Friday, June 29, 2007

Nicky Hayden: Official scooter test rider for Honda

The Zoomer's been doing well in tests though test rider Hayden hopes to be able to make it go significantly quicker by the end of the 2007 MotoGP season

Reigning MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden doesn’t seem to be doing much with his RC212V these days, so Honda have decided to channel his talent elsewhere. Hayden will now be testing scooters at Honda, and his first assignment is the Honda Zoomer. According to Honda, the Zoomer is “…the choice of champions in the MotoGP paddock. With its no-frills look and ultra-reliability it’s the only way to get around.”

A Honda press release says “The super-cool Zoomer’s bare and minimal looks may seem basic, but the machine is far from it, fitting in well with the hi-tech world of MotoGP. At its heart is an environmentally-friendly fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 50cc four-stroke motor which pumps out around 4bhp. Drum brakes front and rear haul the lightweight 84-kilo machine smartly, while the chunky balloon tyres give sure-footed handling.”

Says Nicky, “You can just get on it and go – it never lets me down. I also think it looks kinda cool – especially mine.” Take that, Pedrosa! Now the only thing that remains to be seen is how the Zoomer stacks up to the Malaguti Phantom F12 R Capirex (the special Loris Capirossi edition) and the Yamaha Aerox Valentino Rossi edition. Ohhh… the excitement!!!

More scooters:
The very cool Gilera Fuoco 500
The trendsetting Piaggio MP3
The Segway i2: Who says scooters have to have wheels one behind the other?
The Bombardier Embrio: What scooters will someday become...
Mad Max's 350cc, 112bhp scooter
The Can-Am Spyder: Not really a scooter, but what the hell...
Scooter rider fantasies!
And finally, the bike you should buy once you're tired of scooters...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good to see that Nicky has finally found a bike to match his riding style and ability!



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