Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spanish MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa wins at Jerez!

The tiny Mr Pedrosa was unstoppable at the Jerez circuit, winning the race ahead of Rossi. But, still, it was celebration time for The Doctor - this was his 100th podium finish...!

Race Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 45min 35.121 secs
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 45min 38.004 secs
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 45min 39.460 secs
4. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 45min 45.263 secs
5. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 46min 2.645 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Tech 3 (M) 46min 2.929 secs
7. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 46min 3.417 secs
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Scot Team (M) 46min 3.570 secs
9. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 46min 7.690 secs
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 46min 10.212 secs
11. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 46min 17.344 secs
12. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 46min 19.619 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 46min 20.928 secs
14. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 46min 20.992 secs
15. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 46min 44.679 secs
16. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 46min 49.563 secs

Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Tech 3 (M)
Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M)

Detailed race report here

Loris Capirossi, one of our all-time favourite riders, took fifth place at Jerez. And yes, Rizla Suzuki are back in top shape - in more ways than one!

More MotoGP:
Hi-res MotoGP wallpaper: Here and here
Memorable: 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer...
Aprilia RS3 Cube: F1 tech in MotoGP?
Two of the coolest GP-replicas ever: Here and here
Two of the best 500cc racers from the two-stroke era: Here and here
Kevin Schwantz interviews Valentino Rossi!

External links:
Road Racer X: In conversation with Valentino Rossi...
Motorcycle USA: 2008 Superbike Smackdown!
Benelli TnT 899 image gallery...
Download 2008 Superbike magazine PDFs here and here (You'll need a BitTorrent client to download the files)

From Kevin Schwantz to Loris Capirossi, all the fast guys seem to love Suzuki GSX-Rs! No.34 talks about mid-1980s Gixxers here!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ducati 1098R to take part in the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours race

After MotoGP and WSBK, can Ducati also do well in Endurance racing?

Set up by two Ducati dealers – Zone Rouge 18 and Ducati Chambourcy – Team DERT (Ducati Endurance Racing Team), in partnership with Gulf, will be fielding a Ducati 1098R in at least three endurance racing world championship races. Ridden by Aurélien Bantigny, Jérémie Rasting and Thierry Mulot, the 1098R will race in the open category at the 24 Hours Le Mans, 6 Hours Albacete and the Bol d’Or endurance racing events.

When the 24 Hours Le Mans race kicks off on the 19th of April this year, Team DERT’s Ducati 1098R is likely to be the only Italian twin-cylinder motorcycle on the grid. The 1098R-based 1098 F08 racer has already gotten off to a good start in WSBK, so we hope the 1098R will also do well in Le Mans and other endurance races!

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Suzuki Crosscage: The first production fuel-cell powered motorcycle?

Soon, the makers of the mighty GSX-R might be making this fuel-cell powered Crosscage...
Pics: MCN

According to a report on MCN, Suzuki, who’ve already been working with the UK-based Intelligent Energy, have announced an extension of their agreement with the British firm. Under this agreement, the two companies will work on making hydrogen fuel-cell powered bikes in the near future. Last year, Suzuki had unveiled the hydrogen-powered Crosscage concept, and if things work out, this might just be the first fuel-cell motorcycle to hit the streets.

Speaking to MCN, Phil Caldwell, director of business development at Intelligent Energy says, ‘This is an important next step for our collaboration with Suzuki, as we move from a very successful concept towards a range of commercially viable fuel-cell motorcycles. We have developed an excellent relationship with Suzuki over the past two years and this agreement further strengthens our partnership.’

‘Our fuel cells are efficient, robust, and emit zero carbon at the tailpipe. Both Intelligent Energy and Suzuki are committed to the development of cleaner and more responsible vehicles for the consumer. The Crosscage is an example of what can be achieved when invention meets ambition, and we’re looking forward to the next phase in the relationship,’ added Henri Winand, CEO, Intelligent Energy.

Cleaner, more responsible vehicles? Hell, let’s buy that GSX-R while we still can…

Also see:
Fuel-efficiency champ: The Craig Vetter streamliner...
Noré Sébastien: The best airbrush magician in the world?
The mighty KTM 1190 RC8: Does it live up to the hype?
One-off: Giordano Loi’s Ducati Desmo Infinito!
Ducati 1098R-based 1098 F08 gets off to a flying start in WSBK...
Memorable: The Gilera SP01 and SP02
Singularly Sexy: The amazing Ducati Supermono!

