive interview with Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad's head of design

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Across the Arctic Circle on a Honda C90


So, would you ride across the Arctic Circle (in the winters, with temperatures going down to minus 23 degrees Celsius!) on a Honda C90? The UK-based Edwin March did. You might want to visit his website here or maybe catch up with him on Facebook




Monday, May 20, 2013

BMW HP4 takes on Ariel Atom V8, Rallycross Citroen DS3


The BMW HP4 weighs 169kg and its 1,000cc inline-four produces 190+ horsepower. The Ariel Atom V8 weighs 550kg and its 3.3-litre V8 kicks out 475bhp, while the Citroen DS3 Rallycross weighs 1,300kg and its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces about 560bhp. Let the mayhem begin




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2013 Triumph 675 Daytona road test


So, just how good is the new, 2013-spec Triumph 675 Daytona? Very, it seems!

Jay Leno rides the Aprilia 850 Mana


Jay Leno gets to grips with the Aprilia 850 Mana and its 7-speed automatic transmission. Is this the almost-perfect sports-touring motorcycle for grown-ups...?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

2013 BMW F 800 GS Adventure: First official high-res pics, specs, video

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If you really wanted to, we suppose you could ride across Africa on a Peugeot moped. The BMW F800GS Adventure, however, just might be a bit more suited to the task...

Based on the off-road-oriented F800GS, the new BMW F800GS Adventure takes things a bit further and, according to BMW, offers “an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability.” The German company claims that the new F800GS Adventure “provides off-road-oriented touring aficionados, world travelers and enduro fans with an authentic GS Adventure experience in the mid-size segment.”

The F800GS Adventure is powered by a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 798cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine (the same engine that you’d find on the F800GS), mated to a 6-speed transmission. With 85 horsepower and 83Nm of torque from the engine, 24-litre fuel tank and a robust tubular-steel chassis, the F800GS Adventure is probably adequately equipped for Continent-crossing journeys. And, of course, it comes with the inevitable suite of electronics – ABS is standard, while stability control (ASC) and electronic suspension adjustement (ESA) are optional extras.

Compared with the regular BMW F800GS, the Adventure version has a bigger fuel tank (which extends range by about 120km), bigger windscreen, revised bodywork, reworked seat that’s been optimized for long-distance comfort, wider ‘enduro’ footrests, an adjustable foot brake lever, an engine protection bar and a pannier rack that serves as a tank protection bar. At 229 kilos (unladen weight), the Adventure is also 15kg heavier than the regular model.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

On Two Wheels: 2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 road test


The 2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 is put through its paces on Motor Trend's On Two Wheels show. We have to say, the bike looks and sounds beyond awesome...
Huge collection of high-res pics of the BMW HP4, after the jump >

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