Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yamaha France offers 2009 MotoGP-replica R1s

2009 MotoGP replica Yamaha R1s look good!
Pics: Motorevue

Yamaha France is offering a limited run (just four units!) of MotoGP-replica Yamaha R1s, in Rossi and Lorenzo colours. The price is 19,990 euros (US$26,600) and you get a Rossi/Lorenzo replica helmet free. For more details, visit the Yamaha France website here

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Valentino Rossi to do an exhibition lap at the 2009 IoM TT

The Doctor will be visiting the IoM for the first time this year...

No, he isn’t going racing at the Isle of Man, but according to a report on MCN, six-time MotoGP world champ Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi will do an exhibition lap at this year’s IoM TT. Rossi will ride alongside multi-time motorcycle GP racing world champ, the legendary Giacomo Agostini – both riders will be on 2009 Yamaha R1s. They wouldn’t be going flat out though – the duo will ride behind a course car and will be followed by a crew of as many as eight race marshals…

‘I am fascinated by all sorts of motorsport and the Isle of Man is a destination and a race I have wanted to experience for a long time. The MotoGP schedule is very busy around this time of year, but this year the TT has moved dates a little and there is a week gap between Mugello and Catalunya, so now at last we have the opportunity,’ says Rossi, who’ll be visiting the Isle of Man for the very first time.

‘I have seen many famous shots from the TT races and of course heard much about it from Giacomo. It will be a great honour for me to attend the Isle of Man TT – it is a race that I have always been curious to see, and now finally I will get my chance. It is a race so steeped in history that I think every motorcyclist in the world has heard of the Isle of Man TT. On TV it looks f***ing crazy, so for real it must look incredible, and having never seen a proper road race, I’m really looking forward to that,’ says Rossi.

Hmm… now if only we could scrape together some money for those plane tickets, we’d love to be there as well. Oh, well, someday… :-)

Update: Here's a video of Rossi's exhibition lap at the IoM...

Honda: 50 years of motorcycle grand prix racing

From below, left: 1959 Honda RC142, 1963 Honda RC164, Freddie Spencer's 1984 Honda NSR500 and Nicky Hayden's Honda RC212V. Unforgettable machines...

And some more Hondas from the current MotoGP season...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Aero 3S add bling to the Campagna T-Rex, OptaMotive to add battery power

The Campagna T-Rex looks even cooler with the Aero 3S kit!

Anibal Harfouche and Jean-Pierre Lussier at Aero 3S are offering a body kit for the Campagna T-Rex. Powered by the 200bhp ZZR1400 engine, the T-Rex is already the coolest, maddest trike in the world – we absolutely love this thing. And the Aero 3S body kit – made of carbonfibre and fibreglass – isn’t bad looking either.

While Aero 3S are adding bling to the Campagna T-Rex, the Ottawa-based OptaMotive are converting the trike to battery power, in pursuit of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize. Optamotive will be replacing the T-Rex’s 1,400cc engine with an all-electric powertrain, which will produce more than 100 horsepower, push the electric ’Rex from zero to 96km/h in less than 10 seconds and provide a range of more than 160km on a single charge.

The project name for OptaMotive’s all-electric T-Rex is ‘Surge’ and you can get more details on their official website here

Tiff Needell of Fifth Gear tests the Campagna T-Rex. Wild!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

2009 Japanese MotoGP: Race results from Motegi

Jorge Lorenzo won the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, followed by Rossi in second, Pedrosa in third and Stoner in fourth place

2009 MotoGP: Race results from the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi

1. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 47.238 sec
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 48.542 sec
3. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 43min 51.001 sec
4. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 43min 52.929 sec
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 43min 56.445 sec
6. Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 44min 17.793 sec
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44min 19.994 sec
8. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 44min 26.654 sec
9. James Toseland GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44min 30.344 sec
10. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 44min 30.483 sec
11. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 44min 32.072 sec
12. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44min 33.778 sec
13. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 44min 40.763 sec
14. Niccolo Canepa ITA Pramac Racing 45min 9.042 sec
15. Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 44min 25.681 sec

Yuki Takahashi JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP Turn 1
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team Turn 1
Sete Gibernau SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando Lap 14

Full race report here

Pics from Motegi, from the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Custom-built Honda CBR1000F-based streetfighter

Yeah, it really is a Honda CBR1000F...

What do you do with a ‘basket case’ CBR1000F that’s more than 20 years old? If you’re Roguemoto, you simply build a custom special based on the old Honda. A lot of work seems to have gone into building the bike – the completely reshaped fuel tank, custom-built chassis cover, subframe, fenders and swingarm brace must have taken a lot of time and effort. Can’t say anything about the bike’s performance and handling but at least it looks cool. More pics of the bike on Flickr

Thursday, April 23, 2009

TSS1100GP: Three-cylinder two-stroke superbike from Australia

Fancy a brand-new two-stroke superbike that's lighter and more powerful than a stock ZX-10R? TSS will build one for you, with a 1098cc two-stroke triple...!
Pics: TSS, via Motorcycle Daily

Based in Australia, two-stroke engine specialists TSS are working on a brand-new superbike, which will be fitted with a custom-built two-stroke engine! According to the TSS website, “While the current crop of four-stroke litrebikes can be said to be fast, they are not necessarily thrilling in the same measure. And never will they make quantum overnight leaps in power/weight ratio, or overall bike weight, or in terms of power delivery.”

And hence, the TSS1100GP Kawasaki Triple project, where TSS will use three 366cc cylinders with “extravagant tranny porting and cutting-edge porting characteristics,” to build their own 1,098cc triple. TSS have set a target of 250 rear wheel horsepower at 9,500rpm and close to 200Nm of torque. According to TSS, not only is this easily achieveable, but their 1100 triple will even be as much as 25 kilos lighter than the Kawasaki ZX-10R’s four-stroke inline-four.

TSS say they’ll be building five of these 1,098cc two-stroke triples, which they will use in their own custom-built superbikes. The chassis, suspension and other running gear will be stock Kawasaki ZX-10R units. According to these Aussies, they can also build twins of up to 1,146cc, triples of up to 1,725cc and fours of up to 2,200cc. So if you feel a bit of two-stroke madness coming on, you can get in touch with them via the email addresses mentioned on their website here



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