External links:
Motorcyclist at Large: Everything you ever wanted to know about braking...

This is the Desmolupo M1 Ducati Multistrada. Quite cool, we think...

Pics: Motociclismo

...and here's a Ducati Desmosedici RR, prowling the streets of Glasgow!

Now available: Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black

Naked, red-hot and Italian. Keep 'em coming, Moto Morini...!

Pics: Motoblog

For a mere US$16,700 you can now buy the Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black, with black bodywork, red chassis, and red leather seats. Technically, the very handsome looking Corsaro Avio remains unchanged – 1187cc, 120bhp v-twin, Termignoni exhaust system, 50mm USD Marzocchi forks, fully adjustable Sachs monoshock, 18-litre fuel tank and 198kg dry weight.

The Avio Black rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) Pirelli Diablo rubber. At the front, twin 320mm Brembo brake discs, gripped by four-piston calipers, handle most of the stopping duties. For more details on this hot naked Italian, visit the Moto Morini website here!

Also see:
All-new Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler...
Wild Rides: MotoGP vs Professional Bullfighting!
Face-off: World's fastest bike vs the world's fastest man!
Angelina Jolie is a hit with Brit bikers...
Heavy Hitter: MV Agusta F4 Veltro Pista!
2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ultimate Edition...
The next big thing: Aprilia's RSV 4 Race Machine!

External links:
Fast Bikes: The HEAT is on...!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Harley-powered trike: The Cirbin V13R

V13R: Three wheels, a Harley-Davidson 125bhp v-twin and lots of chrome...

Started by two men – André Morissette and David Neault – the Canada-based Cirbin have recently started operations, and the V13R trike is their very first product. Conceptualized as a three-wheeled hot-rod that’s fun, stylish and performance-oriented, the V13R is fitted with a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1250cc Harley-Davidson v-twin. Claimed power output is 125bhp at the rear wheel, and since the V13R weighs 475kg, performance should be at least reasonably entertaining.

The V13R’s engine is mated to a five-speed (plus one reverse) sequential transmission, and a toothed-belt final drive system transfers power to the single rear wheel. Clutch, brakes and accelerator controls are placed like those in a conventional car. The V13R can seat two people, and there’s space for luggage under the hood. For those who want to carry more luggage, optional side cases are also available.

As a package, the Cirbin V13R has been tuned and optimised for sporty performance
Pics: Motoblog

The Cirbin V13R features fibreglass bodywork, steel tube chassis, tubular steel roll bars and three-point seatbelts. Suspension comprises of fully adjustable monoshock at the rear, and fully adjustable twin front shocks at the front – both ends are set up for delivering a sporty and responsive ride and handling. Front wheels are 17-inchers, wearing 205/45 ZR-rated rubber, while the single rear wheel is an 18-incher, shod with 295/35 ZR rubber.

For more pics and details, visit the Cirbin website here.

Also see:
Fast, fun and quirky: Trikes on Faster and Faster...
Right up front: Ferruccio Codutti’s Monster S4
Two-stroke classic: The Bimota V Due
The amazing Peraves MonoTracer...
Lumeneo Smera: Another car-motorcycle hybrid!
Pendolauto: Franco Sbarro's four-wheeled motorcycle concept...
Kawasaki KLR-based diesel motorcycles for the US military!

External links:
Old racebikes: Die another day...
Laverda 1000 3C Triple: Massimo’s Masterpiece...
Bored with bikes? Read Nuts magazine... (NSFW)

From the 1987 Battletwin RR1000 to the current XB12XT, Buell have come a long, long way. See the 2008 XB12XT riding impression here!
Buell XB12XT pic: Motorcycle USA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tjitze Tjoelker’s homemade Honda V8

This homemade Honda V8 sure sounds good...!
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What do you do if you always wanted the Morbidelli 850 V8, but couldn’t afford one? Well, if you’re Dutchman Tjitze Tjoelker, you make your own V8-powered motorcycle of course.

