Thursday, June 24, 2010
This weekend, on the 26th of June, the legendary Assen circuit will witness the 80th edition of the Dutch TT. To celebrate the event, the Yamaha Classic Racing Team will be present on the track and will display various Yamaha race bikes from the past. And not just that – in homage to the Assen TT, Giacomo Agostini himself will ride his 1975 Yamaha YZR500 OW23 racebike on the circuit!
Agostini will ride the original OW23, which he rode to win his last 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championship in 1975. This is also the same machine that Ago rode to victory on at the Assen TT in 1975. The bike is being flown over from Japan by Yamaha, and for fans, this will be a rare opportunity to see and hear it being ridden by Agostini on track as he did 35 years ago.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
When they first launched the ZX-10R Ninja back in 2004, it was lean, mean, fit and a bit scary. Over the years, however, it seems that Kawasaki lost a bit of steam with the ZX-10. The pace of development slowed down apparently and the competition – litre-class superbikes from Honda, Yamaha, Aprilia and BMW blasted past the Ninja.
However, Kawasaki might be back in the hunt with the 2011 ZX-10R, for which they recently released a preview sketch on the official Kawasaki Challenge website. With its sharp, edgy styling, carbonfibre bodywork and huge ram-air intake, the next-generation Ninja sure looks exciting. What would we like to see in the 2011 ZX-10R? A 200bhp inline-four, traction control, ABS, fully adjustable suspension and a properly sorted chassis.
Next year, will the Ninja give the BMW S1000RR a run for its money? We damn well hope so!
...and this first video of the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R being tested at the Autopolis circuit provides a glimpse of the excitement that could be in store for Kawasaki fans next year!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Talking to RoadRacerX magazine, Nicky Hayden says that riding motocross bikes may be one of the best ways to improve your riding skills for the track. 'There’s a benefit to it. You can go to the gym and do curls, ride your bicycle, and do cross-training, but the truth is that when it comes to training the mind and muscles how to push the limits on a motorcycle, there’s really only one way — riding motorcycles! I know dirt bikes don’t always carry over exactly, but it’s surprisingly close. A motorcycle’s a motorcycle, and the coordination and balance needed to ride them are pretty consistent,' says Nicky.
So forget the bicycle, get that motocrosser out of the garage, and hit some berms...!
Monday, June 07, 2010
Piaggio has decided to re-enter the Indian market with Vespa scooters, starting with the Vespa LX125. India is the world’s second-largest market for powered two-wheelers, with 8.4 million units (including motorcycles and scooters) having been sold in 2009. Of this, the sale of scooters accounted for about 1.3 million units.
The Indian market is currently dominated by 110cc Honda scooters, while Suzuki, TVS Motor, Hero Honda and Mahindra are also bit players in the market. With its scooters, Vespa hopes to take on Honda and other companies in India. The company will build a new factory in the country where it will produce up to 150,000 units per year, and hope to launch its scooters in India by end-2012.
Piaggio plans to invest a total of about 30 million euro in India in financial years 2010 and 2011, with the goal of achieving revenues of approximately 70 million euro in 2015.
Piaggio is already one of the leading manufacturers of commercial three-wheelers in India, selling more than 180,000 units in 2009. At its Baramati plant in India, Piaggio is also completing work on its new 1.0- and 1.2-litre diesel and turbodiesel engines intended for a range of new Piaggio commercial vehicles to be marketed in Europe and Asia.
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