Mr Tjoelker, a baker by profession, and someone who has no formal training in mechanical engineering, actually put together two Honda 400 inline-fours to make his V8. This engine, which supposedly makes 120bhp at 10,000rpm has been mated to a Moto Guzzi gearbox and driveshaft. And yes, the bike actually runs. We’re truly amazed…

Also see:

Rapom V8: 1000bhp, supercharged monster-bike!
The V8, twin Hayabusa-engined, 455bhp SR8LM...
Memorable: The mid-1950s Moto Guzzi V8 racer!
Memorable: The 1970s Laverda V6 Bol d'Or racer...
Mad Max lives: Peugeot V6-powered motorcycle!
Six Fix: The mighty Honda CBX1000
Brute Force: The Münch Mammut TTS-E!
NRV588: The Norton Rotary rides again...

KTM to launch ‘Adventure’ variant of the RC8

A dual-purpose 'Adventure' bike with the RC8 engine? Should be awesome!
Pic: BikeWalls

According to a report on Motorcycle USA, KTM boss Stefan Pierer has said that the company will launch naked (the RC8 Venom) and dual-purpose / adventure versions of the RC8. While there is no mention of exactly when this is likely to happen, the report does say that KTM have ambitions of becoming the biggest motorcycle manufacturer is Europe, producing 200,000 bikes per annum by the year 2020.

In keeping with their ambitious growth plans, KTM also plan to launch smaller bikes in collaboration with Bajaj, the second-largest bike maker in India. Single-cylinder 125s and 250s, and a 500cc v-twin, are likely to be launched soon, and these will be sold through the Bajaj network in India. However, it’s not clear whether these bikes will only be launched in India (and perhaps other Asian markets…), or also in Europe.

According to the report on Motorcycle USA, KTM’s new small bike range will be designed by KTM, will be built in India, and will be priced so that they can compete with Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese and Indian small bikes.

Finally, apart from bikes, KTM also want to focus on small-volume, high-performance cars like the X-Bow, eventually becoming the Austrian equivalent of Lotus, the revered British sports car company. So, well, looks like it’s exciting times ahead for KTM then…

Also see:
Kawasaki ZZR1400 Turbo: 320km/h and beyond...
DVD review: Riding Solo To The Top Of The World
Face off: Yamaha FZR750RR OW01 vs the R1!
Fifth Gear special: Ducati 1098 vs Lamborghini Gallardo...
The FASTEST, most expensive Honda ever...
Some of the most interesting trikes in the world...
Memorable: The Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans!
Memorable: The Gilera SP01 and SP02...

External links:
2008 KTM Adventure Tours...

Which bike has the best back end - the 2008 GSX-R1000 or the Fireblade? Er, we think it's this Harley!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Motorcycle Bloggers International: 2008 Awards announced

Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI) have announced the winners of the 2008 Riders Choice Awards. Decided on the basis of votes given by thousands of motorcycle riders in 77 countries, these awards recognize significant achievements (and, well, serious lapses in judgment!) during 2007, by motorcycle and related product manufacturers, persons and organizations.

Some of the winners are:

Object of Lust: Ducati Desmosedici RR

Best Concept Motorcycle or Scooter: Honda Evo6

Best New in 2007 Scooter: Piaggio MP3 400

Best New in 2007 Motorcycle: Triumph Street Triple 675

Most Disappointing Motorcycle: Suzuki B-King

The MBI Riders Choice Awards are unique in that the nominees and winners are chosen by everyday riders around the world, not by professional journalists. The awards reflect the judgment of the motorcycle buying public, not motorcycle industry insiders.

For more information about the MBI and its members, please visit the MBI website, and for the complete list of 2008 MBI Awards nominees and winners, go here.

Also see:
Faster and Faster: The Best of 2007
Ready to rock: The 2008 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V
Tilt this: The amazing Peraves MonoTracer!
Memorable: The singularly sexy Ducati Supermono
Franco Sbarro's Pendolauto, a four-wheeled 'motorcycle'!
Sheene tribute: Chris Vermeulen-replica GSX-R1000
F1 tech in MotoGP: The Aprilia RS3 Cube...
Hot or not: EDR Performance’s 131bhp Yamaha YZF R6
Racer specials: Japan-only Fireblade and CBR600RR!

External links:
JJ2S X4 500: A four-cylinder, two-stroke concept bike!
KTM RC8 ringtones...

2008 Yamaha R1 vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R? Here's the showdown!

And here's the 2008 Aprilia Tuono, in all its brand-new silver/orange glory! The bike remains unchanged mechanically and for us, it's still one of the best streetfighters in the world...
Pics: MCN



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